Book Review-The-Girl-You-Killed

The Girl You Killed

by

Leslie Wolfe

Leslie Wolfe’s latest offering, The Girl You Killed, was presented in a slightly different manner from any of her previous work, and in my opinion, it is this difference that contributes to The Girl You Killed being one of her best.

Andrea and Craig Brafford appear to be a happily married young couple.  The only thing Andrea is missing is gainful employment.  Every time she applies for a job she doesn’t get past an interview.  Craig plays the dutiful husband as she grieves her lost opportunities.   Craig has his own plans for Andreas skills.

Then Andrea discovers she is pregnant and she expects support and joy from Craig and again she doesn’t get the expected.  Far from it.   The only thing she develops is severe morning sickness…morning sickness that develops any time of the day or night.  In fact, the only time she doesn’t suffer morning sickness is during a week in the Caribbean.

Not many months later Craig is on trial for murdering his pretty young wife.

Fans of Leslie Wolfe will find The Girl You Killed a real page-turner.

I rated The Girl You Killed as a solid five star read.

 

I rated

The Girl You Killed

as a solid

five-star read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

The Girl You Killed

an average of 4.53 stars

from 618 ratings

and 64 reviews

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The Girl You Killed

is available online

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Book-Review-Safe-With-Me

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Safe With Me

by

K. L. Slater

 

Safe With Me is a book that I would not normally read simply because nearly all the characters are, or appear to be, suffering from a form of mental illness.  However, Safe With Me almost falls into the page-turner category which has a not easy to guess ending.

 

Anna witnesses an accident between a car (Amanda) and a motorcyclist (Liam).  Liam crashes his motorbike into Amanda’s car.   Anna believes that Amanda is actually Carla one of her childhood teachers and also that Carla had something to do with her brother’s death thirteen years earlier and has now changed her name to Amanda. 

 

In an effort to make sure Amanda/Carla gets her comeuppance for this accident and her brother’s demise, Anna after helping Liam at the scene of his accident decides to befriend him and follow the police investigation to ensure that Amanda/Carla is charged with the fault of the accident.

 

Almost all scenarios raised during this book are figments, of the character’s imagination.  Now I did say almost.  The trick is to sort reality from fiction.

 

This was my second time with Safe With Me and I chose the audio version, narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis, to refresh my memory.  I have often stated that a good narrator can make or break a book.  In this case, Lucy Price-Lewis’ contribution made my revisit to Safe With Me an enjoyable experience.

I have rated the audio version of Safe With Me as a four-star book.

In 2020 I rated Safe With Me as a three-star read, however, I did not write a review, hence this review.

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I rated

Safe With Me

as a solid

star audiobook.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Safe With Me

an average of 3.75 stars

from 10,205 ratings

716 reviews

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Safe With Me

is available online

at

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The End Of Her

by

Shari Lapena 

 

The End Of Her is my second of Shari Lapena’s novels and I still have several I plan to read.

Patrick and Stephanie are happily married and parents of young colicky twins.  They are both sleep-deprived, especially Stephanie, however, they are coping, just, when along comes Erica one of Patrick’s old flames.  Patrick and Erica had an affair just prior to the death of Patrick’s first wife.  She died of carbon monoxide poisoning.  A death ruled as accidental by the coroner of the time.  Erica’s arrival casts some doubt on that finding, suggesting that Patrick is a murderer.

All the while Patrick protests his innocence and that Erica is only trying to blackmail him and Stephanie who recently has inherited millions of dollars.  Contrary to Erica, Patrick also claims the affair was nothing more than a couple of one night stands.

A new inquest into the death of Patrick’s first wife again finds he has no case to answer.  However, is he to be arrested and sent to trial for murder?  How many people has Erica blackmailed over the years?  Will she get away with it?  The question is who is telling the truth.  Is it Erica, Patrick or both?

I thoroughly enjoyed The End Of Her and did not come anywhere near picking the ending.

I rated

The End of Her

as a solid

four-star read

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The End of Her

an average of 3.79 stars

from 43,821 ratings

and 4,329 reviews

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The End of Her

can be purchased online at

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The Guilty Wife

by

Elle Croft

Bethany Reston is a photographer running her own business and all is well until she lands a job photographing a documentary about billionaire Calum Bradley’s life. A straightforward client/photographer relationship begins and all is well until client and photographer merge into one.

Bethany still loves her husband, Jason, but she has also fallen for Calum.  Although professing to love Jason and Calum, Bethany does not reveal to Jason, that she is having an affair with Calum.

One night after a late meeting in a seedy part of town, someone sticks a knife into Calum.  If you guessed that Bethany is the only person to show up on nearby CCTV cameras, you would be correct.  Bethany then spends a large portion of the book avoiding being arrested for a murder she did not commit.  However, readers of crime know all is not going to end well for Bethany.  She eventually is arrested,  tried, and convicted by the dumbest jury ever.

There are parts where I think The Guilty Wife drags a tad and for this reason alone I have reduced it to a four-star read.  However, overall an entertaining read.

I rated

The Guilty Wife

 as a

four-star

read

*** 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Guilty Wife

an average of 3.77 stars

 from 5,305 ratings

 and 471 reviews

The Guilty Wife

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How to Be the Perfect Grandpa

by

Bryna Paston

Towards the end of 2020, with the birth of our first Grandchild imminent we received the How to Be the Perfect Grandpa/Grandma books.

According to my significant other, the Grandma book was quite humorous.  I’m afraid I only managed a smile or two during the last few pages of my Grandpa book.  Was this due to the fact that I was expected to read this book?  Maybe.  I  do like to choose my own reading material. 

Put simply, How to be the Perfect Grandpa is a book I would never have contemplated reading, as it is full of real-life anecdotes and I seldom, if ever, read anything but fiction. 

However, I did finish How to be the Perfect Grandpa which means it rates as a two-star book.

I rated

How to be the Perfect Grandpa

as a

two-star read

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

How to be the Perfect Grandpa

an average of 3.0 stars

 from 2 ratings

 and 0 reviews

How to be the Perfect Grandpa

can be purchased online at

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Book Review-Die-For-You

Die For You

by

Lisa Unger

I have wanted to listen to Lisa Unger’s Die for You for a little over four years.  However, having just finished Die for You I wish I had left it on my wish list until I was desperate for a read.  Therein may be the problem….listening to an audiobook in the car during a lockdown, when trips are few and far between, there is a possibility that one may tend to not remember the storyline.  

The story was about an author (Isabel) whose husband (Marcus) had simply disappeared.  Not just disappeared but was not the man she thought she had married.  His name was not even Marcus.  That was the name of the man she was supposed to have married.  In Unger’s Sliver of Truth, a character also discovers her father is not her father.  Perhaps this is one of Unger’s themes in all her books? 

From here the story sees Isabel searching throughout New York City and Prague for the real Marcus if he is still alive.

Die for You was my fourth Lisa Unger book.  I won’t be reaching for number five any time soon.  I liken Die for You to Sliver of Truth which I described as ‘…rather tedious, dull and boring…’

Die for You quickly became background noise, and not once did I reach for the replay button after a short drive. 

Because I completed Die for You I rated it as a two-star audiobook.  It may have been a better ‘read’.

 

I rated

Die for You 

as a

audiobook.

***

Other Goodreads readers have rated

Die for You 

an average of 3.61 stars

from 5,464 ratings

and 594 reviews

Die for You 

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Book Review-Haunted ready


Haunted

by

James Patterson

and

James O. Born

*****

Haunted was my second James Patterson read for 2021 and a puzzling one into the bargain.  However, it was the usual quick read with short sharp chapters.  As with many of Patterson’s books, it was enjoyable, but not really memorable.

Detective Mike Bennett gets to know the law from the other side after his fifteen-year-old is convicted on serious drug charges and the judge decided to make an example of him, putting him in prison for far longer than expected.

After seeing his son off to prison Mike realises that time with one’s children is precious and he and his tribe decide on a family vacation in Maine, where a former female colleague works.  He has barely arrived when his former colleague is at his back door begging for help to solve one of many cases of youth disappearances in the area.    Agreeing to help with one case leads to another and another when it becomes apparent that drugs are involved in each disappearance.

Finally, I wish I was paid ten cents for every time the word ‘said’ was used.  Not one character commented, asked, replied, mentioned or answered.  There are so many synonyms for ‘said’ all of which make written dialogue much more interesting.

Unfortunately, the authors of this novel are not the only ones I find guilty of lazy writing.  Using ‘said’….all the time!

I have rated

Haunted

as a

read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Haunted

an average of 3.99 stars

from 14,927 ratings

and 1,015 reviews.

***

Haunted

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book Review-The-Angel-Creek-Girls

The Angel Creek Girls

(Kay Sharp #3)

by

Leslie Wolfe

Leslie Wolfe’s third Kay Sharp offering The Angel Creek Girls is the best of three, Kay Sharp books, so far.  Set in and around her hometown, Mount Chester during a monsoonal type downpour.

Cheryl and her two youngest daughters are anxiously waiting for sixteen-year-old Julie to return home so that they may leave their Mount Chester home.  Julie’s return home that evening is followed by another visitor which in turn leads to a murder and a kidnapping.

Shortly after Sharp and Elliot Young commence their investigation; Young is tasked with another case where he finds a body alongside a busy road.   Are the two connected?  All forensic evidence washed away in the continuing deluge chances of finding the killer are slim.

Detective Sharp soon declares that there is a serial kidnapper operating in and around her hometown with kidnappings dating back over fifty years.  Needless to say, she is not that popular when her superiors hear her assertion.

Kay pulls some strings and soon her assertion has some legs.  But, is it enough to secure a conviction?

I think The Angel Creek Girls has more twists and turns than in any other book reviewed in 2021.

I will also re-state that The Angel Creek Girls is the best, of the three Detective Kay Sharp books, so far.  I hope there are more in the pipeline.

I rated

The Angel Creek Girls

as a solid

five-star read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

The Angel Creek Girls

an average of 4.46 stars

from 818 ratings

and 84reviews

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Book-Review-Front-Runner

 

Front Runner

by

Felix/Dick  Francis

(Jefferson Hinkley #1)

 


Front Runner, was my fifth novel bearing the Francis surname and my second featuring Jeff Hinkley who is still a BHA (British Horse Racing Authority) investigator.

A morning phone call from a jockey sees Jeff on a train to meet said jockey in person.  The jockey is nowhere to be found and while trying to find him Hinkley finds himself in a life-threatening situation, which, as it turns out, is only the first of several life-threatening situations Hinkley is to experience in Front Runner.  Situations that see Hinkley spending a few days in hospital with Henri(ettia) becoming a constant visitor.  Henri invites Hinkley to the Cayman Islands for Christmas and New Year.   To Hinkley’s surprise transportation to the Caymans is not via a commercial airliner, rather, it is the company private jet of which Henri is a board member.

At his stage, I was beginning to ask myself how the Cayman section had anything to do with British horse racing.   However, among all the wealth surrounding his host, Hinkley still managed to find himself in hot water, so to speak.

I thoroughly enjoyed Front Runner and would recommend this book to lovers of the ‘whodunit’ genre.

While Front Runner has its foundation in British Horse Racing, much of the action takes place in the Cayman Islands.  There are a few pages at the end to tie up the wholly British storylines at the beginning of the book.

Overall another delightful book albeit, loosely about the British Horse Racing industry.

A solid four-star read from Dick Francis.

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I rated

Front Runner

as a solid

read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Front Runner

an average of 3.93 stars

from 2,177 ratings

and 263 reviews.

Front Runner

can be purchased online at

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Book Review-The-Stockmen

 

The Stockmen

by

Rachael Treasure

Whilst I have always enjoyed Rachael Treasure novels, The Stockmen, I think, will rate among my favourites, if for no other reason than it is set in Western Victoria, where I spent 55 years of my life.  I also had a Black and Tan Kelpie dog (Brandy) which as a six-week-old pup ran out from its litter to greet me.  For the next thirteen years, he was my one and only work colleague and mate.  His first and only litter of pups was born a few weeks before his death.  The pup I kept  (Ginger) lasted fourteen years making a total of 27 years with father and daughter.

But, enough of my reminiscing and on with my review.

Rosie Jones was kept away from learning how to be a farmer by her parents, especially her mother who is intent on climbing her own social ladder at the expense of her daughter’s wishes.

Rosie’s fiancé, Sam, meets an untimely death after which Rosie’s boss assigns her to research a story about an Irish stockman of the nineteenth century and his kelpie dogs, for a series of articles to be published in the Casterton paper prior to the inaugural kelpie auction.

Her only distraction is a real Irish stockman (Jim) her father employs to help on their farm.   Jim is good with animals and teaches Rosie how to train a litter of pups.

Another enjoyable audiobook from Rachael Treasure made so much better because it was set in my backyard, so to speak.

I have rated

The Stockmen

a solid

read.

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At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

The Stockmen

an average of 

4.13 stars

from 827 ratings and 47 reviews 

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The Stockmen

can be purchased online at 

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