romance · Young adult

Love Frankie – Jacqueline Wilson ★★★★

Blurb; GROWING UP. FALLING IN LOVE. COMING OUT.

Frankie is nearly fourteen and teenage life certainly comes with its ups and downs. Her mum is seriously ill with MS and Frankie can feel herself growing up quickly, no thanks to Sally and her gang of bullies at school.

When Sally turns out to be not-so-mean after all, they strike up a friendship and are suddenly spending all of their time together.

But Frankie starts to wonder whether these feelings she has for Sally are stronger than her other friendships. Might she really be in love?

Frankie doesn’t want Sally to just be her friend. She wants her to be her girlfriend. But does Sally feel the same?

My Review; Since I was young I’ve always loved and read Jacqueline Wilson so why stop now eh? This is her newest book and I may be wrong but her first gay book I think? It’s a long read with small writing and short chapters but worth every page. A brilliant story of coming out, growing up and friendship. I devoured this in a day.

Absolutely loved it all. A great YA read. Highly recommend. Many readers can relate to a least some part of this story in their teen years. First love. Sally was a bit of a bi polar character for me. She was either the bully, ignorant or bestfriends and lovely but that makes her character I suppose. A well deserved four stars from me.

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crime · Detective · mystery · suspense

True Crime Story – Joseph Knox ★★★★★

Blurb; In the early hours of Saturday 17 December 2011, Zoe Nolan, a nineteen-year-old Manchester University student, walked out of a party taking place in the shared accommodation where she had been living for three months.

She was never seen again.

Seven years after her disappearance, struggling writer Evelyn Mitchell finds herself drawn into the mystery. Through interviews with Zoe’s closest friends and family, she begins piecing together what really happened in 2011. But where some versions of events overlap, aligning perfectly with one another, others stand in stark contrast, giving rise to troubling inconsistencies.

Shaken by revelations of Zoe’s secret life, and stalked by a figure from the shadows, Evelyn turns to crime writer Joseph Knox to help make sense of a case where everyone has something to hide.

Zoe Nolan may be missing presumed dead, but her story is only just beginning

My Review; I have seen this book everywhere, so ofcourse I had to check it out myself! I am so glad I did. This is the first book I have read by this author but it won’t be the last. This was amazing. 5 stars and more. It went straight into my top reads of the year. Loved it. Highly recommend. A must buy. A must read. You will not be disappointed.

It’s set at Manchester University and as a local I knew all the places within the book and the University itself making it more real for me as a reader. The author has written this book so cleverly that I had to actually message a friend who had already read it to make sure it wasn’t a true crime. Very clever indeed. Very impressed.

The story is told through each of the characters involved throughout. So it was an easy read for me which I devoured and finished before I knew it. I was hooked. It really was a brilliant, page turner of a read. One I don’t think I could ever forget. One I will recommend for a long time. This author just blew me away. Now I understand the hype… Thank you Joseph.

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Bestsellers · crime · Detective · mystery

The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman ★★★★★

Blurb; Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
Welcome to…
The Thursday Murder Club

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

My Review; Now You must have seen this book everywhere. I sure have. It seems to me its a marmite book you either love it or don’t get the hype. For me I am firmly on the love side. I loved it all. It’s set in a little retirement village with OAPs and they came up with the idea to start a club to solve/fix old cases that were left unresolved. Meet the Thursday Murder Club.

Things soon enter from the present though with a murder right on their own doorstep, they all witnessed and they’re determined to solve it before the police do. Now don’t under-estimate these OAPs they’re clever and know the right people. Especially Elizabeth she seems the leader to me. However, soon things become far more complicated than they first seemed dragging them back into the past to discover the answers.

A very clever story, kept me guessing. A great outcome I never saw coming. These clever OAPs stole my heart. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead in book two. Highly recommend! A well deserved five stars from me.

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