#ThrowbackThursday: The Hiding House @MRichardsAuthor #review

‘Throwback Thursday’ is a weekly meme hosted by Renee of It’s Book Talk blog and is a great way of sharing older books or older reviews – something I often forget to do, meaning they just sort of float into the blog abyss…! It’s also a great way to share new reviews of books which were published a while ago;  as Renee says – “You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)!”

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So, this week’s choice (and my first ‘Throwback Thursday’ pick) is a review I published 2 whole years ago…

The Hiding House – Malcolm Richards (published 11 September 2011)

The Hiding House by Malcolm Richards[Synopsis]

When their beloved grandmother dies, siblings Sebastian and Elise find themselves suddenly alone. Fearing foster care and separation, the children seek refuge in their isolated woodland home, hoping the outside world will pass them by.

But the outside world is the least of their concerns. Nana May’s body still sits out in the garden, in the grasp of a summer heatwave. A malevolent figure stalks through the trees, waiting for nightfall. The household chores have yet to be done.

And what of the mystery surrounding the siblings’ abusive mother, who vanished without trace four years earlier?

In a place where secrets hang from every branch, Sebastian and Elise will discover that real life is no fairy tale.

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[My Review]

The Hiding House by Malcolm Richards took me a little while to get into, but once I did, I was really drawn into Elise and Sebastian’s world!

The entire book has a kind of dreamlike state to it- although it seemed to be set in the real world, it was hard to pinpoint exactly which decade, and exactly where in the world. I couldn’t quite get my head around what I was reading- I think the fact that various parts of the narrative were very reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel and other fairy tales added to this, and make me expect certain things that didn’t actually happen. However what did happen certainly kept me entertained (though I got a little confused sometimes at the change from present to past narratives)!

The characters were likeable and interesting; I cared what happened to Sebastian and Elise and felt their intense fear at certain points. There were parts that were quite creepy and I was impressed at the way that the author used just the right amount of hyperbole and drama to create a menacing, threatening situation for both siblings.

I feel that Malcolm Richards has created a unique, atmospheric story in The Hiding House, which keeps the reader absorbed and, at times, guessing too!

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to the author, Malcolm Richards, for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

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WWW Wednesday [13 December 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

The three W’s are:

    1. What have you finished reading?
    2. What are you currently reading?
    3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading? 

Reviews for all the below to follow soon!

White Bodies – Jane Robins
It Started With a Tweet – Anna Bell [I’m on the blog tour with a review and a giveaway for this book on the 21st December, so stay tuned for that!]
The Case of Mary Bell – Gitta Sereny [audiobook]

 

What are you currently reading? 

Anatomy of a Scandal – Sarah Vaughan
And I’ve just started a new audiobook: The Other Us – Fiona Harper

 

What will you read next?

I’ve just been approved for Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate on Netgalley so I’ll probably read that next, as it was published at the end of November…

Or perhaps… The Child Finder – Rene Denfield


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books ryou’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!


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WWW Wednesday [6 December 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

The three W’s are:

    1. What have you finished reading?
    2. What are you currently reading?
    3. What will you read next?

 


What have you finished reading? 

Can You Keep a Secret? – Karen Perry [review to follow]

Every Secret Thing – Emma Cole [audiobook] – this was actually a DNF I’m afraid, nothing necessarily to do with the story as such, my mind just kept drifting off towards the very start so struggled to get into it. Therefore I ended up giving up, though I hate doing that! I do find with audiobooks they have to really grab me from the start otherwise my mind wanders compared to reading it myself.

The Scent of Rain – Anne Montgomery [review to follow]

What are you currently reading? 

JUST started White Bodies by Jane Robins. Finally, yay!

Also on audiobook: The Case of Mary Bell – Gitta Sereny

What will you read next?

It Started with a Tweet - Anna Bell

I think it will be It Started With a Tweet – Anna Bell. I’m on the blog tour with a review on 21 December so I hope I enjoy it!

 


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books ryou’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!


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WWW Wednesday [29 November 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

The three W’s are:

    1. What have you finished reading?
    2. What are you currently reading?
    3. What will you read next?

It’s been a GREAT reading week for me as I did a fair bit of travelling so I had time to get through lots of books! Unfortunately I had one DNF, but then a fab cookbook to bump up the numbers (though I don’t include cookbooks in my all-important Goodreads challenge)!

I’m almost caught up with the Netgalley requests vs. publication dates – I’m usually really far behind when I’m reading and reviewing but I’m onto the end of November/ Dec books now, FINALLY!


What have you finished reading? 

 

The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook Barbara Schieving [my review here]
The Wrong Child – Barry Gornell [review to follow]
Shadow Man –  Margaret Kirk [review to follow]
Why Mummy Drinks  – Gill Sims [audiobook – review to follow]
The House at the Edge of the Night – Catherine Banner [this was a DNF for me – I just couldn’t get into it unfortunately!]

What are you currently reading? 

Two books with ‘secret’ in the title this week!

Can You Keep a Secret? – Karen Perry
Every Secret Thing – Emma Cole [audiobook]

 

What will you read next?

 

Probably White Bodies – Jane Robins. SO excited to finally start this!

Also really looking forward to The Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery which I might get around to reading this week too –  this sounds so interesting!


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books ryou’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!


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Goodreads Monday [Cloud Atlas]

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!

This is a book I’ve wanted to read for ages, but don’t know when/if I’ll get around to it with so many review copies to get through…

Title: Cloud Atlas
Author: David Mitchell
Publish date: March 2004

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

[Synopsis]

The narrators hear their echoes in history and change their destinies in ways great and small, in a study of humanity’s dangerous will to power. A reluctant voyager crosses the Pacific in 1850. A disinherited composer gatecrashes in between-wars Belgium. A vanity publisher flees gangland creditors. Others are a journalist in Governor Reagan’s California, and genetically-modified dinery server on death-row. Finally, a young Pacific Islander witnesses the nightfall of science and civilization. 

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WWW Wednesday [22 November 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

The three W’s are:

    1. What have you finished reading?
    2. What are you currently reading?
    3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading? 

Seven Days of Us – Francesca Hornak [my review here]
The Spark Girl Fiona Ford [review to follow]
The Perfect Victim – Corrie Jackson [review to follow]

What are you currently reading? 

Why Mummy Drinks  – Gill Sims [audiobook]
The House at the Edge of the Night – Catherine Banner

What will you read next?


Probably either:
The Wrong Child – Barry Gornell
or
Shadow Man –  Margaret Kirk


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books ryou’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!


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Goodreads Monday [Everything I Know About Love]

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!

This is a book I’m excited to read this having read the synopsis – I instantly wanted to read it!

Title:  Everything I Know About Love
Author: Dolly Alderton
Publish date: 1 February 2018

Everything I know about love

[Synopsis]

A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you’ve ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

Glittering, with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton’s powerful début weaves together personal stories, satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes, and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age – while making you laugh until you fall over. Everything I know About Love is about the struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful uncertainty.

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Friday Finds [17 November]

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your ‘To Be Read’ (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

It is hosted by Miz B over at A Daily Rhythm.

My finds:


Maria in the Moon - Louise Beech

Maria in the Moon – Louise Beech (Amazon)

[Synopsis]

Long ago my beloved Nanny Eve chose my name. Then one day she stopped calling me it. I try now to remember why, but I just can’t.’

Thirty-one-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria. With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges … and changes everything. Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide…

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Dawn Girl - Leslie Wolfe

Dawn Girl – Leslie Wolfe (Amazon)

[Synopsis]

Her blue eyes wide open, glossed over. A few specks of sand clung to her long, dark lashes. Her beautiful face, immobile, covered in sparkling flecks of sand. Her lips slightly parted as if to let a last breath escape.

Who is the beautiful girl found at dawn, on a deserted stretch of white sand beach? What is her secret?

FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett searches for answers relentlessly. With each step, each new finding, she uncovers unsettling facts leading to a single possible conclusion: Dawn Girl is not the only victim. Her killer has killed before.

Hiding a terrible secret of her own, Special Agent Tess Winnett faces her inmost fears, in a heart-stopping race to catch a killer who’s getting ready to end yet another life. Will she find the killer in time? Will she be able to stop him? At what cost?

The rules of the game have changed.
So has the textbook definition of a serial killer.

Special Agent Tess Winnett is the bold, direct, and short-fused heroine of Dawn Girl. Putting her life on the line, she doesn’t pull any punches, searching only for the truth, and for the man who takes lives on her watch. Intelligent, resourceful, and uncompromising, Tess will take readers on a memorable, white-knuckled journey in this suspenseful, gripping serial killer thriller.

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Malevolent - Jana DeleonMalevolent – Jana Deleon (Amazon)

[Synopsis]

Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer’s past. Including Shaye.

Shaye Archer’s life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous fifteen years, not even her name. Nine years later, she’s a licensed private investigator, with a single goal—to get answers for her clients when there aren’t supposed to be any.

And maybe someday, answers for herself.

Emma Frederick thought her nightmare was over when she killed her abusive husband, but someone is stalking her and tormenting her with mementos from her past. With no evidence to support her claims, the police dismiss her claims as post-traumatic stress, but Shaye is convinced that someone is deliberately terrorizing Emma…playing a cat and mouse game with only one goal in mind.

To kill Emma.

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The Minimalist Kitchen - Melissa ColemanThe Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques – Melissa Coleman (Netgalley)

[Synopsis]

The practical art of making more with less–in the kitchen!

Melissa Coleman, the creator of the popular design and lifestyle blog The Faux Martha, shares her refreshingly simple approach to cooking that delivers beautiful and satisfying meals using familiar ingredients and minimal kitchen tools. The Minimalist Kitchen includes 100 wholesome recipes that use Melissa’s efficient cooking techniques, and the results are anything but ordinary. You’ll find Biscuits with Bourbon-Blueberry Quick Jam, Pesto Garden Pasta with an easy homemade pesto, Humble Chuck Roast that’s simple to prepare and so versatile, Roasted Autumn Sweet Potato Salad, Stovetop Mac and Cheese, and Two-Bowl Carrot Cupcakes. While The Minimalist Kitchen helps tackle one of the home’s biggest problem areas—the kitchen—this book goes beyond the basics of clearing out and cleaning up, it also gives readers practical tips to maintain this simplified way of life. Melissa shows you how to shop, stock your pantry, meal plan without losing your mind, and most importantly, that delicious food doesn’t take tons of ingredients or gadgets to prepare. This streamlined way of cooking is a breath of fresh air in modern lives where clutter and distraction can so easily take over.

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Gone Viking – Helen Russell (Netgalley)Gone Viking - Helen Russell

[Synopsis]

Frazzled mum Alice Ray likes to think she’s on top everything – she has FOUR bags-for-life in the boot of her car for heaven’s sake. But after spectacularly embarrassing herself at work, she finally gives in to her sister’s pleas to take a much needed break.

But this is not the luxury spa holiday Alice hoped for – instead, she finds herself in Denmark, in the middle of nowhere, on a ‘How to be a Viking’ getaway.

Can the two sisters finally learn to get along or will learning to embrace their inner warrior just make them better at fighting?

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Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton (Netgalley)Everything I know about love

[Synopsis]

A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you’ve ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

Glittering, with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton’s powerful début weaves together personal stories, satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes, and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age – while making you laugh until you fall over. Everything I know About Love is about the struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful uncertainty.

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What books have you recently added to your Goodreads list, or bought/ been given? 

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WWW Wednesday [15 November 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

The three W’s are:

    1. What have you finished reading?
    2. What are you currently reading?
    3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading? 

Don’t Wake Up – Liz Lawler
Before This Is Over – Amanda Hickie [review to follow soon]

What are you currently reading? 

Seven Days of Us

Seven Days of Us – Francesca Hornak

What will you read next?

A choice of three again:
The House at the Edge of the Night – Catherine Banner
The Perfect Victim Corrie Jackson
The Spark Girl Fiona Ford


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!


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WWW Wednesday [8 November 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

The three W’s are:

    1. What have you finished reading?
    2. What are you currently reading?
    3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading? 

The Death Of Her  – Debbie Howells [read my review here]
Best Day Ever – Kaira Rouda [review to follow soon]

 

What are you currently reading? 

Don't Wake Up - Liz Lawler

Don’t Wake Up – Liz Lawler

 

What will you read next?

Probably a book I’ve just won from Readers First, The Perfect Victim, which sounds great, and then after that it’ll be one of the following (some of which are the same as last week!)

The Perfect Victim Corrie Jackson
The House at the Edge of the Night – Catherine Banner
Before This Is Over – Amanda Hickie


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!


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