The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup – Blog Tour Review.

About The Book

One blustery October morning in a quiet Copenhagen suburb, the police make a terrible discovery. A young woman is found brutally murdered with one of her hands missing. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts. 

Ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case. Her partner, Mark Hess, is a burned-out investigator who’s just been kicked out of Europol. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man – evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and is presumed dead; the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung. But the man who confessed to her murder is already behind bars and the case long since closed. 

Soon afterwards, a second woman is found murdered, along with another chestnut man. Thulin and Hess suspect that there’s a connection between the Hartung case and the murdered women. But what is it?

Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because it’s clear that the killer is on a mission that is far from over . . .

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. The author of this book created the very successful TV drama The Killing. It is a programme that I have never watched. After reading this book I think it’s one I will be watching soon. If I hadn’t been aware of this I would still feel that this book has been written with TV in mind. I could see nearly every scene like it was on the TV. 

It starts in 1989, but only for a chapter. After that you are in modern day and I soon forgot to think about what the connection could be. It was only in the last third of the book that the events are mentioned again. And you start to realise why the murders are happening.  It is not the only part to think about. There is also Hess, I was aching to know why he had been removed from his position with Europol and when it was revealed it wasn’t what I expected.

The murders are gruesome and they are very imaginative. When you got to know more about the victims and their families you became aware of how bad life is for some families. And how you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. A few cops were unpleasant and should have had a different career but I did like Thulin and Hess, even if I didn’t get to know them that well. I had two suspects and I was correct on my second choice. But not for the right reasons. 

This is an author I would read again, and I will definitely watch this if it is televised. Along with The Killing.


The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy by B. M. Carroll – Blog Tour Review.

 

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About The Book

She’s the victim. But is she innocent?

Sophie McCarthy is known for her determination, ambition and brilliance at work. She’s tough, but only because she wants to get the best out of people.

Aidan Ryan is strong, honourable, and a family man. He’s tough too; the army requires it.

When these two strangers are brought together in a devastating incident, Sophie’s life is left in ruins. Her family wants to see Aidan pay for what he did.

Aidan’s prepared to sacrifice everything – including his marriage and his child – to fix the mess he’s made.

But some things can’t be fixed, and Sophie is not at all what she first appeared

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. There were a few things that surprised me about this novel. One of them was how many narrators there were. I’m used to just a couple, but in this novel there were plenty. All connected in some way and all reacting to the situation in different ways. This could have been confusing but it worked very well. Especially as the novel progressed.
Sophie was a difficult person to have any liking for. I did feel sympathy for her initially but as more was revealed about her character, the way she treated people and the way she was idolised by her father I liked her less. Her father was a character who was that obsessed with her it was creepy. I had a lot of sympathy for the other members in her family.
I liked Jasmin a lot, when I first read about her difficulties sleeping it was from her parents point of view, but the heartbreak and desperation felt by Jasmin was one of the more upsetting parts to the novel. Hannah was another who I liked reading about. How she needed to support her boys, stand up to nasty neighbours and an even nastier boss.

The Importance of Being Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen – Blog Tour Review.

 

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About The Book

You can take the small-town girl out of the big city – but can you take the big city out of the girl?

Job. Flat. Boyfriend. Tick. Tick. Tick.

Aisling (seems) to be winning at life. But life has other ideas.

Fired. Homeless. Dumped. Tick. Tick. Tick.

When everything comes crashing down around her, moving back in with her mam seems like a disaster.

But might returning to her roots provide the answers Aisling’s looking for?

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. Aisling was a character I liked a lot in the previous book and I liked her even more after this follow-up. She is still naive but is much stronger and as the novel progresses she uses all her little idiosyncrasies to gain focus in her life.
There is humour but I also found it a darker and more poignant read. Her relationship breakdown was upsetting but also heart warming. I could picture them easily trying to come to terms with their decision. The warmth and openness of her personality is more evident. The devotion to her family, friends and many other people she has known for years.
The more intimidating side to the novel had me suspecting various individuals. I’m not revealing if I was correct, you need to read it. It’s a very convincing part to the storyline and shows that these authors can write different types of fiction.
I finished this book wanting more. I want to know more about life in the Irish town and it’s brilliant community.

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Bad by Chloé Esposito – Blog Tour Review.

 

 

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About the Book

She stole the life she wanted. Now someone wants to steal it back . . .

Alvie Knightly may be waking up in the Ritz, but her life is no bed of roses.

Firstly, she has the mother of all hangovers.

Secondly, her beautiful, spoiled twin sister Beth has just been found dead in Sicily – and the police want Alvie for questioning.

And thirdly, Alvie’s hot new boyfriend has vanished with every penny of the millions they stole from Beth.

But he picked the wrong girl to mess with.

Alvie will pursue her ex to Rome in a game of cat and mouse that only one of them can survive.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned . . .

But can Alvie get revenge before her crimes catch up with her?

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. I’m not entirely sure what I have just read. I don’t know whether it is all just a dream that Alvie was having or if it was a warped reality. Whatever it is, it’s the most bonkers book I have read for a long time.
I hadn’t read Mad, book one in the series, but anything I missed was covered in the first few pages. It would probably have helped if I had, then at least I would have been aware of what Alvie was like. Her thought and actions at time were bizarre.
There were times I couldn’t read for laughing, there are images in my head that involve two prominent UK politicians that I really need to ‘unsee’. And some of the scenes that involved Mavis also made me smile.
Alongside our accidental murderess and the chaos that is Alvie’s life is a travelogue. Chloé Espisito shows the beauty of Italy,even if it only its more affluent areas.

No Further Question by Gillian McAllister – Blog Tour Review.

 

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About the Book

The police say she’s guilty.

She insists she’s innocent.

She’s your sister.

You loved her.

You trusted her.

But they say she killed your child.

Who do you believe?

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. No Further Questions was a novel that was different to many others that I read. Not because of its subject matter or type of crime fiction but because I was convinced I knew who was responsible for Layla’s death. The problem was that this character, alongside many others had a perfect alibi. I won’t say who I thought it was, or if I was correct but I would love to know what other readers thought.
It is told by various points of view as you go through the court case. Many of the witnesses have their own voice, they are not just standing in the dock answering questions. You see their inner thoughts and their turmoil at not doing more on the night of Layla’s death and in the events that led to it. You also get to see what the judge was thinking. I liked this a lot, I’ve only ever read about a judge’s thought in lighter novels and I found it fascinating.
Obviously the death of a baby is traumatic and the court case caused more upset. Martha and Scott had differing opinions about whether Becky is responsible but still managed to be supportive to each other. I could see their attempts to rebuild their lives, each blaming themselves and I was willing them on to be successful.
The court case didn’t overpower the storyline, there was plenty of room for the personal storylines too. There was also not too much medical detail, I have found in the past that it can be confusing if you are not familiar with the terminology.
A brilliant novel that many will enjoy.

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