14 Feb 2018

Waiting on Wednesday / The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

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7 Feb 2018

Waiting on Wednesday / Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

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Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome's most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

Joy McCullough's bold novel in verse is a portrait of an artist as a young woman, filled with the soaring highs of creative inspiration and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her. McCullough weaves Artemisia's heartbreaking story with the stories of the ancient heroines, Susanna and Judith, who become not only the subjects of two of Artemisia's most famous paintings but sources of strength as she battles to paint a woman's timeless truth in the face of unspeakable and all-too-familiar violence.

I will show you
what a woman can do.
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5 Feb 2018

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Book Review / The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore

A terrifyingly atmospheric ghost story by the Orange-prize-winning Helen Dunmore.
In the summer of 1954, newly wed Isabel Carey arrives in a Yorkshire town with her husband Philip. As a GP he spends much of his time working, while Isabel tries hard to adjust to the realities of married life. Life is not easy: she feels out-of-place and constantly judged by the people around her, so she spends much of her time alone.

One cold winter night, Isabel finds an old RAF greatcoat in the back of a cupboard that she uses to help keep warm. Once wrapped in the coat she is beset by dreams. And not long afterwards, while her husband is out, she is startled to hear a knock at her window, and to meet for the first time the intense gaze of a young Air Force pilot, handsome, blond and blue-eyed, staring in at her from outside.

His name is Alec, and his powerfully haunting presence both disturbs and excites Isabel. Her initial alarm soon fades, and they begin a delicious affair. But nothing could have prepared her for the truth about Alec's life, nor the impact it will have on her own marriage.

Published:     2nd February 2012
Publisher:  Hammer
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Library


This book has been on my want to read list ever since it came out in 2012.  I saw that our local library had a copy so knew it was about time I picked this up.  I can't believe that it has taken me so long to pick this up. 

I went into this book not really knowing too much about it and only briefly looking at the description.  I didn't even know that it was classed as a horror and I am glad that I didn't know.  This book has an abundance of suspense and a very eerie atmosphere right from the moment that the RAF greatcoat appear in the story. 

There's two stories running through this book, sometimes running side by side and sometimes mixing in together.  You have Isabel who is recently married to the new local doctor, moved into their new marital apartment and learning to settle into married life.  It is when she discovers the greatcoat that the real story begins.  The other story is the story of Alec.  I won't tell you more about his story because it is far better to find out about him by reading the story.

I picked this up on a rainy Sunday morning and could not put it down until I had finished the very last page. 

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2 Feb 2018

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Blog Tour Book Review / That Girl by Kate Kerrigan (Includes Trigger Warning Notice)

You can escape a place. But you can't escape yourself.

Hanna flees the scene of a terrible crime in her native Sligo. If she can just vanish, re-invent herself under a new name, perhaps the police won't catch up with her. London seems the perfect place to disappear.

Lara has always loved Matthew and imagined happy married life in Dublin. Then comes the bombshell – Matthew says he wants to join the priesthood. Humiliated and broken-hearted, Lara heads to the most godless place she can find, King's Road, Chelsea.

Matthew's twin sister, Noreen, could not be more different from her brother. She does love fiance John, but she also craves sex, parties and fun. Swinging London has it all, but without John, Noreen is about to get way out of her depth.

All three girls find themselves working for Bobby Chevron – one of London's most feared gangland bosses – and it's not long before their new lives start to unravel.

Published:     1st January 2018
Publisher:   Head of Zeus
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand Alone
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher


TRIGGER WARNINGI am going to start this review by pointing out that this book should come with a trigger warning.  From my reader experience, I came across topics such as rape and paedophilia which are covered in this story, particularly with the character of Hanna. 

What I liked about this story...  This story covers three different characters.  Hanna, Lara and Noreen who all end up in the same place for some circumstances in the past.  My favourite character has to be Noreen.  Her matter of fact and upfront nature made me laugh at times.   I loved the fact that you have three completely different characters who come together and deal with their current situation(s) together.  For me, the best part of this story was the relationship between these three characters as the story goes on and the development of each of the characters, how they grow with each situation they are faced with. 

What I didn't like about this story...   Honestly, I struggled with the start of this story particularly following Hanna's story.  Mainly, my struggles were to do more with the content matter than the actual story itself and the fact that I was not aware that this story covered such topics (mentioned above).  Although I do appreciate that with some story lines and topics, it is best to have the element of surprise at the situation a character finds themselves in, I feel like topics such as this should have a trigger warning at the beginning of the book. 

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