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A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal

May 31, 2018

A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising is not your typical vampire tale, but rather it follows the NOBI virus from when it is first discovered by Doctor Lauren Scott, and is unleashed on a world that is not prepared to handle it.

When I read the synopsis for this novel I was excited. It looked like just the sort of book I’d love, and the cover was eye-catching. But unfortunately for me, it was a struggle to read. We frequently jumped from voice to voice, and because the detached ‘historical’ way in which things were told, it was really difficult to find myself connecting with the characters, so when they died, it just felt like a statistic rather than a creepy-horror scene.

The scientific explanations I actually kind of loved, with a science background myself, I love it when books get a bit technical, but what I didn’t like were the excessively long paragraphs that went on for over a page, making it really difficult to keep reading.

The world building was great, and the world felt detailed and well thought out, but the pacing was slow, with very little in the way of action, further adding to the problem staying focused on the story.

3 out of 5 stars.

* This eBook ARC was provided by Hachette Australia through NetGalley for an honest review.

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The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

May 14, 2018

The Perfect Mother is a page-turning psychological thriller about a mothers group called the May Mothers that get together regularly to talk about their experiences raising a newborn baby. But when one of their own has her young baby kidnapped while the group is having a rare night out together, they are quick to rally around her and try do everything they can to help Winnie get her baby Midas back.

This book was well-paced and difficult to put down, and while with most of this genre I usually guess exactly what is what, with the Perfect Mother Molloy had more than a few surprises in store for me as I read. I found the characters engaging, flawed and very relatable as a young mother myself, I could see little bits of myself in all of them. I found the reflection on the pressures society places on mothers to be perfect, and do everything ‘just so’ particularly relevant. And how often mothers feel the need to present ourselves with this perfect image even to other mothers, who are likely struggling just as much as we are.

And through it all, that bond of friendship that has been created in that May Mothers group shines as they learn more about each others darkest secrets, and work together to solve this mystery.

4 out of 5 stars.

* This eBook ARC was provided by Hachette Australia through NetGalley for an honest review.

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Our House by Louise Candlish

April 9, 2018

Her short break away with her new boyfriend ends with something Fiona Lawson was never prepared for, returning to Trinity Avenue to find someone else moving into her beloved house that she shared with her separated partner, and two boys. Her estranged husband, Bram, has conveniently disappeared, and it’s left to Fiona to unravel just what happened and to try pull her life together from the pieces he left.

Fi retells her part of the story through a popular victim podcast, while we hear from Bram’s side in a tell-all word document.  Small snippets of present day goings on with the strangers that have moved into Fiona’s home are gradually built upon between the twists and turns that Louise Candlish weaves.

Unfortunately for me, I found the pacing in the middle two thirds of the book slow and difficult to get through and it was a bit of a struggle to keep reading. Ultimately I’m glad I did though, because I did enjoy the detailed plot and how it all unfolded in the last few chapters. Still, there is still much to love about this story: the premise of the book is different from anything else I have read and I enjoyed trying to guess where things were going, and was pleased that while I was right on quite a few of the twists, there were still a couple that I didn’t guess!

Overall this would be 3 out of 5 star read for me.

* This ebook ARC was provided by Simon & Schuster (Australia) through NetGalley for an honest review.

 

 

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Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

March 15, 2018

Let Me Lie is a psychological thriller about a new Mum, Anne, trying to cope in the aftermath of the suicidal death of her two parents just over a year ago. Both having killed themselves in the same manner, at a local cliff, within a few months of each other.  On the anniversary of her mother’s death, Anne receives a card through her mail box, and what starts as a straight forward and open-and-shut case, quickly becomes something much more complex once Anne, and ex- Crime Investigator Murray starts to delve into it.  All of this takes place within the normality of their world, with each of the character dealing with their own spectrum of problems, from mental illness, money woes, and family issues.

One particular thing I do want to mention: I must admit, I did love seeing Anne breastfeeding publicly and while we’re told over and over that this is okay, it’s rare that we see this represented in novels. And Murray’s reaction was appropriate, and reflective of how a lot of people new to the experience might feel when faced with it for the first time.

I went into this story largely blind, avoiding the blurb, and any reviews about it to avoid the possibility of spoilers, either intentional or accidental. I wanted to go on that journey of discovery of Anne and be running theories through my head and getting that special kind of thrill when you learn you’re right! And I wasn’t disappointed, and while I certainly did guess  a couple of the major plot twists, there were plenty that I did not, enough to keep it interesting, and make it one of those hard-to-put-down reads.

This is the first novel of Clare Mackintosh that I have read, and it absolutely won’t be the last.

4 / 5 stars.

* This ebook ARC was provided by Hachette Australia through NetGalley for an honest review.

 

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

February 4, 2018

Finished off The Girl on the Train this morning. Enjoyed it immensely. A lot more than I thought I would. Satisfied that my early theory as to who did what was correct! Will have to make a point of including more thrillers in my reads after this read.