Medical · Non-Fiction

Unnatural Causes – Dr Richard Shephard ★★★★

Blurb; The dead do not hide the truth and they never lie. Through me the dead can speak …

As the country’s top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead.

When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right – and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

From serial killer to natural disaster, ‘perfect murder’ to freak accident, Shepherd takes nothing for granted in pursuit of truth. And while he’s been involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent times, it’s often the less well known encounters that prove the most perplexing, intriguing and even bizarre. In or out of the public eye, his evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.

But a life in death, bearing witness to some of humanity’s darkest corners, exacts a price and Shepherd doesn’t flinch from counting the cost to him and his family.

My Review; I picked this one up cause I had seen it around a lot and thought it was similar to This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay. Same genre (medical), TOTALLY DIFFERENT!

This is a non fiction book with an indepth look in to the life/work of a Pathologist and I when I say indepth I mean it. Parts are very descriptive, Stomach turning. It will take you on a real life journey to many post mortems from babies to the elderly and all in between. Which may be an unpleasant and an unsuitable read for some readers.

However, it is an eye opening read, I learnt a lot from this book. It contains some of the worlds biggest terror attacks and devastating incidents. We get a good glimpse into what happens after death, how they reach verdicts and how pathologists conduct their work. It is brutally honest and fascinating. A real page turner and brilliantly written.

I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend to you all.

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crime · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Breakers – Doug Johnstone ★★★★

Blurb; Seventeen-year-old Tyler lives in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas. Coerced into robbing rich people’s homes by his bullying older siblings, he’s also trying to care for his little sister and his drug-addict mum. On a job, his brother Barry stabs a homeowner and leaves her for dead, but that’s just the beginning of their nightmare, because the woman is the wife of Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord, Deke Holt. With the police and the Holts closing in, and his shattered family in devastating danger, Tyler meets posh girl Flick in another stranger’s house, and he thinks she may just be his salvation . . . unless he drags her down, too.

My Review; Oh My Heart! Where do I start? I easily devoured this within a day! Such a brilliant story and I will explain why…

TYLER! Oh my. He’s trying his bloody hardest and is the best big brother ever to little bean. My heart. Those two have such a cute, special bond. I felt Tyler was trying to protect everyone around him and make everyone happy which sometimes isn’t possible. He’s a good lad really bringing his sister up.

BEAN! The youngest of the family, the cutest, innocent and doesn’t have a clue about the world she is in really. What she does know is that she loves her brother Tyler more than anyone. We all need someone to lean on. Such a sweet little girl.

Now don’t get me started on Barry and Kelly, especially Barry. While reading this book I found my anger building up and hating Barrys character to the point well, he got what he deserved. Such a horrible character. Grr. Kelly wasn’t much better either but I reckon there was another side to her underneath.

Brilliantly written, thrilling, fast paced and a page turner of a read which I actually didn’t put down for once well, until the end. A happy outcome for all. I actually got so emotionally attached to some of these character specifically Bean and Tyler, theyre both still kids. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend.

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contemporary · Young adult

The Rosie Result – Graeme Simsion ★★★★

Blurb; I was standing on one leg shucking oysters when the problems began…

Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important project.

Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn’t fitting in with the other kids. Meanwhile, Rosie is battling Judas at work, and Don is in hot water after the Genetics Lecture Outrage. The life-contentment graph, recently at its highest point, is curving downwards.

For Don Tillman, geneticist and World’s Best Problem-Solver, learning to be a good parent as well as a good partner will require the help of friends old and new.

It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world, and grappling with awkward truths about his own identity.

And opening a cocktail bar.

My Review; I absolutely loved this story. It is very thought provoking and I learnt a lot specifically about autism. I love this whole family (Rosie, Hudson and Don), Hudson is such a sweet little boy he had my heart.

It is a beautifully written story. Towards the end of the book there is a part that nearly had me bawling my eyes out, Hudsons speech. Book three in the series, but is this the end? Maybe, as it wraps up it all up at the end pretty well no cliffhanger but we will have to wait and see. Parts had me laughing… An uplifting, inspiring story. I enjoyed every minute of it.

I awarded a well deserved four stars and highly recommend. A brilliant read. Eye opener. Page turner. Full of facts. Hard to forget.

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