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Book of the Month – My Favourite Book Of December 2022

Random Things Tours – Book Review – When The Lights Go Out by Chris Curran

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Who can you trust…

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT

A group of new friends. But can she trust them?

For struggling actress Ava, landing a role with the Chimera Theatre Group could lead to her big break. And relocating to a remote country village means stepping out from the shadow of her boyfriend—despite his determination not to let her go.

Everyone in the group seems so welcoming, they’re one big happy family. But, like all families, they each have secrets. And someone in the group doesn’t want certain secrets to get out…”

Whilst I didn’t have any 5 star books this month, this was my favourite out of the 3 that I read.

What has been your favourite book this month?

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Time Travel Thursday

It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time last year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This day in 2021 I was reading:

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Jo Finnegan is attacked while leaving work one evening by criminals threatening her more harm if she does not provide them with information she doesn’t have.

When she gets home, Jo finds her sister dead in her front room, and her wife missing. When the police arrive and arrest her, while she is still in shock from the events of the night, Jo realises she’s been framed for her sister’s murder. But that’s only the beginning of her nightmare.”

Book Review – Kill Me Goodbye by A K Reynolds

Fast Forward To Today:

Letters from Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien (click for link to Goodreads)

My current TBR shelf book, which I need to make more progress on this week!

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my current Blog Tour book, review due on 13 January 2023.

Comparison:

Completely different books from Thriller to Christmas and Fantasy! The only thing that is similar is that the Thriller and Fantasy are Blog Tour books!

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)? Add your links in the comments below!

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – When The Lights Go Out by Chris Curran

“A jolt and, ‘oh, god. Oh s**t,’ from the driver’s seat.”

Genre: Psychological Thriller 

Number of Pages: 384

Date of Publication: 8 December 2022

Publisher: One More Chapter

My Review Summary: A gripping tale with suspicious things happening all the time!

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS 📖

Who can you trust…

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT

A group of new friends. But can she trust them?

For struggling actress Ava, landing a role with the Chimera Theatre Group could lead to her big break. And relocating to a remote country village means stepping out from the shadow of her boyfriend—despite his determination not to let her go.

Everyone in the group seems so welcoming, they’re one big happy family. But, like all families, they each have secrets. And someone in the group doesn’t want certain secrets to get out…

💭THOUGHTS💭 

I wanted a change to my reading material and thought that this book sounded like something that I would enjoy. I was pleased to be accepted on to the tour and I did enjoy reading it. I haven’t been reading as much as I usually do recently, but this book was easy to read, with plenty of things going on. I was quite happy to be taken on the ride and for things to unravel in their own time. 

The writing was gripping and easy to read. I got through it faster than I thought I would and looked forward to picking it up each day. It had quite a fast pace, with lots of different things happening. These different things kept being added, and whilst most were tied up at the end, there were still a few questions that I wanted answering and character developments that I would have liked to have seen. The ending was certainly interesting. It was left very open and allowed for you as the reader to finish it in your own way. 

The chapters were fairly short, which gave the story it’s fast pace. I also felt like I had achieved something and motored through it. A couple of the chapters were split, but otherwise we just went straight through. 

The story was from the point of view of the main character and had some nice bits of description in it. There was enough detail to give you a good idea of where the main character was and what she was seeing/doing without distracting from the story and slowing it down. It was cleverly done. 

The characters were excellent. I was suspicious of all of them. At one point I wasn’t even convinced about the main character! I would have liked to have seen a bit more about the main character’s “partner”. I was interested in his behaviour and wanted to see how that would all pan out. I also wanted to see more on the main characters parents – there was obviously something more there. 

Lastly the settings. I liked the shared cottage and the different little rooms that they performed in. The size and the nature of the settings helped to add to my suspicions about the characters. The settings were well thought out and suited what was happening in the story well. 

Overall a great story and one that had me hooked from the beginning.

📖THE AUTHOR📖

Chris Curran’s sixth psychological suspense novel, When the Lights Go Out, publishes on December 2nd . Chris also writes as Abbie Frost and her latest under that name is The Guesthouse. Her books have been praised in the media as: truly gripping (Sunday Express), dark, claustrophobic and full of suspense (The Courier) addictive and fun (Daily Mail), addictive (The Sun), chilling (Waitrose Magazine) thrilling (Sublime Horror)

Best selling author, Alex Lake, describes The Guesthouse as a: full of suspense…gripping mystery. And Edgar Award winner Alex Marwood calls When the Lights Go Out: wonderfully mystifying and claustrophobic; and sad and thoughtful to boot. Chris also writes short stories and has twice been shortlisted for the CWA Margery Allingham award.

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WWW Wednesday – Currently Reading, Finished Reading, Reading Next

It’s W W W Wednesday! Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, here are my 3 Ws (Currently Reading, Just Finished Reading and Future Reading):

What I am currently reading:

Christmas At Carrington’s by Alexandra Brown (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my current library book

Letters from Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien (click for link to Goodreads)

This was a book that I got for Christmas last year. It was given to me late as my partner forgotten he had got it for me!

What I have finished reading:

What I am reading next:

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 13 January 2023 so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

What are your 3 Ws?

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Monday Night Reading

After a bit of a break from these posts (mainly due to my falling asleep!) I am now back (with yet another cold, but I have managed to stay awake this evening). I have focused this evening’s reading on my last Blog Tour book of the year, When The Lights Go Out by Chris Curran. I usually like to read Christmassy themed books, but when this came up I had to go for it. It is an excellent book so far with all sorts of things coming to light (!!).

I hope that you have had a good Monday and enjoyed my Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie post.

Tomorrow on the Blog it’s Top Ten Tuesday (once I finish it!).

See you then!

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Sunday Salon

Welcome to my Sunday Salon post! Hosted by Readerbuzz this post is a chance to have a weekly bookish and non-bookish catch up with other bloggers.

What I have been reading this week:

When The Lights Go Out by Chris Curran (click for link to Goodreads)

Christmas at Carrington’s by Alexandra Brown (click for link to Goodreads)

Letters from Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien (click for link to Goodreads)

Whilst it looks like a lot of books this week, the first three were being finished off!

Memes that I have participated in this week:

Goodreads Monday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

Top Ten Tuesday – Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

WWW Wednesday – Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Hosted by Goodreads T5W group

Time Travel Thursday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Blog

Book Blogger Hop – Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

The Friday 56 – Hosted by Freda’s Voice

Places my books have taken me – Hosted by me Budget Tales Blog

Stacking the Shelves – Hosted by Reading Reality

Library Loot – Hosted by The Captive Reader and Real Life Reading

Sunday Post – Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

What else has been happening this week:

On Tuesday I went with my parents back to the Ashford Outlet to take back some shoes that claimed to be waterproof, but after walking my son to and from school in the rain (not even hard rain) they leaked. The shop was very good about it and let us swap them for some different ones. Friday I went into school with my son to do some reading with him and then went to a Math’s drop in session where I could ask questions. The weekend came and the cold that my son was battling earlier in the week had been successfully transferred to me. I then went to London for my sister’s 30th birthday celebration feeling very sorry for myself. Today will be spent chilling.

I hope that you all had a good week.

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Sunday Post

Welcome to my Sunday post hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer. A busy week with end of the month this week! I have ended the week poorly with another cold – my son apparently is still bringing stuff home – he has a streaming nose, but seems to be handling it better than me!

Here is what I have been up to this week:

Sunday Salon (last week)

Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Cornish Cream Tea Bookshop by Cressida McLaughlin

Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Top Ten Tuesday – Cosy Reads

WWW Wednesday – Currently Reading, Finished Reading, Reading Next

Library Book Review – A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Fictional Places You Want To Visit

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Dashboard Elvis Is Dead by David F Ross

What I have been reading this month – November 2022 Reading List

Book of the Month – My Favourite Book Of November 2022

New Month New Goals! Reading Goals for December

Friday 56 – Christmas at Carrington’s by Alexandra Brown

Book Blogger Hop – Do you go back and reread the previous book before starting the sequel?

Book Review – Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Places My Books Have Taken Me This Month – November 2022 – plus a one word review for each!

5 Star Autumn Reads Part 2 (October to November)

November Monthly Wrap-Up

Stacking The Shelves/Library Loot

I hope that you have all had a good week!

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Friday 56 – Dashboard Elvis Is Dead by David F Ross

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

From my current reads I have chosen my Blog Tour book Dashboard Elvis Is Dead by David F Ross (click for link to Goodreads):

Book Description From Goodreads:

A failed writer connects the murder of an American journalist, a drowned 80s musician and a Scottish politician’ s resignation, in a heart-wrenching novel about ordinary people living in extraordinary times.

Renowned photo-journalist Jude Montgomery arrives in Glasgow in 2014, in the wake of the failed Scottish independence referendum, and it’ s clear that she’ s searching for someone.

Is it Anna Mason, who will go on to lead the country as First Minister? Jamie Hewitt, guitarist from eighties one-hit wonders The Hyptones? Or is it Rabbit – Jude’ s estranged foster sister, now a world-famous artist?

Three apparently unconnected people, who share a devastating secret, whose lives were forever changed by one traumatic night in Phoenix, forty years earlier…

Taking us back to a school shooting in her Texas hometown, and a 1980s road trip across the American West – to San Francisco and on to New York – Jude’ s search ends in Glasgow, and a final, shocking event that only one person can fully explain…”

Friday 56 Quote:

“I stop looking and begin to observe. A large gray bird pecking furiously at an unidentifiable roadkill carcass. A curly-haired, barefoot child playing alone in the gutter.”

I have only read 2% of this book and this is at 56%. I am intrigued as to how it got to this point! There is quite a lot of detail so you are able to start to form a picture just from these few sentences alone.

What do you think?

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Time Travel Thursday

It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time last year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This day in 2021 I was reading:

Book Description From Goodreads:

“A long-dead child.An artist who paints the fae.An ancient estate on a blood-filled land.
The commission was close to Amelia’s dream: a cosy cottage in Donegal over Christmas and the chance to paint the beautiful Glenveagh estate. But when the weather closes in and the country shuts down, a ritual begins – one that traps Amelia in its circles of magic.

Stranded in a place where iron is power, her heart can no longer be trusted and the land itself is a weapon, Amelia’s survival depends on unravelling the truth of a decades-old death. Even if it draws the same ancient danger to herself.”

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Nowadays, we question what leading a happy life entails, how to be satisfied. We end up wasting our energy away, looking for happiness and not living it the right way. What even is the right way!? We follow the path that is supposedly set out to us by societal stresses and cunning commercials, steering us in the direction of Always. Wanting. More. When in your twenties, thirties or sixties, we often question what’s happening. Let’s heal together.”

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Easy going event coordinator Katy Costa is called in last minute to sub for her perfectionist sister at a Christmas Eve wedding in Portland, Maine. Nice guy chef Cole St. Onge takes over from his temperamental boss for the same event.

The problem? Each thinks the other is their prickly counterpart and they expect fireworks when they meet. It’s the sparks that fly between them that’s unexpected. And unwelcome—Katy’s skittish after a bad breakup. Left at the altar, Cole’s sworn off women for good. Mix in an unexpected snowstorm, an accident-prone groom, Katy’s self-pitying ex making trouble, a matchmaking grandma, and lots of mistletoe, and what’s supposed to be a magical holiday affair fast becomes a Christmas nightmare.

Forced to team up to put out the many fires, the blaze between Cole and Katy burns brighter as the evening wears on. Can they ignore their growing attraction and keep their relationship strictly professional? Or will they give in to the mistletoe and say I do to a Christmas kiss that promises more to come in the new year?”

Fast Forward To Today:

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (click for link to Goodreads)

From my TBR shelves.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a “baby farmer,” who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.

One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum.

With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways…But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.”

A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my current library book.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“A snowstorm. A stranger. A spark. And it’s Christmas!
It should be the perfect start to the perfect love story.

But real life is far messier and more complicated than in the pages of the books in Megan Taylor’s family bookshop – the last few years have left this young widow in no doubt of that. Moving back home to York should have been a fresh start, but all it did was allow her to retreat from the world.

When prize-winning author Xander Stone rams his supermarket trolley into her ankles and then trashes her taste in books, Megan is abruptly awoken from her self-imposed hibernation. It’s time to start living again, and she’s going to start by putting this arrogant, superior – admittedly sexy – stranger in his place.

Just as she is beginning to enjoy life again, the worst happens and Megan begins to wonder if she should have stayed hidden away. Because it turns out that falling in love again is about more than just meeting under the mistletoe…”

Dashboard Elvis Is Dead by David F Ross (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 1 December so keep your eyes peeled for my review!

Book Description From Goodreads:

A failed writer connects the murder of an American journalist, a drowned 80s musician and a Scottish politician’ s resignation, in a heart-wrenching novel about ordinary people living in extraordinary times.

Renowned photo-journalist Jude Montgomery arrives in Glasgow in 2014, in the wake of the failed Scottish independence referendum, and it’ s clear that she’ s searching for someone.

Is it Anna Mason, who will go on to lead the country as First Minister? Jamie Hewitt, guitarist from eighties one-hit wonders The Hyptones? Or is it Rabbit – Jude’ s estranged foster sister, now a world-famous artist?

Three apparently unconnected people, who share a devastating secret, whose lives were forever changed by one traumatic night in Phoenix, forty years earlier…

Taking us back to a school shooting in her Texas hometown, and a 1980s road trip across the American West – to San Francisco and on to New York – Jude’ s search ends in Glasgow, and a final, shocking event that only one person can fully explain…”

Comparison:

Still on a Christmas theme, however I was reading more Christmas last year than this year!

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)? Add your links in the comments below!

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Tuesday Night Reading

Such a short amount of reading time this evening that writing this will probably double the time I spent reading! I managed to read a couple of pages of my Blog Tour book Dashboard Elvis Is Dead by David F Ross (so that I can say that I have at least made a start!) and a few more pages of my library book A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton. I was planning on reading a bit of Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, but I was just too tired!

I have high hopes for Dashboard Elvis Is Dead even after the tiny amount that I read and I am still enjoying A Bookshop Christmas.

I hope that you had a good Tuesday and enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday – Thankful Freebie post. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s WWW Wednesday and Top 5 Wednesday.

See you then!

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