Emotional · Young adult

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher ★★★★

Blurb; Ten-year-old Jamie hasn’t cried since it happened. He knows he should have—Jasmine cried, Mum cried, Dad still cries. Roger didn’t, but then he is just a cat and didn’t know Rose that well, really.

Everyone kept saying it would get better with time, but that’s just one of those lies that grown-ups tell in awkward situations. Five years on, it’s worse than ever: Dad drinks, Mum’s gone and Jamie’s left with questions that he must answer for himself.

This is his story, an unflinchingly real yet heart-warming account of a young boy’s struggle to make sense of the loss that tore his family apart.

My Review; Tough one to review. The story is told through ten year old James’s eyes. He has twin sisters Jas and Rose. Unfortunately Rose was killed and this is what the book mainly focuses on. The split parents. The other children. The new school. The new house. New friends. The alcohol. The abandonment.

In parts it’s an emotional story but in others it offers hope and the good shines through with new friendships, secrets, the bond with his remaining sister and a grand finale that was beautiful. Also the cat was a great comfort to James. As his sister passed away when he was only five he doesn’t remember much about her and is made to feel bad about that.

We see how both parents react to the death of their child in different ways and the impact it has on the remaining siblings Jas and James. It also contains bullying with the message you can overcome it. It also contains racism which isn’t pleasant but we get to see both the good side and bad side of this too.

A brilliant eye opening book that says sometimes you just have to let go… A beautiful ending. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. An easy read at 232 pages.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

The First Lady – James Patterson & Brendan DuBois ★★★★

Blurb; “Sir, the First Lady … has gone rogue.”

President Tucker is caught up in a media firestorm. The scandal of his affair has sent shockwaves through his re-election campaign, and threatens to derail everything he has worked for. To win the vote, he needs the First Lady to stand by his side.

But Grace Tucker has a mind of her own.

After years of compromise, unfulfilled promises, deception and betrayal, Grace refuses to give in to her husband’s demands. Escaping the city and her Secret Service agents, she is officially off the radar.

But did the First Lady run away? Or is she in far greater danger than anyone could have imagined?

My Review; Ok. It’s official. I love James Pattersons books. This was brilliant! I don’t know what I can say without giving anything away, so this will probably be a short but sweet review.

This was different from his usual stories as this has a little politics in. We get a look into the white house, the president and the first ladies lives. But not everything is as perfect as it seems through the tv. An affair. A missing first lady. A liar. A mistress. A sniper. A hunter. One twisted man full of power. That’s all I’m going to say. A brilliant read. An easy read. Short chapters. Brilliantly written. Gripping. Thrilling.

A must read. Loved it. Enjoyed it. Highly recommend. Four stars from me.

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crime · Detective · mystery

*BLOG TOUR* Sister – Kjell Ola Dahl ★★★★

Blurb; Suspended from duty, Detective Frølich is working as a private investigator, when his girlfriend’s colleague asks for his help with a female asylum seeker, who the authorities are about to deport. She claims to have a sister in Norway, and fears that returning to her home country will mean instant death.

Frølich quickly discovers the whereabouts of the young woman’s sister, but things become increasingly complex when she denies having a sibling, and Frølich is threatened off the case by the police. As the body count rises, it becomes clear that the answers lie in an old investigation, and the mysterious sister, who is now on the run…

A dark, chilling and up-to-the-minute Nordic Noir thriller, Sister is also a tense and well-plotted murder mystery with a moving tragedy at its heart, cementing Kjell Ola Dahl as one of the greatest crime writers of our generation.

My Review; I loved this. There was never a dull moment amongst these pages. It was one huge mystery and mess that needed solving and who better to solve that than the mighty Detective Frølick.

Now a private investigator he soon finds himself working several cases and with cash being thrown at him… So what is really going on? I was literally immersed in it all. He even put himself on the line right into the firing line literally. Brave man. But he found the answers and people he was looking for but it wasnt always going to be as simple as that was it?

Brilliant. Highly recommend. A page turner of a read. Something to keep your mind busy in these dark times. A well deserved four stars from me.

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