Thursday, 28 January 2016

Book review: Sleepyhead - Mark Billingham (Tom Thorne #1)

Alison Willetts has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. In leaving Alison alive, the police believe the killer's made a mistake. 
Then DI Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth: it isn't Alison who is the mistake, it's the three women already dead.

My opinion.
I had never read any of Mark Billingham's books before, but when his name came up as a suggested read on the cover of one of my favourite books, I decided it was time to change that. I picked up the first book in the Tom Thorne series 'et voilà'.
Tom Thorne is not an easy character to like, or to warm up to. He's tortured by things that happened in his past but incredibly motivated to solve this murder case in the present. Only that motivation turns into obsession. Along with Tom Thorne, you think you got it all figured out. And you're waiting for that one misstep that will get this monster arrested. But this killer is playing a game.
Mark Billingham alternates between Tom Thorne's perspective, that of the killer and even that of one of his victims. Hearing Alison's thoughts is incredibly. It's a very unique reading experience and she actually brings a humorous aspect to the story - how unbelievable that may seem. She's a star! Being able to "look inside the killer's head" makes him an even more disturbing villain, one who will haunt you even after you've closed the book.


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Cover reveal: Trivial Pursuits - Aven Ellis

**** Drum roll ****

Landon Holder is exactly the kind of man Livy Adams should stay far away from. 

The flashy, flirty star defenseman for the Chicago Buffaloes is known for hooking up with women all over Chicago. Livy finds herself attracted to Landy, but his sexy good looks and charm are irrelevant. She had her heart shattered by a cheating athlete in college, and Livy vows she will never let her judgment lapse like that ever again.

Yet Livy knows she can’t spend the rest of her life focusing on building her jewelry line during the day and her evenings playing TriviaPlayOrPass! on her phone, either. Even though she does have fabulous conversations with a player named Scott, it’s time to get back in the game—in real life. While Livy tries to figure out her career path in jewelry design, she knows it’s time to take a chance on romance again, too.

But in a strange twist of fate, Livy finds herself getting to know Landy on a much deeper level. Sometimes people aren’t always as they appear to be. Just like a diamond, you have to look closely to see true clarity.

As Livy unwraps the layers around Landy to see the man behind the image, will she have a change of heart? Can she leave her past behind for a future with Landy? Or is it all a game of trivial pursuits?

Check out The Aubrey Rules, Chicago On Ice series #1

& Aven Ellis' other fabulous works:


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

I'm back!

Hello everyone!

Those who know me or visited the site before might know that I'm studying History at uni as well as a librarian course and a course on heritage preservation in adult education. Being a student means I have weeks (or sometimes even months) with lots of time for reading and reviewing, and weeks where the only books I see are those I'm studying or writing a paper on. January was that sort of time. With 7 exams to study for I had very little time to read, let alone review. Hence the radio silence.

Exams are finished now, which means... I'm BACK! 
I've never had the sort of blog that posts on a regular schedule; I read and review when I can. That won't change for 2016. I can only hope to read A LOT this year, and to welcome all of you back to M's Bookshelf.

Thanks for all the support,