World Book Night 2019

 

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Hey lovely folk,

Last night was World Book Night! A celebration that I really love because of everything it stands for. I should of really got this post up last night but I had such a busy day it wasn’t possible, however I did have time for a small reading session!

For those of you not familiar with this world wide celebration of reading and books. The whole purpose is to encourage people that don’t have access to book’s or who don’t read books at all to pick a book to read for pleasure.

World Book Night  started back in 2011 and is run by The Reading Agency They have publishers such as Penguin Random House and Hachette involved to name only a couple; who fund the books that will be handed out on the night. The Author’s for the title’s chosen also give up their royalties, which is incredibly kind, don’t you think. Each year a new set of books are picked to be handed out to people by volunteers on the evening it’s self. They will be handed out in places like; public libraries, colleges, prisons, youth centres, care homes, mental heath groups and many others; reaching a wide range of people of all ages.

Now let’s take a look at this years book list:

*Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen (Young Adult)

*Close Enough To Touch by Colleen Oakley (General Fiction)

*Die Last by Tony Parson (Crime)

*Thinking Out Loud by Rio Ferdinand (Non-Fiction)

*Me Mam Me Dad Me by Malcom Duffy (Young Adult)

*Shadows in Heaven by Nadine Dorries (Contemporary Fiction)

*The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Humour)

*The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Young Adult)

*The Forgiveness Project: Stories For A Vengeful Age by Marina Cantacuzino (Non-Fiction)

*Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeymi (Young Adult Fantasy)

*The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells (Science Fiction)

*Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (Humorous Fiction)

*The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson (Crime)

*Artemis by Andy Weir (Science Fiction)

*Turtles All The Way Down by John Green (Young Adult)

*The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley (Historical Fiction)

*The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Speculative Fiction)

*Mad Girl by Bryony Gordan (Memoir)

*The Children by Ann Leary (General Fiction)

*Himself by Jess Kidd (General Fiction)

*Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon (Young Adult)

*The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith (General Fiction)

*The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths (Crime)

Well that’s all the titles of this years books. There’s a few there I would like to read myself!!!!! How about you?

I hope you all had a good evening, however you celebrated.

Have you read any on the list? Or is there some book’s there that you are looking forward to reading? How did you celebrate? Do you like the ethos behind World Book Night and the work they do? As always guy’s I love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to comment!

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Book Review On: How To Get A Love Life by Rosie Blake

How to get a Love Life by rosie blake

About the author (as seen in the book)

roise blakeRosie Blake spent her university years writing pantomimes based on old classics, including ‘The Wizard of odd: Search For The Ruby Strippers’ and ‘Harry Potter: The Musical’ (complete with moving opening numbers, ‘In My Cupboard I Will Stay’). Rosie went on to write a winning short story in the Lasenza/ Little Black Dress Short story Competition, and features for Cosmopolitan Magazine, before turning to books. Rosie likes baked items, taking long walks by the river and speaking about herself in the third person.

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Publication date: 2nd February 2017

Publisher: Corvus-Books

ISBN: Paperback 9781782398646

Ebook 9781782398653

Also available in Audiobook and Audio CD

Pages: 320 pages

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: A giveaway win from the author

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Nicola Brown doesn’t like to lose control. Her flat is always meticulously tidy and her weekly meals carefully planned. When her carefree colleague Caroline challenges Nicola to find a date for Valentine’s Day, it’s a surprise to them both when Nicola’s agrees.

As Nicola’s search for a man begins, she is thrown in at the deep end – sometimes quite literally- of the dating scene. From men more likely to sell their mother than open their wallet, to those who are determined to find a girlfriend who shares their passion for extreme sports, Nicola has to run the full gamut of dodgy dates. But as the deadline looms closer, Nicola realises it isn’t so bad to lose control. It turns out that trying to get a love life can be rather a lot of fun…

My Review

I would like to thank the author Rosie Blake for my giveaway win of her books; which I won quite a while ago and have only just got to them! Sorry it took so long Rosie!

Front cover How to find a love life by rosie blakeThe front cover for this book is so bright and fun looking. A pink border with white dots creates a frame like look and inside the backing is a baby blue colour. The title is in black with a bit of white round the letters to which gives the illusion of standing out, the ‘O’ in ‘Love’ is a cute little red love heart. Rosie’s name is at the bottom in red. Around the title and Rosie’s name there are men figures most of them white and one in pink and one woman figure also in pink. All in all I think this is a really good cover and had I not have won this book; would I have picked it up in a bookshop?… the answer will most certainly be YES!

A couple of years ago I read  How To Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake 

and really love it! So when I got to this I knew I was in for a treat!

Nicola is in control of her every waking minuet of her day; from her weekly meal plan to her very tidy home. She work’s just as hard and organised as a PA for a small agency for actors and actresses sourcing them the perfect role. Nicola is very single and has been for a while and has become a stand in joke not just about her lack of love life but of her military precision of her life with her work colleague Caroline. Caroline is married with young children and is always daring Nicola to do something; which she doesn’t accept. Caroline is convinced Nicola should be getting herself out there meeting people and when she finds out that Nicola has never had a date for Valentines Day, she dare’s her to find herself a date for the 14th of February. Caroline makes it all official and produces a document to singe, Nicola reluctantly agrees. Her friend even set’s up her first date for her! Needless to say he wasn’t second date worthy!

Taking it all very seriously Nicola goes to great length’s to find herself that Valentines date sometimes to her peril. But as she searches she start’s to enjoy herself and realises there is more to life than meal plans and organisation. Will Nicola find her perfect date for the 14th of February? How many frogs will she have to kiss before she finds her prince? Or is he closer than she thinks?

How To Find A Love Life by Rosie Blake was a very comical and romantic read, following Nicola’s mission to bag herself a date for Valentines Day. There are bit’s in the book that will have you chuckling as you read; especially when Nicola’s dates are disasters. I found I read this book really quickly and at about half way through I found kinda guessed the ending; which wasn’t a problem because I still really liked the story none the less. I enjoyed the progression of Nicolas character because of the way she changes and becomes more fun!

This book is an enjoyable read and is very entertaining through out!

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A Book Has Disappointed Me!

 

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Hi lovely readers,

Todays blog post is totally un-planed and a bit random really. I just want to get some advice on something that has been bothering me!

So here’s the thing… just recently I read a book by a well-known author and just so happens to be a bestselling author in their genre to boot. I hadn’t read anything by this author for a while and had their book sitting on my to read pile for a bit; I thought now was the time to read it! So I got stuck in! ( I must just add at this point that this author was the first book I read in that particular genre and I became hooked!)  However what I read wasn’t quite as enthralling as I would have expected for their books. I never felt gripped by the story and it kinda felt flat through out.

I do of course realise that the author in question is only human and is entitled to not be at their best all of the time. But how am I supposed to write a review for a bestselling author saying I really didn’t like this particular book? A book they would have spent many hours of hard work on.

This book hasn’t put me off reading other books by this author, I just feel a bit disappointed that and like I wasted precious reading time. I’ve written constructive review’s in the past and never felt quite like this. Is it because there a well-known author? Why do I feel so dam guilty? Why is it bothering me so much?

If you have any thoughts or advice on this blog post they would be very welcome!!!!!!!!!!

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Blog Tour: Book Review On: I Love You Billy Langley by Monika Jephcott Thomas

Welcome Everyone! Today is my stop on the blog tour for I Love You Billy Langley By Monika Jephcott Thomas to share my review and thoughts!
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I Love you Billy Langley by Monika

About the author (as provided in the blog tour pack)

Monica Jephcott Thomas

Monika Jephcott Thomas grew up in Dortmund Mengede, north-west Germany. In 1966 she moved to the UK and, after a thirty-year career in education, delved into the therapeutic world where she has over twenty years experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist, gained with a wide variety of clients and presenting conditions.

By 1998, she and her partner Jeff established the Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy (APAC). This has grown to become the largest provider world-wide of post-graduate training for Play Therapists and Practitioners in Therapeutic Play Skills, in partnership with several universities and colleges.

Monika and Jeff became founder members of Play Therapy UK. Monika was elected President of Play Therapy International in 2002. Their work culminated in the official recognition of the play therapy profession in 2013, an endorsement of their devotion to help the twenty per cent of children in the world who have emotional, behavioural, social and mental health problems by using play and the creative Arts.

Her professional background has given her insight into the effect of traumatic events not only on those directly experiencing them but also on their families and the generational impact.
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Publication date: 2nd April 2019

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

ISBN: Paperback 978-1912850686

Also available in Ebook format.

Pages: 228 pages (paperback)

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Faye @ Authoright

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Netta (20) Can’t wait to leave Germany and teach in Brighton, England. It’s the height of the swinging 60’s, but Netta hasn’t bargained for the prejudice she’ll receive in a country full of anti-German sentiment just twenty years after the war. She finds solace in Billy, the school caretaker, with whom she falls in love. But when she takes him back to Germany at Christmas it’s Billy’s turn to be on the receiving end of a frosty welcome.

My Review

A massive thank you to Faye from Authoright and Clink Street Publishing for asking me to be apart of this great blog tour to share my review but also for kindly providing me with a paperback.

book cover i love you billy langleyI really like this front cover, from the way the title looks like it’s been sky written with the swirly white writing and looks pretty perfect against the soft blue sky. The lady is clearly standing on the promenade with the ornate railings and across the sea is the seaside town. She is carrying a suite case wearing a red floppy hat and a navy blue dress. The author name is at the bottom of the cover and is also in white and a smaller font. I think this cover is very eye pleasing! Don’t you?

We meet Netta a 20-year-old trained teacher in Germany. She live in quite a big home with both her parents (who are both doctors and run a surgery from their home) and both set’s of grandparents. With both her parents working all the time, her grandparent’s grumpiness she is very desperate to leave the confinement of her home. When an opportunity comes up to do an exchange with an English Teacher and for her to teach German in a Brighton (Britain) school she jumps at the chance. This impending adventure is something that excites her although she will miss her circle of friends dearly.

Netta’s home life hasn’t been that good ever since the death of her sister which cast a shadow the whole family. Her parent’s throw themselves into work and rarely make time for her.

When Netta arrives in a new and foreign land she has to navigate her way from the ferry to Brighton and her accommodation; getting used to the road layout after a scary learning curve. Tired and worn out she arrives at the place she will now call home; a small flat rented from grumpy Mr Davis with his long list of house rule’s. He doesn’t even offer to help her to her flat with her belongings. As she settles in she goes to explore her surroundings, coming across a lot of prejudices when people find out she’s German. Coming across Rita who surprises Netta by befriending her instantly taking her under her wing, even though they are polar opposites.

On Netta’s first day the prejudice continues, then she meet’s the charming school caretaker Billy Langley; who has no problem with her nationality and an instant friendship is formed . Netta notices quickly that her student’s are all at different learning levels and devises a new teaching method to help her students; since the head of the languages department refuses to put them in groups of ability. Not just that but she is expected to take on after school tuition with no pay, meaning when she was done she would often bump into Billy.

In Netta’s spare time Rita drags her around to find themselves a date; when they bump into Billy and his mate Terry. They end up having a wild night of adventures, leaving Netta exhilarated in a way she had never been before, but safe in the knowledge Billy was by her side. As time goes on Billy makes his feeling for Netta very clear, Netta reciprocates and they start dating. When ever Netta is faced with nasty comments about her nationality he sticks up for her wanting to protect her and he also utters those three words I Love You but she can’t bring herself to say it even though she feels it. With Christmas fast approaching Netta asks Billy to travel home to Germany to meet her family and friends, however Billy is worried about leaving his father alone. When Rita steps in and offers to spend Christmas with him.

On their arrival to Germany the tables are turned on the prejudice front to Billy. How will Netta’s family and friend’s react to her relationship with a British man? Will Billy hear those three word’s he’s longing to hear? Or will he not hang around and Netta lose her chance of happiness and love? Will Netta get to final implement her teaching method? Or will it fall on deaf ear’s?

I Love You Billy Langley by Monika Jephcott Thomas is an interesting read not only in the story line and fictional sense but also the historical sense. Even though the story was set in the 60’s twenty years after the war the scars left behind were still visible through out Netta’s story. I liked Monika’s writing style and would defiantly consider reading more of her books in the future.

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Book Review On: #Toots by Linh Le James

 

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About the author (as seen on Goodreads)

Linh Le James

Linh is Vietnamese. She was born and grew up in France. After college, she moved to Southern California and lived there for a few years before settling in the UK for 15 years, first in Wales, then in Surrey. In 2018, she packed all of her shoes, her kids, hubby, and the Dog and moved to the UAE.

Storytelling is her passion since childhood.

Things about her she doesn’t want you to know:
She forgets to pack the girls’ snack and then has to run to school to deliver it.
She has two alarms set on her phone for the school pick-up.
She pretends to have meditation sessions in order to have a nap.
Her kids eat more greens than she does
80% of her daily water intake is made up by coffee, the rest by wine.

#Toots is available on Amazon. #Toots2 will be published later in 2019

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Publication date: March 2019

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: Paperback 978-1794283626

Also available in Ebook format

Pages: 379 pages

Genre: British Chick Lit

Format reading: Ebook

Copy provided by: Author

Blurb (as seen on Goodreads)

A British non-romantic comedy built on white lies, pink elephants and grey areas.

LONDON: Four sisters swipe left on everything they hate in their life, one cocktail at a time.

Louise dreams of an exotic lifestyle, miles away from Hackney.
Nick comes along. Famous, fit, funny and filthy rich.
Louise will stop at nothing to seduce him.

Louise will fake it till she makes it. All the way to the ka-ching bling ring.
But the little white lies soon snowball into a mountain Louise’s Louboutins can’t climb.

Jess juggles work, two babies, a cheating husband and nannies from hell.
Carla goes on a bender, and wakes up next to her young assistant. Freddie.
Emily is getting over her cheating ex by throwing herself into the dating scene.

When work, dating and proposals…all go wrong, the four sisters’ friendship is their only lifeline.

My Review

Before I get started on my review I would very much like to thank Linh Le James for getting in contact with me, and for kindly sending me an Ebook to give my honest thought’s and feeling on my reading experience of #Toots. As soon as I read the blurb to this book I kinder knew this story would be just up my street!

#Toots Front cover

#Toot’s front cover is very simple and probably if I saw this in the shop I’m not sure I would have picked it up. A shell-suite jacket in pink, purple and turquoise can be seen with four names obviously sisters and the said jacket has been handed down as the top three names have been crossed out. The backing is a similar colour to a bit on the jacket, and would have liked to seen a different colour perhaps. The title is above the jacket and is in a bold white font, Linh’s name is at the bottom of the cover in white and in a thinner font.

#Toot’s by Linh Le James is a story about Jessica, Louise, Carla and Emily four sisters at very different stages of their life’s and each wanting different things. But they all come together through the trials and tribulations and support when they need it.

Emily is the youngest of the sisters and has just had her heart-broken by her cheating boyfriend. Her crazy wild room-mate Lola eggs Emily on to start online dating to get over that cheating love rat and to find her Mr Right. Emily is a pleaser always wanting to make people happy and don’t her family just knows this!

Carla; is single and work very hard all the time. After going on a night out Carla finds herself waking up to her much younger assistant Freddie.

Louise; is also single and now likes to be called Louisa. She is looking for a lavish life style and is defiantly on the hunt. So when famous, gorgeous looking and rich Nick comes along and she will stop at nothing to get her mitts all over him!!!!!

Jessica’s world is more than chaotic. She’s a working mother, married, dealing with a multitude of unhelpful nanny’s and two young babies. To top it off she think’s her husband is having an affair.

Will Emily find her Mr Right amongst a sea of single men? Or will she find one unsuitable man after another? Will Louise get her claws into famously rich Nick? If she does will the feelings be mutual? How will Carla deal with her wild drunken night with Freddie? Is it going to strain their work relationship? Can Jess keep the nannies in check? Will the agency send a capable nanny? How far will Jess go to find out what her husband is up too?

#Toots is the absolutely hilarious British chick lit story that on finishing it I felt like I had just watched a girly movie. Linh has written such a believable story that have many twist’s and turns really keeping the reader entertained with a few steamy moments to boot! I really enjoyed the pace #Toot’s took; which was perfect for this story as it unfolds.  The four sister’s were very funny but I loved how what ever was going on in their life’s they still make time for each other to support their fellow sister. They all had some very different problem’s from each other making the story very real to life it’s self.

I really couldn’t put my kindle down and never wanted this story to end. But I have no fear because #Toot2 is due to be published later this year. I will be eagerly awaiting this!!!!! #Toot’s is defiantly a must read! And a big plus was the delicious cocktail recipes which were included, which I really think I might try!!!

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How To Start Your Own Reading Group Or Book Club!

Welcome lovely’s,

For todays blog post I’ve put together some pointers for anyone thinking about starting their own reading group/book club.

As much as I may want to I’m not a member of any reading group, there just isn’t the time. I do however think it a wonderful idea, a group of bibliophile’s all with different tastes in genres getting together to discuss the book they have all been reading, sounds perfect to me.

Reading groups are an excellent way to meet like-minded people to discuss books. As reading is something you do alone! It’s good for us bookworms to get out an socialize occasionally!

So if this is something your thinking about starting up here are a few pointers to consider:

*Decide the purpose for starting up a reading group/book club is it to read, broadening you reading or is it to just socialize or maybe all of them!

*Talk to family, friends and colleagues to see if its something they might be interested in attending.

*Think about how many people you want to invite. For a discussion to flow it’s better to have a larger group of people, and to also stop it from becoming stagnant. A good number is between 8-16 people or more if they can be facilitated in your chosen setting/venue. Have a mixture of age, male, females to add variety to the discussion.

*You’ll need to think about where you want the group to meet up. This could be at people’s homes (all taking it in turns to host), village hall, a public place (pub back rooms, cafe’s although there will be distractions in these venues and you may have to ask if they can facilitate the group.) or you could meet online through video chat (Skype, Facebook Messenger, Whats App etc)

Book Group post 3*Decide how often you’d like the group to meet up (although this could be discussed at your first meeting.) Take in to account people’s different speeds in reading, the length of the book and peoples other commitments. A suggested time frame is meeting once a month (possibly longer- 6 weeks)

 

 

*Set up a pre-book meeting to discuss:

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-What genre’s you want to read: romance, classics, fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, crime/thrillers. Or Bestsellers, top books in the book charts etc.

 

 

 

 

 

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-How you’ll decide on the choosing of the book you’ll all be reading each time you meet. An idea might be for each person get’s to choose what the group reads or another slightly different way, people each write their choose on a bit of paper and folding it up then pop it in a jar. Then each time you need to choose a book you take a dip in the jar!

 

-Organise a schedule for the reading group to meet for the whole year!

-Suggest to the members to take notes on their thoughts and feeling on the book while they read, to help with the discussion later such as: memorable moments in the book, emotional responses, characters, themes, description, dialogue, strengths and weaknesses of the book.

-As your coordinating the reading group, the meeting’s should be relaxed, informal and should be a group your fellow members want to go too. Prepare a list of questions regarding the book you’ve all just read, so you’ll be able to keep the discussion going (If each member is picking the book to read you might like them to share their thought’s first, then the others join in after) Some publishers websites have reading guides that could help writ questions for discussion. It’s also important to factor in the availability of each book you plan on reading, making sure you all have the same edition and giving people time to obtain the book.

*After you group has been established for a while, it’s also a good idea to socialize outside of the group meetings for example: you could go and watch the film adaptation of the book you’ve been reading to discuss later on or by going to author events and book festivals.

Helpful websites:

The Reading Agency

Literacy Trust

The Reader

Bloomsbury

Library Book List

Gosh writing this has made me really want to join a book group! I wish I could fit it in! I do hope if your thinking about setting up a group this post has helped you in some way!

Are you thinking about setting up your own book group? Has this post been of help? Or are you already a member of a reading group? does it differ from the points I’ve made?

As always I like reading your comments with your thoughts! Feel free to comment!

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Book Review On: The Last Straw by Ed Duncan

 

the last straw by ed duncan

About the author (as seen in the book)

ed duncan photoEd is a graduate of Oberlin College and North-western University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio, for many years. He is the original author of a highly regarded legal treatise entitled Ohio Insurance Coverage, for which he provided annual editions from 2008 through 2012. Ed, originally from Gary, Indiana lives outside Cleveland.

 

 

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Publication date: 2nd December 2017

Publisher: Independently Published
ISBN: Paperback 9781973444008
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Pages: 227 pages
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Format reading: Paperback
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Blurb (as seen on the back of the cover)
It started with a run-of-the-mill carjacking. An inner-city kid with no priors and no experience with a gun fumbled the ball, and the driver ended up dead. Unfortunate for all concerned, but not uncommon. But there was more-a lot more.
A teenage girl witnessed the whole thing, and a Chicago crime boss with no apparent motive was willing to move heaven and earth to prevent her from testifying. But why? No one knew except him and he didn’t have to say.
Richard ‘Rico’ Sanders was the crime boss’s first choice for the job. He was the best in the business but there was a problem. He was a ‘killer with a conscience’ and a killer with a conscience doesn’t murder teenagers. John D’Angelo, the crime boss’s second choice, had no such qualms. There was bad blood between him and Rico, so knowing that Rico had passed on the job, he eagerly accepted it. Then he bungled it by mistakenly killing the girl’s father.
Paul Elliott, a respected attorney and a close friend of the girl’s family, happened to be present when her father was gunned down while walking her home from school. Paul and Rico, from different sides of the tracks, had an unusual history together.
A year earlier Paul had saved Rico’s life and Rico hadn’t forgotten. So when a vengeful D’Angelo, with help from two confederates, set his sights on both men, they were drawn together in an uneasy alliance against a common foe.
My Review
First off I would like to offer my thanks’ to Kelsey from Book Publicity Service and author Ed Duncan for asking me to read, review and for sending me a paperback of The Last Straw!
The front cover for this book is striking, dark with a white mist and seems perfect for a crime thriller. A silhouette situated at the bottom of a man and inside that you can see a street illuminated by street in which someone holing a gun and another silhouette of someone walking away. The title is thin font in white as is the author’s name. Ed’s name is situated at the down the right hand side of the title, I would have liked to seen it a bit bigger.
16-year-old Sandra witnesses a carjacking by a young boy in Chicago city. Thinking she’s doing the right thing she decides to go to the police accompanied by her father Ben. Her parents have split up and with her mother away travelling and not being contactable Ben is left to deal with this on his own. The police need Sandra as a witness as no one else has a detailed description of the boy, and it becomes apparent that she will have to testify in court. Her father is very worried about what they are getting mixed up in and for his daughter’s safety. Harbouring the worried Ben speaks to his neighbour and friend Paul; who is a well-known and respected attorney for some guidance. Paul and his now girlfriend have also been through the mill, seeing their partner’s being shot bay a hit man; which then brought them together. Who was the guy who shot them?
Mean while Howard Forster, also well-known for his dodgy dealings and not a man people want to cross. Howard never gets his hands dirty, in turn hiring men like Rico the number one hit man and coming in a close second is D’Angelo. After the carjacking Howard is in a pickle as the young boy is locked up and the young girl becomes the problem in his side. So he contacts Rico to deal with the girl and get rid of her, but Rico refuses to do it. Now he has to reluctantly go to D’Angelo to clear it up. But why is Howard so worried about getting the young boy out of trouble? Will D’Angelo complete the job? Will Sandra and her father be safe? Does Paul have an idea who is involved? And does he already know this person? Where will Sandra hid?
The Last Straw by Ed Duncan is the second book in the Pigeon Blood Red series, but can be read as a standalone. I found this story very gripping in deed; from the very first chapter to the very last page. It is very gritty which you come to expect from a crime/thriller. I felt the plot pulled me in to the degree that I needed to read on after every chapter; which is a good indication this is a really good story. Progressing at a good rate; which kept me entertained and on the edge of my seat at some points!!! The Characters are believable and I found myself fascinated by them and their actions in the story. Ed writes wonderfully intriguing the reader at every turn of the page. It’s very clear to the reader that Ed has some knowledge on crime and definitely shines through! I think he has a talent for writing this genre and I can’t wait to read more of Ed’s books!
The Last Straw is gripping, intriguing, gritty with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes so to speak!!!! Highly recommended!
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                                                              5 Sparkly Stars

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