Blog Tour | Book Review: The Second Captive by Maggie James

The Second Captive - Maggie James

Stockholm syndrome: the psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with his or her captor.

I’m delighted to be closing the blog tour for The Second Captive alongside Pageturnersnook. As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I wanted in, the concept of Stockholm syndrome has always fascinated me and I’m happy to report, James portrayed it brilliantly.

Book Description:

Beth Sutton is eighteen years old when she is abducted. Held prisoner in a basement, she’s dependent on her captor for food, clothes and her very existence. As the months pass, her hatred towards her imprisoner changes to compassion.

But Beth cannot forget that her abductor is also a killer. And she has evidence to prove it…

Then Beth escapes

Can Beth escape from the prison that she has found herself in?

And is there a relationship between love and fear? Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: The Second Captive by Maggie James”

Mini Review x 2: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin // Bleeding Heart by Lauren Bishop

Two reviews for the price of one! While Bleeding Heart missed the mark for me, I think I missed the mark for Fever Dream, I don’t know what the mark was or what the mark was suppose to be but it was all rather strange…

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin

From the inside cover:

A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child.

The two seem anxious and, at David’s ever more insistent prompting, Amanda recounts a series of events from the apparently recent past. As David pushes her to recall whatever trauma has landed her in her terminal state, he unwittingly opens a chest of horrors, and suddenly the terrifying nature of their reality is brought into shocking focus.

One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange and deeply unsettling psychological menace in this cautionary tale of maternal love, broken souls and the power and desperation of family. Continue reading “Mini Review x 2: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin // Bleeding Heart by Lauren Bishop”

February 2017 #WrapUp

The last day of the shortest month of the year is upon us, and that can only mean one thing, it’s wrap up time!

I read 9 books this month, down one on last month, but I’m happy with that number – I was aiming for 10 but February robbed me of 4 days, so really, I’m reading right on schedule! However, I’m still behind with reviews, but it’s likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future because not only am I the Keeper of Pages, I am also the Queen of Procrastination! Enough rambling, let’s take a look at what I’ve read this month…

The Good:

The standout reads of the month were:

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb Continue reading “February 2017 #WrapUp”

December 2016 Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s time to wrap up December already, where has the time gone!? My last wrap up of 2016, as we prepare to say hello to 2017! I’m not one for New Year resolutions but if I was, it would be ‘to not buy any new books until I’ve read the 100+ books on my shelf’, but we both know that’s not going to happen! So let’s wrap this month up and have a quick look at what bookish goings-on are to come in 2017.

This month I read 15 books, well one I’ve still got to finish (Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist) but I’ll finish that today so I can go into the new year with a new book. Again, with the assistance of Goodreads and a Calculator, I read 4705 pages this month!

The Good

The standout reads of the month were: Continue reading “December 2016 Wrap Up”

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”