Friday, 27 May 2011

Book Review: A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace

Hope McNeill has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for years, but this is the first time she's been able to bring her pug, Max (Officially at least. Up until now she's had to smuggle him in inside her tote bag)
The occasion" a special "Pug Night" party in honour of a deep-pocketed donor. Max and his friends are having a ball stalking the hors d'oeuvres and getting rambunctious- making Hope wonder if this is also the last time she gets Max to the museum. 
But when a valuable painting goes missing, the Met needs Hope's- and Max's- help. In her quest for the culprit, Hope is aided by an enigmatic detective, a larger-than-life society heiress, a lady with a shih tzu in a stroller, and her arguably intuitive canine. With luck, she'll find some inspiration on her trips to Pug Hill before the investigation starts going downhill. 
A Pug's Tale is the sequel to Alison Pace's first book Pug Hill,  haven't read the first book but I did enjoy this one.
The trouble begins when Hope McNeill crashes Pug Night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she works as a conservator. That night, Hope and Max discover that an extremely valuable painting has been stolen and replaced by a fake. Max is Hope's boyfriend's Pug who she is looking after whist he is away. Hope and Max have to find out who took the real painting  before anyone discovers that the replacement is a fake. It feels like everything is conspiring against them, the CCTV footage offers no clues and Hope becomes suspicious of her colleagues, even those who are helping to solve the mystery. Hope does find some assistance from Daphne, the deep pocketed donor who also has a pug called Madeline. Hope and Max put their trust in this eccentric lady as the mystery must be solved or Hope's job could be at risk.
A Pug's Tale is set in New York, a very canine New York. The book is littered with dogs, especially pugs and it is lovely to hear what they are getting up to. I enjoyed the mystery part of the book but I enjoyed reading about the dogs far more.
Alison Pace has created great characters in Hope and Max and I hope that they have many more adventures.

Many thanks to Berkley for sending me a copy of this book to review.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Book Review: The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen

Within the walls of a cloistered convent, a scene of unspeakable carnage is discovered. On the snow lie two nuns, one dead, one critically injured- victims of a seemingly motiveless, brutally savage attack. 
As medical examiner Maura Isles autopsy of the murder victim yields a shocking surprise, the case takes a sudden and disturbing twist. The body of another woman has been found. And someone has gone to a lot of trouble to remove her face, hands and feet. 
As long buried secrets are revealed so Dr Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli find themselves part of an investigation that leads to an awful, dawning realisation of the killer's identity.
I only discovered Tess Gerritsen this year and I think that The Sinner is my favourite so far of the Rizzoli and Isles series. I read this on a 10 hour flight between Heathrow and Miami and it was the perfect book to keep me distracted.
I felt that The Sinner focused in more detail on Rizzoli and Isles and I learnt more about the two female characters in this book than I did in the previous two.
The murder at the convent is completely shocking, one nun is dead and another critically injured. The violence inflicted in to these two women of God shocks everybody. The fact that the attack took place in a cloistered convent is even more alarming, these two women should have felt completely safe but somebody got in and shattered that forever.
Jane Rizzoli is leading the case and feels the huge burden of catching this highly dangerous killer. She is sickened by the crime scene and cannot believe where her investigation takes her. Rizzoli's personal life infringes on the job too, Gabriel Dean makes an appearance in the last third of the book and Jane has to finally admit that he may be more than a passing interest.
Dr Maura Isles in many ways holds the key to the investigation. Her post-mortems reveal vital clues as to  what happened to the nuns. When the third body is found, Maura initially thinks that is bears no connection to the convent killing. When she investigates further, she could not begin to imagine the ways in which the victims are linked. Dr Isles also has her personal life to content with in the form of her ex-husband Victor turning up after three years apart. She has a real mix of emotions; she realises how much she has missed him but then begins to question why he has suddenly decided to make an appearance.
Tess Gerritsen once again impressed me with her powerful story-telling skills. I think that a lot of crime/thriller books can be quite predictable but Gerritsen keeps you guessing right to the very end. I have the next book in the series, Body Double to read soon and I can't wait to see what these two women get up to next.
As I have said before, I would highly recommend Tess Gerritsen's books, she is right up there as my Queen of Crime!

Monday, 23 May 2011

Book Review: The Eighth Scroll by Dr Laurence B Brown

In the Eighth Scroll by Dr Laurence B Brown, the final text of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been found. Scholars have correctly believed this final text would either confirm or condemn established religious beliefs and practices. As a result, world powers will fight to possess it, or kill to suppress it.
World-renowned theologian Michael Hansen has lost everything because of the scroll, including his archaeologist father and the woman he loved. When he becomes the only living person with a clue to the scrolls location, he sets out to find it, travelling from the United States, to England, to the Middle East. Along the way, he finds himself running from the Mossad, the CIA, and the Vatican's weapon of last resort, the Italian Mafia. When he finally finds the scroll, it turns out to be everything the State of Israel and Vatican had feared. If exposed, it would cause major religious upheaval. But expose it Michael must, for his only option is to ransom his life by giving the scroll to his enemies. Unless he can somehow do both before his pursuers find him...and kill him.
The Eighth Scroll was brought to my attention by Jeff Rivera from Gatekeeper's Post. He offered me the opportunity to review it and when he said it was similar to The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, I jumped at the chance.
We meet Michael Hansen when he is just  teenager travelling with his archaeologist father, Gerald. Gerald is called by his colleague Frank Tones who asks him to come out to his dig urgently as he has found something of momentous significance. However, Frank is found dead before he can share his find with Gerald. It is left to Gerald and Michael to put together the clues left by Frank in order to finish his work. Father and son begin to suspect that Frank may have discovered the whereabouts of the long lost Dead Sea Scroll which is thought to be the Gospel of James or attributed to Jesus himself. They know what power a find like this would possess, several religious groups would do anything to stop it getting out, even if that means killing those that get in the way.
The Eighth Scroll is set over a long period of time, Michael is an adult now and a respected theologian. His father had died of suspected heart attack and Michael has managed to keep continue the lie that he knows nothing about the scroll. This all changes when Frank's daughter Rachael turns up. She is  now convinced that her father was killed and she is seeking justice. Michael knows that he cannot keep his secret forever and sets out to find the ancient text. The question is what will he do once he has it, how will he get out of this alive?
Dr Laurence B Brown has written a great book. I can understand the comparisons with The Da Vinci Code but for me, The Eighth Scroll was slightly more realistic as we know that there is a large possibility that a text like this does indeed exist and would have devastating affects.
It did take me a little bit of time to really get into this book but I was grateful for this towards the end as I realised how much time the author had spent exploring and developing Michael's character. The book picks up a really momentous pace though and my interest was constantly peaked, especially due to it being set in several different locations and cultures.
If you are looking for a fast-paced thriller with some extremely well researched theory behind it then look no further than The Eighth Scroll by Dr Laurence B Brown.

If you would like to find out more about Gatekeeper's Post then simply click here and if you are interested in the author and the book then have a look here.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Book Review: Here Come the Girls by Milly Johnson + GIVE AWAY!!

Ven, Roz, Olive and Frankie have been friends since school. They daydreamed of glorious futures, full of riches, romances and fabulous jobs. The world was to be their oyster. 
Twenty-five years later, Olive cleans other people's houses to support  her lazy, out-of-work husband and his ailing mother. Roz cannot show her kind, caring partner Manus any love because her philandering ex has left her trust in shreds. And she and Frankie have fallen out big time. 
But Ven is determined to reunite her friends and realize the dream they had of taking a cruise by the time they hit forty. Before they know it, the four of them are far from home, on the high seas But can blue skies, hot sun  and sixteen days of luxury and indulgence distract from the tension and loneliness that await their return?
I always enjoy Milly Johnson's books but I think this one is my clear favourite. I have just got back off my sixth cruise and I think that they are the perfect holiday so I was excited when I realised that Milly's new book was set in the luxurious world of cruising.
Once again we have a fantastic story and lovely characters to get to know. Ven, Roz, Frankie and Olive have been friends since school, where they made the pact to go on a cruise for Ven's fortieth birthday. A lot has happened since that summer day at school though. None of them have the life that they had imagined for themselves when they were fifteen. Ven is recently divorced from her cheating husband who dealt a double blow by talking half of her inheritance in the divorce settlement. Roz can't seem to escape her past; Manus is a lovely man but she cannot forget how she was treated by her ex all of those years ago. Olive is having to clean other people's toilets for a living as well as being a general dogsbody for her lazy husband and mother-in-law. Frankie is the black sheep of the group, Roz won't talk to her so she is not too pleased when she realises that they are stuck on a ship together for sixteen days.
The book is set out just like a cruise itinerary, we know if the ladies are at sea or in a port and what the dress code will be for dinner that night. Here Come the Girls has a lovely pace and I found it a really relaxing read as it was as though I was on holiday with them.
Ultimately this book is about friendship, these women would do anything for each other. They are not afraid to tell it like it is and this makes for very entertaining reading.
Milly Johnson has talked of her love of cruising and it is so clear to see in the book. She has all the little details spot on, from the luxurious surroundings, to the brightly coloured cocktails and the excitement that a formal night brings. If you have been on a cruise then it is lovely to be able to identify with the experiences that the ladies have on-board. If you haven't been on a cruise then you may be in trouble as this book will make you want to book one as soon as possible.
Ven, Roz, Frankie and Olive know that the holiday has to come to an end, they all know that they have got to make changes to their lives on their return as why shouldn't they be as happy as their fifteen year old selves had imagined?
Here Come the Girls is a fantastic read with a delicious twist towards the end, it felt like pure escapism. It would be a great book to take away with you, or as I found, one to banish the holiday blues.

Many thanks to Milly Johnson and Simon and Schuster for sending me a review copy, the book is out now.

I also have one copy of the book to give away to a lucky UK resident, the very lovely Milly Johnson has also offered to sent the winner a book bag and bookmark. Simply leave a comment below, you must include your email address to be entered into the competition so that I can contact the winner. This will remain open until midnight on Wednesday May 25th, good luck!!!


If you are feeling lucky then head over to Milly's blog as she has a fabulous competition to win a bottle of the Icewine which features in Here Comes the Girls. You can't go wrong with a bottle of bubbly so just click here to find out more! 





Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Book Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum + Give away!!

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.
Suddenly, my sister Georgia and I were orphans. We put our loves into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy and unnervingly charming. Vincent appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet.
Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk everyday. He also has enemies...immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.
Can I risk putting my heart as well as my life and my family's in jeopardy for a chance at love?
Firstly let me say that the cover for this book is beautiful, it really captures the romantic nature of the story, especially with the Paris backdrop.
Die For Me is the first in the Revenants series by Amy Plum and what a brilliant beginning- this is one of the best paranormal, young adult books that I have read in a long time.
A revenant is an immortal being; in certain circumstances, people who die in the place of others come back to life 3 days later. They then continually save others even if that means dying again, they will always return to life unless someone burns their body, that is the only way they can truly die. Vincent is a revenant and he has fallen for Kate, who is only just getting over the death of her parents so the idea of being with someone who is going to have multiple deaths absolutely terrifies her.
Vincent is not alone, he lives with his 'uncle' Jean Baptiste and more of his kindred, as they call themselves, Charlotte, Charles, Ambrose and Gaspard. They work together to save the lives of others across the city of Paris.
The revenants have a major enemy in the Numa, they are the complete opposite, they have gained their immortality by taking the lives of others. Once immortal they continue to try and murder people, which is what the revenants have to work to prevent.
Kate has no contact with the Numa until the end of the book. A rescue attempt goes wrong and Charles cannot handle what happened and so he turns to the Numa to end it all for him. Lucien is head of the Paris Numa and is happy to take advantage of Charles' misfortune, especially as it means that he can gain revenge on Vincent who is his sworn enemy. However, Lucien didn't imagine that Vincent would ever fall in love with a human and so Kate finds herself in mortal danger and Lucien knows that Vincent will do anything to protect her.
Amy Plum has created such a beautiful story, I loved the romantic idea of the revenants, they are like angels on earth. Vincent is a very attractive character and I can see why Kate falls for him. Kate is a very likable character too but she is very vulnerable so it is understandable that she questions this new relationship. Kate needs somebody like Vincent but she has to decide if she will be able to cope with the fact that she will lose him again and again.
I'm so excited that this is just the first in the series as I just want to know more and more. Vincent and Kate's story will have great appeal for the YA market and I believe it will easily cross the gap to slightly older readers.
If you like your books with a paranormal edge then give this one a go, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Many thanks to Atom for sending me a copy of the book to review, it is out on May 26th!

I actually have a copy of Die For Me to give away to any UK followers. If you would like a chance to read this book then please leave a comment below this post, the comment must include your email address so that I can contact the winner. This give away is open until midnight on Tuesday May 24th, good luck!!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Book Review: The Door at the Top of the Stairs by Alison Naomi Holt

Before I begin my review I just want to apologise for the lack of posts since I got back of holiday! I have been so busy but feel as though I have finally caught up with everything this weekend which is a good job as it is Dr S' birthday celebrations on Friday and Saturday. So I have several posts coming up this week plus two very exciting books to win so do pop in and have a look. Anyway, back to the review on hand, here is the synopsis:

Undercover narcotics officer, Jesse Shaunessy, is kidnapped and tortured, then thrown away by her department as damaged goods. The mind if a powerful ally, and 26 year old Jesse has no memory of the abduction or subsequent torture. Inevitably, as Jesse drifts from one itinerant job to another, the protective walls carefully constructed by her subconscious are beginning to crumble.
Fate lands her on a farm owned by Dr Ryland Caldwell, a retired psychologist and her partner Morgan Davis, the master of the Myrena Fox Hunt Club. Ryland suspects there is more to Jesse's foul temper than meets the eye. When Morgan and Ryland accidentally discover viscous scars on Jesse's back, Ryland knows that without their help, Jesse's descent into insanity will rapidly overwhelm them all.
I was sent this book by the author herself and after reading the back, I was really looking forward to reading it as I thought that the ideas behind it were very interesting.
Jesse is an extremely feisty and confrontational woman, as the story develops, the readers begins to understand where this behaviour has originated from. Jesse was kidnapped and tortured when working as an undercover narcotics officer. Her body is covered in scars, she has no idea how some of them were inflicted as she has blocked out these terrifying memories. This is where Ryland and Morgan step in. Ryland is a retired psychologist and recognises that Jesse needs help to face up to her traumatic past, otherwise she will have no future. Jesse is helped by these two women, who are determined to find out what happened to their young employee. It is hard for all three of them and mentally exhausting but they know that they are Jesse's only chance.
Alison Naomi Holt is a former lieutenant with the Tucson police department so she writes with the knowledge of having done a similar job to Jesse. Some of the scenes written by the author are very hard-hitting and extremely graphic. There were a few chapters that made for uncomfortable reading but this is a book about a woman who has been tortured so you have to expect some graphic material.
I felt that the author clearly showed the two extremes of human nature. One the one side we have the man who kidnapped Jesse and performed awfully  brutal and degrading acts upon her, showing no compassion what so ever. And then on the other side you have Morgan and Ryland who initially do not even know Jesse but they are the people that do everything they possibly can to give her life back to her. Morgan and Ryland have to make Jesse see that she must face up to the past otherwise her attacker will have won.
The Door at the Top of the Stairs is a very interesting book. There were parts that I didn't enjoy reading but it certainly made me think.
Many thanks to Alison Holt for sending me a copy of the book to review, it is available on Amazon and if you want to find out more then have a look at the author's website by clicking here.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Book Review: The Making Of Us by Lisa Jewell

In a hospice in Bury St Edmunds, a man called Daniel is slowly fading away. His friend Maggie sits with him everyday; she holds his hand and she listens to the story of his life, to his regrets and to his secrets. And then he tells her about the children he has never met and never will, conceived with women he never even touched. Four of them, apparently, two boys, two girls. His legacy, he calls them.
Lydia, Robyn and Dean don't know each other. Yet. And they are all facing difficult challenges. Lydia is still wearing the scars from her traumatic childhood and although she is wealthy and successful, her life is lonely and disjointed. Dean is a young man whose life is going nowhere. Robyn is training to be a doctor, just like her father- a man she's never met. When she falls in love with a man who is like her in every way, she needs to be sure. It's time for her to open the envelope her mother gave her on her eighteenth birthday.
And Daniel's children slowly find their way into each other's lives...
I am a huge Lisa Jewell fan and have loved all of her books so you can imagine how excited I was to receive a review copy of her latest one. I was a little worried when it arrived though as it had a quote on the back from The Bookseller saying that Lisa Jewell had moved into David Nicholl's territory. Don't get me wrong, I loved One Day by David Nicholls but I feel that Lisa Jewell has a very particular writing style and I was worried that this would have disappeared. I shouldn't have got so stressed though as this book is fabulous and the writer's poignant and witty style was better than ever.
The idea behind the book is just brilliant and Lisa Jewell showed how much research she had done by it all being completely believable and realistic.
I fell in love with all of the characters, Daniel, Lydia, Dean and Robyn. It was almost like getting four books for the price of one as they all have their own stories and backgrounds and I loved getting to know them all.
Lydia is extremely successful and still very young. She is adapting to the new wealth and lifestyle that her success has given her but she still has many questions from the past. She receives an envelope from an anonymous sender and learns that her father was a sperm donor rather than the man who had brought her up. Rather than feeling anger or sadness, it seems that Lydia is almost relieved as it makes certain parts of her past make sense, almost like a weight has been lifted.
Dean is younger than Lydia and has known the true identity of his father for three years. His life is all over the place and he is pushing away everybody that cares for him. A tiny part of him wonders what his siblings are like, are they in as much of a mess as him or would they hold some answers to him sorting his life out?
Robyn is the youngest at 18 and has always know about her father. She is training to be a doctor, the same as her father. On her eighteenth, Robyn's loving parents give her all the information she needs to make contact with her siblings and her real father. At first she is reluctant but then she realises the importance of meeting these people; by knowing them then maybe she will understand a little more about herself.
Daniel is the man who ties these children together, a man they have never met and a man who is running out of time. After revealing his life-long secret to his new friend Maggie, she sets out to find his children and bring them to him before it is too late.
The Making Of Us is a beautiful, poignant book. As I said, I fell in love with each character and only wanted the best for them all. Lisa Jewell has the incredible knack of telling it like it is, she does not give you a happy ending just for the sake of it. The way in which she brought the characters together was brilliant and very realistic. I was really moved by the individual stories of the characters and the ways in which they fitted together as though they had always felt that something was missing.
I urge you to read The Making Of Us and any of Lisa Jewell's other books. She is a fantastic author whose writing I never tire of.

Many thanks to Century for sending me a copy of the book to review, The Making Of Us is published on May 12th.

If you want to find out more about Lisa Jewell then head over to her facebook page by clicking here.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Book Review: Girl on the Run by Jane Costello

Abby Rogers has been on health kicks before- they involve eating one blueberry muffin for breakfast rather than two. But since starting her own business, after watching one too many episodes of The Apprentice, the 28 year old's waistline has taken even more of a back seat than her long-neglected love life.
When Abby is encourages to join her sporty best friend's running club- by none other than its gorgeous new captain- she finds a mysterious compulsion to exercise. Sadly, her first session doesn't go to plan. Between the obscenely unflattering pink leggings and the fact that her lungs feel as though they've been set on fire, Abby vows never to return.
Then her colleague Heidi turns up at work and makes a devastating announcement, one that will change her life- and Abby's forever.
Girl on the Run is the first book by Jane Costello that I have read and I loved it. Abby Rogers is extremely likeable and more importantly, believeable. I only started running last year so I related with her first few running experiences.
Abby is running her own business during difficult times; she wants nothing more than to be as a successful as her own entrepreneur mother. The hours she spends in the office and on the way to meetings are mounting up and she is persuaded to take up running as a hobby. Her best friend Jess is a member of the club and introduces her to the dishy single doctor, Oliver who is the captain; Abby starts to think that the running club may have a certain attraction. When one of Abby's employees is taken seriously ill, Abby decides to combine her new hobby with a good cause and signs up to run a half marathon for charity. I don't want to give the plot away by talking about the illness but I did feel that Jane Costello dealt with it admirably. The writing was particularly sensitive and well researched.
Abby loves the running club, she loves to see Oliver and also becomes very friendly with Tom who is also a member. Tom is off limits though as he has a long term girlfriend, so why is it that Abby can't get Tom out of her head when it is Oliver who is single and there for the taking?
Girl on the Run is a very up-lifting read and it definitely had me reaching for my running shoes!

Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of the book to review, Girl on the Run is out now.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Book Review: You're Next by Gregg Hurwitz

Every family has its secrets. His might get them killed.
'I know you don't I?' Five words- that's all it takes to plunge Mike Wingate and his family into mortal danger. Mike doesn't recognise the crippled stranger who approaches him at a party... but the stranger seems to know all about him. 
What has Mike done? Do they have the wrong man? Overnight, the threats become attacks, and Mike, his wife and their young daughter learn they aren't safe anywhere- especially not in their own home. But there's no time for Mike to figure it out, because his enemies have killed before- and he's next.
You're Next is part of Richard and Judy's Book club, it is a fast paced thriller that will have you gripped to the very end.
Mike Wingate was abandoned in a playground by his father when he was just a young boy. He grew up in a foster home, never knowing about his past, he has no idea why he was abandoned and no idea why his father never came back for him.
Mike has turned his life around, he is married to Annabel, the love of his life, they have a beautiful daughter, Kat and he has built up an extremely successful construction company from scratch. He is at a ceremony where he is being given an award by the Governor when the stranger approaches. Mike does not recognise the man, he is not from his past and certainly shouldn't be part of his present. The stranger however knows all about Mike and more alarmingly he knows all about Annabel and Katharine too.
Mike knows that he needs to do everything that he can to protect his family while he figures out who these people are. But there is no where to turn, even the authorities appear to be involved, there is literally no where for him to hide; he is the only one who can protect his wife and daughter.
As the threats escalate, Mike has to revisit some of his past and is shocked to discover that his father abandoning him is so much bigger than he ever thought. His past, which he had tried  so hard to distance himself from may hold the answers to his current situation. Mike comes to the sickening realisation that he may have to do to Kat what his father did to him, is that the only way that his daughter can be safe?
I read You're Next in just one day, every time I got to the end of a chapter I just couldn't stop myself from starting the next one.
Gregg Hurwitz has crafted a brilliant story and I loved how we jumped between the past and the present to tie the events together. As the book goes on, you really feel for Mike Wingate, he is so desperate to protect his family and it feels as though everything and everyone is against him. I liked the fact that Hurwitz didn't try to produce the perfect hero in the character of Mike; he has flaws and aspects of his past to be ashamed of but this just makes him more realistic and more determined to do the right thing by his family.
If you are looking for a clever, fast-paced thriller then look no further than You're Next, you won't be able to put it down.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Book Review: Stand By Me by Sheila O'Flanagan

Dominique Brady is working as a waitress in a burger restaurant when she falls for Brendan Delahaye and his charming family. Dominique soon becomes Mrs Delahaye, and, in time, glamorous wife to an incredibly successful businessman. Through thick and thin the Dazzling Delahayes stand by each other, but when Dominique's carefully constructed world suddenly falls apart, she is faced with problems, no-one can solve, especially not the family she has come to think of as her own. It's time for Dominique to take control of her own destiny...
Stand By Me is a big read at 600 pages but it's a good one. The reader gets to know Dominique very well as we follow her from a teenager to the present day. I thought she was a little naive at times but overall I found her very likable, believable and particularly brave when her whole world falls apart. I don't want to give away the nightmare that Dominique goes though as I think it would spoil the story. It becomes clear though that Brendan completely underestimated the woman he married. I think this was one of the main reasons that I disliked him as a character. I found him cocky and arrogant and pretty selfish when it came to the feelings of his wife and family.
Sheila O'Flanagan is a brilliant story teller, the book has a fair few story lines and characters but she weaves them together effortlessly.
I thought that Stand By Me was a very engrossing read, it only took me two days to read and was the perfect start to my holiday. When it ended I felt like I wanted there to be more and I would love for there to be a sequel so that I could find out what Dominique did next.

Stand By Me is out now, many thanks to Headline for sending me a copy of the book to review.

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