The Sea Between Us; Emylia Hall

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Well, what can I say? It has been a busy busy couple of months in the Just Bookish household, and as much as I hate it, it’s meant I’ve had no time to blog!  Fingers crossed I can now get myself back on track, and post reviews at least once a week.  Before life took over, I was really enjoying posting my reviews and also started to post some more DIY styled posts and a  bookshelf tour, so if you enjoyed them please let me know if the comments below, and also let me know if there are any other post you would like to see from me in the near future.

Now, lets get back to business!  The Sea Between Us isn’t my usual read, it’s a  contemporary novel which isn’t something I tend to gravitate towards when I’m picking my next book to read. However, it was quite nice to have a break from the crime and thriller books I’ve been buried in over the last couple of months, and I would love to hear your recommendations on other contemporary reads.

[The Plot] In a remote Cornish cove, on one of the last days of summer, Robyn Swinton is drowning. She is saved – just – by local boy Jago Winters, and it is a moment that will change both of them forever.

Over the next seven years, Robyn and Jago’s paths lead them in different directions, to city streets and foreign shores. Will the bond forged that day Jago dragged Robyn in from the sea be strong enough to bring them back to one another, or has life already pulled them too far apart?

As I have said above, this isn’t the sort of book I would usually pick up, which meant it did take me a little white to fully get into the book.  That being said, once I had got past the first quarter-ish, I was hooked. It is a romantic book, but I felt that it wasn’t too soppy or gushy with the romance, it was a realistic story that a lot of people could relate to.

I found that throughout the book, there was a lot of will they won’t they between Robyn and Jago, and at times it made me want to shake some sense in Jago.  He clearly likes Robyn but holds back instead of making a move, but then at the same time, I did find Robyn to be quite naive.  Even though they had these characteristics which could be really annoying at times, it made for a great read and I loved the way the story panned out, in the end.

I don’t want to give too much away, as there are quite a lot of twist and turns in the plot, but it’s not your everyday boy meets girls, fall in love, the end, sort of book.  And as I’ve said before, this means it isn’t too much of a sickly sweet romance.  I would love to read more boo’s like this and explore the Contemporary genre further.

I rate this book  three out of five stars.

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Waiting for Doggo: Mark B. Mills

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As a huge dog person, just the little illustration on the cover caught my eye.  After reading the blurb, I really wasn’t sure what to expect but I was intrigued and after a couple of pages, I was hooked.

[The Plot]: Dear Daniel, I’m going away, a long way away.  I can’t tell you where…
Take Doggo back, you can’t leave him shut up n the flat all day.  It wouldn’t be fair on him, and it’s not like the two of you have hit it off.
Love and Light,
Clara xxx

Mills has written what I think is the perfect holiday book.  It’s short, it’s a light read, it’s funny and if I’m honest, it’s just  a happy little story.

Daniel is left in a bit of a sticky situation when his girlfriend, Clara, leaves him and the dog she adopted to travel the world.  At the beginning of the book, Dan has no affection for Doggo, he is an ugly little mutt who hasn’t especially taken to Dan either, or anyone for that matter.

The book has a rom-com feel to it, which is really interesting when it’s solely written from the male’s point of view.  Throughout the book, Dan slowly learns to love Doggo, through all of his flaws and with this new affection Doggo becomes really attached to Dan.  Dan takes Doggo everywhere he goes, he even takes him to his new job.  The better the relationship between Dan and Doggo, the better everything else in Dan’s life seems to be.  He is excelling in his new job and building new relationships, he is putting Clara out of his mind and using his new found free time to move on with his life.

As a dog lover myself, I really admired Dan and Doggo’s relationship and how it grew.  Dan no longer tolerates Doggo bit has learnt to love him and takes really good care of him.  He even sticks up for Doggo and confronts a colleague who was trying to stop him coming to work with Dan.

One of the great things about this book was that Mills didn’t feel the need for adding ridiculous events or plot twist, it’s just a simple story about how the new found relationship of a man and his dog can completely change your outlook on life.

I absolutely flew through this book and read it in one sitting. I’d love to hear some suggestions of other mark Mills books with picking up in the comments below!

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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The Life I Left Behind; Colette McBeth

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It’s been a good few weeks since my last post, and even longer since my last book review. However, I am back with my thoughts on The Life I Left Behind and the mindset of posting a lot more frequently.

[The Plot]:Six years ago, Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. Only a chance encounter with a dog walker saved her life. Melody’s neighbor and close friend David Alden was found guilty of the crime and imprisoned, and the attack and David’s betrayal of her friendship left Melody a different person. She no longer trusts her own judgment, she no longer trusts her friends. In fact, she no longer really has any friends. She’s built a life behind walls and gates and security codes; she’s cloistered herself away from the world almost entirely.

When I initially picked up this book, it wasn’t sure what to make of it, and I almost thought it would be something similar to ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold, however the book took me completely by surprise.

This book is written from three perspectives and it’s this dynamic that gives the book a different depth to other crime/ thriller books I’ve read in the past.  I’ve said already that I was expecting the book to be quite similar to The Lovely Bones, but as soon as I started reading this book I completely forgot about my initial reaction to the blurb and was engrossed in the story from the perspectives of Melody, Eve and Victoria.

Eve’s perspective is an important one in the telling of this story.  Although she is dead, and we know she knows who has killed her, at no point are we given any false implications of who the killer is.  I felt that Eve didn’t give too much away and I was able to make my own assumptions and predictions, and at no point did I actually guess who the killer is.  Also, I found that McBeth hit just the right balance of the supernatural element behind Eve’s perspective, she did well by not trying too hard to create a ghost story as such.

Melody’s story is a powerful one throughout this book.  She is completely beaten by the world when we first meet her.  She’s scared to leave the house alone, she can’t trust anyone and she does everything she can to distract herself from the real world.  When news comes of Eve’s death, it sparks something in Melody and slowly but surely it lights a spark inside of her.  She comes on leaps and bounds by the end of the book and I think it is her story that keeps you reading and completely unable to put the book down.  I made the mistake of reading this book on my lunch break in work, and I found it really hard to concentrate for the rest of the day until I could continue reading at home.

I hadn’t heard of Colette McBeth until reading this book, and I can safely say I will be reading more of her work.  I would love to hear recommendations of any similar books in the comments below!!

I rate this book five out of five stars.

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter; Jeff Lindsay

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After watching the TV series and absolutely falling in love with the Dexter world, I couldn’t wait to delve into the book series it all started with.  For anyone who hasn’t seen the TV series and wishes to do so, this may contain Spoilers!

[The Plot]: Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened — of himself or some other fiend.

As I have already said, I read this book as a result of loving the TV series and after reading just the first book, I think I may prefer it to the TV series.

As any book that is turned into a TV series or film, there are always going to be differences, whether they be subtle or huge scenes they simply can’t fit into a film.  Something that doesn’t often happen though, is the TV series actually embellishing and adding a whole side plot to the original story.  In the episode of the TV series based on the first book, Dexters sister, Deborah, is actually dating the serial killer miming Dexters own style.  In my own personal taste, I much prefer the way the story unfolds in the book over the TV series.

As you are reading through Dexters point of view, I’m so glad the TV series didn’t exaggerated his thoughts and his relationship with his dark passenger.  You really get a sense of how he can’t fully control the ‘dark passenger’ but suppress it by killing the right people.  I think it was this that kept me

After reading this book in just a couple of hours, I can’t wait to continue with the rest of the series.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Mr Mercedes; Stephen King

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I think it’s becoming quite clear that I’m a little bit in love with Stephen King’s books.  I think this is the darkest of King’s books I’ve read so far.  That being said, I think it’s also my favourite.

 [The Plot]:  A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by ‘the Mercedes massacre’, a case he never solved.
Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he’s preparing to kill again.
Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time.

When I picked up this book, I didn’t really know what to expect.  I had read the back, but I didn’t go to the extent of looking up reviews or scrolling through Goodreads.  When I started the book, I felt really sorry for Bill and I didn’t really know what direction the book would take him in.  Bill is seriously considering suicide and has no fear in him about death and what little he has to leave behind.  When he receives the letter form Brady, it’s almost like a spark has been lit and he has something to focus on again.

As you read about Brady, it doesn’t seem possible at first but he gets more and more dark and disturbed as the book goes on.  There is no way you could really fully understand his as a person, but It’s interesting to read from his view.  Instead of just hearing from Bill, you get to see into the bizarre ways Brady justifies his actions and his way of thinking.

The more I read, the more I wanted Bill to catch Brady so badly and give him what he deserves.  As you are reading from both Bill and Brady’s point of view, you know what they are both planning. I found myself getting anxious and het-up at the thought of Bill not figuring out Brady’s plan in time.  But as I got closer to the end of the book, I was cheering certain characters on and I couldn’t possibly put the book down until I found out if they had caught him.  Without giving too much away,  it’s nice to see Bill have a semi-happy ending.  At the beginning of the book he is lonely, retired and on the verge of suicide.  So, just the fact that he has pulled himself together and even has a couple of people he considers friends is nice to read about.

I rate this book five out of five stars.

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