Sleepyhead 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.
Zoe 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.
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.
Even though, in the grand scheme of things, The Lying Game hasn’t been out that long (six months?), it is one of those books that I felt like I had waited way too long to read when I picked it up. I really enjoyed Ware’s other books and I really wanted to read this one, which, from the blurb and the opening pages, promised to be another winner.
It’s early morning when Isabel gets a text from a childhood friend saying “I need you”. She knows straight away she will go, taking her young daughter with her, as will the other friends who have received the text, because they and the sender share a secret that might just be coming back to haunt them all.
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.
I’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’m reading a book that came out way back in 2001 and which has been sat on the shelf for too many years to count. Finally, though, I have gotten round to reading it, Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham.
The full title for Healthyish is “A Cookbook with Seriously Satisfying, Truly Simple, Good-For-You (but not too Good-For-You) Recipes for Real Life”. It’s a mouthful but it does sum up quite nicely what this recipe book is about. It’s full of food that looks delicious, tastes delicious (from the recipes I’ve tried) and sounds delicious (from those that I haven’t).
The idea behind Healthyish is that you can eat a good, healthy, balanced diet without living on lettuce leaves and by making some simple changes. So you swap whole grains for refined, add ingredients like olives for natural flavour, and swap processed foods for homemade alternatives (think salad dressing).
When Callie gets invited to her sister Tilda’s flat to watch a movie, it turns out it’s also to meet Tilda’s new boyfriend – Felix. He is handsome, charming, successful, and a little bit odd.
For Felix, control, order and structure are everything it seems – so much so he redecorates Tilda’s apartment so that it is all white walls and clean lines.
Suddenly, Callie’s chaotic, brightly coloured and oh so much alive sister, seems to be disappearing. And Callie is worried, especially when she sees bruises on Tilda’s arms and can’t get her sister to talk to her.
Convinced Felix is bad for Tilda, Callie starts digging, into his past and his personality and alienating the couple as a result. Thankfully, Callie has her online friends to help her though. That is if they are friends and if none of what she is seeing doesn’t have a perfectly reasonable explanation.