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Dirty Little Angels – Chris Tusa

When I got the list of books that I could choose from, I was immediately drawn to the title. Why? To be honest I really don’t know, but I do know that I am very happy I chose that book. It was a very easy read which I enjoyed over the Easter Weekend.

The book is about a 16 yr old girl, Hailey Trosclair,  her family, close friends and the pressures she has to deal with growing up in New Orleans. Her Mother, who comes from a wealthy family, had just lost her baby. Her Father lost his job and had turned into an alcoholic who never comes home and worst of all cheats. Her Brother, Cyrus, is a hypochondriac but he is a very sweet boy – underneath all the trouble he finds himself in. (more…)

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Broken ~ Karin Slaughter

Title: Broken

Author: Karin Slaughter

Publisher: Century

Pages: 384

Where I got it: Bargain Books – couldn’t resist when I saw it was only fifty bucks!

Rating: 4

Goodreads Blurb: When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner’s death. He doesn’t understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn’t understand her role in the death of Grant County’s popular police chief. He doesn’t understand why that man’s widow, Dr. Sara Linton, needs him now more than ever to help her crack this case.
While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force, putting pressure on Adams just when she’s already about to crack. Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand Linton’s passionate distrust of Adams, the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver’s death, and the complexities of this insular town, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets—and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.

My thoughts: Particularly loved this book because I didn’t figure out what was happening at all. I had no idea the whole way through the book which was a kind of refreshing change for me. Crime fic has become a bit predictable lately – my brain seems to have worked out some sort of pattern that leads me to predict the killer as soon as he/she steps onto the page. Luckily with this book my intuition failed me and I was able to enjoy that glorious need to be constantly turning the page. I love Karin Slaughter. I think that she has some seriously clear-cut feelings about a lot of rather touchy subjects and she is unafraid to voice them through her characters. I’d love to meet her one day

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The Spiderwick Chronicles Book #2: The Seeing Stone ~ Holly Black & Tony Diterlizzi

Title: The Spiderwick Chronicles Book #1: The Field Guide

Authors: Holly Black & Tony Diterlizzi

Publisher: Simon & Shuster

Pages: 104

Where I got it: I bought the box set a few years ago. Not sure where.

Rating: 4

There is a lot of amazing imagery in this one. I love the scene with the cages.I also love how the relationship between the siblings is starting to strengthen. It’s rather true to life that a shared adventure is an incredible way to bond people together.

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The Hotel New Hampshire – John Irving

Fuck I love this book!! And yes I run the risk of being moaned at by family members for swearing but I don’t care all too much. I am quite sure this will remain number one in my heart for a ridiculously long time to come. If not forever. John Irving has been called a modern day Dickens which is of the highest sort of praise I’m sure – but let’s face it – the man is a literary god unto himself! The absolute ease with which he not only tells the most intricate and fascinating stories pales only in comparison to the incredible skill with which he create’s literature’s most fascinating and memorable characters. If only we were all so blessed with such depths of talent!

 

My absolute favourite character in this book is Egg – and Egg doesn’t even speak! It’s insane! He is in fact my favourite character out of any book. I just absolutely loved him and I cried when he died.. In fact I nearly stopped reading the book when he died. I did press on though – and wow wow wow! Man I love John Irving!!!!!!!!