crime · Detective · Non-Fiction · suspense · thriller

Murder Thy Neighbour – James Patterson ★★★★★

Blurb; As seen on Discovery ID, these two true-crime thrillers follow a neighbours’ quarrel that turns violent and cyber-bullying that explodes in a double murder.

(with Andrew Bourelle)

Ann Hoover is a nice woman, but she’s come to hate her neighbour. Roy Kirk moved in next door with plans to renovate. But as the weeks go by, his DIY construction turns to shambles and Roy himself becomes sullen and hostile. When Ann takes him to court, Roy’s retaliation will be shockingly gruesome.

(with Max DiLallo)

Jenelle Potter has always been better at connecting through social media than in person. With overprotective parents, she hasn’t had many options to meet people until she links up Billy. But her feelings for Billy are unreciprocated, causing Jenelle to start a virtual war – a war that enters the real world.

My Review; As you should all know by now I am a huge James Patterson fan. This did not disappointed. I absolutely loved it. This is two short stories in one book and both are TRUE stories. For me these being true stories makes them even more horrifying and scared. It’s scary what some people do.

Both were gripping, thrilling stories that had me on edge. But I preferred the first one more because that was just messed up who even does that? As usual the book contains short chapters and was an easy read but one I throughally enjoyed. One I can’t forget, those poor victims. The second story has a huge focus on social media and it reminds you to be careful online always, no matter what age you are.

A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. Spooky. Scary. Messed up. Dark. Death. Murder. TRUE CRIME.

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Non-Fiction · Young adult

The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir – Ta-Nehisi Coates ★★★★

Blurb; Adapted from the adult memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Water Dancer and Between the World and Me, this father-son story explores how boys become men, and quite specifically, how Ta-Nehisi Coates became Ta-Nehisi Coates.

As a child, Ta-Nehisi Coates was seen by his father, Paul, as too sensitive and lacking focus. Paul Coates was a Vietnam vet who’d been part of the Black Panthers and was dedicated to reading and publishing the history of African civilization. When it came to his sons, he was committed to raising proud Black men equipped to deal with a racist society, during a turbulent period in the collapsing city of Baltimore where they lived.

Coates details with candor the challenges of dealing with his tough-love father, the influence of his mother, and the dynamics of his extended family, including his brother “Big Bill,” who was on a very different path than Ta-Nehisi. Coates also tells of his family struggles at school and with girls, making this a timely story to which many readers will relate.

My Review; This is an adapted version for young adult readers. It’s a story about his upbringing as a black male. The education system. The law. His parents. His family. Friends. Employment. Fights. Basically all in one. It’s an eye opener of a read. Especially how much His dad focused on him to do well with tough love.

In parts it’s a tough read. But the author has been honest throughout here and I think many can relate to what he has had to experience himself. A beautiful memoir but he hasn’t had it easy. I’d love to read the full version. Highly recommend. A quick read, not long. A well deserved four stars.

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chick-lit · Non-Fiction

How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran ★★★★

Blurb; It’s a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven’t been burnt as witches since 1727. But a few nagging questions remain…

Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby?

Part memoir, part protest, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.

My Review; I have read one of Caitlins books before and I really enjoyed it. So when I received an email asking me to help spread the word of this years quick read selection ofcourse I said yes and was sent this lovely one to review.

Now this is a shorter version of Caitlins full book with what I presume is the best bits. This is a book all women and girls should read. A must read. It has the highs and lows of being a women. Everything is included in this book. I loved it. Eye opening. Insightful. Can learn from it. Powerful. Uplifting. Loved it all. Parts had me laughing at loud and many parts I could relate to myself as will a lot of female readers. I was very impressed with this quick read and went and bought the full version of this book as I want more.

Did you know? One in six adults in the UK – approximately 9 million people – find reading difficult, and one in three people do not regularly read for pleasure. Quick Reads, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, plays a vital role in addressing these shocking statistics by inspiring emergent readers, as well as those with little time or who have fallen out of the reading habit, with entertaining and accessible writing from the very best contemporary authors. – I have always been a fan of quick reads even as an avid reader they are perfect for when I’m going through a book slump and the best bit is… They’re always a pound. Bargain.

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Apologies I could not find the quick reads version of this on Amazon US.