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The Sinner by Tess Gerristen

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The Sinner is the third book in the Rizzoli and Isles collection. The series is great even though I haven’t read them in order, I have found myself becoming attached to the main characters. It does help that both characters are strong females and have great jobs, the book developes them over time so I would suggest reading them in order just to save confusion.

Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles embark on another twisted and chilling crime, this time it is an attack on two nuns. The duo find it hard to believe that anyone would break into a convent to attack seemingly innocent victims, unless there was a motive! When another body turns up missing her hands and feet, Rizzoli and Isles start to uncover the horrible truth and that the price of secrecy is often too high.

Can the team discover who is behind the crimes and why before the killer has completed their mission and vanished for good? Meanwhile each character has their own personal issues to deal with, trying to be a strong female in a male dominated environment means that these women seem to find dealing with emotions difficult. The two of them together are an unbeatable force and they are developing a strong bond along the way.

A great read, Gerritsen delivers every time. Crime thriller fans everywhere, she is the author to look out for!!

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The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me

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Listen up readers, this book is being reviewed by me for realreaders before release to the public. It is out on the 19th June 2014 and I have to say you need to own a copy of this!

First of all let me get my one gripe out of the way, hopefully this will have changed before commercial release but I would like to point it out anyway. Throughout the book there are a number of grammatical errors and on page 218 the chapter finishes on a comma which then leaves the chapter not finishing properly as the reader can tell the sentence is unfinished, please let me no if you have the same issue!

Anyway back to the great stuff….This book is so good, it had me laughing out loud with the turn of phrase used or the way a certain sentence was constructed, it was just so typically British which touched me as me and my family say things like the book does. It had me cry with grief and anger for the main character Sally Howlett and it had me full of hope and joy at her courage and her strength.

I sort of saw this book as a kind of modern-day fairy tale and to me that is how it is going to stay. It’s a good size book at 488 pages but it is a page turner so the book just fly by. It would be a great holiday read as it relaxing, charming and fun, however maybe read the sad bits with your sunglasses on!!

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Keeper of the Bride by Tess Gerritsen

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Throughly great read from Gerritsen, Keeper of the Bride is not a big novel but it certainly grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go!

The story is about Nina Cormier who is jilted at the altar on her wedding day, thankfully so, as the church explodes just minutes after the ceremony was due to start. The police believe the bombing to be an act of sheer criminality until the jilted Cormier is targeted again, this time she is nearly run off the road by another car and an unknown aggressor.

Can the police solve this case before the madman finishes his task or will the fact that Detective Sam Navarro is falling in love with the victim cloud his judgement and put them all at risk?

The tension between Nina and Sam starts off quite charming but becomes very irritating, in a humorous way, due to all the procrastination that occurs between them throughout the book.

Keeper of the Bride is a great thriller, it has everything if not more. It has murder, suspense, romance and a hell of a lot more definitely worth a read.

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Whistleblower by Tess Gerritsen

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I am a huge fan of all Tess Gerritsen books, she is a fantastic thriller writer. In the early years it was romance thriller that Gerritsen wrote then later on she moved on to crime thriller, Whistleblower is one of her earlier books. I found the book so easy to read, the storyline is captivating and intriguing, it’s not too long at 328 pages and the story and characters are not too complicated.

It took me one day to read this book as I just couldn’t put it down, I needed to know what happened to the main characters and why, who they could and couldn’t trust and I also needed to know if the feelings between them came from fear instead of attraction!

Whistleblower is about a man named Victor Holland and a woman called Catherine (Cathy) Weaver who literally run into each other on a dark and stormy night, Victor has a story to tell but it is so unbelievable that Cathy wonders what she has gotten herself into. Victor’s story tells of huge government secrets and people conspiring to kill him for what he knows, Cathy now in danger from the same people just because she helped Victor needs to decide if she can trust Victor or trust the FBI, whom Victor claims are part of his problem.

Follow this fast paced thriller all the way to the end, it will have you on the edge of your seat and rooting for the good guys. This is a great read for all thriller lovers.

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Career Girls by Louise Bagshawe

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A great book from Bagshawe, for those of you who love a book full of sex, strong female characters and love then this is the book for you. When I say this book is full of sex I mean there is loads of it so for readers who aren’t keen on too many scenes of a sexual nature then I would give this one a miss.

A lot of reviews that I read for this book criticized it for not being about feminism because it had too much sex and too many powerful men in it, but from my standpoint it was quite a feminist view as the two main characters Rowena Gordon and Topaz Rossi become the most powerful women in their respected fields, who enjoy quite a lot of sex. No one ever said that feminists should actually hate men or romance so I do not think this book detracts from that. In fact the book also shows that career women can have it all, love, sex, marriage and family, and a glittering career whats not to love.

The book follows Topaz and Rowena through a fantastic friendship, bitter rivalry and the rest that comes with pushing yourself to the top of your career. Topaz wants to be the best journalist there is and Rowena wants to be renowned for her career in the music industry, can these women manage to turn their dreams into reality?

Great read from start to finish, it would actually make a great holiday read.

 

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Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

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For readers for traditional Picoult please think carefully before diving into this one, this story is like nothing Jodi Picoult has ever written before and that is because this time she teamed up with her daughter to write. Samantha Van Leer is the original creator of the idea for Between the Lines but she asked her mother for help.

The story is most definitely created for the young adult market but because it has Picoult on the cover this fact isn’t immediately obvious. The fact that the book is littered with pictures is a give away and so is the plot. Between the Lines is about a lonely 16-year-old girl who cannot stop reading her favorite fairy tale, Delilah knows she is silly reading a children’s book until the main character starts to talk to her! The story tells the reader of how when a book is closed the characters are free to live their own lives and that they only act out the story when the book is open, Prince Oliver from the fairy tale Delilah is reading wants to get out of the book and he want her help. Can Delilah help Oliver without everyone thinking she is crazy and will helping him be the happily ever after that she so craves.

Even though it is a book for young adults I found the book completely charming, who doesn’t love a happy ending, however old you are? The book is told from three perspectives, Delilah’s, Oliver’s and the Book that Oliver is trapped in. I would say readers of a good fairy tale or watchers of Disney movies would enjoy this book but if you are a hard-core Picoult fan then I would give this a wide berth.

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Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

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Another heart breaking story from Picoult, I always enjoy her books, however sad they are because they make me think what I would do in the same situation. As of yet I haven’t disagreed with the way Picoult puts her theme across, I get angry at the slights that befall certain characters, I find myself getting upset with sadness and frustration because of how the story is turning out for certain people. I suppose that’s what any good author wants to convey to the reader, the power of their story and I must say Jodi Picoult is one of the best at transporting the reader into the world she has created.

Vanishing acts is about Delia Hopkins and her farther Andrew whose lives seem to be blissfully content until one day the police arrive at the house to arrest her father for kidnapping. Completely shocked by the events that have occurred Delia soon discovers that her entire wold is going to change and that the dreams she has been having may not have been just her imagination, because the person who her farther is charged with kidnapping is……. Her!!

Andrew had spent so long creating a new life for him and his young daughter and doing what he believed was the right thing to do, now faces trail for something he would do again in a heartbeat because when you love someone you do whatever is best for them no matter the cost, right? All Andrew and his attorney, Delia’s fiancée, have to do is convince a jury that what Andrew did was right and not just an act of revenge on his ex-wife.

A great read from start to finish, I recommend all lovers of a good tear jerker or a heart string puller then this is the book for you.

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