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The Binding Song by Elodie Harper

Hardback Published by Mulholland 29/06/2017

Pages 294

Hardback Amazon £13.48

Dr Janet Palmer is the new lead psychologist at HMP Halvergate in a remote, bleak area of Norfolk. At first, she was excited by the promotion. Then she starts to see how many secrets are hiding behind the high walls.
A string of inmates have committed suicide, leaving no reasons why, and her predecessor has disappeared – along with his notes. The staff are hostile, the threat of violence is ever-present, and there are rumours of an eyeless woman stalking the corridors, punishing the inmates for their sins.
Janet is determined to find out what is really going on. But the longer she stays and the deeper she digs, the more uncertain she feels.
Halvergate is haunted by something. But it may be a terror worse than ghosts.


Dr Janet Palmer is the new psychologist at Halvergate prison. Six men, sex offenders are on a sex offenders treatment programme. Dr Janet Palmer always makes a point of asking the sex offenders questions like how do you feel that the programme went and what are you hoping to get out of the programme? All of the prisoners were in the prison for a reason. One was a serial rapist, there were some convicted of statutory rape and sexually motivated murders. One man who was a paedophile. The prison also had some men that were a lot older and some of the prisoners were repeat offenders. It was a well-known fact to the prison that some of the sex offenders didn’t get any family coming to visit them, so the prison put out an advert to visit the sex offenders treatment . Occasionally the prison experienced some of the inmates committed suicide.
I really enjoyed this prison theme story were questioning everyone and trusting no one stands out well and truly.



The Chalk Pit Elly Griffiths

The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 9 – The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries

Paperback Published by Quercus 13th July 2017

Pages 400

Paperback Amazon £3.85


Dr Ruth Galloway knows few reasons why someone might boiled human bones.
Cannibalism in Norwich? It seems unlikely, but the old tunnels under the city have spawned plenty of legends. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers the bones are no more than five years old it seems a hideous crime has been committed.
DI Harry Nelson has no time for grisly stories. A local homeless woman  disappeared and the only trace of her are rumour that she’s gone ‘underground’. Nelson is not inclined to take this literally, and yet..
When another rough sleeper is murdered and a second woman vanishes, Ruth and Nelson must face the possibility that the underground is more than a legend. They’d better unravel its secrets before it claims another victim.


I really enjoyed reading The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths. I would most certainly read more books by Elly. The Chalk Pit I definitely recommend as Forensic archaeologists Ruth Galloway is an amazing bright interesting believable character.

Ruth Galloway the head of Forensic archaeologist is searching for a body in the underground medieval tunnels in Norwich. The tunnel is from the castle to the Guildhall. Quentin Swan, is planning to build an underground restaurant below Guildhall. The bones that were found happened to be buried and not bricked up.
In the chalky rubble the human bones are seen immediately, however the skeleton isn’t whole. Ruth won’t be able to say how old the bones are until she gets the carbon-14 analysis results. Unfortunately a surveyor disrupted them digging for samples. Ruth was a clever woman good at her job who was confident and didn’t seem to care what people thought about her.
 I was so fascinated by the Chalk pits and the underground that checked it out. It is a true fact that Norwich was mined for chalk in the chalk mines. The chalk in Norwich is relatively soft and can be easily dug. It is also true that Norwich is riddled with ancient secret tunnels criss-crossing beneath the city linking various landmarks to the castle and Guildhall.



The Last Place You Look Kristen Lepionka 

Paperback Published by Faber 6th July 2017

Pages 336

Paperback Amazon Just £2.99


Sarah Cook,a beautiful blonde teenager, Sarah Cook disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton – black and from the wrong side of the tracks – was convicted of the murders and sits on death row, though he always maintained his innocence. As his execution nears, his devoted sister, insisting she has spotted Sarah at a local gas station, hires PI Roxane Weary to look at this cold case.

Reeling from the recent death of her cop father, Roxane is drawn to the story of Sarah’s disappearance, especially when she suspects a link between it and one of her father’s unsolved murder cases. Despite her self-destructive tendencies, Roxane starts to hope that she can save Brad’s life and her own.
Sara Cook disappeared the same night her parents were brutally murdered. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton was black and convicted of the murders. He was put on death row although he always claimed that he was innocence. Brad has been in jail for fifteen years. Danielle was shaken up about the date of her brother’s execution and she wants to do all that she can to help him get off. Danielle hires PI Roxane Weary because Danielle see Sara Cook at a local petrol station and needs Roxanes help to save Brad’s life. While Private Investigator Roxane is looking into Brad’s case three young ladies Mallory, Sarah and Colleen are all missing or dead from Belmont. It was a fact that Brad knew all three young ladies. Here is the question did brad kill his girlfriend, Sarah and her parents and Mallory who he knew at school and is he guilty over Colleen? I guess crime readers will have to read The Last You Look to find out a whole lot more that happens. I must admit the twists made me feel shock in every bone of my body.



Friends and Liars Kaela Coble

Paperback Published by Corvus

Pages 304

Amazon £12.99

There is one envelope for each of my dear friends who once pledged always to be honest with each other. Each envelope contains evidence of your betrayal of that pact.

It has been ten years since Ruby left her hometown behind. Since then she’s built a life away from her recovering alcoholic mother and her first love, Murphy. But when Danny, one of her estranged friends from childhood, commits suicide, guilt draws Ruby back into the tumultuous world she escaped all those years ago.She’s dreading the funeral – and with good reason. Danny has left a series of envelopes addressed to his former friends. Inside each envelope is a secret about every person in the group. Ruby’s secret is so explosive, she will fight tooth-and-nail to keep it hidden from those she once loved so deeply, even if that means risking everything…


Pretty amazing how this story starts and all fits together. The ending is extraordinary, it gave me full appreciation for the way the author planned out all the drama.
Danny is dead and looking down on the crew, his friends, and they still are pissing him off, playing their part in mourning.
From the crew of friends Ruby is invited to go to the private service Danny requested. Ally and Ruby haven’t spoken to each other in ten years. The almighty Ruby is the villain of every story, she thinks she knows everything about everyone. But she didn’t even as so mush as so pick up the phone in ten goddamn years to talk to any of her crew.
Danny leaves an envelope for each of his friends that contain evidence of betrayal. They all have a choice they can either share their letter with each other or keep it to themselves. If they read their letters out loud secrets would be uncovered about every person in the group. Will the crew want to risk their secrets being exposed?
If you think you know your friends think again. 
I  really enjoyed reading this work of fiction. I have read a book similar fantastic book with reading out letters that was The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty where friends write an anonymous letter sharing their secrets. I recommend reading both books Friends and Liars by Kaela Coble and The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty. 


Read all about it quaint book shops part 1 Word On The Water Bookshop

I thought it would be a nice idea to add a new idea finding quaint unusual book shops in & around the UK and bringing the news to readers.

Word On The Water is London’s only book shop barge. It’s owned by Paddy Screetch and Jonathan Privett.

This floating book shop is packed with reasonable priced new books and quality second hand books with classic, cult, contemporary fiction, children’s books, art and photography.

Word On The Water Book Barge has great books, a friendly dog, warm stove, cosy Chesterfield sofas poetry readings and live acoustic music performances staged on its roof.

You can find this amazing floating book shop open 12-7 Monday to Sunday

Do check for their location just incase they have to change where they are based.

The Canal & River trust have agreed to offer the owners the mourning here…

Granary Square, near Kings Cross station

Regent’s Canal  Towpath Kings Cross London




Every Last Lie Mary Kubica

Paperback Published by Harper Collins 10/08/2017

Pages 384

Amazon £7.99

She always trusted her husband. Until he died.

 Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed.
But when Maisie starts having nightmares, Clara becomes obsessed that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident.
Who wanted Nick dead? And, more importantly, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out the truth – even if it makes her question whether her entire marriage has been a lie…


How well does Clara know her husband and has Nick been keeping secrets from her?
In my view Every Last Lie has been my favourite book by the author Mary Kubica. I found that the characters were more believable, as in real-life people often die close to each other, I had two Nan’s that died twenty-two days with in each other, just like in this novel. I related to Clara Solberg giving birth with taking the baby home, getting no sleep, making your eyes feel heavy, as I had the same problem getting no sleep with my daughter when she was a baby.  I thought that the theme of the story was showing just how exactly one moment a life can be full of roses being a mother and a wife, with the next it can be filled grief.  Clara Solberg’s life is shattered by grief when her husband dies in a car crash. There is even more torment for Clara when her four-year-old daughter tells her mum that a bad man is after them. Was Clara’s husband car accident an accident at all?  Although this story wasn’t based on a real place I could picture the where the car crash scene took place. There is a great twist in this page – turning suspense that I didn’t see coming. I do think that when a family member dies that it is the most hardest thing to explain death to a young four-year-old. I personally haven’t read a book like Every Last Lie so I can’t compare it to any other book for you readers. Every last lie would make an excellent book for a reading group to discuss as there are a lot of points about speeding in a car to do you tell the truth when a family member dies or do you keep it a secret from a child.  I was sent this book by HQ for an honest review and for that I am every so grateful as I enjoyed every page.




Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm – J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Hardback Published by Walker Books 16 Pages

Waterstones £11.99  Will certainly make a lovely present for a Harry Potter fan

ISBN 9781406377019

Using black line illustrations on framed acetate pages, this enchanting book allows fans to project their favorite scenes from the Harry Potter films at home with a flashlight.

Discover the powerful Patronus Charm that Harry Potter and other wizards and witches use to produce a magical guardian. In a dark room, shine a light through the window on each page of this unique book to project incredible scenes on the wall or ceiling. 



I hope lots of  you Harry Potter fans will buy this book and have as much fun as what I did projecting the pictures on your wall ceiling.


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