Bedtime Book #Review Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Title: Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Publisher: Gollancz

Date Published: 25th August 2011

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Description:

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden … and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying.

Review:

Okay so my sister lent this to me, last year, I think, so I thought I had best read it and get it back to her!

PC Peter Grant is on track to become part of the Case Progression Unit, the ones who do the paperwork ‘real’ coppers are to busy to do, when he meets a ghost at a crime scene which changes all that. Suddenly his whole world changes and he is taken under the wing of DCI Thomas Nightingale and begins his training as a wizard. If dealing with a spate of violent murders, where random people are attacking each other and their faces falling off, they must deal with a turf war between Father and Mother Thames.

This book has a lot of things I like. Part murder mystery, part fantasy novel all set against inner city London. Also there’s that British self deprecating humour that really reminds me of the late great Sir Terry Pratchett who I am an absolutely massive fan of.

A lot of people have compared the character of Peter to a grown up Harry Potter but, I’m going to do another comparison to Terry Pratchett here, and say I found him to be more like Rincewind prone to accidents and trying to do the right thing and getting it wrong.

Also if you’ve never been to London, you get a real sense of the place. In fact there’s a lot of information which as a non-Londoner myself, will probably come in handy next time I visit.

In all honesty I wanted to like this book, I really did, but in the end I just found my mind drifting while I was reading it. There was also a lot of detail, almost a little too much for my little brain to take in, that just slowed the whole thing down plus the long chapters made it harder to read.

Will I read another one in the series, yes I probably will, just because I find sometimes that series get better as they go along. Fingers crossed!

Rating: 2.5/5

About The Author:

Ben Aaronovitch was born in 1964. Discovering in his early twenties that he had precisely one talent, he took up screenwriting at which he was an overnight success. He wrote for Doctor Who, Casualty and the world’s cheapest ever SF soap opera Jupiter Moon. He then wrote for Virgin’s New Adventures until they pulped all his books.

Then Ben entered a dark time illuminated only by an episode of Dark Knight, a book for Big Finish and the highly acclaimed but not-very-well-paying Blake’s 7 Audio dramas.

Trapped in a cycle of disappointment and despair Ben was eventually forced to support his expensive book habit by working for Waterstones as a bookseller. Ironically it was while shelving the works of others that Ben finally saw the light. He would write his own books, he would let prose into his heart and rejoice in the word. Henceforth, subsisting on nothing more than instant coffee and Japanese takeaway, Ben embarked on the epic personal journey that was to lead to Rivers of London (or Midnight Riot as it is known in the Americas).

Ben Aaronovitch currently resides in London and says that he will leave when they pry his city from his cold dead fingers.

Bedtime Book Reviews will be going on a little hiatus due to illness but I hope to be back with a new review mid July. Blog Tour posts will carry on as usual x

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#BlogTour #Review Go Home Afton by Brent Jones @AuthorBrentJ @shanannigans81

Title: Go Home Afton (Afton Morrison book 1) by Brent Jones

Date Published: 25th June 2018

Genre: Thriller

Description:

We all wear masks, and Afton Morrison is no exception.

A small-town librarian with a dark side, Afton, twenty-six, has suppressed violent impulses her entire adult life. Impulses that demand she commit murder.

Blending her urges with reason, Afton stalks a known sexual predator, intending to kill him. But her plan, inspired by true crime and hatched with meticulous care, is interrupted by a mysterious figure from her past. A dangerous man that lurks in the shadows, watching, threatening to turn the huntress into the hunted.

Go Home, Afton is the first of four parts in a new serial thriller by author Brent Jones. Packed with grit and action, The Afton Morrison Series delves into a world of moral ambiguity, delivering audiences an unlikely heroine in the form of a disturbed vigilante murderess.

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Afton Morrison has a carefully crafted identity, a vegetarian librarian who reads to children with a pet goldfish called Twinkie but underneath all she can think about is murder, these impulses come in the form of an evil twin Animus, who sometimes Afton thinks is real.

While stalking her first victim, Kenneth Pritchard, a serial rapist who has been let go due to lack of evidence she feels a presence, a man in the shadows. Suddenly Afton is no longer the badass vigilante but the prey in a dangerous game.

This book is the first in the series and after reading it I genuinely can’t wait for the next one! It’s fairly short but so much is action and suspense is packed into it, with just the right amount of creepy to put you on the edge of your seat.

You may think, how can someone like Afton so hell-bent on murder be likeable but she really is. After the trauma of losing both her parents and an incident that happened just before she went to college, I really felt for her and understood that need for revenge on behalf of other people. I believe the best description of her from the book is ‘she’s a psychopath with a conscience’.

I like the fact it was written in the first person, Afton’s sardonic voice really comes through making her feel that much more real. Yes, she may not have the nicest things to say about other women but I feel that it’s mostly a mask to hide her insecurities. I also appreciate her description of Donald Trump as ‘Donald J Clownshoes’ that had me in stitches.

I will warn you that there is a cliffhanger ending but you don’t have to worry as the rest of the series is being released in quick succession, the next being in August.

I would recommend this book to fans of Dexter and if you’re looking for a good anti-hero for a main character.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the Author Pic (1)story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex.

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#BlogTour #Review Tiger Temple by Steven Moore

Title: Tiger Temple by Steven Moore

Publisher: Condor Publishing

Date Published: 20th December 2017

Genre: Action/Adventure

Description:

A betrayed criminal. A kidnapped child. A deadly race against time.

On the Island of the Gods, expedition leader Hiram Kane is on holiday after a long season guiding in the Peruvian Andes.

When a good friend’s greed leads him to betray Bali’s most notorious gangster, their peaceful community is left shell-shocked after the six-year-old daughter of its leader gets kidnapped in a vicious and violent raid.

What follows is a whirlwind race across the paradise island to rescue the girl before ‘The Rooster’ takes his sadistic revenge, and with the waking giant of volcanic Mt. Agung threatening to destroy them all, Kane risks everything to prevent a devastating tragedy.

The Tiger Temple is the exciting new starter to the Hiram Kane adventure series. For fans of Russell Blake and Clive Cussler, Steven Moore’s action thriller will leave you breathless.

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Review:

I want to thank Simon over at Black Books Blog for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book.

I won a copy of the audio book via Simon’s blog, a few months back and having never listened to one before I thought I’d give it a go. Now it got a bit of getting used to at first mainly because, I don’t know if any of you feel this way, when I read I hear my voice and my accent in my head. So when the narrator is reading it instead it’s a bit disconcerting, especially as the narrator is a. male and b. American but as I carried on listening I saw that the narrator fits perfectly with the staccatostyle of writing. Will I try another audio book? Maybe but I haven’t made my mind up entirely yet.

Now on to the actual review!

Hiram Kane is visiting Nyuh Kuning a small and sleepy village in Bali when suddenly the peace and quiet is shattered by gunman who kidnap six year old Ayu, daughter Banjar Kelian (the head of the village) and the niece of his friends Putu and Ketut.

After a death defying motorbike race across the island, they lose sight of Ayu and Putu makes a shocking confession. He fell in with notorious gangster Jago aka The Rooster, a ruthless villain who deal drugs and illegal tiger parts, but stupidly crossed him. Now Ayu’s life hangs in the balance and Hiram must help get her back.

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but it works perfectly well as a stand-alone.

This novella is packed with action from the outset, set against the tropical backdrop of Bali, a place I have only sadly seen on TV. It also shows that Bali is not exactly the tropical paradise everyone thinks it is, it has dark side, with the child sex trade, drugs and the illegal slaughter of tigers.

There are some real heart in your mouth moments, with the threat of a volcano about to erupt and poor little Ayu trapped in a cell that is rapidly filling with water! I could see this making a really good action movie.

The author has obviously done a lot of research about Bali and it’s culture but at times I felt it got a little bogged down in the details. Also I felt there wasn’t much information about Kane himself, there is a little in the epilogue but I’m looking forward to learning more about him in the next book, The Samurai Code.

Overall a great bit of fast paced escapism and a nice introduction to the series.

Rating: 3.5/5

About the Author:

Steven Moore grew up (apparently) by a beach in England. An avid (average) sportsman,Thumbnail Steve painter, photographer and reader, those loves were only trumped by his love of travel and writing. To date he has visited 53 countries, and has lived and worked on five continents. Highlights include trekking in the Andes and Himalayas, scuba diving all over the world, teaching English in Korea, and eating anything and everything, wherever he happens to be. Oh yes, and sampling local beers, obviously.

Steven now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with his wife, freelance journalist Leslie Patrick Moore, and though they’ve at last found a beautiful home base, the next adventure is always just around the corner.

Steven has recently published the first three installments of his action thriller series, ‘The Tiger Temple’, ‘The Samurai Code’, and ‘The Condor Prophecy’, to great acclaim, and the 4th, ‘The Shadow of Kailash’, is coming in spring of 2018.

Early tributes for ‘The Samurai Code’:

Starts fast and doesn’t let up.”

An unremitting whirl throughout.”

Thrilling from start to finish.”

Great action, history & a dash of mystery.”

Fast-paced and brilliantly written adventure thriller.”

“Moore has a crisp, economical style, and sets the scene well. The story, while bleak, is shot through with moments of pathos…compelling from start to finish” – Mark Dawson, bestselling author of the John Milton, Beatrix Rose, Isabella Rose and Soho Noir series.

Steven has also published a well-received literary coming of age novel, ‘I Have Lived Today’, as well as a popular short story, ‘The Death of Helena.’

To follow Steven’s writing career and learn about new releases, go to his imaginatively named author website, ‘Steven Moore, Author.’

#PublicationDay #BlogTour #Review Their Last Words by Steve Parker @JoffeBooks @mrparkerspen #TeamJoffeBooks

Title: Their Last Words by Steve Parker

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 22nd June 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.
 
A VICTIM. A MUTILATED BODY. A SINGLE WORD.

A young woman is found dead on the streets of London. Her throat slashed, her body mutilated, and one word carved into her flesh: DON’T.”
 
Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is assigned to the case. Young, handsome, and from a well-off background, he’s tipped for the top. He joins a team based out of Bermondsey, South London. It’s meant to be a stepping stone to his next promotion, but this case will threaten to bring down his career and everything he thought he knew about policing.
 
Paterson is put in charge of the dead girl’s investigation and quickly discovers he must rely on his friend and mentor, Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan to guide him through.
 
THEN ANOTHER BODY IS DISCOVERED. ANOTHER WORD CUT INTO THE VICTIM’S CHEST.

The police realise they may have a depraved serial killer on their hands. The murderer is trying to send them a message carved in his victims’ bodies. But who’s the message for?
 
How many more must die? Detective Paterson may be the only man who can stop this vile killer . . . if he can survive long enough.
 
This is the first in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.
 
Perfect for fans of  Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.
 
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HEAVILY REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE SKY IS CRYING.”

TWO DETECTIVES WHO HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER MUST WORK TOGETHER

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson, is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a ‘climber’.
 
Detective Sergeant Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can.
 
Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan is an old-school copper who trusts his instincts but relies on evidence. He is typical in that his marriage has broken down and he’s been unable to form a relationship since.
 
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Steve Parker is a retired police officer who served for 20 years in numerous high-profiles squads.
 
THE SETTING
Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation.

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Review:

Happy publication day to Steve Parker! I’m very excited to be kicking off this blog tour, a thank to Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me!

Young women are being horribly mutilated and dumped on the streets of London, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is put in charge but out of his depth he turns to DS Dave Jordan and his team to help catch this ruthless killer.

It’s so difficult to write about this book as there is so much more to it than the synopsis gives away but then I don’t want to write any spoilers in this review! I’ll try my best anyway.

It’s nice to see Joffe books has a new author, well not exactly new, this book was previously published under the title, The Sky Is Crying, but he’s certainly a new to me.

Now the first half of the book really put the procedure into police procedural. Steve Parker really puts his experience of being a police officer into the pages which as a civilian I appreciate but it wasn’t until the second half of the book that I felt the story get really juicy with plenty of shocks and action packed moments.

This also has a little twist on the usual crime books, as the superintendent is one of the main characters investigating the murder. I can honestly say I haven’t seen before, usually they’re in the background making it harder for people to do their jobs. Also Ray Paterson is a bit flash, driving round in an Aston Martin wearing Gucci shoes and posh suits, coming from money he doesn’t really have to work either unlike your usual copper.

A character who I really didn’t like but eventually grew on me, a little anyway, was DS Clocks. He’s offensive, sexist and hates authority but as the story goes along really steps up and shows he is actually a good policeman under all of that.

A warning to those of you with a sensitive disposition, this may not be the book for you. There’s extreme violence and bad language, which even shocked me while I was reading it.

An exciting start to a new series that I’m interested to see where it goes next.

Rating: 3.5/5

Author Bio:

I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one, I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty yearsSteve Parker author photo before I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).

When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.

I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.


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#BlogTour #Review The Forgotten by J.V. Baptie @jvbaptie

Title: The Forgotten by JV Baptie

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Date Published: 13th June 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Historical.

Description:

What if everything was a lie?

Newly-promoted but not welcome in CID, Detective Sergeant Helen Carter is tasked with investigating a murder in an old abandoned picture house. The case takes a chilling turn when the business card of an ex-cop is found at the scene.

Helen must piece together the case before the bodies mount up around her, and before the killer strikes closer to home…

Delve into the underworld of Scotland’s capital city in this fast-paced thriller!

Praise for The Forgotten:

A genuine page turner.” Bestselling author, Alex Gray

Fast-paced and gritty Tartan Noir. A Brilliant Debut.” Bestselling author, Frances Di Plino

Fans of Rebus will love this.” Thriller author, E.A Clark.

Memorable and smart.” Tom Ward, author

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Review:

I want to thank Simon over at Black Books Blog for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of The Forgotten.

Set in Edinburgh in 1977, back when avocado bath suites and the Bay City Rollers were all the rage, Detective Sergeant Helen Carter faces an uphill battle when she’d promoted to CID. First off she’s a woman and her father was a prominent Detective Inspector, so a lot of her colleagues don’t think she deserves to be there.

When a body is found in an old cinema, tortured with a strange symbol painted in the victims blood, she’s tasked to work with DI Jack Craven, who makes his feelings clear on the fact she should be making tea and dealing with the soppy stuff, like talking to grieving relatives.

The investigation leads to private eye and former policeman George Stanley who used to work with Helen’s father, and left the police suddenly and seems to be holding something back. More victims turn up, killed in a similar manner, it’s a race against time to find the ruthless killer before they harm anyone else.

This is a great beginning to hopefully what will be a start of a new series. I really enjoyed the historical setting, I don’t know that much about the 1970’s but as with any era before I was born holds a bit of a fascination with me.

I appreciated each of the characters were flawed, Helen who’s facing opposition on all sides, including her own boyfriend to give up her job and get a nice nine to five and have a few kids, something she’d not that keen on. Then there’s DI Jack Craven who is constantly smoking and eating Marathon bars (they’re called Snickers now, I googled it) with a wandering eye which lead to the break up of his marriage.

There was a nice use of the Scottish dialect throughout the book which to me made it more authentic and I was surprised how few words I had to use my dictionary function for.

Unfortunately there were some action scenes which I kind of lost track of what was happening. Also I don’t think the prologue while it was intriguing and drew me in, I just felt it didn’t quite fit with the story, either that or I think it may not have been expanded on enough for my liking.

Overall a promising debut that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good police procedural. I hope to read more from JV Baptie in the future.

Rating: 3.5/5

About The Author:

J.V. Baptie graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017 with an MA in Creativethumbnail_Jodie headshot Writing. When not writing, she is also an actress and has appeared in a variety of children’s shows and stage plays.

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#BlogTour #Review Deception Wears Many Faces by Maggie James @Bloodhoundbook @mjamesfiction

Title: Deception Wears Many Faces by Maggie James

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 15th June 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

When Lyddie takes her sister to Devon to recover after a recent suicide attempt, it starts a train of events that will put their lives in grave danger.

Ellie has been the victim of a professional con artist, one who stole her savings, then disappeared from her life. Driven by her own history of failed relationships, Lyddie vows revenge on the man who broke her sister’s heart.

Soon she assumes a false identity and begins her hunt for a man she knows to be cold, calculating and ruthless. But who is fooling whom? And can Lyddie find the justice she seeks and heal her damaged sister?

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Lyddie rushes back from Spain after her sister Ellie tries to commit suicide again. Due to a brain injury after a horrific car crash, that killer her best friend, Ellie has not been the same since. Trying to find out why, Ellie reveals that she’d had her money stolen by a man who she’d fallen in love with.

Heartbroken Lyddie digs deeper and finds other victims of the same con artist. Wanting justice for her sister, Lyddie assumes another identity of a wealthy woman thinking she can trap the con artist. But she finds herself caught up in a web of lies, can she even trust her sister was telling the truth?

This is the third book I’ve read by Maggie James, you can read my review of her previous book, Sister Psychopath, here. There’s no need to worry about reading the other as they are each stand-alones, although I think you should still check them out!

Wow, what a nail biter! (a cliché I know but well earned) I am never disappointed by the tension in Maggie James’ fiction, it never lets up. She always manages to give you that feeling of ‘uh oh, something bad is going to happen,’ but you have to read on to find out the who, what, where and why.

She writes such flawed and realistic characters like Lyddie and Ellie, which you may not always like them, but you can understand them and why they do what they do. It also shows the dark side of internet dating and how con men prey on the vulnerable or the lonely (even if they don’t realise it themselves) in our society and manage to convince them to part with lots of money.

I also salute her for showing how mental illness is an uphill struggle day after day with no quick and easy fix.

Yes, I did see a few of the twists coming but that is just because I have read so much crime fiction over the years, it’s quite hard to surprise me.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves well written domestic noir with flawed, realistic characters.

Author Bio:

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion6142Per829L._UX250_ into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

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#BlogTour #Review Proof Positive by Lucy V Hay @LucyVHayAuthor @rararesources

Title: Proof Positive (the intersection series book 1) by Lucy V Hay

Date Published: 28th May 2018

Genre: Young Adult

Description:

On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose to do: stay out of it, or stand by her?

An exciting “What if…” journey in the style of “Run Lola Run” and “Sliding Doors”.

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Review:

Lizzie has always been the sensible one, the one that never rocks the boat but she finds herself at almost eighteen, pregnant and unsure what to do. This story follows the different paths that she could take and shows what the outcomes could be.

Now this book brought up a lot of emotions for me, as at eighteen on the verge of going to University much like Lizzie, I also found out I was pregnant with my son. It opened up a lot of issues I had at the time. Could I have had an abortion or given him up for adoption? The answer to that was no and I’ve no regrets (well going to University the year after he was born is one but we live and we learn) but would I have liked to know the different outcomes, hell yes!

The book is quite short, around two hundred pages, then split into different sections, each starting with Lizzie receiving a phone call from a different person. First, her younger sister Sal, then her mum, then her boyfriend Mike, then her her best friend Shona. It was interesting to see each outcome changed slightly by whoever she told.

Lizzie is a likeable character, even though she is a little self involved, she’s very naive and easily led. She had quite a complicated relationship with her mum, wanting her to take change but feeling that she was overbearing at the same time.

In one of the sections, Lizzie has her baby and this really reminded me of when I first had my son. The author really captures the feelings tiredness, loneliness and isolation of being a young mum sometimes especially if you have no friends with kids. The only thing it was missing was the looks and snide comments that I used to get.

This book covers a very sensitive subject and the ending is a little ambiguous so it won’t be for everyone. But if you give it a try it will really tug on the old heart strings and you will root for Lizzie no matter what her decision is.

Overall an emotionally absorbing book that I think teenagers and parents alike should read.

Rating: 4/5

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Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN me in front of BISR powerpoint(2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts. Lucy’s also the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books, HERE.

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