Today’s book is an author I’ve reviewed before and recently got back into Kathryn Croft (See reviews for The girl with no past and The stranger within) . I always enjoy Kathryn Croft’s books and this one was no different.
“Every decision has a consequence… Trying to pick up the pieces after the break-up of her marriage, Olivia Taylor begins to rebuild her life with her nine-year-old daughter, Ellie. But she soon finds out there is far worse to come. Meeting her new neighbour, Michael Crossman, sets in motion a chain of events with horrifying consequences, and Olivia must fight to hold her life together. Because sometimes dreams can turn to nightmares.”(blurb taken from Amazon)
Firstly I really liked the way this book was set out. The first paragraph of every chapter is the present day, then the rest of the chapter is the past. This confused me a little at first, but when I actually realised what was going on it was pretty easy to follow. You see everything in first person from Olivia’s point of view. I also found it really interesting how she never refers to her neighbour by his name it’s always “you” which gives the sense she is speaking directly to him or writing him a letter or some sort. The book follows Olivia and Michael’s relationship over the course of a few years, and her relationship with her daughter Ellie, ex husband carl and Michael’s sister Chloe. A key theme throughout the book is emotional abuse within relationships and how it effects all these people.
I really enjoyed this book, I read it in a day pretty much, it was so gripping. Kathryn does an amazing job of creating tension and suspense. There’s a brilliant twist at the end of the book which I didn’t see coming at all.
I’d highly recommend checking out this book if you like thrillers, it’s a little dark, but it fits in brilliantly.
& nearly time for the obligatory “new year, new me” social media post’s. But I actually have a pretty big change happening in the new year. I’m moving house again!
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I moved to Leeds this summer after I got a new job and had moved into a house share, but after a lot of thinking, I’ve decided to move back home for a bit. I’m quite excited about this thought because I actually have my own house, it’s currently being redecorated but I’m moving in around new year time. I actually can’t wait to have a house to furnish and make into a home. Expect lots of DIY post’s in the new year.
There’s a few reasons I’m moving out of Leeds for now, the main reason being my Grandad. I wrote a post a while back explaining this (here) but to cut it short my granddad has Alzheimer’s and the disease seems to have progressed very quickly these past few months. I visit him whenever I got back to my parents, and 2 out of the last 3 times I’ve been, he hasn’t known who I was. I don’t actually have the words to explain how heart breaking this is was. So I want to be in a position where I can visit him frequently and see as much of him as possible until the inevitable happens. Also with me living in the same village if anything does happen I can be there quickly and not have to drive an hour through traffic.
That’s actually another reason I want to move out of Leeds, driving in Leeds is the worst! I passed my driving test in February, so me being the absolute genius that I am decided to move to busy and confusing city and get a job that basically required me to drive around the city for 15 hours a day (No I wasn’t a taxi driver and thankfully I’m out of that job now). I literally feared for my life on a daily basis, even driving back to Doncaster scares me. I’m quite a nervous driver anyway, I don’t trust other drivers at all and people get so impatient and angry on the roads in Leeds so it’ll be a bonus not to have to deal with that everyday.
Leeds is a pretty cool city, but I miss not being able to go for a walk down the river and more importantly I miss not having a pub down the road. And I think I’m far too old for a house share, don’t get me wrong my housemates are all lovely, but I want to be able to have a whole house to myself and not have all my stuff in one room, or wait in line to use the washing machine.
So I’m pretty excited for the new year! Let me know if you have any exciting things coming up in 2017!
As you guys know, I’m really passionate about small businesses, especially handmade crafts, as I was one myself. I really wanted to do a Christmas gift ideas on my blog since I didn’t do one last year, and I thought it would be a great idea to feature handmade items and small businesses. There’s something so special about buying from a small business and having something made especially for you or somebody else. So I asked the Facebook group I’m a member of to share their pages with me, and the comments section has been filled up with some beautiful makes. I really wish I could feature everyone but I’d probably still be here until next Christmas writing if I did! (All links to pages will be in the titles)
Funky Punk Jewellery is a quirky jewellery brand which features lots of unique pieces, all handmade and all affordable. My personal favourite is this moon and Gemstone necklace (only £5!). These would make great stocking fillers!
How magical are these lanterns? There’s a wide range of designs on here, from fairy lanterns, to harry potter themes, to quotes, so you could find something to suit everybody. This one is my personal favourite (£13) and would look so lovely on a fireplace!
This pages make’s quite a lot of items including baubles, wooden decorations and frames. I really like this one as it’s a lovely way to remember a loved one, and would make a really lovely present for somebody who may have lost somebody they care about.
Again a mix of products on this page including frames, glasses and stationary. Obviously my favourite product was going to be this button coaster set! (£10 for the set). This would make a great gift for somebody who loves quirky, shabby chic style items. The last order date for Christmas delivery is Sunday the 11th.
Dog’s are amazing. They’re loyal, cuddly, slobbery and can cheer you up even if you’ve had the worst day. So they should get Christmas presents too right? The Beagles Bakery has lots of goodies for pets, if you want to spoil your pooch this Christmas!
I’ve seen Shannon’s artwork pop up in my news feed from time to time, and every single time it just blows me away how talented this lady is. Her artwork is stunning and would make a perfect joint gift for a couple, or for an animal lover. She has originals and print available to buy on her page.
I know I’ve included something similar but I couldn’t not mention these. They are stunning! I particularly like the uncle frame, as it’s really unusual and uncles are so hard to buy for! The last day for postal orders is Friday so you need to be quick!
There’s lots of lovely gifts on this page, but I’m loving the pamper sets! In this set you get a sugar scrub, a bath salt, a lip butter and a lip scrub. There’s mint chocolate, honey, almond and vanilla and chocolate orange. These are all handmade and cost £24. Perfect for a beauty lover.
There’s some beautiful handcrafted items on this page, wood burnt items on this page. Personally I love the wooden spoons and egg cups. Worth checking out if you want something unique and personalised.
These are just a few of my favourites, I wish I could have featured everyone as there is some fantastic talent on the group (craft, craft and more craft on Facebook if you want to join) Please support handmade this Christmas 🙂 Also if you know of any hidden handmade gems, or you run a small business, please feel free to leave the link in the comments!
I know this is the first one that I’ve posted in ages, (See my last post about why I’m a shit blogger here) but I have been keeping a book diary, and I do have quite a few books to review, so I’m going to start working my way down the list and hopefully book review Sunday’s will carry on regularly until the new year.
So anyway, the book I’m reviewing today is “The Accident” by C.L Taylor. I’ve reviewed one of Cally Taylors book’s before and really enjoyed it (review here) and I really enjoyed it, so I was quite looking forward to reading this one.
“KEEPING THIS SECRET WAS KILLING HER…A gripping psychological thriller about the deadly secrets your children can keep …Sue Jackson has the perfect family but when her teenage daughter Charlotte deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma she is forced to face a very dark reality. Retracing her daughter’s steps she finds a horrifying entry in Charlotte’s diary and is forced to head deep into Charlotte’s private world. In her hunt for evidence, Sue begins to mistrust everyone close to her daughter and she’s forced to look further, into the depths of her own past. Sue will do anything to protect her daughter. But what if she is the reason that Charlotte is in danger?” (blurb taken from Amazon)
This book really didn’t disappoint! It was one of those books that kept me up until stupid o’clock in the morning trying to figure it out. I really like the use of flashbacks in the book as well, it adds depth to the character of Sue and its really clever how these events build up to Charlottes suicide attempts. What I also liked about this book is how the reason Charlotte stepped in front of the bus (I won’t reveal it and spoil it for you) is quite a modern issue that affects a lot of young people, especially young girls, and it’s quite chilling.
Cally Taylor is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, and I’ve already downloaded “The Lie” to read when I’ve finished the book I’m currently reading. As always let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought, and leave me any suggestions of books you think I might like.
Hands up fellow bloggers who feel that they’re a bit shit sometimes, and put themselves under massive pressure to produce content all the time? That’s me right now.
I’ve neglected my blog for a few weeks, and I’ve not even put up my book review Sunday’s which I’m normally pretty good at. So while instead of just putting up a random post, with “sorry I haven’t blogged in a while!” up, I thought I’d not make any excuses and just tell you why I’m a shit blogger sometimes.
Writers block : This is the worst, as any blogger, writer, YouTuber knows! Sometimes I’m super stuck on idea’s. Then I put myself under pressure, make loads of lists full of topics that I’m not that keen on, then not feel like blogging because I don’t like the idea’s. It’s a vicious circle.
I’m scared of commitment : I just can’t commit to a schedule. (Other than book reviews on a Sunday) I plan things out like : Monday is for beauty, Wednesday is for rants, Friday is for food, Sunday is for books. Then I think but I’ve just got this new product and I really want to post about it now but it’s Wednesday, and the whole thing goes out the window and my post’s just end up mismatched.
Sometimes I’m busy : I have plans and life gets in the way, so sometimes I forget to blog
And sometimes I can’t be arsed : I’m an adult, I have a full time job which can sometimes be quite mentally draining, so when I get home I can’t always be bothered to blog. It’s actually quite a lot of effort to blog, especially if you’re blogging beauty products, making sure all the photo’s are right and you have swatches etc and don’t even get me started on making YouTube videos.
I put myself under too much pressure sometimes and forget that blogging is actually just a hobby for me. It’s not my job, so in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter if I take a break once in a while. Fellow bloggers, if you feel like this too sometimes, let me know! Also let me know any other reasons why you might be a shit blogger sometimes, just so I know I’m not on my own!