#BookHaul: May 2017

This is my most loved and feared blog post to write each month – loved, because how could acquiring more books cause you anything by a feeling of love in your heart? And feared, because why is my TBR taller than me!? You know the drill, so let’s get right to it!

Review Copies:

Vile City by Jennifer Lee Thomson (Thick As Thieves Promo Services)

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Blog Tour | Book Review: Two Lost Boys by L. F. Robertson

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I’m absolutely delighted to be closing the blog tour for Two Lost Boys; sharing my review of this amazing debut novel by L. F. Robertson.

From the back cover:

Janet Moodie has spent years as a death row appeals attorney. Overworked and recently widowed, she’s had her fill of hopeless cases, and is determined that this will be her last. Her client is Marion ‘Andy’ Hardy, convicted along with his brother Emory of the rape and murder of two women. The brothers were tried separately, and Emory received a life sentence, while Andy got the death penalty, labeled the ringleader despite his low IQ and Emory’s dominant personality.

Convinced that Andy’s previous lawyers have missed mitigating evidence that would have spared him the death penalty, Janet investigates Andy’s past, revealing a sordid and damaging upbringing, a series of errors on the part of his previous council, and most worrying of all, the possibility that there is far more to the Hardy family than was first thought. Andy may be guilty, but does he deserve to die? Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Two Lost Boys by L. F. Robertson”

Book Review: The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper

This month Criminally Good Book Club voted to read The Dry, and what an excellent choice it was!

Book Description:

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well…

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret… A secret Falk thought long-buried… A secret which Luke’s death starts to bring to the surface… Continue reading “Book Review: The Dry by Jane Harper”

Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell

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This book has been on my radar for quite a while, as its publication date was my birthday, but I had no compelling urge to read it until the reviews started emerging. Immediately that ‘fear of missing out’ (FOMO) kicked in and I HAD to read it. This the perfect example of FOMO being a great thing because this book is brilliant!

Book Description:

Everyone has secrets. What if you can’t remember yours?

Lily has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one.

Alice finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him into her home.

But who is he, and how can she trust a man who has lost his memory?

Two women, twenty years of secrets and a man who can’t remember lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s brilliant new novel. Continue reading “Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell”

Book Review: Seas of Snow by Kerensa Jennings

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I completed a book tag a few weeks ago where I was asked if I had a treasured book and I was hard-pressed to choose one, ask me again today and I’ll tell you I do have one and it’s called Seas of Snow. I think there’s quite a lovely story behind me reading this book, for me anyway. This book was published by Unbound, a crowding funding publisher, and I pledged towards the publication of this book, however, when it arrived I was scared to read it. I’d convinced myself I loved it before it was even published, even promoting it in several of my blog posts; so, when it arrived I was so nervous in case I didn’t enjoy it. I delayed reading it for so long, my nerves even transferred to the author who was anxious to hear my thoughts. Eventually I plucked up the courage to read it….

From the inside cover:

1950s England. Five-year-old Gracie Scott lives with her Mam and next door to her best friend Billy. An only child, she has never known her Da. When her Uncle Joe moves in, his physical abuse of Gracie’s mother starts almost immediately. But when his attentions wander to Gracie, an even more sinister pattern of behaviour begins.

As Gracie grows older, she finds solace and liberation in books, poetry and her enduring friendship with Billy. Together they escape into the poetic fairy-tale worlds of their imaginations.

But will fairy tales be enough to save Gracie from Uncle Joe’s psychopathic behaviour – and how far will it go? Continue reading “Book Review: Seas of Snow by Kerensa Jennings”