Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham

imageSleepyhead is the first in the Tom Thorne series of books.  Written in 2001, it has been sitting on my Kindle since 2014.  When I first bought it, I picked it up quite quickly.  Then put it down again because all I could picture in my head was David Morrissey, who plays Thorne in the TV show.

Four years on, I didn’t do much better with that I have to say, which says something about the TV show’s impact on me I guess.  Thankfully, I couldn’t remember too much of the plot, which meant it was still a new story for me, well mostly because I remembered the basic premise.

In Sleepyhead, someone with medical training (maybe even a doctor) is attacking young women, pinching a particular nerve to cause a stroke.  He doesn’t want to kill them, though, but rather cause locked-in syndrome, where the women are completely aware of what is going on but can’t move, or speak, but are rather trapped in their own bodies.  

Cleaning up the TBR #2

Back in November, I did my first “Cleaning Up the TBR” post, something I first saw over on Fictionophile, who had seen it on Lost in a Story, and thought it was a really good idea. I know I’m not the only one who thought the same as I’ve been seeing it everywhere recently so I am glad to jump on the bandwagon. Hopefully no one will mind 🙂

The idea is you take your Goodreads TBR list, sort by ascending date added, and look at the oldest five to ten items on your list. If you haven’t read them by now, are you likely to? Why or why not? If you want to keep them, make the case.  I did the oldest five in November and plan on doing another five this month.

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

I see youZoe Walker is an “everyone”, as in the same as everyone else.  She gets up, goes to a job that isn’t particularly fulfilling but pays the bills, takes care of her kids (now teens / young adults) and tries to find time to cook tea after long days commuting back and forth on the tube to work.

It’s whilst she’s commuting that she picks up a copy of the Gazette and, flicking to the classifieds, sees a photo of herself with nothing more than a phone number and a web address.  To say it unnerves her is an understatement.

Tuesday intro: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon.

tuesdayI’m also joining in with Teaser Tuesday, hosted by The Purple Booker, where you share teasers from your current read. I read a lot of these posts over the course of an average Tuesday so thought it would be fun to join in here too.

This week, I am reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, which I have heard some great things about.  There is a bit of a sci-fi element here so I hope it’s one I can get away with.  Here’s what it’s about.

Hide and Seek by M. J. Arlidge

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When I finished the previous book in the DI Helen Grace series, Little Boy Blue, I was left so blown away that the only word I could use to describe it was “wow!”.  I really wasn’t sure if it could be topped because the ending was so unforeseen and so big a twist for this genre.

I’m not sure Little Boy Blue has been topped by Hide and Seek but M. J. Arlidge does a good job trying with what is still an amazing book.  You’ll have to excuse all the hyperbole but this really is a brilliant book in a brilliant series, one I can’t wait to catch up.

For those reading the series and who haven’t gotten to the end of Little Boy Blue yet, there are spoilers here for the series so you might not want to read on.  They can’t be helped though if I am going to try at all to describe the story.  So apologies in advance.

Weekly update: 14th January, 2018

Morning all and welcome to my first weekly update in a month…time flies when you are celebrating Christmas and New Year I guess – and then have another week of school holidays to contend with.  I still don’t feel like I’ve quite gotten over the holidays, even though technically this week everything was back to normal for us.

Hopefully next week will be better and I’ll be back into some type of routine.  What that will be I’m not sure as I picked up my first batch of freelance work this week (yay!) and I don’t know till Monday just what or how much time that will involve.  Still, it’s exciting and a bit of a relief to know that there is work out there and that my leap of faith into the world of self-employment is paying some dividends.

Cloak and Dagger Challenge 2018 (late sign-up)

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Last year, I took part in the Cloak and Dagger challenge and loved it – mainly because it’s the only one I nailed (or will have once I update the book list!).  It is right up my street with the subject matter and it’s hosted by one of my favourite bloggers, Stormi at books, movies, reviews oh my!, along with Barb at Booker Ts Farm.  Given it went so well for me, I’m doing it again (because I like to feel like a winner and this might be the only way!).

To take part, you can read any book from the mystery, suspense, thriller or crime genres (or sub-genres).  They need to be books or novellas over 100 pages so no short stories.  You don’t have to be a blogger as long as you post your reviews somewhere (so Goodreads is fine).  . Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.  Then you pick the level you want to read for: