#BookReview THE TEMPLE HOUSE VANISHING by RACHEL DONOHUE #TheTempleHouseVanishing @ThePigeonHoleHQ

ABOUT THE BOOK

Twenty-five years ago, a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her charismatic teacher disappeared without trace…In an elite Catholic girls’ boarding-school the pupils live under the repressive, watchful gaze of the nuns. Seeking to break from the cloistered atmosphere two of the students – Louisa and Victoria – quickly become infatuated with their young, bohemian art teacher, and act out passionately as a result. That is, until he and Louisa suddenly disappear.Years later, a journalist uncovers the troubled past of the school and determines to resolve the mystery of the missing pair. The search for the truth will uncover a tragic, mercurial tale of suppressed desire and long-buried secrets. It will shatter lives and lay a lost soul to rest.The Temple House Vanishing is a stunning, intensely atmospheric novel of unrequited longing, dark obsession and uneasy consequences.


PUBLISHED BY  CORVUS


PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon  £12.99

hive.co.uk  £10.55

whsmith  £10.65

MY REVIEW


I read this via the Pigeonhole app.

This was a dark, unsettling slow burn of a read that really explores the complexities of obsessive love and teenage girls. How growing up can be so tangled and traumatic, and how the art of love can cloud the judgement of those involved.

The story centres around a school where a teacher and young student went missing 25 years ago and the scandal has never really died down. So when a journalist gets the chance to investigate the story a little deeper, even she isn’t prepared for what she’s about to find out.

The story is also told from the viewpoints of the girls from the elite Catholic boarding school – Louisa and Victoria – who were involved at the time with the art teacher Mr Lavelle and his influence on them and other girls under his ‘charge’. This was always the unsettling part of the story for me – a teacher taking advantage of his position, knowing full well that the young girls were battling with their own identities and feeling vunerable. The more you read into the story though, the more you understand just how vindictive and manipulative that teenage girls can be!!

With the mystery into the whereabouts of the teacher and student being told slowly, we get to hear how the events affected everyone then and now – how they were seduced by personalities, probably in rebellion to the strict rules imposed on their day to day life at the school. This art teacher gave them the chance to express themselves more – some may have just taken that a little too literally!

I did find the ‘to and fro’ way of story telling a little confusing at times, and that may have affected my ability to connect more with these characters. They came across as quite heartless and that made it difficult to bond with them, but maybe that was their age showing and it was all just a front to save themselves from hurt. They were quick to put up walls to protect themselves when needed and that was how they dealt with the world around them. None of them wanted to appear vunerable as others would have taken advantage of that fact.

The viewpoint of the journalist was an interesting aspect – she had a vague connection with one of the girls and the area so that helped her delve a little deeper than others had gone, and she often seemed shocked by what she found out. Looking back at life at the school between the girls just goes to show how vicious young women can be – girls are evil!!! But they thought they were in love! They were deluded and their powers of rational thought had long gone so the consequences often proved to be more brutal than they should have been.

An interesting study of characters and a brooding read!


★★★

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#BookReview WON’T YOU SAVE ME by WENDY DRANFIELD @RubyFiction

ABOUT THE BOOK

Detective Dean Matheson has returned to his hometown to begin his new job and put the traumatic events of his past behind him – but his fresh start won’t last long when the local area is hit by a series of strange disappearances and twisted killings …
A nameless girl badly beaten and dumped in front of the mysterious new church. A shocking murder scene discovered in the apartment over the diner. A child missing without a trace.
These are the crimes Dean Matheson is confronted with in his first week as detective. Are they isolated events, or is something altogether more disturbing happening in Maple 
Valley now that Dean’s back in town?

PUBLISHED BY RUBY FICTION

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

Nook

MY REVIEW

Detective Dean Matheson is back and what a return!! He’s gone back to his hometown, Maple Valley, for his new job, joining forces with Eva once more, and if he’s looking for a quiet life then it won’t be here!! From the opening few pages the action hits hard – and scary!- from the get go and doesn’t let up! I’m still just about recovering from it all!

With a ‘body’ waking up in the morgue, to a missing child, to gruesome murders and the return of some old and crazy characters, this is a story that has a little bit of everything – and a little bit more!! The past never seems to let go of Dean and Eva and in this book they’re both having to deal with issues that have plagued them both for many a year.

There’s a relaxed feel to the relationship between Eva and Dean and that’s why I love reading about them. Always looking out for one another, they’re happy to let one another take the lead when necessary and the dynamic between them just works. Eva is a woman who doesn’t take any crap from anyone so Dean is always aware of not pushing any boundaries – unlike others they may work with!

I also loved how the author doesn’t rush the goings on in this book – there’s so many sub plots that there could have been a need to speed things up a little, but each character and each storyline is allowed to breathe a little to really get you engrossed in the action!

It’s pulsating, it’s chilling and creepy and left me holding my breath on many occasions throughout! I had great fun trying to work out all the links and with that ending I am eagerly awaiting the next installment!!! Crime drama written to perfection!! Wonderful!

★★★★★

#MusicMonday DENIS by BLONDIE

Happy Monday! Happy Music Day! Hosted by the fab Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek, it’s a weekly chance to share some tunes and brighten all our days!

And with Storm Denis hitting us in the UK over the weekend, there was only one choice for today – DENIS by BLONDIE! Tune!!

Oh Denis doo be do
I’m in love with you, Denis doo be do
I’m in love with you, Denis doo be do
I’m in love with you

Denis Denis, oh with your eyes so blue
Denis Denis, I’ve got a crush on you
Denis Denis, I’m so in love with you

Oh when we walk it always feels so nice
And when we talk it seems like paradise
Denis Denis I’m so in love with you

You’re my king and I’m in heaven every time I look at you
When you smile it’s like a dream
And I’m so lucky ’cause I found a boy like you

Denis Denis, avec tes yeux si bleux
Denis Denis, moi j’ai flashe a nous deux
Denis Denis, un grand baiser d’eternite

Denis Denis, je suis si folle de toi
Denis Denis, oh embrasse-moi ce soir
Denis Denis, un grand baiser d’eternite

Oh Denis doo-be-do
I’m in love with you, Denis doo-be-do
I’m in love with you, Denis doo-be-do
I’m in love with youOh Denis doo-be-do
I’m in love with you, Denis doo-be-do
I’m in love with you, Denis doo-be-do
I’m in love with you

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Neil Levenson

#BlogTour THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO by CHRISTY LEFTERI @ZaffreBooks @christy_lefteri @Tr4cyF3nt0n

A huge delight to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO by CHRISTY LEFTERI. My thanks to the author, publisher and Tracy Fenton  of Compulsive Readers for letting me be part of the tour.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the midst of war, he found love
In the midst of darkness, he found courage
In the midst of tragedy, he found hope

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

What will you find from his story?

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees.

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again.

Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling. 

published by Bonnier Zaffre

PURCHASE LINKS – paperback release 20th February 2020

WHSmith  £7.37

hive.co.uk  £6.59

amazon  £6.99

MY REVIEW

This is a story of hope and of love, the bond between a husband and wife and the determination of the human spirit to succeed despite the horrors that the world throws their way – and I loved every single minute of it.  Yes it made me cry, but it also filled my heart with so much love and all the warm feelings you get when you find ‘good’ people trying to make the world a better place.

Nuri and Afri are a devoted husband and wife looking for a new life away from the horrors of Syria. They’ve lost a child, Afri has lost her sight, but they know that there must be a better way for them out there so they make the decision to travel to the UK where Nuri’s cousin already lives.  Their journey is anything but easy and we get to follow them along the way and the people they meet, all with their own stories of horror to tell, and all the obstacles placed in their way – how the life of a refugee is plagued with nightmares. Can you ever really escape the horror and destruction you’ve witnessed at first hand?

What struck me most about this book was the beautiful way it was written – the harshness and brutality of war was softened by the exquisite descriptions and language used.  And how quickly their quiet and simple life in Syria was changed beyond recognition due to war and the actions of others.

The story switches between their journey away from Syria, to their time when they reach the UK and the process they have to go through in trying to move on and start new lives in a foreign country. It was brilliantly portrayed without feeling too ‘preachy’ or ‘political’ and gave these characters the time you needed to share their pain and empathise with their plight.

Humbling and touching.

★★★★★

#BookReview THE COTTAGE ON WILDFLOWER LANE by LIZ DAVIES

ABOUT THE BOOK

Esther’s life isn’t perfect (whose is?) – but she’s happy enough living in her little flat with her boyfriend, Josh. But that’s about to change. Bored out of her mind in work, she wishes that something, anything, would happen to liven her life up. Unfortunately, her wish comes true when Josh calls her from the airport to tell her he’s going to work in a bar in Spain, and she’s not invited, Esther is devastated, and her unhappiness is compounded when she discovers she can actually view the bar via a webcam link and watch him chatting up other girls. But when she inadvertently clicks on a link to another webcam which shows a pretty cottage and the rather hunky man who lives in it, her interest is piqued and she wishes she could get to know him. Wishes don’t really come true, though – do they…?

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon


AUTHOR ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Website: https://lizdaviesauthor.wixsite.com/home

Twitter https://twitter.com/lizdaviesauthor

Facebook: fb.me/LizDaviesAuthor1

MY REVIEW

With a stunningly dreamy cover, this was a story that captured my heart and had me tempted to start searching for cameras online to follow to see if the man of my dreams was out there!! If he is half as good as Kit in this story then I’d be a lucky woman!!

Esther is the focus of this story – her life is tripping along with very little excitement and she thinks she’s in a happy relationship with Josh, but he drops a bombshell when he calls from the airport to say he’s moving out to Spain to work and they’re over! What a charmer!!

Esther has some lovely friends around her to help support her and one of them lets her know about webcams that are filming all over the world at homes and businesses, and she uses this to ‘spy’ on her ex – probably not the smartest way of spending time and helping to heal her broken heart! But while she’s surfing she spots a cam trained on a most charming cottage with gorgeous garden and she finds comfort in watching the goings on here – and the hunky man living there helps!

Meanwhile, we follow the story of Kit who is going through a divorce where his ex is theatening to take him to the cleaners and that means losing his beloved home and business. And seeing him being conflicted by his feelings towards a mystery woman he meets one night was also really enjoyable and leads to lots of fun banter, and romantic star gazing nights! My kind of guy!!

I loved this story – it was so easy to read and relate to the characters! Esther and her attempts at internet dating provided some wonderful moments of humour (and horror!) and her addiction to the webcams proves just how easy we can be addicted to spending time online as it allows us to daydream and lose ourselves when things are proving a little tough. Highly recommended!!

★★★★★

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 15th February 2020 #bookblogger

Hello!! Welcome to the weekend – and if you’re in the UK – another storm is hitting our shores! What fun!!  Stay safe peeps!

It’s been a fairly ok bookish week here – a couple of books finished, while I’ve also been doing some manuscript reading for Choc Lit! And there has been bookpost!! Always makes the week worthwhile with some additions to the TBR pile of doom!!!

BOOKS FINISHED

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by DELIA OWENS – 3 STARS

THE COTTAGE ON WILDFLOWER LAVE by LIZ DAVIES – 4 STARS

BOOKHAUL

We shall start at Netgalley where 1 title caught my eye…

SISTERS by DAISY JOHNSON

publication date – July 2020

The electrifying new novel from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of Everything Under

After a serious case of school bullying becomes too much to bear, sisters July and September move across the country with their mother to a long-abandoned family home.

In their new and unsettling surroundings, July finds that the deep bond she has always had with September – a closeness that not even their mother is allowed to penetrate – is starting to change in ways she cannot entirely understand.

Inside the house the tension among the three women builds, while outside the sisters meet a boy who tests the limits of their shared experiences.

With its roots in psychological horror, Sisters is a taut, powerful and deeply moving account of sibling love that cements Daisy Johnson’s place as one of the most inventive and exciting young writers at work today.

DEAR CHILD by ROMY HAUSMANN

won a copy via a Quercus Books giveaway

Gone Girl meets Room in this page-turning thriller from one of Germany’s hottest new talents

A windowless shack in the woods. Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers lurking in the outside world and makes sure that his children will always have a mother to look after them.

One day Lena manages to flee – but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called ‘Lena’, who disappeared without a trace 14 years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle which doesn’t quite seem to fit

HIGHFIRE by EOIN COLFER

won a copy via a Twitter giveaway

From the internationally bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series: Eoin Colfer’s first adult fantasy novel is a hilarious, high-octane adventure about a vodka-drinking, Flashdance-loving dragon who’s been hiding out from the world – and potential torch-carrying mobs – in a Louisiana bayou . . . until his peaceful world’s turned upside down by a well-intentioned but wild Cajun tearaway and the crooked (and heavily armed) law officer who wants him dead.

Squib Moreau may be swamp-wild, but his intentions are (generally) good: he really wants to be a supportive son to his hard-working momma Elodie. But sometimes life gets in the way – like when Fake Daddy walked out on them leaving a ton of debt, or when crooked Constable Regence Hooke got to thinking pretty Elodie Moreau was just the gal for him…

An apprenticeship with the local moonshine runner, servicing the bayou, looks like the only way to pay off the family debts and maybe get Squib and his momma a place in town, far from Constable Hooke’s unwanted courtship and Fake Daddy’s reputation.

Unfortunately for Squib, Hooke has his own eye on that very same stretch of bayou – and neither of them have taken into account the fire-breathing dragon hiding out in the Louisiana swamp…

For Squib Moreau, Regence Hooke and Vern, aka Lord Highfire of Highfire Eyrie, life is never going to be the same again.

THE BOOK OF KOLI by M.R.CAREY

sent a copy for review

The first in a gripping new trilogy, The Book of Koli charts the journey of one unforgettable young boy struggling to find his place in a chilling post-apocalyptic world. Perfect for readers of Station Eleven and Annihilation.
Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognizable world. A world where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly vines and seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, one of the dangerous shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He knows the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture beyond the walls.

What he doesn’t know is — what happens when you aren’t given a choice?

CURRENTLY READING

Two Pigeonhole reads for me at the moment….

THE MEMORY WOOD by SAM LLOYD

THE TEMPLE HOUSE VANISHING by RACHEL DONOHUE

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HAPPY READING

#BookReview WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by DELIA OWENS

ABOUT THE BOOK

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say.

Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.


Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.


PUBLISHED BY CORSAIR


PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon


MY REVIEW

Don’t you just love a book that divides opinions to extremes!! This seems to be one of those books and I really wanted to love this and to be wowed after seeing so many amazing and glowing reviews – and for the first half of the book I could understand the plaudits! It features a young girl surviving alone against all the odds as she is left to fend for herself after her mother leaves and then her father disappears for days on end. She was strong, resilient and you couldn’t help but cheer her on as she makes a life for herself alone in the marshes.

BUT, then it all began to unravel for me as it seemed to just turn into a bit of a cliche story, that left me feeling cold and bitterly disappointed! It all just felt too rushed, too manufactured and the wonderful Kya became someone different, and you could guess the ending a mile off! I felt more invested in her as a character when she was out to prove people wrong as she had such a kind heart but that ended up with her being taken advantage of.

Abandoment is at the heart of this book – everyone she ever loved or cared about seemed to leave this poor soul at some point, and many would have crumbled with what she had to put up with, but she was a fighter and seemingly happy to get by on her own, trusting very few people and with good reason not to!


★★★

#BookReview THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE by CHARLIE MACKESY

ABOUT THE BOOK

the Sunday Times Bestseller and New York Times Bestseller.


‘You will not be able to buy a more beautiful book for Christmas for somebody you love’ Chris Evans


A book of hope for uncertain times.


Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.


The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie’s first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too.
‘A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart’ Richard Curtis


PUBLISHED BY  EBURY PRESS



PURCHASE LINKS


amazon  

hive.co.uk

waterstones



MY REVIEW


Exquisite. Beautiful. Brilliant. Inspiring. Heartwarming – and a mole who loves cake!! A book every home needs to have a copy of!

Just the perfect book from the jaw-droppingly stunning illustrations to the kind and gentle messages conveyed by the words, this was just a delight to read from the first page to the last. It’s like a giant hug in book form! Loved it!!! Go buy it!!


★★★★★

#BlogTour REAL LIFE by ADELINE DIEUDONNE #BookReview #RealLife #RandomThingsTours @annecater

Delighted to be able to share my review on the Blog Tour for REAL LIFE by ADELINE DIEUDONNE today – my thanks to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The French surprise publishing sensation: the multiple award-winning debut that sold over 100,000 copies in its first month

A Lord of the Flies for the #MeToo generation

A deeply disturbing, furiously tender, and darkly comedic debut’ Kirkus Reviews

Translated from the French by Roland Glasser

At home there are four rooms: one for her, one for her brother, one for her parents … and one for the carcasses. The father is a big game hunter, a powerful predator; the mother is submissive to her violent husband’s demands. The young narrator spends the days with her brother, Sam, playing in the shells of cars dumped for scrap and listening out for the chimes of the ice-cream truck, until a brutal accident shatters their world.

The uncompromising pen of Adeline Dieudonné wields flashes of brilliance as she brings her characters to life in a world that is both dark and sensual. This breathtaking debut is a sharp and funny coming-of-age tale in which reality and illusion collide.

‘A magnificent heroine of freedom and intelligence’ Le Figaro

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon

ADELINE DIEUDONNÉ was born in 1982 and lives in Brussels. A playwright and short-story writer, her first novella, Amarula, was awarded the Grand Prix of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. Two further booklets were published by Editions Lamiroy in 2017: Seule dans le noir and Bonobo Moussaka. Real Life was recently awarded the prestigious Prix du Roman FNAC, the Prix Rossel, the Prix Renaudot des Lycéens, and the Prix Filigrane, a French prize for a work of high literary quality with wide appeal. Dieudonné also performs as a stand-up comedian.

ROLAND GLASSER is an award-winning translator of French literature, based in London

MY REVIEW

A book to horrify and haunt you as a reader, but one that I found to be disturbingly gripping, and in the narrator there’s a voice that needs to be heard, and her story is one that is brave and shocks in equal measures.

This is a story of domestic abuse and the toll it plays on those involved – the  mother who is absent for her children – she cared more for her goats it seemed – just looking to save herself, and is just waiting for the next beating when her husband is in a bad mood. And the children who watch on thinking that this life is normal. Except the narrator who knows she has to look out for herself and her younger brother so they spend so much time on their own, playing in the woods while she dreams and plans to get them away from this life.  Her imagination is what keeps her going.

But even their lives change for the worst when they are witness to a shocking incident with the ice-cream man, and her little brother is permanently scarred by what he sees.  It’s heartbreaking to see him retreat even more into himself and the scary path she watches him start to take – which is why she wants to speed up their getaway.

This book is very brutal and doesn’t make for easy reading at all with the topics involved, so I understand it won’t be for everyone. But I found myself totally transfixed by the story of these children and the fact that the adults in their life were letting them both down.  They were all living their lives in fear as they knew that the smallest thing could set their father off.  There was no escape. Real life for them was horrific.

We see the children over a few years, and watch as their life plays out and it was tragic to see how this ‘life’ was just accepted by them – it was how they survived.  There was no way out, resistance was futile so it just felt safer to them to keep out of their fathers’ way and just let things be, hoping that they could keep on his good side.  The brothers’ story especially was the most tragic for me – how all he saw as a young child  framed his mind and formed how he behaved.  Sometimes children know no different so they seek an escape in whatever way they see fit, and if you’re surrounded by horrific sights then it must be easier to accept that this maybe the norm, despite the best intentions of others around to set you on the right path.

A really powerful and absorbing story told from the viewpoint of a vunerable but courageous girl, and one I’m very glad to have read.

★★★★

#BookReview A LADDER TO THE SKY by JOHN BOYNE

ABOUT THE BOOK

A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Sky shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul.

If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don’t even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career. A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter entirely.

Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people’s stories. He doesn’t care where he finds them – or to whom they belong – as long as they help him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse.

PUBLISHED BY DOUBLEDAY

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

whsmith

hive.co.uk

MY REVIEW

A brilliant read! One of those books where you hate the main character but just can’t stop reading to see how he would take advantage of people next and just how low he’d sink in his life, and his quest to be successful. And he sinks low!!

Maurice wants to be a novelist but has no original ideas of his own so when he meets a celebrated older author, Erich Ackerman, in a Berlin hotel he finds a way to get a story as Erich opens up to him, flattered that this handsome young man is so interested in him. And the story he has to tell is worthy of being in any book so Maurice uses his ‘charm’ to be his confidante – happy to toss him aside when his new book is released.

Each chapter then is the next stage in the life of Maurice – the people he meets, uses, loses – and with each revelation, your disgust for this character just grows! Nobody is seemingly safe in his path, and he seems to have no qualms about using others for his own benefit, even those apparently closest to him and a couple of the storylines really had me shocked!

I think we’ve all met characters like Maurice who are happy to take credit where it hasn’t been earned, just as long as they get what they want out of it and their moral compass seems to be missing, but they seem to have this annoying knack of always coming out smelling of roses! He’s brilliantly captured in this book and I found it to be a breathtaking read!

★★★★★