Book Review Take It Back by Kia Abdullah 5🌟


“The Victim: A sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by an alcoholic mother. Who accuses the boys of something unthinkable.

The Defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from hardworking immigrant families. All with corroborating stories.

Whose side would you take?”

         My thoughts

This story is hard-hitting in its subject matter of rape, but the sensitive issue is handled well.

It also deals with issues of prejudice towards race, gender, religion and class status. There were some elements of this story telling I found hard to read. However, it was a good eye-opener to what is actually going on in the world around us. And sometimes it’s not pretty 😯

“You want life in neat and predictable boxes when it’s actually a river of shit.”

Zara, the rape counsellor in this story is a strong female character. She is also dealing with her own issues in life.

The same goes for Jodie. Her life hasn’t been a bed of roses 🌹 a facial deformity, her father walking out on her, an alcoholic mother, poverty and now she has been allegedly raped.

“Women aren’t born warriors; we learn to fight because we have to.”

As the reader we don’t know the truth. It definitely is a tale of ‘he says/she says’ but who is telling the truth? I honestly changed my mind a few times during the course of the story 🤔

I would recommend this book to those who like a mystery to solve and are able to handle some controversial issues.

Prepare yourself for a journey of emotions though. It’s a story that stays with you long after you’ve closed the book 😊

“You will always care what people think of you – that’s just the way of the world – but you can decide how you act in return. You can choose to be cruel like them to make yourself feel tall, or you can treat others with kindness to balance out the shortfall…There will be moments in your life when you must decide in an instant.”

Thank you to @netgalley and @harpercollinsuk for my advanced reading copy in exchange of an honest review 😊

Have you read this story yet? If you have drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts.


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a meme sponsored by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. To take part, you just have to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

This is my first time taking part in this. I’ve seen so many since I started my blog, but never had the time to do my own.

So here goes 😊

What are you currently reading?

I’ve just started Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard

Click the link for a description – Catherine Ryan Howard | Readers First

So far this book is great. There’s a little village with a host of weird and strange people. An Instagram star that has gone missing and a woman murdered in her bed. Can’t wait to find out the conclusion of this story.

what did you recently finish?

Gone | Leona Deakin | 9781784164089 | NetGalley

I was approved of this from @netgalley It was a fantastic concept for a story. People being selected to do a game of dares, why? Well you’ll have to read to find out why . I gave this book 3🌟 I did enjoy it but I had figured out the main thread and wasn’t quite keen on it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have quite a few e-ARCs to read from Netgalley and I am very looking forward to read Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Elevator Pitch | Linwood Barclay | 9780008331993 | NetGalley

i saw a trailer clip on Twitter that Barclay has done and he sums up that this book will give us the fear of lifts (elevators) the way Psycho gave us the fear of showers 😮 so excited to get to read this one.

Book Review 📖 Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh.

After being duped by the twist in ‘I Let You Go’, I went into ‘Let Me Lie’ with eyes wide open, donned my full detective outfit🕵️🔎, got my notebook out📕; I was determined I wasn’t going to be fooled this time.

Last year Anna’s life came crashing down. Firstly, her father committed suicide by jumping off Beachy Head, seven months later her mother did exactly the same.
                ‘The police say it was suicide,
                Anna says it was murder.
                   Who do you believe?’

Well, if this is what the blurb says 😲 then obviously we have a mystery to solve.

And, I thought I had cracked it 👍🏻 I had gone through the evidence with a fine tooth comb, scrutinised the characters and I had come to my conclusion. I only had a few loose ends to tie off.
Hooray! 😊 I thought, I’ve actually figured out the plot of a book.

Little did I realise that yet again, I had been duped by Clare Mackintosh 🤦🏼‍♂️ her great writing skills led me up the garden path, and head on into the twists. Was I annoyed? Was I heck 😊

This story was told from two perspectives. That of Anna and her mission to find out the truth. And from Murray, the retired ex cop who loved his job so much he never wanted to retire 😊 I must admit though, throughout the story I had my doubts about Murray. But, fair play I doubt everyone in crime books. However, as the story developed and we got to know more about Murray’s character and life, I couldn’t help but fall in love with him 😍 I do need to have a word with Mackintosh though about her decision about how his story panned out, I wasn’t very happy 😔 but I’m sure she has her reasons.

This story was a slow burner, but I liked that as we had a lot to take in and digest. Once the action kicks in and the lies start unfolding that’s when you need to buckle up and enjoy the ride 😊 right up until the final page and that final sentence 😲😲 Even now I’m questioning what happened 👍🏻

I give this book 4/5 (it would have got 5 but I was a bit unhappy about an element of Murray’s storyline 😔 )

#arcreview The Possession by Michael Rutger out July 25th, 2019


A group of explorers arrive in the remote town of Birchlake, Northern California, to investigate the appearance of mysterious stone walls.


A teenage girl has disappeared without a trace.


Soon it becomes clear that the two events may be connected in the most terrifying way. Because sometimes the walls we build end up closing us in . . .

At first I did start to think how exciting mysterious stone walls could be? We were given an introduction into the phenomenons that occur around the world. Including the Nazca Lines in Peru and the Sajama Lines in Bolivia.

I found this very interesting, and actually looked it up to get to know more. However, this book wasn’t just about stone walls. There was also the mystery of Alaina, a 14 year old girl who had vanished into the woods in town.

This book gave me the chills. It was the way the people in the town were reacting to things that were happening, you just knew that this town had a story to tell. What follows is a tale of eerie goings on, strange townfolk who have creepy wisdom to bestow on Nolan and his gang. A lot of fog, things that go bump in the night or knock in the closet. This story had all the tell tale scary story stuff that we need.

If you have read Michael Rutgers ‘The Anomaly’ you will have met these Nolan, Pierre, Ken, Molly and Kristy already. I however haven’t read it, but I will definitely be buying it now. There was a few mentions to ‘The Anomaly’ however it didn’t reveal the plotline nor did it deter from the story being told.

The Anomaly: The blockbuster thriller that will take you back to our darker origins . . . eBook: Michael Rutger: Kindle Store

The chemistry between the characters was good, and from them we got a bit of sarcasm and light relief in among the creepy stuff.

I’d recommend this book to those who like a bit of scare fest. But content warning it does involve witchcraft

Book Review: How It Was by Janet Ellis

Arc copy cover

Arc copy courtesy of

Publication Date 8th of August, 2019

Description (

In a 1970s village in rural Kent, lives go on in an unremarkable way. But Marion Deacon, struggling with being a wife and mother, is about to set events in motion that she cannot control in a story of love, motherhood, betrayal, and long-hidden secrets . . . because everyone has at least one secret.

My Review 3🌟

Marion is a bored housewife. She has a caring, loving husband Michael. A 14 year old daughter, Sarah. And, a seven year old son, Eddie. She seems to have the perfect life but what she decides to do has a knock on detrimental effect on her family.

I’ll be honest I nearly gave up on this book. The narrative was quite hard to follow. It kept jumping from different points of view and timeline, sometimes without any clear indication of who we were hearing from or when. (However, this was a proof copy from Netgalley, maybe the confusion will be ironed out)

Marion was a very unlikeable character, and it took me a fair while to figure her out. But, when it became clear of some of the reasoning behind her actions it gave the character meaning.

The relationships portrayed in this story were well thought out and moulded the storyline. We had Marion’s relationship with her kids and husband, also hints of her childhood. There was the sibling relationship of Marion’s children, which was lovely to read as we saw the love and hate within.
A little annoyance with me was Sarah’s diary entries. I would like to have seen it written more in the language of a teen, some of the descriptive writing within the diary entries did not scream teenager.
Despite my early thoughts of quitting. I am glad I carried on, because this did turn out to be a good story of unraveling lies and home truths.

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six is a story that follows a band in the ’70s from their humble beginnings on the LA music scene to becoming one of the most famous bands in the world.

This is truly a story of sex, drugs and rock & roll. We get an in depth knowledge of what went on behind the scenes of this band. The relationships, the battles of their addictions, the feuds and the loves.

I felt the way this book was written is genius. It reminded me of the music magazines of my youth. The interview technique gave us a different view and perspective from each member of the band. Highlighting the fact that people can remember events in completely different ways.

“Billy: I walked down to the patio and then Camila came down in a white T-shirt and a pair of jeans.

Karen: She had on a yellow crochet top. She looked so pretty.”

Billy and Karen, Daisy Jones and The Six
Me reading the book 😍

There are so many characters in the book, each with their own personality. But, I must admit it was the lead characters Billy and Daisy that kept me hooked.

Daisy, is character you can’t help falling in love with. She may seem to have a life that everyone could dream of but we quickly see it lacks the love element.

“There were a lot of teenage girls that wanted to grow up and be me in the late seventies. I was keenly aware of that. But the only reason people thought I had everything is because I had all the things you can see. I had none of the things you can’t.”

“I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of fucking story.”

Daisy, Daisy Jones and The Six

Even though this story is about a fictional band, the real life references make it more believable.

People don’t die staying up, they die when they go to sleep. Look at Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison. Downers kill you.”

Rod, daisy Jones and the six

It was so realistically written that I wanted to listen to their music or watch a documentary on them. I had built up a clear picture in my head of what they looked and sounded. This is testament to how well Reid writes.

“All I will say is that you show up for your friends on their hardest days. And you hold their hand through the roughest parts. Life is about who is holding your hand and, I think, whose hand you commit to holding.”

Camila, daisy Jones and the six

Go read this book, it’s such an easy read. And, a well written book filled with everything.

Just because I like the photo 😊🎸

After The End by Clare Mackintosh. Book Review 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟

My personal signed copy of the book.

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could…
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

The Road Not taken by Robert frost


Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they’re facing the most important decision of their lives – and they don’t agree.

As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again.

But anything can happen after the end . . .

Signed copy 😁

This is a thought provoking story which will tug at your heart strings and have you reaching for the tissues 😢

Dylan is Max and Pip’s two year old son. He has brain damage as a result of a tumour that couldn’t be fully removed. Max and Pip now face the unenviable task of deciding between giving Dylan treatment which may prolong his life, but not cure him. Or, provide him with palliative care until he dies. A heart-rending decision ♥️

“Dylan’s brain damage is irreparable. If he lives, he will not walk or talk. He will not be able to communicate his needs, or even his feelings. Those are basic human functions, and my opinion – both as a doctor and as a fellow human being – is that there is little life without those functions.”

Max, after the end

The story is told from the points of view of Max and Pip. And understandably this can be hard to read, Mackintosh writes so beautifully, and the emotions come flooding through the pages.

We also get the added point of view of Doctor Leila Khalili. I liked her chapters as we got to see the medical and professional side of the story. Also, it was an insight into how cases similar to Dylan can have an effect on the professional people who care for them.

Max and Pip can’t come to a joint decision, so, it’s up to the courts to decide. And this is where the story takes on a different path, a sliding doors (that film with two alternative storylines) slant. I liked this take on the story. It’s something that we can’t do in real life, we can’t take both paths then choose which we prefer.

As I have already said Mackintosh has a way with words. And the following quote just proves this 💓

‘When you were born I promised I would keep you safe and never let anyone hurt you. And …’ I breathe out slowly, determined to finish without crying, to show Dylan I can be brave too. ‘And I’m so sorry I couldn’t keep you safe from illness, but I’m going to keep you safe now, baby. I’m going to take away everything that hurts, and all those wires and tubes and all the medicine. And when the court case is over, and you’re allowed to go to sleep, it will all be over.’

Pip, after the end

I attended the book launch of After The End. To hear Clare describe why she wanted to write this book and the reasons behind it, made it more touching and heart felt. To see her holding back the tears when talking about her own personal experiences that gave her the inspiration to write this book, it made the book more special.