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Faking Friends by Jane Fallon. Review

Thank you to Netgalley, Penguin and Jane Fallon for my ARC of Faking Friends. Amy has finally got it together, she has a strong friendship with Melissa who she has known since she was 11, she’s engaged to Jack who she loves and lives with, and she’s finally got an acting job which is more than just ‘woman in the park’ or ‘woman with dog’. Everything is perfect, that is until she arrives home on a surprise visit, to find Another woman’s stuff in her flat, and there’s something familiar about the clothes and jewellery in the flat. They belong to Melissa.

Amy is understandably devastated but as she begins to pick up the pieces of her life, she realises that pulling theirs apart is even better.

At first I thought to myself that as Amy finds out about the betrayal in the first chapter, how is there going to be a full novel of this? I expected it to be a boring story about a woman getting back on the dating scene or something, but it is nothing like that. It’s all about the brilliant revenge that Amy enacts on Melissa and Jack and all without their knowledge. It’s a fantastic premise and I absolutely loved it!

All of the characters were great, Amy is so likeable and easy to feel sorry for, she is the wronged woman and she’s genuinely nice which obviously makes you hate Melissa and Jack. Then as you find out more about Melissa and the turns their ‘friendship’ has taken over the years, the more reasons you have to hate her even more. She is literally that horrible toxic friend who has no business being friends with anyone. It was great to see the revenge enacted on her. I was rooting for Amy from day one.

I really enjoyed Faking Friends and I’ll be adding more of Jane Fallon’s books to my TBR as a result.


Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. Review

Into the Water is the new novel by Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and it’s a very different novel. Yes, they both fall into the genre of thriller and they’re both about secrets, but other than that there is no similarity between the two. Some of you may rejoice at that, others not so much.

First off I guess what I’ve got to get off my chest is that what stopped this being an exceptional novel for me is that it was told from far too many perspectives.

Lena – daughter of the late Nell Abbott

Jules – sister of the late Nell Abbott

Sean – the police officer investigating the death.

Erin – the other police officer investigating the death.

Helen – Sean’s wife

Patrick – Sean’s father

Nickie – an older woman and a psychic

Louise – mother of Katie and Josh

Josh – son of Louise, brother of Katie

Mark – a teacher at Lena and Katie’s school

As you can see, an exhaustive amounts of POV’s and hardly necessary. Some characters only offering their perspective a couple of times and others dominating. Overall I feel the novel would have better suited in third person omniscient if it needed so many perspectives!

The second thing for me, was that it went on for far too long leaving most of the novel feeling like nothing was happening. This is possibly linked to the amount of perspectives we get as well. The first 150 Pages or so we’re pretty gripping and intriguing, but after that it really slowed down and I found the last few chapters and the big reveals to be rather jumbled and disappointing!

I feel like this was a novel with a potential which it unfortunately doesn’t live up to.

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris. Review

I’m so sad that this series is over! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the characters of Midnight, Texas and I’m a little disappointed but also hopeful that I might hear from them again!

What a hodgepodge bunch they are but so brilliant at the same time! In Midnight Crossroad and Day Shift the small group of townsfolk had to face several adversaries but none as formidable as the one they face in Night Shift. Suicides keep happening on the crossroads in Midnight, blood is being spilled and Lemuel the vampire is still desperately trying to translate the ancient texts which he found in the pawnshop. He’s sure that they will give a reason for the unexplained deaths. But if it’s what he suspects, they might just be running out of time. There’s a ritual needed and even Mr Snuggly is going to have his part to play.

This whole series has been start to finish brilliant. I really love these characters and I had forgotten what a wonderful writer Charlaine Harris is, her books are such easy, delicious reads with characters you really can’t help loving. I’ll definitely be checking out the tv series when I get back to the UK as well!

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris. Review

There’s a reviewer on goodreads called Jilly who really sums up this series for me, she says ‘this series is one of those kinds where it doesn’t move all that fast but you just enjoy hanging out with the characters’ I couldn’t have said it better than that myself. I love the characters in this series and all their quirky, individual ways.

There are a few spoilers here from Midnight Crossroad but the review of Day Shift is spoiler free don’t worry!

Day Shift invites us further into the world of Midnight, Texas and the characters who live there. A tiny hamlet near Davy, Midnight has lots of boarded up storefronts and only a few people living there. There’s Fiji a self proclaimed witch who owns the store The Inquiring Mind, Manfred, still fairly new to the town, a telephone psychic, Bobo who owns the pawnbrokers, Olivia some kind of superhero fighter woman and Lemuel the emotion draining vampire. There’s also Joe and Chuy a gay couple who might perhaps be angels. Then there’s Madonna, Teacher and their baby who seem to be normal and the Rev who nobody knows quite what he is. There’s also the return of some of the characters from the Sookie Stackhouse series as well!

Manfred finds himself in a spot of bother in Day Shift when one of his clients dies during a private reading. Accused of stealing her jewellery by her psycho son, and suspected of potentially murdering the woman, Manfred has to rely on his friends in the town to help him out of this mess, even if their methods are a little unconventional.

I’m getting rather addicted to this series and looking forward to getting straight into Night Shift the final book in this trilogy series.

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris. Review

Midnight Crossroad is the first in Charlaine Harris’ new series Midnight Texas. The town of Midnight is grateful for the Crossroad as it drives business from outsiders into the tiny hamlet. With only a nail bar, Gas station, diner, pawnbrokers and magic shop, the town is quiet with only a few residents, well known to each other. Manfred Bernardo an Internet psychic moves into the town and soon discovers that there’s something a little unusual about the townsfolk.

I really loved the concept of this novel, supernatural people all living together in a little hamlet, disturbed by white supremacy is about what sums it up which sounds ridiculous but it works!

I loved all the characters, some of them are open about their supernatural powers like Fiji the witch, while others like the Rev and Bobo are yet to be revealed, although I already have my suspicions. I am a huge fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series and Charlaine Harris does not disappoint with this latest series!

Into The Thinnest of Air by Simon R Green. Review.

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Simon R Green for my ARC of Into the Thinnest of Air which is Book 5 in the Ishmael Jones series.

Penny and Ishmael are off to a fancy dinner with some of Penny’s father’s friends in Cornwall. Having just acquired The Castle, an inn fraught with rumour of the supernatural, Albert & Olivia are hosting a dinner party to be staged exactly like the one where hundreds of years ago, the innkeeper killed all his diners because of voices he was hearing in his head.

But things start to go wrong when one by one, the guests are picked off and disappear, but only when left alone. Most of them think the explanation lies within the supernatural world of ghosts and bogeymen, but Ishmael just isn’t convinced…

What I absolutely adore about the Ishmael Jones series is something I can’t really put my finger on. But since reading book 3 last year I’ve been hooked. I’ve tried to describe them to my partner but I get as far as ‘well it’s about an alien who has become a sort of detective in the human world’ and then realise I’m not doing it justice.

So all I can suggest is reading them for yourselves to really get the feel of why they’re so great, they’re such easy reads, designed to be devoured in one sitting. They’re funny, I love the relationship between Penny and Ishmael, I love that Ishmael can do loads of cool stuff because he’s an alien, but I also love that Penny, a human woman can also kick ass! I really need to get the 1st and 2nd Books read now.

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Review

A unique blend of historical and fantasy fiction. The Lie Tree is one of a kind.

Faith and her family are moving to the island of Vane so that her father the Reverend Erasmus Sunderly can consult on a new archeological dig. To most people Faith seems shy and demure but inside she is burning with questions about the world and in particular science.

But when her father’s body is discovered Faith can not accept the ruling of suicide or accidental death, so she begins her own investigation and uncovers her father’s biggest secret; The Lie Tree.

The Tree feeds off lies and in return reveals secrets. Faith sees it as an opportunity to discover the secrets of her father’s death, but doesn’t realise she is putting herself into the same kind of danger.

A cross between a Victorian Murder mystery and a YA fantasy series. A truly brilliant piece of fiction which brings brand new ideas to the table.