Watching You by Lisa Jewell (Book Review #255)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 17/11/19

My 47th book this year)

Mr Tom Fitzwilliam, headteacher of Melville School. Known to do great things for improving schools, being attentive, caring, inspiring and well loved by all who know him. Especially his neighbour Joey who seems to have developed quite a crush on him. Joey thinks it is her secret. But Tom’s son Freddie knows her secret. Freddie likes to watch the people in his neighbourhood. He likes to watch them in all his spare time, he likes to take photos and document what he sees.

Nobody is perfect. Even Mr Fitzwilliam. Jenna is one of his current students at Melville. Jenna thinks she has uncovered a highly disturbing secret about her headteacher. She knows her best friend Bess and Mr Fitzwilliam have a strange thing going on and they keep meeting in suspicious places. Jenna needs to keep her best friend safe.

Everyone has their own secrets. Some people have dark secrets they don’t want anyone else to know about. Secrets are being unravelled and some are somehow causing domino effects through Melville.


I love the “watching people” books. I love when one person knows a secret and just keep it to themselves. Just watch how the secret unfolds, because usually secrets cannot be kept forever.

Freddie is a great character. The strange creepy kid who keeps watching people. Tom’s character is exactly the way it should be portrayed and the outcome was very good considering how the story was told. Joey was a complete different story. Highly unlikeable throughout.

The first half of the story was slow going and too obviously pointing out each persons secret. But then the twist made this novel highly worth reading. Worth reading if you don’t mind trudging through the first chunk of the story as it is laid out. I am definitely looking forward to another book by Lisa Jewell.

Written by Ling Lee (17/11/19).

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Pendulum by Adam Hamdy (Book Review #254)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 11/11/19

My 46th book this year)

John Wallace wakes to find himself disorientated, in tremendous pain and his neck in a noose. Someone is trying to kill him and he has no idea why.

Somehow he escapes with even more injuries and now he is on the run. He goes to the authorities but they don’t believe him thinking it was a failed suicide attempt. The killer is still out there and John doesn’t know where to hide.

More people die. They all appear to be suicides. John believes otherwise. Now he needs to find a way to stay alive and to convince someone to help him find the killer before the killer finds him.


This book was overly dramatic. How many times can one person escape death by a killer who seems to be well trained, well prepared and well informed about every aspect of your life? Extremely over the top violence and non stop action. Too many deaths with not even close to enough information as to why it was all happening. We know nothing about the killers’ motives until the final reveal.

I much prefer to have an inkling of an idea as to why there are so many brutal attacks. I was highly disappointed in the reason behind the killings. Maybe a book for the younger hormone filled teenage boy who loves action and not so much realism.

I am definitely not interested in picking up another book by this author. But for those who enjoy Lee Child, maybe this is an alternative author for you.

Written by Ling Lee (11/11/19).

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The Missing Ones by Patricia Finney (Book Review #253)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 01/11/19

My 45th book this year)

The first body was found in a cathedral, the second body hanging from a tree not far from there. A tattoo puts a link between them. Then there are reports of missing persons and another body.

Detective Lottie needs to find the missing link before more bodies turn up. She needs to find the killer yet she doesn’t know where to begin. The deeper she digs, the more dangerous things get.

It seems a former children’s home is where it all began. When the children listen as a boy is violently murdered. When they watch as a body is thrown into a hole to be buried. When the children wonder which of them will be next to die. When they somehow grow up and someone wants to let the world know the truth. But there are others who need to keep the truth hidden no matter how many more lives it may cost.


I absolutely couldn’t find a way to connect with any of the characters in the first chunk of the story. I didn’t like the characters at all. Then when the story hit a turn and answers were starting to be uncovered, Lottie and Boyd’s strange relationship began to grow on me.

When the story began to reveal more of the past things got much more exciting to read. It was like having two authors writing. I don’t like the subject matter with religion and those with authority abusing their positions. I hate how vulnerable children are taken advantage of but then this story somehow worked. Although a very confusing end that needed rereading, the book is worth picking up. I wouldn’t go as far as to recommend it to others but it’s not a total waste of time. I enjoyed it enough to want to read another book by this author.

Written by Ling Lee (02/11/19).

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Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer (Book Review #252)

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!!!

(Finished Reading: 23/10/19

My 44th book this year)

Patrick has Asperger’s Syndrome. Patrick’s dad gets hit by a car and dies. He needs to find out how the body is there one day and just gone the next so he becomes an anatomy student.

Patrick is on an anatomy course. He is learning to dissect a human body, one step at a time. He needs to find out how Number 19 died. Patrick believes he has discovered a different reason for death compared to what has been written on the death certificate. Now the evidence has gone missing and someone is trying to dispose of him. He needs to find the whole truth with evidence to prove it before someone else catches up with him.


What a stunning find. One of the best crime/thrillers I have read so far. Totally unique plot. Great detail without being overdramatic. Even though the main character, Patrick, was a strange character, there was a great explanation for it. Although I have never met anyone with Asperger’s Syndrome, the author has done a brilliant job of building this character and how he sees and thinks and feels as a person.

Although much of the material is dark and unpleasant, Belinda Bauer made me laugh on more than one occasion and I was absolutely mesmerized by this book. Just enough gore, just enough drama and the pace was perfect for me.

I am highly recommending this book to everyone who enjoys crime, thriller, suspense or mysteries. I am highly anticipating what else Belinda Bauer has written and am extremely looking forward to picking up another of her books. A must read!!

Written by Ling Lee (23/10/19).

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Poison Orchids by Anni Taylor and Sarah A. Denzil (Book Review #251)

I rate this book 4 out 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 17/10/19

My 43rd book this year)

Hayley and Gemma have just escaped from someone who was about to murder them. They are now in hospital. Police are questioning them but the two girls have quite varied retellings of what happened.

Before they were taken, due to a work incident, they decided to quit and found work on a mango farm together. The farm is known to employ backpackers. The farm is known to be a happy place. The farm treats everyone like family. But then so many bad instincts are there. Is everything too perfect? Too peaceful? Too happy?

The girls begin to unravel some horrific memories. The girls have been taken from the hospital. The police are on a mad chase to find them again as many bodies have been found, so many links point to the farm. But the farm is a happy place, the farm is for family.


Throughout the book I felt like there were two different authors, then I remembered there actually were two. The first chunk of the book was slow going, unimpressive, confusing and not that good at all. Then all of a sudden the story takes a turn and goes into super mode. I absolutely loved the second chunk of the book enough to round up this rating. Although the story was totally over the top far fetched, it was a completely new idea (for me). I have never previously come across this sort of content.

I actually loved the simple version of this plot. Two girls in hospital, two different stories about their abduction. I think I might have preferred a less dramatic version of this plot, however I found I really enjoyed the second part and because of this I would recommend this book with a reminder that the first part of the book is not great.

Written by Ling Lee (17/10/19).

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Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft (Book Review #250)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 10/10/19

My 42nd book this year)

Mia’s husband, Zach, commited suicide, leaving her a single mum to their daughter, Freya. Mia has finally found a way to move on, then Alice appears bringing her a life changing message “Your husband didn’t kill himself”.

Alice knew Zach, Zach knew Alices’ flatmate, Josie. Alice hates Josie and visa versa.

Alice think she knows a secret and she isn’t afraid to tell. She’s not sure if it’s true but it is enough to turn a few people’s lives upside down. Alice is hiding a secret of her own. Now she wants justice for the real truth.


This book was the perfect pace for me and not overly dramatic to the point of shaking my head. It’s a shame when too many characters have to be “weird” just so we can keep guessing at what the truth might be. Normal people can have secrets too!!

I liked the twist although I had an inkling very early on what may happen. I guess Zach was my favourite in this book. I can’t say I liked any of the others.

Interesting plot. A book I would recommend to other readers. I would also love to read more by this author, Kathryn Croft.

Written by Ling Lee (10/10/19).

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In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (Book Review #249)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 30/09/19

My 41st book this year)

Leonora has been invited to an old friends Hen do. She hasn’t seen her nor been in contact for over 10 years. One of the other girls invited persuades her to go.

She knows she shouldn’t, but she does. Her whole world is turned upside down when she is told who the groom was to be. Someone of huge significance in her past. But she just has to get through two nights and she can leave it all behind all over again.

The secrets that come out are so much worse than expected. The perfect hen do includes strange ouiji board messages and shooting. Are there clear warnings here before the big finale?


Although the plot was odd and had hugely flawed characters I found I enjoyed this book and wanted to find out the end. Slow to pick up but maybe after reading so many violent and over the top dramatic thrillers, this book turned out to be just what I needed.

The characters acted way out of their age groups. Maybe it should have been a school reunion rather than a Hen do. In their mid to late twenties, each character seemed to act more like teenagers. Petty, immature, randomly put together.

The end was not what I expected. I think the more obvious candidate would have made a better ending for me. It’s a shame all authors feel the need for a final twist, because sometimes less is more.

Although Ruth Ware’s books have not been amazing, I am still happy to pick up her book and would recommend her to others.

Written by Ling Lee (30/09/19).

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Last to Die by Arlene Hunt (Book Review #248)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 24/09/19

My 40th book this year)

Jessie is a teacher at a special needs school. One unfortunate day she becomes a hero. But not in a way that she takes pride in. There is a mass shooting at her school. She must protect the children. She kills the shooter, but the shooter is another child. Jessie is haunted by this for a great length of time after the ordeal. Now Jessie must find a way to get past the nightmares of this day.

Caleb is a hunter, he likes to hunt humans, his new target is Jessie. With all that is going on in Jessie’s life, this seems to be her biggest test of survival once she realises she is targeted. Can she outrun him or will she be hunted?


I’m not that into school shooting material, but this book made it a bit less horrifying in some way. Maybe because what happened to Jessie after was even more terrifying.

The only downside to this book was TOO much drama for Jessie alone. I would have preferred for the shooting to be removed from this book and for the plot to revolve around Caleb and his “hunts” more. I would have loved more insight from Caleb’s point of view, more depth when he tracks his prey.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend this one. I am highly looking forward to discovering more books by this author.

Written by Ling Lee (24/09/19).

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The Secret by K.L Slater (Book Review #247)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 19/09/19
My 39th book this year)

Louise is a busy woman. Busy at work, busy at home, busy overtime. There never seems to be enough hours in a day meaning something has to give. She just doesn’t have the time to spend with her son Archie. She often leaves Archie with Auntie Alice.

Auntie Alice enjoys her time with Archie, but she is becoming more and more concerned with her nephew’s well being. More and more signs of unpleasant things occur, but Archie keeps his secrets. Archie holds a secret so big it could destroy his family, so he knows he must stay quiet.

Someone is getting hurt, someone is not being nice, someone may be in danger. The secrets must eventually be told.


I quite enjoyed this book. I found it to be quite a slow paced suspenseful read. Not heart racing but enough to keep me wanting to read more. I wanted to know how a child could hold such a life impacting secret. I wanted to know what was happening to Archie, I needed to know he would be ok.

Alice is a very strange character. It didn’t entirely make sense how she was supposedly afraid of the outside world yet because of wanting to get to know a stranger, she manages to break through her fears.

I highly disliked Louise. She was supposed to be an unlikeable character so well done to KL Slater. I felt for Archie throughout the book. I kept thinking about if one of my children were ever in such fear, how I would react as a mother. But I can’t see how I would let my child reach this disastrous situation and not try to resolve the issue much sooner.

Not the first book I have discovered by this author and definitely not the last. Highly recommended author. I would recommend this book but don’t expect too much of a wow factor.

Written by Ling Lee (19/09/19).

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I Found You by Lisa Jewell (Book Review #246)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 11/09/19

My 38th book this year)

Alice found him on the beach, he has no memory of his past, he doesn’t know his name, he doesn’t know why he is here. She names him Frank. She lets him into her home, she lets him discover himself. There are dark memories, there are dangerous memories. Neither of them know what to do.

Meanwhile Lily’s husband has gone missing and she has has no idea where he could be. Newly married, still deep in love with one another, Lily is sure something sinister has happened. She calls the police only to be told her husband Carl does not exist.

With the secrets forgotten, the secrets hidden, then the secrets that need to unfold and be told, this suspenseful book hides a story that spans two decades.


I thought this story was really well told. I enjoyed most of the story and it was set at a nice rolling pace.

I found the characters a bit too edgy, too strange and they held too many secrets. But otherwise the plot was great.

I enjoyed the ending although it turned out a bit too coincidental. A well recommended read. I would very much like to read more books by Lisa Jewell.

Written by Ling Lee (11/09/19).

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