Book-Review-One-Tiny-Lie

One Tiny Lie

(Ten Tiny Breaths #2)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

 

K. A. Tucker’s One Tiny Lie follows the fortunes of Livie, the sensible Cleary sister, during her first year at College. Livie is the planner of the two girls; college, exams, medical school and a good looking respectable husband.

All does not go according to plan and she soon begins to question her choices over the past few years.  Are her choices for herself or is she complying with her deceased father’s wishes?  With her love life a mess and her party life flourishing, straight A Livie begins her mid-terms with a C- for her favourite subject.

Has Livie turned into Miss Mediocrity?  Will she ever sort out her love life?  Will she cease her hard partying?  And how will her sister, Kacey react when Livie tells her what has transpired during the first few weeks of her freshman year of college?  Will Livie’s grades keep her at Princeton?

Surprisingly all of these question are answered if not directly, certainly indirectly.  As with all good authors there is a twist which helps Livie unravel many of the problems she faces.

I found

One Tiny Lie

an enjoyable read and rated

One Tiny Lie

as a solid

four star read.

And it appears many of K. A. Tucker fans

are like minded

with 82% of readers rating it 4 or 5 stars.

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

One Tiny Lie

an average of 4.27 stars

from 35,104 ratings

and 2,422 reviews.

***

One Tiny Lie

can be purchased online at

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***

Book-Review_I’ll-Find-You

I’ll-Find-You

by

Liz Lawler

I’ll Find You was my second Liz Lawler book and I think it was as nearly as good as Don’t Wake Up.

I’ll Find You begins about a year after Emily’s sister Zoe, who she is trying to find, went missing, when Zoe is in hospital for a minor operation.  She wakes during the night to hear hospital staff furiously working on a person in the next bed, however, the next morning she is told that she must have dreamed the whole episode as there was no-one in the other bed.

She comes to the conclusion that some of the staff has something to hide.  But just what remained elusive?  Why did staff deny the presence of another patient in Emily’s room?  Why was one of the top surgeons involved?

Emily’s continued efforts to find her sister and the person in the other bed land her in a psychiatric ward for a while until she escapes.   After she escapes one of the senior nurses is murdered.  Guess who is suspected of committing the crime.

I enjoyed I’ll find you, especially near the end with many unexpected turn of events popping up.  Did she ever find her sister?  You will have to read the book

I rated

I’ll Find You

as a solid

read.

At the time of writing my review,

Other Goodreads readers have rated

I’ll Find You

an average of 4.01 stars

from 1,976 ratings and 173 reviews

I’ll Find You

can be purchased on-line at

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Book Review-The-Girl-They-Took

The-Girl-They-Took

(Tess Winnett #8)

by

Leslie Wolfe

We often send children to school functions thinking they will be safe. That was mother Miriam’s thoughts when she left seven year old daughter Paige, backstage with other children and teachers at the school’s play.   Within 45 minutes Paige had been kidnapped and Miriam was left unconscious in a broom cupboard.

The Girl They Took, the eighth in the Tess Winnett series, has Tess specifically requested to solve the kidnapping of the District Attorney’s daughter, Paige.

Two botched ransom drops, organised by a blow-in junkie and the paedophile kidnapper, only serve to exacerbate Mother Miriam’s hysteria.  The other kidnapper is against asking for a ransom as he is working for someone who has no ransom agenda and he is doing his best to keep Paige safe and sound.  Why?

Meanwhile Father District Attorney appears to show little or no interest in his daughter’s disappearance.  He seems to want to carry on as usual.   Again…Why?  You will have both of these questions answered when you read the book.

The Girl They Took has Winnett at her most subdued with most of her time waiting for ransom calls and trying to subdue distraught mother, however, it did show another side of Tess Winnett.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl They Took and recommend it to all Leslie Wolfe/Tess Winnett fans.

I rated

The Girl They Took

as a solid

four star read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

The Girl They Took

an average of 4.45 stars

from 236 ratings

and 26 reviews

The Girl They Took

is available online

at

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Not available Booktopia or Fishpond: July 10, 2021

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Book-Review-If-I-Stay

If I Stay 

(If I Stay, #1)

Gayle Forman

If I stay was my first Gayle Forman read, however, it won’t be my last.  Initially I found the title confusing and nothing in the blurb gave away he plot either.

Mia is a cellist; and a good one at that.  And at the tender age of 17 she is finding out that life is full of choices.  Practise or hang out with friends.  Practise or go to a concert.  Practise or listen to her boyfriend’s band play.

An unusual fall of snow closes all schools.  Mia’s family decide to go for a drive as the snow has barely covered the ground.  Only a few minutes into their drive something happens which leaves Mia with only one choice to make.  To go; or to stay.  Where?

If I Stay was a good quick read which I enjoyed, however, I’m sure there is some among us who will not enjoy the story.   I did enjoy If I Stay and although I felt the story was simply being padded at times I thought it still worthy of three stars.

The ending is abrupt, although appropriate

I rated

If I Stay

as a threestar read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

If I Stay

an average of 3.94 stars,

from 745,981 ratings,

and 38,989 reviews.

*****

If I Stay

can be purchased on-line at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

Book-Review-Devil’s-Lair

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Devil’s Lair

by

Sarah Barrie

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Sarah Barrie’s Devil’s Lair was my first of her books and probably will not be my last.

Even after Callie is acquitted of murdering her husband people still shun her husband’s dream and refuse to come back to their Bed and Breakfast.   So Callie decides to move to a cottage near an old mansion in Tasmania where she finds solace in the beauty of the Tasmanian landscape and friendly locals, in particular Connor and his siblings at nearby Calico Lodge.

Unknown to Callie the old mansion has a chequered past associated with witchcraft and murder.

However, it I the nocturnal events in Callie’s cottage which lead Callie to question her reasons for moving to Tasmania and eventually she begins to doubt her own sanity.

I listened to Devil’s Lair as a background novel while working on my computer which is not the best way to read any novel as some important parts of the story may be missed through lack of concentration.  However, all the concentrating under the sun would not have prepared me for the twists and turns towards the end.  As with most novels set in, or about, Australia I did enjoy Devil’s Lair.  Perhaps in book format it may have been four star material however I felt three and a half stars was enough.  As Goodreads does not cater for half stars Devil’s Lair can only be rated a solid three star read.

I rated

Devil’s Lair

 as a

three star read/audiobook

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Devil’s Lair

an average of 3.81 stars

 from 689 ratings

 and 132 reviews

Devil’s Lair

can be purchased online at

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The Stockman’s Secret

by

Mandy Magro

 

Mandy Magro’s The Stockman’s Secret, was my fifth of her books and as usual it is set in Queensland.

 

Juliette is the step-daughter of Little Heart’s minister. Unknown to step-Dad, Juliette and Joel have been seeing each other for some time and have become a couple because both had been the target of school bullies.

Juliette and Joel are attacked one night by these bullies and Joel cannot understand why Juliette wants to keep the attack a secret.

However, when one of the bullies confronts Joel and tells Joel what he will do to Juliette next time, it is more than Joel can bear.

In a bar room brawl, Joel punches Bully.  Juliette breaks up with Joel.  Joel packs his bags and takes a jackaroo’s job a Rosalee station.

 When Joel eventually decides it’s time to return to Little Heart, he finds things have changed quite a lot.  Bully 1, is a respected doctor and Juliette’s husband is trying to make his mark on local politics.  The main questions which need to be answered are:  Will bully 1 get his comeuppance?   Does Juliette still have feelings for Joel or is she happily married?   Will Joel’s family accept his return?

I enjoyed The Stockman’s Secret.

I rated

The Stockman’s Secret

 as a

three star read/audiobook

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Stockman’s Secret

an average of 4.08 stars

 from 159 ratings

 and 32 reviews

The Stockman’s Secret

can be purchased online at

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Book-Review-Damage

Damage Francis’s

Damage

by

Felix  Francis

(Jefferson Hinkley #1)

 

Damage was my second Francis book and I felt I was so invested in the previous Sid Halley novel that it took a while to accept that this was a totally different investigator by the name of Jeff Hinkley.

Like Halley, Hinkley is also a retired jockey, albeit a much younger character and if you have not guessed by now Damage also revolves around the British racing industry with murder, horse doping and extortion/blackmail being the crimes investigated by Hinkley.

The British Horseracing Association (BHA) is having its meetings disrupted.   The Grand National Steeplechase is stopped mid race; at some meets nearly all horses test positive for a banned stimulant; jockeys and stewards are fed laced food with the balance of the card being abandoned on each occasion.

Eventually, the BHA receives a demand for money and all the interference will stop.  And stop it does with a surprise ending.

I have only given damage a three star rating while most readers have rated it 4 or 5 stars.  Damage is not a slow read and I think that if the element of sameness increases, (horse racing) I can still see this type of book holding my interest even if they are not favourites.

I rated

Damage

as a


read.

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Damage

an average of 3.94 stars

from 2,240 ratings

and 246 reviews.

Damage

can be purchased on-line at

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Book Review-Liar-Liar


Liar Liar

by

James Patterson

and

Candice Fox

*****

Co-authored by Candice Fox, James Patterson’s Liar, Liar, features Detective Harriet Blue who is bent on avenging the death of her brother, Sam.  In Blue’s mind the death of serial killer and nemesis Regan Banks was the only way to avenge Sam’s death.  She chases, or rather follows Banks’ instructions as he directs her movements around Sydney, prior to a rather uninspiring finale.  With all murder mysteries there are the usual expected and unexpected twists in Liar Liar

As with Fifty, Fifty, narrator, Federay Holmes, did not in my opinion, contribute to a positive audio experience with her Liar Liar narration.  All her character voices sounded tired and disinterested in their part of the investigation.  Not only disinterested but all had very similar voices and it was difficult to keep track of who was actually talking and whether they were angry or happy.

As you can guess Federay Holmes is not my favourite narrator, which is at odds with my wife who thinks she has a great voice for these books.

I have rated

Liar Liar

as aaudio book.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Liar Liar

an average of 3.86 stars

from 8,182 ratings

and 703 reviews.

***

Liar Liar

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book-Review-Blink

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Blink

by

K. L. Slater

 

K. L. Slater’s Blink is one of his best I have read this year.  Single mother, Toni and five-year-old Evie have moved to a new area, new school and know very few people.  The only person from Evie’s school who had bothered to make themselves known to Toni was Miss Watkins.  Miss Watkins represented herself as a teacher when in fact she was a only teacher’s aide.

Like many single parents Toni is finding the going tough and just as she finds herself a job, and the promise of a financially better life, Evie is taken from school….by a stranger.

Blink is written in two parts, present day and three years earlier where most of the action takes place.

For a great majority of Blink the present day action revolves around a woman who is little more than a vegetable to onlookers, but in reality is wide awake, but locked in her inanimate body.                

As with many of Slater’s novels, I did not pick the ending in any way shape or form.  I was way off base which for me added another half star to its rating.

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I rated

Blink

as a solidstar read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Blink

an average of 4.00 stars

from 11,999 ratings

1,029 reviews

 

Blink

is available online

at

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Blink

 

Book Review-Beneath-Blackwater-River

Beneath Blackwater River 

(Dr. Kay Sharp #2)

by

Leslie Wolfe

Leslie Wolfe’s second Kay Sharp novel, Beneath Blackwater River is off and running from page one with little or no back story to bog down the flow.

Beneath Blackwater River sees Leslie Wolfe at her best again.   To date I have read all of Wolfe’s series and the first book in each series is the hard read which I can only attribute to the back story content needed to introduce characters.

A teenage runaway, a kidnapping, a teenage murder victim, a bent cop, and a wealthy family provide the main ingredients to keep pages of Beneath Blackwater River turning into the wee hours of the morning.

The main to question to be answered, other than whodunit, is how a seventeen year-old murder victim’s DNA could match that of an unsolved kidnapping some 14 years earlier?

One of these conundrums questions I figured out long before Dr Kay did.  However, as the end drew nigh there were more twists and turns than one could possibly hope for in a mystery novel.

Beneath Blackwater River moves along at a cracking pace.  While Kay Sharp #1 was good, Kay Sharp #2 was/is an excellent read.  I am certain that all Leslie Wolfe fans will be delighted with this latest character in her repertoire.

I rated

Beneath Blackwater River

as a solidstar read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Beneath Blackwater River

an average of 4.58 stars

from 384 ratings

and 63 reviews

Beneath Blackwater River 

is available online

at 

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Not available Booktopia: May 16, 2021