Tuesday, 27 December 2016

The Girl Behind The Lens - Tanya Farrelly


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Who's That Girl? - Mhairi McFarlane

When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, Edie’s forced to take an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?
Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn’t heard the word ‘no’ in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgy, layabout sister.
When the world is asking who you are, it’s hard not to question yourself. Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.


I only just got around to reading this book as it is part of my own personal book shelf. I love Mhairi's writing and so wanted to make sure I was up to date with her books.

Something about this book didn't sit with me as well as her other books. I'm not sure if it was because it was set in mine and Mhairi's home town and so although I could picture everywhere she mentioned, it felt a bit laboured in the descriptions. Precise location of where districts where? Did we need to know that? At times colloquial references left me wondering if those not from the area would know what was meant.

The plot itself was a good one, and really went off in a few different directions before becoming a book which was in the end a bit of a romcom. I've written before that her books are more than a romcom, but this one was nearer the mark to that than the others were for me.  Mhairi was as usual spot on with her social observations both in real life and this time more on the social media side too. A real life take on what social media can now do to someone with cyber-bullying.

Great characters,although for some reason Elliot felt a little one dimensional to me. I loved Margot the next door neighbour - what a fab character.  Not for the first time with one of her books,  I felt myself shouting out loud at the happenings in the book - luckily in the confines of my own home and not on public transport. 

I didn't like the ending - I don't like loose ends!

I'm giving this book four out of five stars, just because there was something missing for me.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Watcher - Ross Armstrong


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Edwardian Ladies' Hat Fashions - Peter Kimptom


Monday, 5 December 2016

Dear Amy - Helen Callaghan



This book is described as a psychological thriller and for me it did not disappoint. I was a little concerned that the subject matter was going to be a little bit more like true crime for my tastes, all that was forgotten once I began to read and was hooked into the story straightaway.

Margot is also going through a tough time in her personal life, and so there was also a sub story going on through the book. This book never lost my interest and I couldn't wait to get back to it to find out what was going to happen next.

The first real shock for me was when it was revealed that Margot had a past that was not immediately obvious. I don't do spoilers so I won't reveal the next twist but I was very surprised by it - and although it was not something I was aware of, I went with it and the book became even more enjoyable. 

The writing is really good and not overly descriptive, which I like. Some parts of the book really made my flesh crawl and the pace of the story varied according to the characters state of mind. A tale well told. 

I'm giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.
My thanks go to Netgalley for a copy of this book to review.