mystery · suspense · thriller

Safe House – Jo Jakeman ★★★★★

Blurb; The morning after a terrible storm, a woman turns up in a remote Cornish village. She calls herself Charlie, but it’s a name she’s only had for a few days. She keeps herself to herself, reluctant to integrate with the locals. Because Charlie has a secret.

Charlie was in prison for providing a false alibi for a murderer. But Lee Fisher wasn’t a murderer to her; he was the man she loved. Convinced of his innocence, Charlie said she was with him the night a young woman was killed. This sacrifice cost her everything.

And now she has a chance to start again. But someone is watching her, waiting for her, wondering if she’s really paid the price for what she did.

My Review; My first five star read of 2020. I actually started this one before Christmas and got 100 pages in, but I devoured the rest of this in a day. It’s full of suspense, tense, thrilling and an edge of your seat read. Especially towards the end I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. A real page turner.

THE ENDING. THE OUTCOME. THE TWIST. Never saw it coming in a million years. True shocker. Jaw dropper. Just didn’t expect it at all. The main character Charlie has done her time with a short prison sentence and is ready to move on. New location. New home. New friends. But is it ever that easy? She has to start from the bottom again to reach the top. She has her supporters, but she also has her haters.

I actually felt sorry for Charlie. She deserves to move on… The relationship she strikes up with an elderly neighbour Aubrey was cute and probably a comfort to her. The story flicks from present Charlie to the past where she was known as Steffi. It’s a brilliant read. I enjoyed it. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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Killers · mystery · suspense · thriller

My Sister, The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite ★★★★

Blurb; When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

My Review; I have seen this book around a lot, luckily I managed to get a copy from the library to see what it was all about. It is literally what the title says… My Sister, The Serial Killer. I devoured this. Loved it. Found it an easy read. Different… If I had to go off the cover I wouldn’t have picked it up, but I am so glad I did.

The story focuses on the two sisters Ayoola and Korede. Ayoola is the younger sister, likes her men she has plenty of those and is a serial killer. Korede is the older sister, a nurse, the one always cleaning up Ayoolas mess and keeping her safe. Would you do that for your sister?? I look up to Korede as she has to clean up, keep it all secret and try to protect her sister and the next man to come along…

I will say karma works here. But it was not the ending I expected. Will she get away with it? Will she be caught? Other than her sister noone knows… Well… Except one person. Sssh. You must read it. I don’t want to ruin it for you. It’s Brilliant. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Children's

We Are The Beaker Girls – Jacqueline Wilson ★★★★

Blurb; Jess Beaker is having an amazing summer at her new seaside home!

Jess and her mum Tracy have left the Duke Estate behind them, and have moved to Cooksea. They have new friends, their dog Alfie, and they’re running an antiques shop called… The Dumping Ground!

But as lovely as it is to live by the sea, trouble still seems to be following the Beaker Girls.

Horrible Sean is back on the scene, a local kid is picking on Jess, and their beloved Cam isn’t just round the corner any more.

Can the Beaker Girls make a success of their new life? Tracy won’t go rushing back to that awful boyfriend … will she?

My Review; This is my final book for 2019, I managed to slip it in before midnight taking my reading total to 160 books this year. Yes. It’s a children book but it’s more than that to me. I grew up watching and reading Tracy Beaker and that was a big part of my Childhood. I’ve followed along with it from the start and seen Tracy grow up and become a mother herself. She’s actually a similar age to me. Eek.

Brilliantly written. Easy reading. Yes I still love all the little illustrations throughout making it that more special and funny. Absolutely loved it and have loved watching Tracy grow and her family. I don’t know if this is the end of the Tracy Beaker books but I really hope not.

In this book we are introduced to a new character Jordan… Can Tracy and Jess help her back on the right track? We also see a few familiar faces from the dumping ground too. Brilliant. A well deserved four stars from me. A brilliant delve back into my childhood which always makes me smile and feel warm. It’s the little things…

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