Lost in translation – Beton Rouge Review

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Beton Rouge is going to be one of those books that is going to be quite difficult for me to review because the issues I have with the book aren’t easy to lay blame to. What I mean by this is this: Beton Rouge is a book originally written in German, and I have read the translated English version. Therefore I have trepidation praising or criticising elements of it because I have no idea if the credit or fault lies with the author or the translator.

I have to admit that I did struggle with this book, and it’s a shame because I don’t think I was supposed to.

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Test Your Moral Compass – A Version of the Truth Review

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A Version of the Truth is an incredibly dark novel that is told via dual narrative timelines that flow expertly between 1991 and 2019.  I will admit that I was expecting this to be more of a psychological thriller based off of the blurb on the back of the book, but I loved what I got instead!

Now that might sound weird considering I’ve said this is a dark novel (and I’m nowhere close to lying there!) but for those who know me, you know I like dark.

But not everyone does, so be warned: This book is not going to be for everyone.

Readers may go into A Version of the Truth expecting a psychological thriller like I did, and therefore not expect to see such deeply disturbing subject matter. But within the pages of A Version of the Truth lies graphic depictions of consensual sex, gang rape and implied paedophilia. [Also, it’s very difficult to discuss this book without spoilers. I’m not trying to actively spoil anything, but there are certain things I can’t discuss without mentioning minor spoilers. So…spoiler warning.]

However, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book, here’s why:

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Missing Children and High Stakes – In Safe Hands Review

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In Safe Hands is the first of a new detective series following DCI Anna Tate and her team. Warning – this review actively contains some (not all) spoilers. Mostly to do with the fate of the children.

The premise of the story is incredibly promising: 9 infants are dropped off at nursery one morning, but are then abducted by several people and are held to a huge ransom at an unknown location. If the ransom is not paid, it goes up by each day and a child will die.

Sounds good, right? Well, it is. But the disappointing thing is that it’s not great – and it could have been.

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4 Books to help celebrate Chinese New Year!

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Chinese New Year is tomorrow (Tuesday 5th February) and it’s the Year of the Pig!

Whilst I don’t celebrate Chinese New Year to its full extent, my best friend is Chinese and when we lived together we had meals and small celebrations and I’d like to continue that tradition in my own bookish way!

So here are 4 books that I’ve selected to appeal to different types of readers to help get you in the mood for Chinese New Year!

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Mother Knows Best – Apple Of My Eye Review

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Apple of my Eye is a pretty good book that I can’t really get too into for risk of spoiling, but I’m going to do my best.

Apple of my Eye is a tense read, and the pacing is great throughout – there are never moments where you feel like you’re being dragged along and likewise there are no major leaps ahead in story either.

The story is narrated by three characters: Eliana – our main character who is heavily pregnant, Louise – a character we don’t learn too much about (purposely) until about half way through the book and Angela – Eliana’s mother.

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Be Perfect, or be Punished – Cull Review

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Cull provides quite a unique premise of a dystopian situation in a Black Mirror kind of way. It’s our world, but not quite our world and it’s dark, funny and just a little bit too believable. I’ll admit that Cull is not my usual read but its unique voice, darkly comic storytelling and political relevancy makes it a hidden gem that I’m glad I’ve read.

The subject matter of Cull can be considered quite dark, but I’m a twisted fuck and wanted more from it. I wanted more gore, more depravity; I wanted to be more disgusted with some of the characters and situations. However it probably hits the nail on the head for most readers.

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How far would you go for family? – Fatal Review

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Fatal is another one of those books from a genre I don’t usually read, but this is the year for broadening my horizons, and I’m glad I did because Fatal was really enjoyable!

Fatal is the second book to feature characters Franny and Alfie – I didn’t know that going in and it didn’t really matter in the end! Fatal isn’t the kind of book that doesn’t make sense if you’ve not read previous works from this author. Which is great (and good fortune for me!)

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Welcome to 2019! Plans for the year to come!

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Happy New Year everyone!

2018 was a bit of a mixed bag for me, there were some amazing highs, but there were some lows too – in my real life and my bookish life. But all in all, 2018 was a pretty good year!

So I’m super motivated to make 2019 even better than 2018!

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My Best and Worst books of 2018 (Plus awards)!

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Another year has nearly come to an end – that can only mean one thing! A round-up of my Best and Worst books of 2018!

I will also be awarding my Best Fiction and Best YA Fiction Awards for 2018! Plus, because I’ve expanded my reading range this year, I can add another category this year: Best Graphic Novel!

Unlike last year, where I struggled to keep the ‘Best of’ category to only 5 and struggled to fill my ‘Worst of’ list, I had no trouble this year! However, I’ve included a couple of titles in ‘Disappointing’ and ‘Surprising’ lists, because there were a couple of those this year!

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