#Nonfiction Book Review: Trafficked Girl by Zoe Patterson

Trafficked Girl - Zoe Patterson

“Abused. Abandoned. Exploited. My Story of Fighting Back”

Please note: this book description and my review may be unsuitable for some readers due to the content. Trigger warnings: domestic violence, child sexual exploitation, child trafficking.

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When Zoe was taken into care at the age of 13, she thought she was finally going to escape from the cruel abuse she had suffered throughout her childhood. Then social services placed her in a residential unit known to be ‘a target for prostitution’, and suddenly Zoe’s life was worse than it had ever been before.

Abused and ostracized by her mother, humiliated by her father’s sexual innuendos, physically assaulted and bullied by her eldest brother, even as a young child Zoe thought she deserved the desperately unhappy life she was living.

‘I’ve sharpened a knife for you,’ her mother told her the first time she noticed angry red wounds on her daughter’s arms. And when Zoe didn’t kill herself, her mother gave her whisky, which she drank in the hope that it would dull the miserable, aching loneliness of her life.

One day at school Zoe showed her teacher the livid bruises that were the result of her mother’s latest physical assault and within days she was taken into care. Continue reading “#Nonfiction Book Review: Trafficked Girl by Zoe Patterson”

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#Nonfiction Blog Tour: Death of an Actress by Antony M. Brown (@ccjury @TheMirrorBooks)

Death of an Actress - Antony M Brown

Misadventure. Manslaughter. Murder. What will your verdict be?

Welcome to my stop on the Death of an Actress blog tour, I’m delighted to be sharing my review of this true crime book with you today.

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DEATH OF AN ACTRESS is the second in the Cold Case Jury Collection, a unique series of true crime titles. Each case study tells the story of an unsolved crime, or one in which the verdict is open to doubt. Fresh evidence is presented and the reader is invited to deliver their own verdict.

October 1947. A luxury liner steams over the equator off the coast of West Africa and a beautiful actress disappears from her cabin. Suspicion falls on a dashing deck steward with a reputation for entering the cabins of female passengers. When the liner docks at Southampton, the steward is questioned by police. Protesting his innocence, he makes an astonishing admission that shocks everyone, and is charged with murder. His trial at the historic Great Hall in Winchester draws the world’s media. He is found guilty and sentenced to hang.

But was the verdict sound?

Many believe not. Continue reading “#Nonfiction Blog Tour: Death of an Actress by Antony M. Brown (@ccjury @TheMirrorBooks)”

April 2018: #WrapUp

Can you believe, April has come to an end already? I thought the first half of the month dragged, but the second half flew by! April has been my most productive month this year, in terms of books read. I managed a total of 19 books!! 13 of the books were listed in my planned April TBR Post, so it’s fair to say: I’ve got this whole sticking to a TBR thing down. With so many books to read, I like that I can just look at my post and pick a book from there – it certainly makes deciding my next read easier. As any bookworm will tell you, there’ll always be impromptu/unplanned reads.

And did you notice, I got some new graphics for my blog this month – kindly made for me by the lovely Marija @ Inside My Library Mind. Marija has been my bookish angel this month, after I tweeted my frustrated about the complexity of Edelweiss, she created this blog post: All You Need to Know to Start Using Edelweiss.

Between reading and working on my essays (two of which are now completed, one to go), I didn’t manage any bookish posts, except my usual monthly book haul, but I’ve got a few in mind, so hopefully they’ll feature next month. For now, let’s recap the books I read this month – and I’ve even got a mini review for you too.

The standout books of the month were: Continue reading “April 2018: #WrapUp”

#BookHaul: April 2018

It’s book haul time! Another wonderful month of hauling, so get comfy, and let’s take look at all the fab new additions to my shelves…

Review Copies:

Birds of Wonder by Cynthia Robinson (Smith Publicity)

Birds of Wonder - Cynthia Robinson

One August morning while walking her dog, high-school English teacher Beatrice Ousterhout stumbles over the dead body of a student, Amber Inglin, who was to play the lead in Beatrice’s production of John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi. Barely able to speak, Beatrice calls the police. That is to say, she calls her daughter. Jes is a detective with two years of experience under her belt and a personal life composed primarily of a string of one-night-stands, including the owner of the field in which Beatrice has found Amber. In addition to a house and a field, Child Services lawyer Liam Walsh owns a vineyard, where Amber Inglin, along with a handful of other teens who’ve had difficulty negotiating the foster system, was an intern. Set among the hills and lakes of upstate New York and told in six vibrantly distinct voices, this complex and original narrative chronicles the rippling effects of a young girl’s death through a densely intertwined community. By turns funny, fierce, lyrical and horrifying, BIRDS OF WONDER probes family ties, the stresses that break them, and the pasts that never really let us go.

The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop (Sceptre) Continue reading “#BookHaul: April 2018”

#Nonfiction Book Review: The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception by Emmanuel Carrère

The Adversary - Emmanuel Carrere

Thank you to Eva @ Novel Deelights for suggesting we buddy reading this book; I’m so glad it wasn’t left unread on my shelf because it contains the greatest act of deception I have ever read about in a true crime book!

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ON THE SATURDAY MORNING OF JANUARY 9, 1993, WHILE JEAN CLAUDE ROMAND WAS KILLING HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN, I WAS WITH MINE IN A PARENT-TEACHER MEETING…

With these chilling first words, acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Emmanuel Carrère, begins his exploration of the double life of a respectable doctor, eighteen years of lies, five murders, and the extremes to which ordinary people can go. Continue reading “#Nonfiction Book Review: The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception by Emmanuel Carrère”