Sunday 30 April 2017

Till We Meet Again by Lesley Pearse

Till We Meet AgainTill We Meet Again by Lesley Pearse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 3 days on and off

Pages - 500

Publisher - Penguin books

Blurb from Goodreads

How far would you go to save a friend?

Susan Wright walked into a doctor's surgery and gunned down two members of staff in cold blood, then waited for the police to arrest her. Later that day a lawyer, Beth Powell, is assigned to defend her. Susan won't talk to anyone, even to Beth - until both women realise that twenty-nine years earlier they had been childhood friends.

Talking about their troubled families and those happy summers they spent together as children rekindles Susan and Beth's friendship. And as the evidence against Susan mounts up, both women share their traumatic secrets about what sent them down such different paths in life. Their friendship grows stronger, but for one of them, there can be no happy ending ...

My Review

A woman walks into a doctor surgery and opens fire with a gun, then sits and waits for the police. After being arrested and assigned a lawyer the two women quickly realise they know each other, from another lifetime when they both were friends. So much has happened to both, so much has changed and now they stand on opposite sides of the law. Can the past be kept in the past or do old ghosts need to be freed to enable both woman to embrace their future?

Susan is standing trial for murder, Beth is her hard no nonsense lawyer. Once inseparable friends but now brought together by fate. Susan seems to want no help, Beth cannot put the murderer before her with the friend of old who has such an impact on her life. As the story progresses we learn the women's secrets, why they are the people they are now, how choices impacted their lives and how they progress from this point on.

Pearse is such a beautiful writer, considering how dark the content can be, abuse, murder, death, relationships she weaves a tale that draws the reader in. You soon get invested in the characters, whether you love or hate them you just want to turn page after page to see what happens next. This isn't my first Pearse book and it won't be my last, if life didn't get in the way I would have read this in one sitting, 4/5 for me this time.

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Nothing Is Strange by Mike Russell

Nothing Is StrangeNothing Is Strange by Mike Russell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - less than 1 hour

Pages - 146

Publisher - StrangeBooks

Blurb from Goodreads

20 mind-expanding short stories.
Inspiring, liberating, otherworldly, magical, surreal, bizarre, funny, disturbing, unique... all of these words have been used to describe the stories of Mike Russell so put on your top hat, open your third eye and enjoy: Nothing Is Strange

My Review

I could have read this in twenty minutes, but for the fact pretty much after each story I sat and pondered what I had just read. Bizarre, different, strange to say the least, certainly thought provoking. After reading them I wondered did the author have other levels to the stories to provoke thought, or was I reading the stories of someone under the influence? You know sometimes when you read, say Irvine Welsh or the like and you just think what did I just read there and even go over it again? Kind of like that.

Sometimes with short stories I will try and do a wee bit of commentary on each, however they are so short and few pages, not to mention bizarre I don't feel I can here. Some definitely highlight morality I would say, how choices and actions have consequences that we then must live with. Some are just bat crazy and even after going over them twice I genuinely don't know what to say or think about them. There is small content of sex, love, relationships, a wee bit of swearing and a whole mixed bag of crazy, you can dip in and out of the book as the stories are so short. I have never read this author before but I would read him again, would be interesting to see a novel and longer narration rather than just short sharp bites from him. If you like a book that is a bit trippy, mind bending and throws you a wee bit then this is absolutely the book for you, 3/5 for me this time.

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Thursday 27 April 2017

Bloq by Alan Jones

BloqBloq by Alan Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - On and off for 1 week

Pages - 343

Publisher - Ailsa Publishing

Blurb from Goodreads

A father waits in Glasgow's Central Station for his daughter, returning home from London for Christmas. When the last train has pulled in, and she doesn't get off it, he makes a desperate overnight dash to find out why. His search for her takes over his life, costing him his job and, as he withdraws from home, family and friends, he finds himself alone, despairing of ever seeing her again.

This is a gritty crime novel with some sexual content.

My Review

We open with a callous burial or rather body dump of a young woman by some, what the reader can only deduce, very dodgy criminals. Hello chapter one, Bill Ingram is waiting in a Glasgow train station for his daughter to come home. As the train comes and goes and time ticks on there is no sign of Carol and no contact. Bill embarks on a one man investigation to find his daughter, putting himself in grave danger and having to face the fact that he maybe didn't know his daughter at all.

The chapters are named so we know where we are and which character it is focused on, Carol and the many folk around her or her situation are in London, Bill initially is in Glasgow then hits London for his quest. Carol's timeline jumps back a wee bit to before Aleksander comes into her life and the path that follows after. A story that demonstrates corruption, lies, influence, the darker side of humanity and how some people will go to any lengths to exploit another.

Relationships carve a huge part of this story, the love of a father for his daughter, partners, friendship, criminal loyalties and family. There are some very dark themes in the book too, addiction, abuse, violence, sexual abuse to name just a few. It isn't for the faint hearted, not so much in brutal graphic detail but enough for the reader to conjure the horrors with just enough information for full impact. The book is a bit like an onion, there are so many layers to it, I loved the family bond some characters had and would stop at nothing for their relative.

Lots and lots of swearing featured, I think given one of the central themes and key characters this was a must, for realism, rather than gratuitous. Depending on your background and family ties, I think this book has the potential to pack a punch and strike some emotive chords with some readers. I have read Jones before and I will read him again, 4/5 for me this time!

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Monday 24 April 2017

The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull - Blog Tour

Well hello there and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the beautiful Rebecca Mascull's new book which is out next month, kindle, treebook etc. I absolutely loved this wee book, had I read the blurb I would have probably missed out on one of my fav reads this years as the time and main content, female aviator, isn't something I would pick for myself. So why did I love it? Check my review out, bottom of the Q&A.

Becca has very kindly took some time out to answer some questions for us :D

1. Your books tend to be set in the past, why do you choose historical fiction, what draws you to that timeline?

I’ve always felt like I’m a bit out of my time. I love watching and reading about history, I love quaint old language & my favourite authors are all long dead! When I was a little kid, I actually believed that the past was black and white; like, there was no colour in the world until after we won WW2 (in a Wizard of Oz type way)!! When I realised this wasn’t the case, I was really shocked! So, I’ve always been fascinated by the past and the idea that people living in the past don’t know they’re in the past (if you know what I mean) and believe they are at the forefront of technology. Also, that they don’t know they’re going to win the war or their king is about to die or there’s about to be a terrible earthquake or they’re about to be invaded by the Conquistadors or whatever. I love that feeling of entering the past and imagining myself one of those shadowy people – and bringing it to life.

2.Your characters tend to be strong women despite what they face or have been through, what inspires you to create characters like this?

Wish fulfilment, probably! I have to say, though, that I’ve become stronger and more confident the older I’ve become. The things I used to worry about – what people will say or think of me, fears about the future or trying new things etc – all of these have ebbed away as I’ve aged, in the best way, and I now feel stronger than ever. I believe this is possible for everyone, every woman and man. You’ve just go to let go of that fear of what society will think of you and not give a damn! The women in my stories do that and I love writing them for that reason.

3.We need to talk about Betty! As you know she is my fav character, what was the inspiration for her? Is she based on anyone?

I really don’t know where she came from. She just barged in there. Originally, I was going to have my aviatrix character having spent a summer holiday at Kitty Hawk, but it just didn’t ring true. Suddenly, up strode Great Auntie Betty and presented herself as the solution. It was just one of those lucky things, when a character arrives fully formed. Like my previous answer, she’s one of those people who don’t give a stuff what the world thinks of her. She’s different, she’s her own person and she’s full of love. I love her too!

4.Is Betty going to get her own book? I think her life story would be amazing and she must have touched many lives, do you think we could persuade you to tell her story?

It would be a delight to tell Betty’s story. If you can find a publisher to give me a contract for it, I’ll happily write it for you, darling. ;-)

5.What are you working on now?

I’m in a bit of a hiatus right now. I’ve come to the end of 3 historical novels for Hodder and now I’m branching off in a new direction. I don’t know quite what that will be yet. It might be contemporary, it might be more history, I really don’t know. I’m not rushing it. I’m teaching right now and meeting loads of fascinating new people and enjoying the change. Something unknown will be percolating in my brain while all that is going on and I’ve no idea what will be the outcome. That’s a lovely feeling!

6.Where is best for readers to find you? Twitter? Fb? Instagram? Xxx

I used to be all over Twitter, but I’ve kind of fallen in love with Facebook in recent months. I dabble in Instagram. But Facebook satisfies my need for socialising, companionship, belly laughs and kitten videos. What’s not to like? :-D Thanks for ace questions, Lainy. Always a pleasure.

My Review

The Wild AirThe Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - on and off for 2 days

Pages - 400

Publisher - Hodder & Stoughton

Blurb from Amazon

In Edwardian England, aeroplanes are a new, magical invention, while female pilots are rare indeed.

When shy Della Dobbs meets her mother's aunt, her life changes forever. Great Auntie Betty has come home from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, across whose windswept dunes the Wright Brothers tested their historic flying machines. Della develops a burning ambition to fly and Betty is determined to help her.

But the Great War is coming and it threatens to destroy everything - and everyone - Della loves.

Uplifting and page-turning, THE WILD AIR is a story about love, loss and following your dreams against all odds.

My Review

Della is a subdued and quiet child until her Aunt Betty comes back to live in the town and shows Della it is ok to chase your dreams. Della loves flying and aeroplanes but knows a woman's place is in the home, second place always to men, it is the early 1900s. But with Betty at her side, Della realises that against all odds she can chase her dream and be who she wants to be but at what cost?

I am so glad I didn't read the blurb when I agreed to review this, I am not a huge lover of historical fiction nor into aeroplanes much at all. Guys I loved this book!!! Aunt Betty is a fabulous character, looked down upon by the village folk for daring to be different, want more than babies and a kitchen sink. She comes back with her head held high and shows Della there is much more out there if she is brave enough to go after it. And Della does, becoming a strong and independent woman she pursues her dreams of attempting to become a female pilot. As the war is looming Della faces many more challenges than just sexist attitudes and risks everything she has achieved to follow her heart.

I love a book with strong female characters, when Aunt Betty was in the picture she stole the show and I genuinely hope the author considers giving Betty her own stage and story, she is marvelous. Della is another strong character although more subtle in her strength and we watch her grow from a young girl to a determined headstrong woman. The attitudes of the times, facing scorn for wanting something more from her life, the horrors or war and some heroic choices makes Della a character you can't help but love. A surprising aspect for me was all the plane storyline, you can tell Mascull went to town on her research for this book, I learned so much about the machines and even the history of them. I always find it a great wee bonus when you learn something true from a fiction book and it did peak my interest in aircraft although I would never be so brave to learn to fly.

A story of moral, strength, beauty, personal growth, family, expectations and going against the grain when you are expected to fall in line. Creating characters that the readers becomes invested in from practically the first page. I would have sunk this in one sitting had life not got in the way, Mascull has a way yanking you through the years to a different era, so vivid the scene you can smell and taste it. 5/5 for me this time, I have read this author before and I will read her again, I think I have missed one of her books so will need to snap that up, I eagerly await her next. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy, all views are my own. Available to buy from the 6th of April 2017.

Saturday 22 April 2017

Police, Crime & 999 by John Donoghue

Police, Crime & 999Police, Crime & 999 by John Donoghue
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - on and off 3 days

Pages - 296

Publisher - Troubador Publishing

Blurb from Amazon

Ever wondered what really happens behind the scenes in the police? What bizarre 999 calls are made to the emergency services? Why can wearing two pairs of socks make you a suspect? What is the link between police and vampires? Which Royal arrest never made news headlines? What covert sign do officers make when they no longer wish to talk to you? After successful careers in both the military and business, John Donoghue realised that the higher you get in any organisation, the less fun you have. So, after handing back his expense account and company car, he joined the police in search of excitement and thrills... and discovered some surprising answers to these puzzling questions. PC John Donoghue reveals all in his fascinating and hilarious true account of a year in the life of a front line response officer. Names and places have been changed to protect the guilty... but if you call the police, maybe, just maybe, it could be Police Constable John Donoghue turning up at your door. This book will appeal to anyone interested in crime and police, as well as fans of autobiographies and humour.

My Review

In this book, PC John Donoghue gives a hillarious, un pc and dare I say it, shocking insight into what life as a policeman and dealing with the public is actually like. True stories in relatively short bite chapters at different criminals, situations and mishaps he has experienced and how he has handled them with his fellow officers.

I do love a book that has real life encounters with members of society, especially those from different walks of life. Truth can always be far stranger than fiction and Donoghue gives us a small glimpse at some of lifes colourful characters.

There are quite a few laugh out loud tales in the book that some people will think are made up because people just don't do things like that, they really do and some will leave your jaw hanging! There will be a minority of folk who may find one or two turns of phrases to be offensive or possibly even judgmental, however if you read the book as it was intended you will see it for what it is. There is no denying how hard a serving officers job must be and humor is sometimes the only thing you have to get you through the horrors and reality that is some people's life. So when you pick up this book, keep that in mind and I am sure you will love it.

Funny, witty, well written and in chapters that aren't to lengthy that if you have a busy life you can easily dip in and out. I think Donoghue would be hilarious to watch on a stage doing a book tour, the hilarity just jumps off the page and I did burst out laughing once or twice so maybe not a book for public transport reading.

This is my first dance with this author, I would certainly read him again and he does have at least one more book like this if not more. A look at how different some folk live laced with humor and the dark reality that is some folks actual lives. Thanks to Crime Book Club for introducing me to a new author and Donoghue himself for providing a copy for review. As always, all views are my own, available to buy from Amazon in paperback or kindle, 4/5 for me this time.

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Monday 17 April 2017

Troll by D B Thorne

TrollTroll by DB Thorne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - just under 2 days

Pages - 366

Publisher - Corvus

Blurb from Goodreads

A gripping and explosive psychological thriller about a young woman who disappears in suspicious circumstances having been hounded by a vicious online troll.

Years ago, Fortune gave up on his daughter, Sophie, after a troubled adolescence. ow she's gone missing, vanished without trace. And after weeks of investigation, the police have given up on her, too.

Driven by guilt, and a determination to atone for his failures as a father, he takes on the search himself. He soon finds that his daughter had been living in fear of a vicious online troll who seemed to know far too much about her. Could Sophie's disappearance be linked to this unknown predator? Fortune is about to discovers that monsters which live online don't always stay there...

My Review

Fortune is a man who is career driven and his family life suffered as a result, he has a daughter Sophie, now in her 20's, whom he doesn't really know anymore. Sophie has a great career as a journalist and has overcome a lot from her troubled past but now she is the target of an online troll. When Sophie disappears and the police are reluctant to see the disappearance as her father does, Fortune risks his job and much more to make amends and find his daughter.

The book opens with Fortune at the police, the investigation is being reclassified and stepped down, Fortune is angry and takes matters into his own hands. We flip to Sophie and before she disappeared, her life and the then interactions with the troll who doesn't keep to just harassing online. We follow the two story lines, with the father in the present and flipping between locations, Dubai for Fortune and then he comes to London for Sophie.

Narration also flips about, Fortune is in third person, Sophie's is first person. There is a fair amount of switching going on and I would have personally preferred the chapters to be signposted who if not where. The chapters with Sophie are eerie as the threats, intimidation and targeting become more intense. The reader gets drawn into the dark spiral and decline as Sophie questions everything around her, it also makes you realise how vulnerable you really are. Fortunes is, I felt a bit slower, as he knocks about from pillar to post trying to get some answers and direction to find his daughter. Self exploration plays a part too as he recalls all he missed because of his job and unravel Sophie's background of mental health issues, which raises questions of what actually happened.

It is a busy wee book and I was ensnared from the front cover, my proof copy was a screenshot of an online post Sophie made about a physical attack and interaction with said troll. I couldn't wait to discover what actually transpired and what Sophie's fate actually was. The book is a bit like an onion, you know what is being offered but as you start to read & reveal the layers the story is about much more than a stalker/thriller. Family life, regrets, self exploration, personal growth, mental health issues and the ripples that can follow even when you are a healthy individual, stigma still follows you. I think the under layers really get you thinking and I did enjoy the psychological thriller/mystery elements. 3.5/5 for me this time, this was my first dance with this author, I would read them again. Thanks to Corvus for sending me a copy, all views as always are my own. Available to buy from all good retailers from 1st of June 2017.

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Tuesday 11 April 2017

The Book Of You by Claire Kendal

The Book of YouThe Book of You by Claire Kendal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 6 hours

Publisher - Harper

Pages - 362

Blurb from Goodreads

For Clarissa, being called to do jury duty is a relief. It means she can leave work for a couple of weeks and avoid the unwanted attentions of her university colleague, Rafe. An intense man who is an expert on grisly folk tales, Rafe has always unnerved her, and Clarissa still cannot understand how she could have let herself have a drunken one-night stand with him.

As the trial unfolds, Clarissa begins to see the parallels between the violent tale related by the young woman whose attackers she is judging and her own situation. But with no crime to report and only her gut feeling to guide her, she is powerless. What can you do when the lines between fantasy and reality, love and fixation become dangerously blurred? How do you protect yourself from an enemy that no one else can see?

With an original structure and a heroine whose voice is equal parts unsettling and unforgettable, The Book of You is tinged with the darkness of a macabre fairy tale, yet is terrifyingly close to reality, a story that will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.

My Review

What a great wee debut novel!

The book opens in diary form, Monday, 2 February, 7.45 a.m. from Clarissa in first person form. The book goes with this theme as well as 3rd person narrative. The diary entries are well signposted and flip back to when she first really encounters Rafe and things go down hill from there, it does it really well and you can follow the time shift easily. Rafe is obsessed with Clarissa, stalks her, believes they are in a relationship and won't take no for an answer. We follow their encounters both in present day as Clarissa keeps a diary of "evidence" of their interactions and going back to how they got to where they are now.

This is a really creepy, thought provoking story about just how easy it can be to fall into the clutches of an unhinged human being. I have read many crime and thriller books, even a few psychological thrillers but this is my first stalker type one and it is really haunting. Some of it is graphic, sexual and makes for really really uncomfortable reading. However, busy as I am with coursework, I couldn't put it down. The author has done an amazing job of creating a tale filled with fear & horror for the main character which you are dragged right into. I have never been stalked however after reading this book, I felt like I had experienced the trauma of it, such is the vividness of Clarissa's world she paints.

There were one or two issues I had with the book however it was more to do with unanswered questions and a few stickler points that are a personal preference when reading. I honestly think, if you like a good book that will freak you out and have you looking over your shoulder, you really must give this a read. 4/5 for me this time and I look forward to more from this lady and hope she is in the process of writing her next! Thanks so much to Harper for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review and highlighting a debut novel to me.

what a great wee debut novel!

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Saturday 8 April 2017

The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

The Idea of YouThe Idea of You by Amanda Prowse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - on and off over 2 days

Pages - 332

Publisher - Lake Union Publishing

Blurb from Goodreads

With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter thinks she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

But becoming parents proves much harder to achieve than Lucy and Jonah imagined, and when Jonah’s teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them, she becomes a constant reminder of what Lucy doesn’t have. Jonah’s love and support are unquestioning, but Lucy’s struggles with work and her own failing dreams begin to take their toll. With Camille’s presence straining the bonds of Lucy’s marriage even further, Lucy suddenly feels herself close to losing everything…

This heart-wrenchingly poignant family drama from bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: in today’s hectic world, what does it mean to be a mother?

My Review

Lucy is hitting forty and wants more than anything to become a mother. Married to Jonah for around a year, a very successful woman in her own right a baby is what is missing in her life. Jonah's daughter is coming over to stay, Lucy is struggling with her own family issues and now has a feisty teenager to welcome into her home. With surprises and heartache around the corner, Jonah's daughter brings a whirlwind of emotions, testing boundaries and the potential to change the family dynamics forever.

There is no two ways about it, this book will strike a chord with you or completely turn you off the book. It covers some heart wrenching issues, miscarriage, loss, infidelity, step family dynamics, marital difficulties, relationships, families and secrets. Some of the scenes, especially for readers who have lost a child or experienced pregnancy that didn't have the outcome you wanted, especially hard.

Written from Lucy's point of view and each chapter starting with a letter to her baby we experience the full heartache of longing and loss of a woman desperate for a child. Some of the writing paints a very dark picture and this book will be very emotive for some readers whilst possibly offering an understanding nod from others who have been there and experienced Lucy's journey. This is my first time reading this author, The Idea Of You certainly packs an emotive punch and leaves you reeling, I would read her again. Whilst fiction, Prowse creates a realistic window into the harsh realities and torment some women endure trying to gain the one thing they want more than life. I disliked some of the behaviour of some characters and found myself questioning the likelihood of their actions and words however the reality often is quite unpredictable and people can do a complete 360! 4/5 for me this time, I would read this author again, in fact I have a few of hers on my tbr. Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy, all thoughts are as always, my own.

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Tuesday 4 April 2017

The Man Who Loved Islands by David F Ross - Blog Tour

Welcome David to So Many Books, So Little Time & a wee quick thanks to Karen at Orenda Books and the beautiful Anne from Random Things Through My Letter Box for introducing me to a new Scottish author, for me, & including me in the tour. I am only stop 4 on the blog tour so please check out the others as we are going through the month, info below.

You can read a wee bit more about David here!

The Man Who Loved IslandsThe Man Who Loved Islands by David F Ross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - on and off over 5 days

Pages - 302

Publisher - Orenda Books

Blurb from Goodreads

In the early 80s, Bobby Cassidy and Joey Miller were inseparable; childhood friends and fledgling business associates. Now, both are depressed and lonely, and they haven't spoken to each other in more than 10 years. A bizarre opportunity to honor the memory of someone close to both of them presents itself, if only they can forgive and forget. With the help of the deluded Max Mojo and the faithful Hamish May, can they pull off the impossible, and reunite the legendary Ayrshire band, The Miraculous Vespas, for a one-off Music Festival—The Big Bang—on a remote, uninhabited Scottish island? Absurdly funny, deeply moving and utterly human, thisis an unforgettable finale to the Disco Days trilogy—a modern classic pumped full of music and middle-aged madness, written from the heart and pen of one of Scotland’s finest new voices.

My Review

Bobby Cassidy & Joey Miller were thick as thieves, pals from childhood in the 1980's, we have a tiny glimpse of them like this then jump forward in time. Neither speaks to the other and their lives have gone in very different directions Joey has traveled all over the world whilst meeting his clients, Bobby made it huge as a DJ in Ibiza. Successful in their own rights but each having separate battles with age, addictions, fame and or depression a chance opportunity sees them both reunite and try to pull off the event of the century.

This is book three in a trilogy, whilst I don't think not having read the others hampered my enjoyment I think it would have had more impact knowing the extensive background with the two. Bobby and Joey are pals, the book mostly concentrates on their life in the now with some kick backs to their adult life without each other, more so Bobby's. Music has a huge feature in the book and I did spent some time googling quite a few songs as I didn't know a whole lot of them. Locations of the tale varies between China, Ibiza, USA, England and Scotland. The boys are Scottish and they or the folk around them swear a lot. The C word makes a few appearances as is par for the course to authenticate the Scottish settings, people, banter, I know some folk balk at that one so just an FYI.

I loved the lingo in this book, as a Scot myself some of the slang, terminology and banter fires up some memories from my own past. Some of the chat and banter was like talking with an old friend or firing on a pair of well loved slippers! On more than one occasion I burst out laughing and a book that can get you laughing out loud is ticking many boxes! I think some may struggle with some of the conversations with the guys and maybe a wee list explaining what some words mean would have helped some non Scottish readers.

The book touches on quite a few things, friendship, infidelity, love, loss, corruption, bereavement, sex, drugs, and a big feature of music. The chapters are relatively short which for me was great, I do normally like that anyway but I started this book during a run of shifts so it made for perfect reading to be able to dip in and out with the short time offered. It initially took me a wee bit to settling in to read but once I got into the meat of it I didn't want to put it down. Hillarious, sad in parts and a great spin on friendship with two guys struggling with their personal demons pulling together for something epic. This is my first time reading this author, I enjoyed the book so much I am going to buy the first two of the series. Thanks so much to Orenda books for highlighting a new author to me. If you like Irvine Welsh you need to read David F Ross, not as much grit but certainly of the same caliber. 4/5 for me this time, absolutely I will be reading this author again, all opinions are my own.

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