Monthly Archives: April 2018

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent (Book Review #173)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 28/04/18

My 29th book this year)

Lydia and her husband Andrew have killed a girl, Annie Doyle. Now Annie is buried someplace safe and Annie is just another missing person.

Andrew is mentally distraught and cannot seem to move past this event yet Lydia has managed to carry on as though nothing has happened. But Lydia is being strong to protect their son Laurence.

Laurence knows his dad has something to do with Annie. He has also found evidence and is slowly trying to unravel the mystery, hating his dad and being doted on by his mum.

The more Laurence finds out, the more disturbed he feels. As he grows up he meets Annie’s family. He feels extreme guilt for the secret he hides yet he cannot tell the truth because over the years he has somehow entwined himself into Annie’s death. Can they hide the body forever? Or is the past going to merge with the present until the truth is uncovered?

***SPOILER ALERT***

I was definitely captivated by this plot. Lydia is such a disturbed individual yet it made the story work. The ending left me feeling uncomfortable but it was great to have some ending “outside of the box”.

Laurence and his poor excuse for existence. Bullied, overprotected, controlled, forever treated like a child, all the way up to the final page. I can’t say I liked any of the characters but I was compelled to push through the story with an urgent need to find out how it unfolds.

So much mental instability that is well hidden by different members within the story. I felt disturbed but I enjoyed the read. The twists were totally unexpected but made the book even better without being overly dramatic.

I would definitely recommend this book. It’s not a happy book, it is somewhat dark, but a highly recommended read all the same. I am very much looking forward to discovering more books by this author if she has any more to share.

Written by Ling Lee (28/04/18).

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The Wife by Alafair Burke (Book Review #172)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 24/04/18

My 28th book this year)

Angela has experienced something extremely traumatic in her past, she has moved on, but the event will always be a part of her life.

With a husband who knows her secret and willingly accepted her for her whole being they build a life together. Then all of a sudden her life is turned upside down when her husband is accused of rape, then charges even more serious follow.

Angela must pause to think if she really knows her husband as well as she thinks she does and whether she will stand by his side for better or worse.

If she stands by to fight, it is very likely her past will be made very public and she definitely doesn’t want her secrets to surface once again.

***SPOILER ALERT***

The book was pretty average until the final scenes which were ‘wow’. A totally unexpected ending that actually worked and completed the book with a hugely dramatic end.

I disliked the husband due to infidelity and the way Angela kept finding out things that were quite mind blowing due to the case at hand. So many unpleasant secrets in a marriage. One of my pet hates.

Not really much to discuss without spoiling the contents. I’m still indecisive whether I would recommend this book or not because the ending makes it all worthwhile, yet the rest of the book was a bit bland for me.

Written by Ling Lee (24/04/18).

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The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent (Book Review #171)

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 18/04/18

My 27th book this year).

Autumn gave her daughter up for adoption unwillingly. She found out which family adopted Grace and has since been watching the family’s every moment on social media. Over the years Autumn feels like she knows every detail of her daughters’ life and every perfect moment of her “new” family.

All of a sudden, the social media account has been suspended. Autumn is distraught, obsessed and desperately needs to find out what has happened. Autumn already lives in the neighbourhood, now she just needs to find a way to get closer to the family and to be with her daughter in person.

Secrets find a way to the surface. Things always look better when you only see the good and the bad times are hidden. That what social media does. Nothing is quite what it seems. But at least Autumn knows exactly what she wants. At least she thinks she does.

***SPOILER ALERT***

What a unique storyline with a totally unexpected end. I absolutely loved this story and how desperation and obsession is portrayed exactly in all its unpleasantness.

Autumn is a disturbed individual and I guess it makes sense once we reach the end of the story.

I connected with Daphne (Grace’s adoptive mother). I felt the need for escape from the routine of everyday life. The mental pressures of having children just being children. I felt her need for an extra pair of helping hands. Her need for hiding and not showing her weakness to others. With the seemingly perfect life, how can she be such an ungrateful woman. But every person has their issues. So there’s no need to judge anyone because you cannot possibly know the entirety of what they are dealing with.

What a wonderful book find. I’m hoping Minka Kent has more books for me to read as I am highly recommending this book and I am very much wishing this book didn’t have to have an ending.

Written by Ling Lee (18/04/18).

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The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid (Book Review #170)

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 14/04/18

My 26th book this year)

Dr Tony Hill is a criminal profile analyst who has been helping to find killers. His latest job is to help catch a serial killer who enjoys torturing their victims to the extreme. Inspector Carol Jordan is on the case working alongside Tony to help find this killer before the next body appears. The case becomes all the more challenging when a member of the police force turns up dead, mutilated and tortured, just like the others.

They think they are getting closer to uncovering the killer, but the killer is intelligent, careful, patient and is abiding time to grab the next victim.

***SPOILER ALERT***

What a find!! I absolutely love the way Val McDermid delivers the story. When I read the synopsis I thought I would hate this book as I am not fond of gore, blood, guts and over the top detail into the violent scenes. I don’t know how, but this amazing author managed to pull this off without going into too much grisly details. I loved how the torture instruments were well described so we have a clear idea of how it works. I love how the killer kept a diary of the killings which helped move the story along.

I disliked one particular character, Tom Cross, who came across as one of the old timers on the force. Trying to bully his way through the job and using unfair techniques to help push his findings along.

I am very much looking forward to the next book of the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series. I am excited to share this book with other readers and would highly recommend you all to give this book a go. Right up to the last page, I enjoyed the whole book. Fantastic reading material!!

Written by Ling Lee (14/04/18).

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Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear (Book Review #169)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 08/04/18

My 25th book this year)

Cat Kinsella is a detective on the police force. She knew since she was 8 years old this is what she wanted to do. The reason being all those years ago a girl went missing. The police came to ask questions and Cat knows her dad lied. Lied about not knowing the missing girl, lied about ever talking to her or meeting her.

Cat thinks her dad has something to do with the disappearance but she also knows she shouldn’t say anything to the police. She keeps the secret buried.

Now years later, a woman is found dead, close to her childhood home. Close to her father’s place of residence and Cat has to find out the truth behind this death. She also needs to uncover the secrets from all those years ago.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Nicely paced but got a bit long winded towards the end. The plot itself was great and the final reveal was unexpected.

I don’t like difficult parent and child relationships so this book felt uncomfortable to read. Especially due to the circumstances. If you are a detective, can you or do you turn in family or someone you love? The worst thing is speculation and the uncertainty behind what you believe to be true.

I didn’t feel the suspense and excitement in exposing the killer. Yet I still found myself interested in turning the pages to finish the story. Apologies to the author but this book didn’t quite grip me and I unfortunately would not recommend it to other readers.

Written by Ling Lee (08/04/18).

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