Bookish Bingo: Winter 2016-2017 (TBR: Help!)

Hey lovely people! I’m back from Spain, I had a lovely time (despite it being freezing cold!), my next visit will definitely be in summer time. I have one question though – siesta, why? Don’t get me wrong, I’m partial to an afternoon nap but why must everything shut for like 4 hours? I’m ready to go shopping at 1.30pm, nope – siesta’s starting, shops won’t reopen till 5.30pm.

Anyway, I’ve been patiently waiting for the next round of bookish bingo to start and now it’s here, hosted by Bekka @ PrettyDeadlyReviews. The objective is to get as many bingo’s as possible (five across, up, down or diagonal.) This round of bingo is for books read in Dec 16, Jan 17 and Feb 17. I’ve got a few books in mind for some of the squares but others, I have no idea, so please check out my TBR and where you see ?????, please recommend a book! You get a gold star if the book you recommend is already on my shelf! I’m not expecting to read every book or complete the whole card but the more books I have in mind, the more bingo’s I’ll hopefully get.

The Card: Continue reading “Bookish Bingo: Winter 2016-2017 (TBR: Help!)”

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Audiobook Review: Subject 375 by Nikki Owen (Narrated by Yolanda Kettle)

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It’s not often I listen to audiobooks as they’re quite expensive to buy, but now my local library has a great app with audiobooks galore, I plan on taking full advantage. I actually downloaded and started listening to The Killing Files, part way through chapter one, I thought – I’m missing something here, and I was quite right, that was book 2 in The Project trilogy. Back into the library I went, to borrow book 1 – Subject 375 (previously published as ‘The Spider in the Corner of the Room’.)

Book Description:

‘My name is Dr Maria Martinez and I am – was – a Consultant Plastic Surgeon. I am 33 years old. Place of birth: Salamanca, Spain. And I was convicted of the murder of a Catholic priest.’

Maria is in prison. She says she’s innocent and is fighting to clear her name. Because deep down she knows the truth better than anyone. Doesn’t she? Continue reading “Audiobook Review: Subject 375 by Nikki Owen (Narrated by Yolanda Kettle)”

November 2016 Wrap Up

It’s time to say hello to December, I feel like November flew by, which I’m very happy about, as today I’m boarding a plane! In fact, as this post goes live, I’ll be in the sky! I’m off to visit my sister in Zaragoza, Spain for four days and as you can guess, I’m very much looking forward to it! So my advance apologies, if it takes me a while to reply to comments/share posts – I’d love to say I’ll be ‘sunning it up’ but my sister tells me it’s quite cold this time of year, nonetheless, it’s my first holiday outside of the UK for about seven years so I don’t care if it’s snowing, I’m going on holiday!

On to the bookish news, I started a book club, well it’s officially starting in January of next year but I’m excited nonetheless. There’s currently a vote going on on Instagram to decide our first read. If you missed it, you can check out my post containing all the information you need about how it works here and if you’re on Instagram, find us at: criminallygoodbookclub

This month I read 12 books, DNF’ed 1 and listened to 1 audiobook. With the help of Goodreads and a calculator, I read 4385 pages this month! Continue reading “November 2016 Wrap Up”

Book Review: What Alice Knew by T. A. Cotterell

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I love when you go to read a book and it turns out to be a completely different story to the one you expected – not only is What Alice Knew a different story to what I thought, but it gripped me in a way I wasn’t expecting and really got me thinking about how far I would go to keep a secret?

From the back cover:

Alice has a perfect life.

A great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on.

But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice.

And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know. Continue reading “Book Review: What Alice Knew by T. A. Cotterell”

Book Review: Devil’s Demise by Lee Cockburn

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Look at that menacing book cover, it’s so fitting – Devil’s Demise is crime fiction at its very darkest.

Book Description:

A cruel and sinister killer is targeting Edinburgh’s most powerful women, his twisted sense of superiority driving him to satisfy his depraved sexual appetite. He revels in the pain and suffering he inflicts on his unsuspecting victims but a twist of fate and an overwhelming will to survive by one victim ruins his plans for a reign of terror. His tormented prey will need all her courage if she is to survive the hunt. DS Taylor Nicks, DC Marcus Black and the team are failing to get a positive lead as this unlikely monster reeks havoc on the city, always managing to keep one step ahead of them. DS Nicks, a strong, intelligent and striking woman, is now under mounting pressure both at work and in her eventful private life. Can she stop the evil beast before he takes his ultimate revenge? Continue reading “Book Review: Devil’s Demise by Lee Cockburn”