One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads):

It is a year after the action of One of Us Is Lying, and someone has started playing a game of Truth or Dare.

But this is no ordinary Truth or Dare. This game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even deadly.

The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late . . .

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The Central Park Five: The Untold Story Behind One of New York City’s Most Infamous Crimes by Sarah Burns Book Review

Book Description: The case of the Central Park Five is being revisited with a new acclaimed Netflix limited series on the subject, When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay. This is the only book that is going to tell you all you need to know about one of the most infamous criminal cases in American history. A trial that, thirty years on, still bears a striking, and unsettling, resemblance to our current political climate in the era of President Donald Trump.
In April 1989, a white woman who came to be known as the ‘Central Park jogger’ was brutally raped and severely beaten, her body left crumpled in a ravine. Amid the staggering torrent of media coverage and public outcry that ensued, exposing the deep-seated race and class divisions in New York City at the time, five teenagers were quickly apprehended – four black and one Hispanic. All five confessed, were tried and convicted as adults despite no evidence linking them to the victim.
Over a decade later, when DNA tests connected serial rapist Matias Reyes to the crime, the government, law enforcement, social institutions and media of New York were exposed as having undermined the individuals they were designed to protect.
In The Central Park Five, Sarah Burns, who has worked closely with the young men to uncover and document the truth, recounts the ins and outs of this historic case for the first time since their convictions were overturned, telling, at last, the full story of one of America’s most legendary miscarriages of justice.
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Normal People by Sally Rooney Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.
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The Christmas Secret by Jeannie Watt Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Trapped in a cabin in a raging blizzard with the one man on Earth who could turn her world upside down…this Christmas holiday was not playing out at all the way Lil Reynolds had planned. Not even close. When Lil’s former fiancé chose to marry on Christmas Eve – the day he and Lil had planned to marry one year ago – she knew she had to get out of town for the holidays. Heading to the isolated family cabin seemed like the perfect solution, until the blizzard came…and a man showed up at her door i the heart of the storm. Casey Lanigan. Her ex-fiancé’s brother. A man with whom she shared a secret summer romance many years ago. A man who’d betrayed her trust. A man who, despite everything, still made her heart beat a little harder… so much for a Lanigan-free holiday.
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Christmas at the Chateau by Lorraine Wilson Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): A Christmas she’ll remember forever… Poppy is looking forward to spending her first Christmas in France with her boyfriend, Leo’s, Château. And as the snow falls softly around the dramatic castle, Poppy can’t think of anything more magical. There are new traditions to discover, a cosy Christmas market to explore and best of all, a promise of secret treasure hunt from gorgeous Leo. Only family pressure and uncertainty about her future in France can threaten to cast a shadow over the holiday. When the treasure hunt takes an unexpected turn Poppy knows for sure this is one Christmas she’ll remember forever.
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Six Geese A-Laying by Sophie Kinsella Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): In Six Geese A-Layjng, Christmas is approaching, and Ginny is looking forward to the birth of her first baby. It’s a pity her partner Dan is so useless, and she has to keep reminding him where he’s going wrong. Luckily she’s enrolled into the most exclusive antenatal class going – all the highest achieving, smartest mothers-to-be aspire to be taught by the legendary Petal Harmon. Like the other five women in the class, Ginny already knows exactly what she wants, and how she’s going to handle motherhood. But when then turn up for the final class it isn’t quite what they expect. As Ginny discovers what parenthood is really going to be like, she begins to realise the things that really matter…
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The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel by K. T. Rose Book Tour and Review

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We are thrilled to share this amazing new novel by K.T. Rose! The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel just proves that ghost stories are perfect any time of the year!

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The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel

Publication Date: November 5th, 2020

Genre: Supernatural Horror/ Paranormal

Pride and greed infect the soul, anchoring the dead to Gallagher Hotel.

When Chris, a master thief, and Riley, a contract waitress, get mysterious invites to an exclusive party at the haunted Gallagher Hotel, they discover that there is more at play than simple celebrations.

Hidden truths are revealed, and all hell breaks loose. But the “party” has just begun.

Now, Chris and Riley face their demons as they fight to survive a hellish nightmare full of spoiled secrets, carnage, and vengeful spirits lost to the hotel dating back to the turn of the 20th century.

Will they survive the night? Or will their souls be devoured by the most haunted building in Michigan?

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Chapter One

She’ll never forget the day she died.

Torches lit up the town square, illuminating scowling and shouting faces. The townspeople launched stones and spit, pegging Trudy’s arms and face as she trudged through the abhorrent mob. She cringed when a pebble struck her cheek. Pain erupted, shooting through her face like lightning striking the earth.

Deputy Hill yanked her arm, leading her through the narrow path the townspeople created. Fists balled, Trudy groaned as the rope around her wrists dug into her skin. Her bare feet picked up glass shards and debris from the cobblestone path as she shuffled along.

She glared around at the angry faces and recognized the men, women, and children of Holloway. She’d done more for them than any God before her. Many of those people owned the very businesses that lined the stone slab she marched across that night. Building and financing the rows of wooden businesses lining the town’s square accounted for half the things she’d done for Holloway. She fed the hungry, made clothes for cold children, and taught woman’s independence. The ever-growing list of the townspeople’s wants was endless. At one point, she didn’t mind the busy work. Fulfilling dreams of the once poor town kept her boisterous and distracted from her bitter reality. Trudy was Holloway’s personal shepherd, making the people her needy sheep.

Hands snagged at her lavender tea gown, adding dirty prints to the blood drops and grime from the beatings in that putrid cell. She glared at the bare-faced man towering over her. The brim of his deputy hat cast a thick shadow, hiding his dark eyes and pale face.

Deputy would miss her. She was sure of it. He got off on the assaults that bruised her face. His heavy fists pounded her bones and scraped her skin until she confessed. And even after her confession, he continued with his evening visits, slamming her body into cinder block walls and passing off open-handed blows to her nose, cheeks, and eyes.

Trudy sighed. A bath with lavender and Epsom salt sounded good for the swelling. She didn’t realize how bloated and purple her once beautiful, fairly smooth skin had become until she passed by the picture window in front of the town’s jail just before they began her walk of shame. Her dark hair matted to her forehead, washed by sweat and blood. Her plump lips were chapped and bloated with bruises.

Even then, her face pulsed with intense hurt. Pain shot through it whenever she winced.

The sea of convictions roared, growing louder as she drew closer to the opposite end of the square.

“Adulterer,” yelled a woman.

“Traitor,” screeched a boy.

“Murderer,” said a pot-bellied man.

Their accusations sent a sickening jolt through her bones. She watched the path underneath her slowing feet, fighting back the tears.

How could they turn on me like this?

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About the Author

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K.T. Rose is a horror, thriller, and dark fiction writer from Detroit, Michigan. She posts suspense and horror flash fiction on her blog at kyrobooks.com and is the author of a suspenseful short story series titled Trinity of Horror, an erotic thriller novel titled When We Swing, and A Dark Web Horror Series. She also writes supernatural and paranormal horror novels and short stories.

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My Book Review

I have received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel by K. T. Rose three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This story is so much more than a horror story.

A compelling, unique supernatural novel which really captured my attention. I found it difficult to put this book down as the story that kept unraveling was so unexpected to how I thought the plot was going to play out. I have to say that this story is definitely not for the faint-hearted due to the amounts of gore detailed across some of the pages, it’ll make you feel a little uneasy, but I thought that was the best part. The detail. When an author is able to make you feel a certain emotion whilst reading their words, you know that they’ve achieved what they set out to do. To make the reader feel something.

At the beginning, I thought it was going to be quite difficult to keep up with the number of characters we’re introduced to however, as I kept reading it soon became clear on who was who, which helped to pick up the pace of the story. I really enjoyed the mystery element behind each character as I found that drew me into the story further as I couldn’t wait to unravel the events that were to happen next.

Although it could be confusing at times, I thought that the way the author incorporated past events to the present day was very clever and I found it quite easy to follow. There’s one particular scene which will stay with me for a long while, as it definitely made me feel unsettled (if you’ve read this book, you can probably guess which part I’m talking about). I don’t want to give too much away of this book as I think it’s a lot better if you were to go into it knowing as little as possible.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading supernatural, horror and gore stories. I look forward to reading more of K.T. Rose’s material in the future.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

I Almost Completed My TBR for the Gilmore Girls Readathon…

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all well and keeping safe out there.

In November, I decided to take part in the Gilmore Girls Readathon between 15th – 22nd. I really really enjoyed participating in this readathon and can’t wait to do another one in the future.

For this readathon, the below prompts were given to everyone to follow:

I managed to read four books in this week long Readathon which I have to say I am super proud of myself for achieving this as it’s been a looooong time since I’ve focussed this much in order to read that many books within a month let alone a week! I really enjoyed the books that I chose and managed to read for this Readathon which were:

  • The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns by Mitzi Szereto (under the prompt: Read a book set in a small town) – if you would like to read my book review, please click here
  • Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou (under the prompt: Read a book that features a mother/daughter relationship) – if you would like to read my book review, please click here
  • One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus (under the prompt: Read a book set during fall/winter) – if you would like to read my book review, please click here
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (under the prompt: Read a book by an Asian author/has Asian representation) – if you would like to read my book review, please click here

The one book which I was unable to read due to my time running out was: After We Fell by Anna Todd – which would have been under two prompts: Read a book with complicated love interests and Read the next book in a series you haven’t finished. However, I can happily say that I’ve finished that book and the final book in that series as well, Anna Todd is an incredible author and I love reading her books!

There was another fun prompt that was on the list which was to: Bake a fall treat & watch your favourite episode. I ended up making Cinnamon Swirls whilst watching one of my favourite episodes from Season Two, Episode Thirteen: A-Tisket, A-Tasket.

There was also a bingo board (as per picture above) which was available to also challenge yourself to tick as many as you can off, but I chose not to focus on that and stick to the prompts instead. Looking at the bingo board now I can see that I can tick some of the bingo prompts off which is a nice surprise.

For those of your who joined in with the Readathon, I hope you had fun participating and for those who didn’t, I hope you get to join in on doing one soon!

Have you participated in any Readathons recently or have you got any coming up? If so, which one(s)? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

After Ever Happy by Anna Todd Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): It’s never been all rainbows and sunshine for Tessa and Hardin, but each new challenge they’ve faced has only made their passionate bond stronger and stronger. But when a revelation about the past shakes Hardin’s impenetrable façade to the core – and then Tessa suffers a tragedy – will they stick together again, or be torn apart? As the shocking truth about each of their families emerge, it’s clear the two lover’s are not so different from each other. Tessa is no longer the sweet, simple, good girl she was when she met Hardin – any more than he is the cruel, moody boy she fell so hard for. Tessa understands all the troubling emotions brewing beneath Hardin’s exterior, and she knows she’s the only one who can calm him when he erupts. He needs her. But the more layers of his past come to light, the darker he grows, and the harder he pushes Tessa – and everyone else in his life – away. Tessa’s not sure if she really can save him – not without sacrificing herself. She refuses to go down without a fight. But who is she fighting for – Hardin or herself?
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