#BookReview: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

What’s it about?

Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…

A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?

What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?

 

 

My thoughts

I’ve read one other of Liane Moriarty’s books before (The Husband’s Secret) and remember thinking that what’s between the covers was a lot darker and had more depth to it than what you’d expect from just the cover.¬† Same again here and I ‘m not gonna lie, I was totally drawn to this book because of the recent TV adaptation!

The book’s format isn’t going to be to everyone’s taste in that the chapters are interspersed with a reporter’s interviewees responses but I liked it and thought it added to the tension and suspense of what was really going on! WHO’S DEAD AND WHO DID IT? Right from the outset we don’t know the answer to either so that really drew me in but by god did it also frustrate me but I tell you what it made me read quicker ūüôā

I liked the way this book explored the darker side of everyday life; playground mums (and some dads), school bullying¬†that’s not just the between the students but with this black comedic twist and so much misdirection.

Surprising to find that all of the 3 main women characters are likeable, it’s the majority of the others you’ll have issues with.¬†¬†I’m now looking forward to being able to watch the TV show somehow because it looks to have been perfectly cast.

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Source: ARC Рmany thanks!
No of pages: 460
Publisher: Penguin

Book Review: The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

What’s it about?

When lovelorn Annie McDee stumbles across a dirty painting in a junk shop while looking for a present for an unsuitable man, she has no idea what she has discovered. Soon she finds herself drawn unwillingly into the tumultuous London art world, populated by exiled Russian oligarchs, avaricious Sheikas, desperate auctioneers and unscrupulous dealers, all scheming to get their hands on her painting – a lost eighteenth-century masterpiece called ‘The Improbability of Love’. Delving into the painting’s past, Annie will uncover not just an illustrious list of former owners, but some of the darkest secrets of European history – and in doing so she might just learn to open up to the possibility of falling in love again.

My thoughts

This book had been sat around on¬†my book shelf since last October when I purchased it from a second hand book shop during the BAMB campaign.¬† It had been recommended by a fellow blogger who’s views usually match my own.

Overall there wasn’t anything I really disliked about the book.¬† I thought it was an original read which was interesting as well as entertaining¬†which just oozed money.¬† Although I would probably have enjoyed it more had there been less of the pretentious unnecessary words that I had to look up¬†and also¬†the fact that although I liked the ending I would have preferred a different outcome.

I enjoyed this book because I liked all the arty stuff and historical interpretations and particularly loved the chapters from the painting’s point of view – funny and intelligent with a sense of its own importance, this could have made a book all on its own!¬† I liked that Annie didn’t have the perfect lifestyle and her blossoming relationship¬†with Jesse wasn’t¬†of the¬†typical clich√© romance.¬† 4* from me!

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Source: purchased
No of pages: 496
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Book Review: I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk

What’s it about?

Angela’s running from the world’s worst wedding for a new life…

Fleeing her cheating boyfriend clutching little more than a crumpled bridesmaid dress, a pair of Louboutins and her passport, Angela jumps on a plane – destination NYC.

Holed up in a hotel room, Angela gets a New York makeover from her NBFJenny and a whirlwind tour of the city that never sleeps. Before she knows it, she‚Äôs dating two sexy guys and writing about it in her new blog. But it’s one thing telling readers about your romantic dilemmas, it’s another figuring them out for yourself ‚Ķ

Angela has fallen head over heels for the big apple, but does she heart New York more than home?

My thoughts

It’s not in my usual bookish nature to pick up a rom-com but I’d had this on my Kindle for some time, ok a long time, and it was like a breath of fresh air after the rather heavy going brutal serial killer thriller I’d just finished.

This is the first book in the I Heart series and it’s a good read which I enjoyed.¬† It’s light-hearted, sad, funny and is mostly set in one of the best cities in the world.¬† Having been to New York I do like reading¬†about¬†places I’ve visited as I¬†have much more of a clearer image of the setting – this book just made me want to go back even more!

Our heroine Angela is a somewhat clich√©d character who thinks of herself as a bit of a lush but I think she’s actually stronger than that and has got her head screwed on exactly where and how it should be.¬† I totally see where her actions were coming from on her arrival in America and would think that a lot of women who’d been through what she had would rebel.

It’s not without faults, some of the storylines are a little far-fetched but overall it’s an entertaining read.¬† I’m not sure if I’d continue with the series…maybe if they were on Kindle offer I might be tempted.

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Source: Purchased
No of pages: 322
Publisher: Harper


Book Review: You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood

What’s it about?

An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and decides to give his own defence speech.

He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But he thinks that if he’s going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

There are eight pieces of evidence against him. As he talks us through them one by one, his life is in our hands. We, the reader – member of the jury – must keep an open mind till we hear the end of his story. His defence raises many questions… but at the end of the speeches, only one matters: Did he do it?

My thoughts

I requested this book from Netgalley based on a promotional email I’d received and it was the blurb which attracted me to it…being all legal and that.¬† There is no real format to this review as I have to just get all my feelings and thoughts out in what will probably be one long ramble.

All in all it’s a¬†very interesting and unique¬†way to tell a story; from the point of view of a defendant on trial for murder and through his closing statement.¬† Although in reality I don’t know if he really would be able to give a closing statement this long¬†or what the implications and consequences be!

However, through this statement, which does go on for a few days, we discover how he came to be where he¬†is and why.¬† Gang and estate culture, drug dealing and prostitution – it really is another world and another language.¬† It takes a bit of getting used to, every other word is ‘like’, bro, innit all this gangster chat and¬†half the time I found I was trying to decipher what his point was.

PLOT SPOILER AHEAD >>

I do prefer books that have clear cut endings and unfortunately for me this isn’t one of them.¬† To all intents and purposes, without trying to give too much away, I, and other readers, are the jury and will need to come to our own conclusions at the end as there isn’t a proper end.¬† For that reason, this book would make an interesting book for a book club read as you could have a really good debate.

Overall, an interesting premise and a pretty decent debut.

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Source: ARC Рmany thanks!
No of pages: 400
Publisher: Michael Joseph

Book Review: The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish

What’s it about?

My name is Amber Fraser. I’ve just moved in at Number 40, Lime Park Road. You’ll come to think of me as a loving wife, a thoughtful neighbour and a trusted friend.

This is a lie.

When Christy and Joe Davenport are handed the keys to Number 40 on picture-perfect Lime Park Road, Christy knows it should be a dream come true. How strange though that the house was on the market for such a low price. That the previous owners, the Frasers, had renovated the entire property yet moved out within a year. That none of the neighbours will talk to Christy.

As her curiosity begins to give way to obsession, Christy finds herself drawn deeper into the mystery of the house’s previous occupants – and the dark and shocking secret
that tore the street apart . . .

My thoughts

I’ve read a couple of Louise Candlish’s other books and whilst one I loved, one I could have passed on but was still¬†pleased to pick this one up in a local charity shop.

Told in turn by the two very different women owners of the house the start of the book does entice you in with the hint of mystery and your mind will go into overdrive with all the possibilities of what did make the Frasers flee overnight and of course human nature and sheer nosiness makes us want to find out what’s going on behind all the closed doors in the street.

There is so much build up in this book which does make it somewhat overly long and at times I’m afraid I started to get a little bored along the way and then one character divulges something in confidence it’s kinda obvious where we’re going with the plot, and when everything comes to a head it’s not so much of a shock.

I can’t fault the author’s writing style though, it’s very well written but just with¬†unbelievably horrible stuck up characters that I couldn’t give two hoots about.

If you enjoyed Candlish’s The Swimming Pool then this one would be a hit with you too.¬† I, on the other hand, much preferred The Disappearance of Emily Marr.

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Source: Purchased Рsecond hand
No of pages: 512
Publisher: Penguin