Recent Reads, Rapid Reviews #8 #NGEW2019 #MountTBR #VIRTUALTBR

Hello friends!

I’ve been reading some more books that I don’t have a lot to say about.

S.T.A.G.S., by M.A. Bennett

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Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.

A twisting thriller for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Pretty Little Liars.

It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S.

To her surprise Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ – an invitation to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S.

Greer joins the other chosen students at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, and soon realises that they are at the mercy of their capricious host. Over the next three days, as the three bloodsports – hunting, shooting and fishing – become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying reality that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school…

I downloaded this book from NetGalley. It was an enjoyable YA murder mystery set in a posh boarding school. Entertaining but very predictable. 3*.

The Scarred Woman, by Jussi Adler Olsen

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In a Copenhagen park the body of an elderly lady is discovered. Across town a crazed motorist hunts a young woman. The attacks seem random, but are these brutal acts of violence in fact related? Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen’s cold cases division, is charged with solving the mystery.

Back at their headquarters, Carl and his team are under pressure to deliver results: failure to meet his superiors’ expectations will mean the end of Department Q. And above all, Rose struggles to deal with the resurfacing of her past – a past in which a terrible crime may have been committed.

This was another read from my TBR shelf. I found this book hard work. There were lots of plot strands that initially seemed to have little to do with each other. I personally feel that if some of the plot strands were taken out it would have made it a more enjoyable read. As it took me so long to read it, I could only give it 2*.

Dear Cancer, Love Victoria, by Victoria Derbyshire

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‘I can’t bear not to be with these three most important people in my life. I can’t bear not to be there alongside Mark as my children grow up. My bright, funny, affectionate boys who are never embarrassed to say, “love you mummy”, and say it ten times a day.’ 

Renowned as a much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015 she found herself at the heart of the news, with a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that encouraged thousands to seek diagnosis and help.

Victoria has kept a diary since she was nine years old and in DEAR CANCER, LOVE VICTORIA she shares her day to day experiences of life following her diagnosis and coming to terms with a future that wasn’t planned. From the moment she woke up to find her right breast had collapsed, to telling her partner and children, through to mastectomy and chemotherapy. From wearing a wig to work and hiding it from her colleagues, to the relief and joy of finishing treatment before immediately flying to Glasgow to present a debate on the European Referendum.

By sharing her story, she became the person that mums, daughters, sisters, husbands, boyfriends and family members contacted to thank as they tried to find ways to cope with their own and their loved ones’ prognosis, and needed to know that they were not alone.

Victoria’s story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one but it is so often laugh-out-loud too. Moving, wonderfully heartwarming and ultimately uplifting, this is a powerful account of a brave struggle told with honesty, courage and emotion that gives strength to anyone touched by cancer.

I spotted this in the library. Following on from her video diaries, Victoria Derbyshire shares her diary of her highs and lows through her treatment for breast cancer. An enlightening and moving read. 4*.

What have you been reading recently?

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