Monday 27 July 2020

BLOG TOUR ~ Below The Big Blue Sky by Anna McPartlin

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Below The Big Blue Sky by Anna McPartlin where I have a review from her latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers who organised this tour in conjunction with Zaffre Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else has taken part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this review so without further ado, here it is:

Sometimes the end is only the beginning....

When forty-year-old Rabbit Hayes dies, she leaves behind a family broken by grief. Her mother Molly is distraught and in danger of losing her faith. Her father Jack spends hour upon hour in the family attic, poring over his old diaries, losing himself in the past.

Rabbit's brother Davey finds himself suddenly guardian to her twelve-year-old daughter Juliet. Juliet might be able to fill a hole in Davey's heart - but how can he help Juliet through her grief when he can barely cope with his own?

Meanwhile, Rabbit's sister Grace is struggling with the knowledge that she carries the same gene that made her sister ill, and Rabbit's best friend Marjorie is lost, struggling to remain a part of a family she has always wished was her own now that her link to them is gone.

But even though the Hayes family are all fighting their own battles, they are drawn together by their love for Rabbit, and their love for each other. In the years that follow her death they find new ways to celebrate and remember her, to find humour and hope in the face of tragedy, and to live life to its fullest, as Rabbit would have wanted.

Well, where do I start with this other than to say what a beautiful, emotional and thought provoking story, I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. I read The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes during the first few days of when I was told to start self isolate due to the pandemic we're still in the midst of 5 months on and I was delighted to receive the follow up which I moved straight onto after where I thought I'd been all cried out after finishing the first installment I was in for more tears but a lot of happy tears also along the way too. It is a continuation on from The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes so I would advise you to read this beforehand to get a feel for the story and the characters.

This story had it all from family, love with more sensitive and hard-hitting issues which were dealt with perfectly and it was well researched and written in a very sensitive and compassionate manner. I found I had tears streaming down my face at the end along with shedding a few along the way. I would highly recommend to read Anna if you haven't read any of her books already so grab this book, curl up on the couch with a few tissues and prepare to have a few lump in your throat moments too. I would definitely even say that this is definitely going to huge this year and is already one of my favourite books that I've read so far this year.


Below The Big Blue Sky is available from all good bookshops, libraries, audio and on Kindle where it is currently £6.02 at the time of publication of this review.

Thursday 2 July 2020

REVIEW ~ The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O'Connor

With huge thanks to Clare Kelly from Zaffre Books, I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....

What if the people we trust are the ones we should fear?

This book is set in London in the height of a long and dark Winter where unfortunately we know all these kinds of people all too well. Those who exist just on the fringes of society. Who send prickles up the back of our neck. The charmers, the liars, the manipulators. Those who have the potential to go that one step too far. And then take another step.

Jessamine Gooch makes a living from these kinds of people as she is a radio broadcaster and each week she does her show where she looks into the past lives of convicted killers and questioning if there was more that could have been done to prevent their terrible crimes.

But one day she is approached by a woman desperate to find her missing friend, Cassie, fearing her abusive husband may have taken that final deadly step. But as Jessamine delves into the months prior to Cassie's disappearance she fails to realise there is a dark figure closer to home, one that threatens the safety of her own family . . .

Well, where so I start I absolutely LOVED this book and can see why it was the breakout thriller of 2019. After not picking up a book in over a week I picked this out of my TBR pile and I'm so glad that I did, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, it was brilliant, full of twists, turns and explosive storylines, it was such a gripping thriller with a remarkable depiction of the kind of monsters who live among us on a daily basis in our society. I always scrutinise people whom I meet or who I see in the street and question everything about them and I will do this even more now after reading The Dangerous kind.

Deborah, I think you got me out of my reading slump and I thank you for that. I really look forward to reading your other book My Husband's Son and hopefully you're working on your next book but no pressure.

The Dangerous Kind is available in all good bookstores (mainly online, due to the situation we're in with Covid-19), in libraries, audio and on Kindle where it is currently £2.07 at the time of publication of this review do go and get it you definitely won't regret it. I would say that his is one of the best thrillers I've read so far this year.