Friday, 31 August 2018

Aaru (The Aaru Cycle Book 1) by David Meredith

Hello readers,

Thank you, David Meredith, for giving me a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

In this book, the difficulty of losing a child and a sister is at the forefront.

Aaru delves into a world where there can be an alternative to death. It didn’t take long to be sucked
into Rose and Koren's unique world(s) right from the get-go.  Rose is sixteen and her life used to be full of happiness and promise until she was diagnosed with leukaemia. Her health quickly declines and we watch as she goes from bitterness to acceptance of her fate. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear. Like so many people in the real world can relate to, her family has a hard time accepting her fate. They want her to keep pushing through, to keep fighting and to try just one more treatment. While Rose has accepted that she doesn't have much time left, her sister (Koren) has not.  Koren, cannot imagine a life without her sister, her protector and the one she always goes to.

Then arrives a man who promises a way out - a way to save Rose and to keep their hope and connection alive. Koren does her best to convince Rose to try this one last treatment. Enter Elysian Industries. This treatment consists of a brain scan that will upload Rose's mind into Aaru, a supercomputer, the technology uploads a full copy of the person's mind into a virtual world where there is no pain, suffering and they can turn it into whatever they want. The idea behind the computer system Aaru is something that would be widely sought after in the real world, it wasn’t hard for me to understand what emotions Rose’s family were feeling.  No one really understands or even appreciate the technology that he is referring to. It isn't until after Rose's death that they fully understand what the man had offered them.

After her death, Rose wakes up in this wonderful place, which allows the essence of people to carry on living.  After seeing Aaru for herself, Rose’s sister Koren agrees to represent Elysian Industries as their spokesperson. Soon they realize that their celebrity spokesperson status isn't as great as it's cracked up to be. Not everyone is thrilled with the idea of Aaru. Koren and Rose have a lot to come to terms with considering the new challenges they're facing and have to rethink long-held beliefs. The story typically bounced between the two sisters and with only the occasional another character (The Magic Man). I think that the different perspectives works really well and keeps the reader on their toes and creates a captivating narrative. There was plenty of things happening in real and Aaru’s worlds and both girls had the depth it didn’t matter which one the story turned to.

There were, however, elements that left me a little creeped out, such as The Magic Man. The thing is, it's not that it was badly written. It's because The Magic Man is a flat-out creepy character. I'm still a little creeped out, but I'm assuming the intent, and really it makes for an unbelievably well written and vile villain.

This book was intense, heart breaking, hopeful and challenges what we feel about death and life after death. David Meredith does a fantastic job of covering difficult and challenging subjects. I could really feel for both Rose and Koren, along with their parents. The book is powerful and I found myself in tearing up over the unfairness and the powerful emotions that flew off the pages. David Meredith has an outstanding ability to play with a person's emotions. Death is one of the hardest things to deal with in life. The fear of the unknown, the fear for our loved ones and the pain of missing them can be overwhelming and crushing. David Meredith uses a lot of detail in this book that makes the characters and the world come alive. The flow of the writing is intriguing, and I can’t wait for book two! this book draws you in and challenges how you feel about death, love and life. Although the book is firmly sci-fi with some thriller elements, it still feels like it could be contemporary - the story's real focus is on its characters.

L x

Monday, 27 August 2018

To the bullies


Hello Readers,

This one is a little personal

I was going to save this post till anti-bulling week but I thought I would ger it out there just before the new year and term start. This post is about my personal battle with bullies throughout my years at school, this is not a sympathy post just my experience and how I learnt to love myself again.  I originally wrote this post in 2013 and used it for my vent blog back then little has changed wording wise just trimmed it down a little.

I have been on the blunt end of many types of bullying such as Cyber, Physical and Verbal just to name a few. I am not writing this to get some sort of pity party going or to get sympathy because without it I don’t think I would be as confident as I am now. I was lucky enough that even though I have been bullied for over seven years I had the support of my family behind me. I was fortunate.
I used to get bullied because of the way that I looked, in the bullies’ opinion I had a big forehead and used to get called names like ‘five head’, ‘alien’ and ‘boom head’ (they could have been more creative in my opinion). This first started in year three I went to a private school in Surrey which was from year three up to sixth form whenever I used to cross paths with some of the older boys they used to call me ‘five head’ at the time I didn’t know what was going on so I shrugged it off and thought nothing of it. At the end of year five, my parents moved and I went to a Primary school for for year 6 while there I got the odd comment like ‘Alien’ or ‘Five head’ which again I shrugged off. When I went to secondary school where the bullying became worse every day walking around from year seven to eleven I would get ‘forehead’, ‘boom head’ and ‘five head’ shouted at me on a daily basis.

I will admit at the beginning of year nine it made me feel so ugly and so annoyed that I was different from everybody else because I looked slightly different. I remember one day a group of girls had me cornered and they said ‘why don’t you get a fringe it will make you look better and it will stop us doing this’. The next time I went to the hairdressers I got a side fringe put in the day before the non-uniform day so the next day I managed to find confidence somewhere deep inside me and I wore I skinny jeans and a comfy top.  The next day I walked into my form room again to the points and giggles this time when I sat down I got asked if I had an eating disorder and because I was caught off guard by the accusation I didn’t reply which they took as a yes which meant that I was no longer just being bullied because of my forehead but because I was skinny.

I remember one day in year eleven I was sat talking to a friend about being bullied and I realised that I had been called the same names over and over again most of my academic life and I laughed at the fact that they couldn’t think of anything new to say. I remember the day I kind of stopped caring very clearly, I was walking down the main corridor and someone turned and said ‘forehead’ that was going in the opposite direction and I snapped a little I stepped across the corridor till I was stood in front of them and said ‘I’ve heard that one before not very original’ and walked off his face was a picture.  I used the same tactic all the way up until prom where I was waiting for the comments about my weight to kick off and it did one girl said ‘she must be anorexic’ and I turned around and said ‘I’m not, I’m just more active’ I know it was kind of a low blow but after the abuse she had given me over the years it was just a little ripple on the pond.

Now back to the present day I am happy with the way that I look and I still get the odd comment and still turn round and say ‘can you honestly not think of one I haven’t heard before’ which I know is not the proper way to deal with the situation but what is, after all the years I have endured being bullied I think I’m allowed to stick up for myself now. It took a long time for me to be able to love myself and embraced what makes me 'different'.  I love my big eyes and who cares I have a high forehead it means its less effort when I want to dress as Wednesday. Rock what makes you different 

Like I said before, this post wasn’t about getting attention or me wallowing in self-pity I wanted to share my story about being bullied and to show that not all people who get bullied have the choice and they have to deal with this everyday that’s not fair. Yes, I was told being bullied was a choice because I didn’t stick up for myself.  

To anyone who finds themselves a victim of bullying you are loved, someone does care and will listen.
L x

Friday, 24 August 2018

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik


Hello Readers,

Thank you, Jamie for sending me a copy of Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik for free in exchange for an honest review

 Some spoilers I’m afraid

This is the first standalone book I’ve read by Naomi since reading the Temeraire series. Naomi Novik has the ability to write a wonderfully original fantasy that reads like a long lost Grimm or Folklore fairy-tale.   Spinning silver has the Eastern European feel of Uprooted and I know people have read both together. I will admit that it took me a little while to get into Spinning Silver but once the book had me it gave me such a feeling of wonder and discovery. The reason I wanted to read Spinning Silver because as you guys know I love a good retelling and this is loosely based on the Rumpelstiltskin fairy-tale.

If you strip Spinning Silver down to its core it is a story about women who refuse to accept the brutality of the men who seek to overpower them, the power of family bonds and the conscious choices made to protect the ones you love.

Spinning Silver is a brilliant take on the fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin set in a charming Russian inspired fantasy world that uniquely entwines magic, myth and mystery making the plot of Spinning Silver wonderfully intricate. This is not a tale about love; it is one about survival in a cut-throat world where the rich and powerful exploit the poor and helpless. The peasants starve in the winter as their lands are raided by the mystical Staryk whilst their Tsar basks in his own splendour and wealth. The characters must face otherworldly challenges such as demonic possession and the threat of a never-ending winter, as well as the real dangers such as poverty, prejudice and domestic abuse. Spinning Silver’s heroine Miryem is a moneylender’s daughter and in all honesty her father isn’t a very good moneylender so now the family is on the brink of starvation. When Miryem mother becomes ill, Miryem’s patience with her father’s lack of concern finally comes to an end. As the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, she should be living in modest wealth. Instead, the money her father lends out never makes it back leaving them poor. While they go hungry, other men dower their daughters with their loaned coin. So Miryem takes it upon herself to get the money back, going from door to door, demanding payment from all those who owe debts to her father. Soon there is food on the table, they have a floor made of wood and they have Wanda whose father, was unable to pay, so his daughter is working off his debt as their maid. (An attempt at a spoiler-free plot)

The number three is a prominent theme throughout this book which helps reinforces the magic within the book. These three girls, with their mothers, forced into their three marriages, all come together to create a beautiful story that is both whimsical and feminist. The characters in this novel are amazing, vibrant and believably flawed. I loved the way Naomi is able to capture the reality of an era in which women could be expected to be treated as little more than chattel, and yet create three clever, talented young ladies who work within and around the confines of their environment to excel.

The story is told from the perspective of multiple characters, I counted six different perspectives. The only little hiccup I have with the book is that all of the Narrators speak in the first person without any signposting of who they are to help the reader distinguish between them. I’m sure I read somewhere that in the ARCs that each individual Narrator had a different symbol, this might be hear-say but I think it would have helped. I wasn’t aware there was going to be multiple perspectives so when it first switched I was a little confused and has to reread the last page again. Having said that, the emotional atmosphere of the book stays clear and compelling, even as they form and betray one alliance after another.

Even though there are multiple perspectives the story is told mainly by Miryem, Wanda and Irina.

Miryem - is strong, and relentless and cares for her family and their safety and health
Irina - has been born into royalty but has never known love from her blood family. Irina is still determined to save her people, by any means necessary
Wanda - is a girl who has had to be strong, because it’s the only life she has ever known. taking care of her brothers and trying to please a father who is impossible to please.

I respect Naomi’s exploration of the bigotry of the times. Miryem, as a young Jewish woman, knows that plenty of people despise her for no reason other than her birth and latch on to any excuse for their hatred. Naomi is of Lithuanian-Jewish descent, used this to challenge the Jewish moneylender stereotype and explore the antisemitism surrounding it. It's clever, and I loved it. 

L x


Monday, 20 August 2018

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


Hello Readers,

A Discovery of Witches the first book in the All Souls Trilogy. This book was recommended to me a couple of years ago by one of the lovely ladies at Waterstones. I was drawn in from the start at the time I hadn’t long finished rereading the Twilight Saga, the house of night books and The Southern Vampire Mysteries (The True Blood) so it was a brilliant recommendation.

Why did I decide to reread A Discovery of Witches well a couple of months ago I heard that A Discovery of Witches is going to be television series that’s is set to premiere in the UK on Sky One on 14 September 2018. I am so excited. I thought I would reread the series here is my review of book one. I have already started rereading Shadow of Night (book two)

I will try to keep this spoiler free for people who want to watch the series or will watch the series then read the books.


The protagonist is a witch called Diana. Diana is the last in a long line of powerful witches.  However, having lost her parents when she was young turned her away from her heritage and her magic. We follow Diana, now an American scholar and reluctant Witch, studying all things alchemical at Oxford. Here she meets and falls in love with Matthew, 1,500-year-old Vampire and sworn enemy. While researching alchemical manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Diana’s life is turned upside down when she finds an old book covered in magic; she returns the book to the library archives, but witches, vampires, and daemons are all hunting it, as the book holds the secrets to the very existence of supernatural creatures.

I thought this book is well-written Deborah has a beautiful way with words, and her descriptions are eloquent and lovely the description of the Bodleian library and its old manuscripts were extremely detailed. There was a seamless flow to this book that was exquisite within the books as it creates an incredibly detailed world, with interesting creatures, complex politics all mixed in with elements of the mundane, ordinary world. I love how the alchemy fits into the novel and adds a sense of reality when paired with the whole book I think it’s a sign of a well-written world and plot. Nothing was choppy or out of place; the rhythm, pacing, and phrases used flowed so effortlessly that I was never distracted by the writing or the language. Deborah handles the magic well, including the separation of the supernatural races, and even the 'science' of their behaviours. There are terror and romance, adventure and personal revelations. It's complicated, and it doesn't resolve, leading directly into the next book, which shows it is clearly a well-planned story.

The characters were strong, relatable and interesting.  Even the minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters. We meet minor characters, with their own stories, personalities, creature attributes, and motivations. Knowing that this is the first in a trilogy, you get a proficient understanding of the main and supporting characters with the full knowledge that a deeper relationship will evolve as the story continues to unfold.

This book was fantastic and I highly recommend it! It's clearly written to follow on in the second and third book.  I honestly can't wait to see how the Tv show turns out it seems to be a good time for book to tv or film at the minute. With both The kissing booth and To All the Boys I've Loved Before doing so well, it is an exciting time to be a bookworm who loves a good series binge or moviethon.

L x

Friday, 17 August 2018

Book Box Club July 2018


Hello readers,

I’m so excited I got my Book Box Club box (I’m not sponsored - I think I have to say that) The theme for Julys box was Witchcraft and I honestly thought the whole box was stupidly cute and again I loved every bit of it. The theme for next month is… Tech Tribes

Spoilers


What was inside the box?
The bookish goodies

N  Luna Lovegood candle by Madame Fiction
N  Hubble Bubble Bath Potion by Midsummer Child
N  Book Pouch by Tea Cake Art
N  Hocus Pocus earrings by Fairy Fountain Gifts
N  A Spell for Wildflowers by Wildflower Favours
N  Cadbury’s Fredo


The book
The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess

I saw this book at YALC and put it on my list to buy so this was a brilliant box for me. I was lucky enough to meet Melvin at YALC and like everyone else was so lovely (I desperately want to get back into the YALC bubble)

Synopsis
Bea has started to hear and see things that no one else can – creatures, voices, visions. Then strangers visit Bea and tell her she is different: she has the rare powers of a witch. They warn her she is being hunted. Her parents think she is hallucinating and needs help. All Bea wants to do is get on with her life, and to get closer to Lars, the mysterious young man she has met at the skate park. But her life is in danger, and she must break free. The question is – who can she trust?

Carnegie Medal-winner Melvin Burgess returns with a powerful, thrilling fantasy for young adults about magic, myth and following your instincts.


L x


 

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Book and a Brew July 2018


Hello Readers,
I thought I would share my unboxing of this month’s book and brew each month there isn’t really a theme so it’s a surprise, obviously if your box hasn’t arrived yet spoilers. I am a little sad to say I am postponing book and a brew for a month or two because I'm running out of places to store my tea.

SPOILERS LAST WARNING


The tea
The tea is by Leaves of the World and is called Mr Turmeric and his 46 friends, to quote the leaves of the world website “I’m an anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, a natural antioxidant, and I can help improve brain function too. My friends have many health benefits too, and my Maté tea will help raise your energy levels. You’ll need some of me in your diet. I am a superhero”. I love with the lose leaf teas they include biodegradable reusable (2-3 times) drawstring tea bags.  I enjoyed the taste of the tea it was different to what I expected but it was still nice.


The book
Isabel, born into the British Raj, and Asha, a young Hindu girl, both consider India their home. Through mischance and accident their stories intersect and circumstances will bring them from the bustling city of Delhi to the shores of the Andaman Islands, from glittering colonial parties to the squalor and desperation of a notorious prison; and into the lives of men on opposing sides of the fight for self-government.

As the shadow of the Second World War falls across India, Isabel, caught up in growing political violence, has to make impossible choices – fighting for her love for India, for the man she yearns for, and for her childhood Indian friend, in the face of loyalty to her own country. 


L x

Monday, 13 August 2018

Let’s talk about boobs


Hello readers,
Sorry I have taken a week off. We installed a new system at work and that has taken up most of my week with training and the install.

Today's post is YALC inspired but not in the way you think. This year at YALC not only did the brilliant charity Bloody Good Period (blog post) have a stall so did Coppafeel. This is the second year that Coppafeel has been at YALC and I love the stall and it’s a great charity.

TRIGGER WARNING for Cancer


Before we start Kris you are honestly amazing and inspiring

Every summer CoppaFeel! hit the UK’s biggest festivals and events armed with temporary tattoos, awareness materials and giant boobs on a mission to educate the masses with their life-saving message. The girls are armed with boob themed tattoos, glitter and bra making workshops. Which means you have while getting to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and walk away with a handy reminder to check your boobs!

CoppaFeel! was founded in 2009 by Kristin Hallenga and her twin sister Maren. After Kris was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer at the age of 23. The charity was launched a month after Kris was diagnosed and eight months after the GP dismissed concerns about a lump in her breast. Kris realised there was very little information out there for young people.

There is a dissolution so to speak where we are unaware or turn a blind eye to the fact that breast cancer can affect people in their twenties.  If I’m honest when my grandma was diagnosed while I was at secondary school and I was educated by the nurses how to check, I remember thinking why do I need to be checking? I don’t really have boobs yet. But it is a valuable skill I have gained and once I finally got boobs I checked and still do. While I was at university, one night after a couple of drink the topic came up and only a couple of us actually knew how to check our boobs but some used the excuse that they get their boyfriend to check. 
You need to check yourself!!!! You know your own boobs!!!

CoppaFeel! is unique as they are ingraining a habit of a lifetime from a young age through engaging with their target audience in new and innovative ways while educating people that checking your breasts can save your life. Breast cancer can be reduced by earlier detection and faster interventions.

CoppaFeels main aim is to stamp out late detection and misdiagnosis of breast cancer by ensuring that people know the signs and symptoms, check your boobs regularly and have the confidence to seek medical help when you detect an abnormalities. CoppaFeel! wants everyone to have the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer. Ideally, all breast cancers can be diagnosed at the earliest stage possible, at which treatments are more effective and survival rates are higher. 

By talking about boobs openly and honestly, familiarising the knowledge and tools that women need to get to know their bodies removes the ‘scare’ factor surrounding the disease. This will hopefully remove the embarrassment whilst eradicating the taboo which will in turn help women gain the confidence to get seen and diagnosed at the earliest stage possible.

Coppafeel takes a serious message in a light-hearted way, empowering people to start healthy habits for life.


Lx

Friday, 3 August 2018

Shock PERIODS are a thing


Hello readers,

Today's post is YALC inspired but not in the way you think. This year at YALC the brilliant charity Bloody Good Period had a stall and was accepting donations. After being lucky enough to talk to the founder Gabby Edlin on Friday and it honestly got my brain ticking into overdrive about period poverty.

The first part of this blog is solely dedicated to Bloody Good Period, the second half will focus on period poverty.  I have tried to donate menstrual products at a woman’s shelter near where I live and was told they weren’t accepted.

MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS ARE NOT A LUXURY OR USED ONLY AN EMERGENCY!


Gabby was volunteering at a drop-in centre for asylum seekers and refugees in north London in October 2016, she learnt that sanitary products were classed as ‘emergency’ items and weren’t widely available to women visiting the centre. If you have ever come on your period without realising it was that time you know it’s an emergency, it is honestly the worst feeling and your brain goes into overdrive. Have I leaked on my jeans? Do I need to buy new underwear?  I am by myself I can't get anyone to check if you can see it on my jeans? Can I sneakily check in the mirror without anyone noticing? 

Only a few food banks and asylum seeker drop-in centres were providing feminine hygiene products - despite a desperate need. Gabby decided that periods should no longer be an afterthought and asked friends on Facebook to donate sanitary products for her to take to the centre.

Bloody Good aims to create a sustainable amount of sanitary protection for the women visiting food banks and centres in the UK. Bloody Good started out in the New North London Synagogue (NNLS) and the New London Synagogue (NLS) Asylum Seeker Drop-Ins, and now they supply 15 asylum seeker drop-in centres based in London and Leeds. 

This is the first charitable project in the period poverty movement to focus on the needs of refugee and asylum-seeking women, whilst changing the way people talk about menstruation.

Menstrual supplies are not cheap, but for anyone with a period, but they are an absolute necessity. It is absurd that they are not free for those who need them., especially people who are not entitled to earn a living.  Many women living in poverty must resort to using toilet paper, old scraps of fabric or nothing at all.

What started as a whip-round on Facebook is now a growing enterprise with a vision to end period poverty.

My donation















Period Poverty

A report by the charity Plan International UK of  a study of 1000 girls, 49% of girls missed a whole day of school because of having their period. With 68% admitting they couldn’t fully concentrate in class with the worry of not having access to the toilet or suitable sanitary wear. The survey also found that 14% of girls have had to borrow menstrual products from a friend and 12% have had to improvise with items such as socks, newspapers, or toilet roll. Out of the 49% of girls that have missed at least one full day of school due to their period 68% said they were unable to pay attention in class.

Over half of the girls said they were embarrassed and afraid of the stigma of asking for help. This means there is still a taboo talking about menstruation. Girls keep silent about their periods for different reasons. The survey found 59% of girls would rather make up an excuse than to admit they are on their period. At the beach, someone might avoid swimming because they “feel sick,” or they need to go to the bathroom to “reapply their makeup.” I remember being at school and being mortified getting told off for trying to take my pencil case with me to the toilet – my genius not obvious plan backfired.

I googled terms for periods and this was the first suggestion

Code Words for Being on Your Period
N  Shark Week.
N  Surfing the crimson wave
N  Birthing a blood diamond.
N  On Wednesdays we wear pink.
N  Paging Edward Cullen.

Why can’t we just say PERIOD!!!! Lets help remove the taboo 

Let’s take a look at the facts
N  1 in 10 girls aged 14 to 21 can’t afford menstrual products
N  Half of all schoolgirls miss a full day of school because of their period
N  68,000 women in the UK are currently homeless
N  Schoolgirls in Leeds were using socks instead of sanitary towels
N  Labour MPs have pledged to set aside £10 million to end period poverty
N  Scotland was the first country in the world to give free tampons to low-income families
N  Lack of menstrual hygiene can lead to very serious health risks such as Toxic Shock Syndrome, a life-threatening illness.
N  Many girls from low-income families are skipping school because they cannot afford tampons or pads.
N  The stigma surrounding periods has been shown to directly affect a girl’s potential to succeed If a girl misses school every time she has her period.

L x

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Tied to Deceit by Neena H Brar


Hello Readers,

Thank you Neena for giving me a free copy of your book in exchange for and honest review

A mystery set in a small town in 70's India, Tied to Deceit is an awesomely delightful read full of complex layers. Tied to deceit is primarily a whodunit. I am a believer in that the strength of a good murder mystery is that you should not know about the identity of the killer until the last scene. The conflict in the story comes from the weaknesses of human character, unsuccessful marriages, greed, human nature and blackmail: you name it this book has it. 

The best thing I loved about Tied to deceit is its characterization. Neena did a wonderful job of developing her characters, adding plenty of light and shades to their personality. In delving into the personal lives of these people, we are shown the clashes of modern and old society, the difficulties faced by women and the strictures imposed by social expectations. 

Dr Rajinder Bhardwaj and his wife Gayatri are a highly respected upper-class couple in a small town Sanover. Dr Bhardwaj runs a hospital and has ancestral wealth too. Dr Rajinder’s is an unhappy marriage but in reality, but Gayatri gives an illusion of a happy one. She knows full well about his infidelities but chooses to turn a blind eye. One day she catches him red-handed with Devika, a receptionist in the hospital.

Neena’s writing style honestly made me detest Devika, I couldn’t feel anything but detestation for her.  Devika is an attractive, cunning, thoroughly immoral, and vicious young woman. Devika is unpopular at the hospital where she works and is disliked by members of her own family because she chose to be independent and live apart from her husband.  One morning, she is found murdered in her bed

It is up to SP Vishwanath Sharma and SI Rawat to solve the mystery. The investigation looks straightforward in the beginning turns out to be more complex as the mystery deepens.  The story and investigation follow Superintendent Sharma and his assistant Rawat, as they painstakingly question all the suspects and unravel the hidden secrets of Devika’s life. They slowly put together her final days and find out who killed Devika and why.  As the investigate gains momentum it becomes clear that there are too many murder suspects and motives; almost everyone who knew her seems to have a motive for killing her. Sharma rightly believes that quite a few of the interviewees are hiding something, and he receives a note that seems to point him toward a killer—or possibly a scapegoat.

  The book is much more than a stereotypical murder mystery it has deeper layers; a story not only of murder but of infidelity and its devastating consequences, human relations, and social normality.  I found the books ending to be fast, to the point and nicely tidied up. Neena wraps the story up quite well there are no long chapters or unnecessary details. I would like to think of myself as murder mystery buff (I’m quite good at Cluedo) and this book kept me guessing till the end I honestly had no idea.




L x