THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR – by Shari Lapena

This book was sitting on my book shelf for just over a year before I decided to read it. I initially bought it because I had seen such good reviews on it on social media and in magazines, however when choosing my next book, I always put off reading it, as it wasn’t the normal type or genre of book I would normally go for. After finishing ‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ I thoughthey why not switch things up a little bit and read something different. I’m SO glad that I did because I loved this book!

I would say that it fits under a crime/thriller category, and prior to this I had been watching various documentaries on Netflix under the same genre (e.g. Ted Bundy’s tapes and Dirty John) I am also currently watching the Madeline McCann documentary so thought that if I enjoyed a crime/thriller series I might like a book of that genre too!

So, before I get started on my review let me tell you a rough outline of the story. It’s based on a couple who leave their baby alone whilst attending a dinner party next door, they check on their baby regularly however, when they get home…the baby’s gone! The story tells you the twist and turns in the investigation.

I read this at the same time as watching the Madeline McCann documentary so the similarities were uncanny and scary!

The blurb

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half-hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there…

My rating

5/5.

My review

The book was amazing! I was instantly hooked after the first chapter, it just kept making me want to read on and read on to find out what’ll happen next. Books like this are my favourite, as I never want to put them down. I also found this book to be so unpredictable and the twists in the story plot were insane! I definitely recommend this book.

Have you read this book? If yes, did you enjoy it?

Love always,

Jess

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Still me – Book Review

So I’m back with yet another book review, and surprise surprise its from the Me Before You series!

My first thought when reading the last sentence was “NOOOOOOO it can’t finish there!” but well… it did. The book just leaves you wanting more and I still can’t grasp the fact that I will no longer be reading all about Louisa Clarks’ life anymore. The way Jojo Moyes wrote the book makes you feel like you’re there and you know Louisa in real life; so much so that I have to remind myself that Louisa is a made up person and not someone real (We can all wish right?).

What is ‘Still Me’ about?

“Lou Clark knows too many things… she knows how many miles lies between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London. She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to meet someone who’s going to turn her whole life upside down. Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it’ll hurt. Lou won’t know what to do next, but she knows whatever she chooses is going to change everything.”

That was the blurb and in all honestly I don’t think it gives the book justice at all!

What would you rate “Still Me”?

5/5, 10/10, 50/10, 100/100…. you get the idea.

What are your thoughts on “Still Me”?

As you can probably guess I LOVED the book, even more so than the previous two. I found myself looking forward to my lunch breaks just because I knew I could read the book. I’m quite sad thinking that I won’t be reading it tomorrow lunchtime…

The storyline is amazing, I cannot fault it. The way Jojo Moyes describes the plot is extraordinary, I have a clear imagine of all the scenes, all the outfits and just well..everything! Theres not too much I can say without getting carried away or spoiling it; so take my word for it, this book is a MUST buy. If you want to fall in love, feel happiness, heartbreak and sadness, romance and excitement and every other possible emotion under the sun, then this is for you!

Whilst you’re reading this, I’m sitting here with every bone in my body crossed hoping that ‘After you’ and ‘Still Me’ get adapted into movies ASAP so I can binge watch them.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and if you’ve read the books I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I have. And well if you haven’t read the books what on earth are you waiting for?

Love always,

Jess

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE – BOOK REVIEW

I saw this book in nearly every book shop for weeks before deciding to buy it. I had heard such mixed reviews on it that I wasn’t sure if it was worth reading or not but it so was!

At first, when I started reading it, I found it a bit difficult to get into, I’m like that which most books and TV series, but soon enough I was hooked. The story is so unique, moving and funny that you can’t help but fall in love with Eleanor Oliphant. Gail Honeyman wrote it so well and also highlighted important issues which gives the book a more realistic feel.

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?

It’s a gripping story about a woman who due to childhood traumas grew up in a sense of isolation. Who knew an old man’s fall could change her life forever? She faces her demons and forms relationships she would never have dreamed of doing before.

This book will make you cry, laugh and feel most emotions under the sun, but it will all be worth it.

THE BLERB

“Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes everything….”

WHAT WOULD I RATE THE BOOK?

I feel like this is becoming a theme in my book reviews but a strong 5/5.

MY REVIEW

After reading the first two chapters I found myself hooked, the writing style and storyline was just so good, I found it hard to put it down and just wanted to keep reading it. There were quite a few unexpected twists and revelations which added a deeper meaning to the story which I really liked as it wasn’t predictable. The ending of the story was well done however I wish we could find out what her life was like after..

Have you read this book? If so, what is your opinion on it?

Love always,

Jess

Me Before You – Book review

This is such a popular book/movie that I’m sure you already know what it is about but hey, it was so good that I couldn’t NOT write a review. Unfortunately I did the whole process the wrong way around and had watched the movie before reading the book; which didn’t turn out to be so bad…obviously there were slight changes to the storyline from the book; as books tend to always be more detailed but having already watched the films I had a good image on who the characters where which helped to aid my imagination when reading the books. I got to put my hands up to Jojo Moyes as she is an amazing author and portrayed the characters and the storyline so beautifully.

What is the book about?

“Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick’ (Sorry to interrupt, but he’s played by the same actor who is Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter. Anyway carrying on…) ” What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.”

That was the blerb however I’ll give you more of an insight about it without giving too much away.. Will is a quadriplegic following his accident and is struggling to readapt to his new style of life. He was once an adventurous outgoing, very physical being who is now confined to a wheelchair; his live was changed by Lou Clark completely. I don’t want  to say any more in fear of spoiling it for anyone who’s not read it (but definitely needs too).

What would you rate ‘Me Before You’?

5/5 definitely!

What are your thoughts on ‘Me Before You’?

Well if you hadn’t guessed already I love the book and highly recommend anyone to read it. It was the first book I read after a long break from reading and oh boy did I get hooked in fast! I felt like this book gave so much, it was funny, romantic, sad but also  educational. As I felt Wills’ condition gave the whole book a whole new layer/dimension, it gave it a deeper meaning and shows the reality of those kind of situations. I fell in love with the characters and felt like it was real life and they were all real which could possibly why I got so emotionally hooked.

That is it, I’m still pretty new to reviewing books but I’m hoping to do more in the near future.

If you’ve read this book please let me know how you found it in the comments below!

Q: What is your favourite book?

love always,

Jess x

BLOGMAS – DAY 12 – Review of a Festive book

Hey guys,

Welcome to day 12 of my Blogmas! Today’s is a review of Jenny Colgans’ book “Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery” it’s my first proper book review so fingers crossed you enjoy it!

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

By Jenny Colgan

First published in 2016

43 Chapters 339 pages

What is the book about

It’s Christmas in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne – a time for family, friends and feasting

Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery and the festive season always inspires her to bake something extra special for the village residents. In fact, the only thing she loves more is curling up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. This Christmas should be their best one yet, but life doesn’t always go to plan…

When Polly’s best friend Kerensa turns up with a secret that threatens the life that Polly and Huckle have built together, the future begins to look uncertain. Then a face from Polly’s past reappears and things become even more complicated. Polly can usually find solace in baking but she has a feeling that’s not going to be enough this time. Can she get things back on track so that everyone has a merry Christmas?

What I rate it

5/5!

My thoughts on “Christmas time at Little Beach Street Bakery

It was my first ever time reading a book by Jenny Colgan and I loved it! It took me by surprise to find out it was the LAST book out of a trilogy but even so I don’t think it made a huge difference and I still loved the book and will definitely be getting the other two books!

The story line progressed nicely, not too slow but not too fast either! You really get to emphasise with the characters and feel like you’re actually there living in the story. It was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down! It wasn’t overly Christmassy which I liked, it had other underlying stories within it which makes it a much more complex but interesting read.

I would highly recommend this book and this author!

Thank you for reading today’s post! Hope you enjoyed my first ever book review! If you would like to see more then please let me know in the comments!

If you missed yesterday’s post (what Christmas means to me) you can check it out here.

Love, Jess x

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