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Book Review | Never Never by James Patterson & Candice Fox

About the Book:

never neverTitle: Never Never
Author: James Patterson & Candice Fox
Series: Detective Harriet Blue #1
Genre: Crime Thriller; Mystery; Fiction
Published: August 2016 by Century Australia
Format: Paperback
Source: Library Book
Synopsis: When Sydney police department sex crimes detective Harriet Blue is called into her boss’s office, she never imagined it would be to tell her that her brother is the prime suspect in the brutal murders of three women.

Shocked and in denial, Harry is transferred to Perth to avoid the media exposure this case will attract. Harry is sent into the outback – the never never – to investigate the disappearance of mine worker Danny Carter. The mining town is a seedy place, full of money and immoral ways to spend it. As Harry delves deeper into the murky lives of these miners, she finds that Danny isn’t the first to go missing.

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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My Review:

This book has been on TBR for a while, and while I was perusing the shelves in the library the other week I came across it, so figured it was meant to be 🙂
Detective Harriet (Harry) Blue is a sex crimes detective in Sydney Australia, but when her brother is arrested for some of the most viscous crimes in Australia’s history, her boss sends her to a mine site across the county, just out of Perth, Western Australia where there are reports of a missing miner.

As you may have noted above, I gave this book 5 stars, the first reason for this was the setting. As a Perth girl born and raised, it really excited me to read a book that is set in my backyard, and hearing they way the characters spoke, with the odd Australian slang or wording was just so natural to me!
The characters in this book were very likeable and multi-dimensional. Harry Blue was a hard and motivated police detective who wanted nothing else than to keep her head down and find the missing miners. When it turned out that there was a killer in or around the mine, she became even more determined. I admired Harriet, she was trying to stay strong and not think too much about her brother and what was happening at home in Sydney, she was just focused on finding the murderer.
The writing style was first person for the majority of the chapters – where Harriet was the center. The others which were focused on the killer’s POV were third person and he was described at “The Soldier” as he thought that’s what he was.

I was hooked into the story very early on, the chapters were short and left you hanging onto every word so that you needed to turn the page and find out who the killer was. I liked how the authors painted a few characters as possible suspects to the reader, I was almost convinced I knew who it was. At the very end, however, I found out who it really was and I was in shock..they were the last person I would have thought of, in-fact they weren’t anywhere near my potential suspect list.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and have already reserved the second book in the series, Fifty Fifty.
If you haven’t already, I urge you to put Never Never on your TBR lists and read it as soon as possible. If you have read it what did you think?? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of this post!

Thanks for popping in to read my review of Never Never by James Patterson & Candice Fox and until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

About the Authors:

james pattersonThe son of an insurance salesman and a schoolteacher, Patterson grew up in Newburgh, New York, and began casually writing at the age of nineteen. In 1969, he graduated from Manhattan College. He was given a full ride to Vanderbilt University’s graduate program in English but dropped out after a year, knowing that he wouldn’t be able to continue reading and writing for pleasure if he became a college professor.

Instead, he moved to New York to become a junior copywriter for the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, eventually becoming CEO of its North American company.

In 1976, while still working for J. Walter Thompson, Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, with Little, Brown and Company. After being turned down by thirty-one publishers, it won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Patterson’s 1993 novel, Along Came a Spider, his first novel to feature Alex Cross, was also his first New York Times bestseller in fiction.
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candice fox

Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney’s western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil as her father relayed his work stories to her mother and older brothers.

As a cynical and trouble-making teenager, her crime and gothic fiction writing was an escape from the calamity of her home life. She was constantly in trouble for reading Anne Rice in church and scaring her friends with tales from Australia’s wealth of true crime writers.

Bankstown born and bred, she failed to conform to military life in a brief stint as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. Candice lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism.

Hades is her first novel, and she is currently working on its sequel.

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Monthly TBR | February 2018

Hey bookworms!
Welcome to February! I cannot believe we are one month into 2018 already!! In the month of February I am giving myself a large TBR (which I may possibly come to regret). I managed to read 3 books and listen to 1 audiobook last month in January, so I am hoping to do better this month.
Lets have a look at what I am planning on reading this month!

Currently Reading from January:

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To Be Started in February:

Of these, The Light Between Oceans is an audiobook through Audible; Vanishing Girls and The Never Dawn are ebooks for review; Suddenly One Summer is a paperback ARC for review; Behind Closed Doors and Never Never are library books; and Girl on the Train is one I own for the Beat the Backlist Challenge.
Needless to say, I am going to be flat out reading this month, and I am looking forward to it!

What are you planning to read this month?? I would love to hear about it!
Stay tuned for my reviews which will be posted throughout the month as I finish up with each book 🙂 

Good luck with all your reading challenges and TBRs for this month, and until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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Wrap-Up | January 2018

Hi there book lovers!
This is my wrap-up for January! Cannot believe we are at the end of it already!

Books Read & Reviewed:

Books DNF’ed:

The Dressmaker

Challenge Update:

Goodreads’ Challenge: 4 books
Audiobook Challenge: 1 book
Beat the Backlist: 1 book
Library Love: 0 books

How did you all go in the month of January?? Four books was not too bad…but I am hoping that February brings more for me 🙂
Stay tuned for my next post, my February TBR!
Until then, happy reading

Kim x

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Audiobook Review | The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

The Book..

The ChemistTitle: The Chemist
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Thriller; Mystery; Fiction; Romance; Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
Length: 17 hours, 1 minute
Narrator: Ellen Archer
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.69 / 5
Synopsis: In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
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I have had this book sitting on my Audible shelf for the longest time, and with my determination to be better with my reading this year, I thought I would choose to listen to The Chemist first.
This book follows a woman who is on the run from the Government that she used to work for, until the decided they wanted her dead. Everyday is about survival. Until one day when she receives an email from her former boss asking for a favour – in exchange for her freedom. It is the favour that changed everything.

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot, as it could spoil it for those who haven’t read this book yet. 

I quite enjoyed this book. It was full of twists and surprises that I wasn’t necessarily expecting. The extra characters of Kevin and Daniel were really entertaining and I found myself hoping for their survival, as well as Alex’s. There were a large number of dogs in this book also, and I am a sucker for dogs, so this aspect got a big tick from me.

Eventually there was a romance between two of the characters. I have read a few other reviews in which the reviewer did not like the fact that a romance blossomed. I did see it coming, and it did turn into a main feature of the plot, but I think in some ways it made it make more sense..why else would Alex have stuck around to help the two boys if she hadn’t felt something for one of them? 

The narrator of the Audible version of The Chemist was Ellen Archer. She did a really good job of the voices and the overall telling of this story. I never doubted who was speaking thanks to her. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book, it did get a bit confusing towards the end with working out who some of the people were and where they fit, but I figured it out eventually.
I gave this book a 4 out of a possible 5 stars 🙂 

Thank you for stopping by to read my review of The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer. Hopefully this has encouraged you to pick it up for yourself 🙂
Until next time, happy reading!

The Author..

stephanie meyer.jpgI was born in Connecticut in 1973, during a brief blip in my family’s otherwise western U.S. existence. We were settled in Phoenix by the time I was four, and I think of myself as a native. The unusual spelling of my name was a gift from my father, Stephen (+ ie = me). Though I have had my name spelled wrong on pretty much everything my entire life long, I must admit that it makes it easier to Google myself now.

I filled the “Jan Brady” spot in my family–the second of three girls; however, unlike the Bradys, none of my three brothers are steps, and all of them are younger than all the girls. I went to high school in Scottsdale, Arizona, the kind of place where every fall a few girls would come back to school with new noses and there were Porsches in the student lot. (For the record, I have my original nose and never had a car until I was in my twenties.) I was awarded a National Merit Scholarship, and I used it to pay my way to Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. I majored in English but concentrated on literature rather than creative writing, mostly because I didn’t consider reading books “work.” (As long as I was going to be doing something anyway, I might as well get course credit for it, right?)

I met my husband, Pancho (his real name is Christiaan), when I was four, but we were never anywhere close to being childhood sweethearts; in fact, though we saw each other at least weekly through church activities, I can’t recall a single instance when we so much as greeted each other with a friendly wave, let alone exchanged actual words. This may have been for the best, because when we did eventually get around to exchanging words, sixteen years after our first meeting, it only took nine months from the first “hello” to the wedding; of course, we were able to skip over a lot of the getting-to-know you parts. We’ve been married for ten-and-a-half years now and have three beautiful, brilliant, wonderful boys who often remind me of chimpanzees on crack. I can’t write without music, and my biggest muse is, ironically enough, the band Muse. My other favorite sources of inspiration are Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Coldplay, The All American Rejects, Travis, The Strokes, Brand New, U2, Kasabian, Jimmy Eat World, and Weezer, to mention a few.

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Book Review | Fractured by Dawn Barker

 

fracturedTitle: Fractured
Author: Dawn Barker
Genre: Contemporary; Fiction; Mystery; Mental Health
Publishing: 2013 by Hachette Australia
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
Pages: 330
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.85 / 5 stars
Synopsis: A compelling, emotional debut from a brilliant Australian author that brings to life a new mother’s worst fears.

Tony is worried. His wife, Anna, isn’t coping with their newborn. Anna had wanted a child so badly and, when Jack was born, they were both so happy. They’d come home from the hospital a family. Was it really only six weeks ago?

But Anna hasn’t been herself since. One moment she’s crying, the next she seems almost too positive. It must be normal with a baby, Tony thought; she’s just adjusting. He had been busy at work. It would sort itself out. But now Anna and Jack are missing. And Tony realises that something is really wrong…

What happens to this family will break your heart and leave you breathless.

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥

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Fractured by Dawn Barker was an incredible book. It was heartbreaking to read, but it gave good insight to a mental health issue within society.
Tony and Anna have the perfect life, and they have just welcomed their newborn son into the world. However, Tony can’t seem to ignore that his wife, Anna, is not acting like herself..surely she is just tired from the needs of having a new baby. Happens to everyone, right?
Anna is suffering from post-natal psychosis, and what happens to her family will break your heart, I know it broke mine.

This book was brilliantly written. It is a debut book from an Australian author (double ticks from me!) and it talks about something that a lot of societies try and ignore, the ‘issue’ of mental illness.
This book is not for the faint-hearted, but I encourage you all to get your hands on a copy of Fractured.

The characters of Anna and Tony were written in such a way that I could completely empathised with them. I went through exactly what they went through as I was reading their story. I experienced Anna’s pain and fear as she tried to care for her newborn, whilst feeling her mind slip away from her. I felt Tony’s anger and confusion at what Anna had done to their family.
The extra characters of other family members were well written also, their feelings and thoughts were there enough that I got a full picture of the events and how everyone was affected, but was not overwhelmed – the story focused mainly on Anna and Tony – which was how it should have been.

This book is written in the present and past tenses, as we follow along with what happened on ‘that day’ as well as the current time. As I was reading, I felt that there was more to the story of Anna’s actions, but I just needed to keep reading to find out what that was. I found that I was right, there was something else about ‘that day’ and it was not what I expected it to be. This just made my heart break that little bit more. 

I think this book ended quickly at the end of the events, but it was also well done. Any longer, and I think it would have raised more questions about the characters’ and their future. It got to the point, and ended, which I was definitely in agreement with.

Overall, this book was emotional and heartbreaking, but such a great read. If you haven’t picked it up already, I encourage you to do so, and as soon as possible!

Meet the Author..

dawn barkerDr. Dawn Barker is a psychiatrist and author. She grew up in Scotland, then in 2001 she moved to Australia, completed her psychiatric training and began writing.
Her first novel, Fractured, was selected for the 2010 Hachette/Queensland Writers Centre manuscript development programme, was one of Australia’s bestselling debut fiction titles for 2013, and was shortlisted for the 2014 WA Premier’s Book Awards.
Her second novel is Let Her Go.

Dawn lives in Perth with her husband and three young children.

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Thank you for stopping by to read my review of Fractured by Dawn Barker! I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you all in my next post!
Until next time, happy reading

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ARC Book Review | Keep Her Safe by Richard Jay Parker

keep her safeTitle: Keep Her Safe
Author: Richard Parker
Genre: Thriller; Suspense; Psychological Thriller
Publishing: January 11, 2018 by Bookouture
Format: Kindle eBook
Source: Netgalley for Review
Pages: 285
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.95 / 5 stars
Synopsis: How far would you go to protect your child?

Maggie’s daughter Penny is her whole world… and she’d do anything to protect her. So when Maggie wakes one night to find a strange woman in her home, she runs to lock herself in her bedroom with her child. But Maggie knows why she’s come…

Someone has been targeting mothers and offering them a choice: do as he says or their child disappears. This stranger in her home has until dawn to follow his orders… but Maggie too has the ‘choice’ to make. Can she put the pieces together to stop the cycle before her time is up?

An edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page. Perfect for fans of Adam Croft and Tess Gerritsen.


My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
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*I requested this book, and received it for free from the publisher through Netgalley. This does not influence my review in any way*

I am so happy that I requested this book. It had me hooked from the very beginning.
Maggie and Holly are two mothers who have been chosen by a man they know only as ‘Babysitter’. They do as he says, or they never see their babies again. For Maggie, this was an easy choice, but when Holly breaks into her home, she is ready for her.
What begins as a simple task, turns into a night of cat-and-mouse. Who is Babysitter? Can these two mothers figure it out before the sun rises?

This was the first book that I have read by Richard Parker, and I cannot wait to pick up more. He had me hooked from the very beginning, and I could not put it down, I needed to know who the Babysitter was and where he was leading these two women. It wasn’t until the last few chapters that I found out everything that I wanted to know, and it just made perfect sense. If he wasn’t such a monster, I would have felt sympathy for him.

As far as the characters go, I was really impressed. I was torn in the beginning because I didn’t want either of them to kill the other, they were both so strong, and would do absolutely anything to protect their babies. I admired that. It also made me want them to succeed in finding out who the Babysitter was before they ran out of time. By the end, they had such an amazing bond, it was wonderful to see. Both characters were multi-dimensional and kept on growing throughout the story, there was never a time where one of them annoyed me, which can be common with main characters.

Thank you to Bookouture for allowing me to read this book, I really enjoyed it, and definitely will be picking up more books by this author in the future.
If you enjoy thrillers that have you on the edge of your seat, then Keep Her Safe is the book for you!

Meet the Author:

Richard ParkerAuthor of STOP ME – shortlisted for a Specsavers New Blood Dagger Award – and SCARE ME.

SCARE ME has been snapped up by major Hollywood studio, Relativity Media. Wentworth (Prison Break/Stoker) Miller has just completed the screenplay.

His third stand alone thriller STALK ME is due to be published February 2014 (US/Canada) and March 2014(UK) by Angry Robot crime imprint Exhibit A.

He is currently writing a follow up to SCARE ME.

A professional TV writer for twenty-two years he started by submitting material to the BBC. After contributing to a wide variety of TV shows he became a head writer, script editor and producer.

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Thank you for stopping by to check out my review of Keep Her Safe! I will see you all soon in my next post!
Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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What’s On | The Coming Week

Hey bookworms!
In this post I am going to share with you my reading plans for the coming week 🙂

Still Reading/Listening To:

 

Going To Start:

never never

Never Never by James Patterson & Candice Fox: If you saw my January Library Book Haul post, you will know that this was one of the many extra books I picked up this month. If you didn’t catch the post and are interested, you can check it out here. You may also have seen that this book has been on my TBR for a long time, therefore I thought it was time that I read it!

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I am hoping to have some of these books finished this week for review, as the month is coming to an end shortly (already) and I don’t want to carry any over into February.
What books are you all reading this week?? I would love to hear about them in the comment box below!

Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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