Book Review #1

Book review - Playing Big

I have always loved reading since I was child and would happily spend hours being entangled in the plots, twists and turns of all the different characters and stories. I loved Enid Blyton’s books of The Secret Seven and The Famous Five. I would go to the library as a small child and have memories sitting there looking through the books. I still like go to a library when I can do. Over the last few years I haven’t read as much as I would have liked, so this year I am determind to read more. I thought that a good way of keeping me on track was to do a book review every couple of weeks. So without further ado here are the books I have read so far: 

The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft 

This was one of the first books of 2018 that I read and I found it a good psychological thriller. When Bethany’s lover is brutally murdered, she has to hide her grief from everyone. But someone knows her secret. And then one day the threats begin.  With an ever-growing pile of evidence pointing to her as the murderer, the only way she can protect her secrets is to prove her innocence. And that means tracking down a killer.

I enjoyed the plot and the twists and turns which happened along the way. Usually I can guess who the killer is fairly early on in the story, as I read and watch a lot of this genre, however this one kept me guessing to the end. As I progressed through the book I found it difficult to stop reading it as I was drawn into Bethany’s world.

The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine  

By the end of the book I did really enjoy it however at first I did find it a little slow to get in to.  Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: an invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure. Daphne Parrish is the golden girl of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her model looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber wants. Amber’s envy could eat her alive―if she didn’t have a plan. Before long, she has become Daphne’s closest friend, and is catching the eye of Jackson. But a skeleton from her past could destroy everything, and if discovered, Amber’s well-laid plan may end in disaster…

Once I had started the chapter called “Daphne” I really started to enjoy the story more and felt it picked up the pace. The book is definitely a good reminder to be careful what you wish for!

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I have always been a fan of Amy and what I have seen of her, in particular her role of Leslie Knope. It was interesting to read about the stories and memories of Amy’s life through her own perspective. There are lots of personal stories, memories and pieces of advice about friendship, love and sex. The book felt relatable and honest.

The Life Changing Magic of not Giving A F**k by Sarah Knight

I had heard quite a lot about this book so when I saw it reduced on the Kindle App I knew I had to give it a go. I got a lot out of the book and it definitely made me really think about what I care about. It also made me realise how much I had started to care what other people thought and trying to please a whole load of people, which took me a little by surprise. Being aware of this and reading the book has given me a different outlook which may not be easy to implement every day but definitely going the right way. I would recommend most people read this book.

What books have you read and loved? 

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