The Amateurs by Sara Shepard | Spoiler Free Review

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Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Pages: 336

Everyone’s dying to know the truth . . .

When Aerin Kelly was eleven, she idolised her seventeen-year-old sister, Helena, and they did everything together. They made Claymation movies and posted them to YouTube. They made fun of Windmere-Carruthers, the private school they attended, they invented new flavours for their parents’ organic ice cream shop, and they dressed up their golden retriever, Buster. But when Helena went into senior year things started to change. Rather than being Aerin’s inseparable sister, she started to push her away. Then, on a snowy winter’s day, Helena vanished. 

Four years later, Helena’s body is found. Wracked with grief and refusing to give up on her sister, Aerin spends months trying to figure out what exactly happened to Helena and who killed her. But the police have no leads. A young, familiar officer named Thomas wants to help and suggests she checks out a website called Case Not Closed. Hesitantly, she posts, and when teenagers Seneca and Maddox show up on her doorstep offering to help investigate she accepts in desperation. Both have suffered their own losses and also posted to the site with no luck, so they are hoping this case might be the one they crack. But as their investigation begins, it seems that maybe it’s no accident that they are all together, and that maybe the crimes have something – or someone – in common.

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | Spoiler Free Book Review

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Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Pages: 304 


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

Your neighbour told you that 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 realized. 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.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?


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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn Review

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Genre: Crime / Thriller 
Pages: 321


When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family’s mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows – a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.


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YA Holmes and Watson |A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Title: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaroa study in charlotte
Genre: YA Retelling – Mystery/ Crime
Pages: 321


The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

My Review

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber. SPOILER FREE Review

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Genre: YA Fantasy

RELEASE DATE: 31st January 2017 


Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.

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What Are The Chances by D.R. Graham

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book 2 in The Britannia Beach Series

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary 

Rating: 5 Stars

*Provided Title Via Netgalley for honest review*


“Oh, there’s a point to a summer fling. Trust me.”

The Inn is sold and Derian Lafleur has been accepted to two universities—one close by and one across the country. Before leaving Britannia Beach for good Deri wants to enjoy one last summer of sun and fun. However her best friend, Sophie Sakamoto, is more interested in making sure Derian has one last summer romance. The question is, with whom? Deri has had a crush on childhood friend Trevor Maverty since forever. But he’s already taken. And Mason Cartwright is back in town after a year abroad. But will he remember her?

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The Cuckoo’s Calling…


Goodreads Summary:

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.


The Cuckoos Calling by J.K Rowling writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the first Crime/ Mystery Novel I have ever read and I am so glad I had the courage to pick it up and give it a go because I absolutely loved it. Why did I only rate it 4.5 stars instead of a full 5 if I loved it you may be asking, well I struggled to get into it for a while but I think this was more to do with my unfamiliarity with the genre than the book itself.

The book itself is 455 pages (hardcover) therefore at first I held off from picking it up because of how daunting it was to commit to such a long book however I found it to be quite fast paced and ultimately I wanted to read more to see what was going to happen next in the reveal of how Lula died. Once Cormonan began to pick up more and more clues in the case the book itself became an even faster pace and I could feel a sense of tension and anticipation as the case drew to a close.

The Cuckoo’s Calling was an amazing read and it held the ability to shock me with its twists and turns, I thought I knew what had happened to Lula but then J.K. Rowling grabbed that rug right from under me and took the novel in a totally different direction. A books ability to shock me as a reader is very important because then I know it’s not going to be predictable and I know that I need to read the entire book to find out how it is really going to end. On numerous occasions throughout this book I found myself making up my own theories and questioning every character, at the end I actually whole heartedly believed one person in particular was responsible however I was wrong. (no spoilers).

A note on J.K Rowling… Of course I love her writing, I find it just descriptive enough to paint a full picture without being overly boring in the mundane activities and surroundings. Throughout this novel she managed to bring many emotions to me as a reader, especially one of hate towards the other characters in the novel. I hated how everybody refused to answer Lula’s phone calls or seemed too caught up with themselves and simply ignored her. Lula’s biological mother was rather annoying as well, with her dropping hints of how she wanted money as well as going on about how hard her life was. As a whole I found myself fighting for Lula throughout to the point where I could gain such emotions from the behaviour of other characters.

Finally one aspect I found really interesting was how Lula’s phone was tapped into by Paparazzi and her voicemail’s listened to, I thought this was great to incorporate into the story as it relates to the Phone Hacking Scandals which have featured on our news for a few years now. By incorporating such context it allowed me to immerse myself into the book to a greater level because I could find similarities directly associated to our current reality.

As a whole I recommend The Cuckoo’s Calling to anybody who is a fan of the crime and mystery genre but also to anybody looking to venture out of their comfort zones. The Cuckoo’s Calling delves into the mystery of Lula’s death, the revealing of secrets as well as a look into the fictional celebrity life which seems very much like the reality.

Have you read The Cuckoo’s Calling? If so what were your thoughts on reading it?

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Goodreads – BookGoodreads – Robert Galbraith |The Cuckoo’s Calling