Hangman | Review

Title: Hangman

Author: Daniel Cole

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 18 Mar 18 – 22 Mar 18

Publication date: 22 Mar 2018

Publisher: Trapeze/Orion

Genre(s): Thriller, Crime, Detective,


How do you catch a killer who’s already dead?’

Eighteen months have passed, but the scars the Ragdoll murders left behind remain.

DCI Emily Baxter is summoned to a meeting with US Special Agents Elliot Curtis of the FBI and Damien Rouche of the CIA. There, she is presented with photographs of the latest copycat murder: a body contorted into a familiar pose, strung up impossibly on the other side of the world, the word BAIT carved deep into its chest.

As the media pressure intensifies, Baxter is ordered to assist with the investigation and attend the scene of another murder to discover the same word scrawled across the victim, carved across the corpse of the killer – PUPPET.

As the murders continue to grow in both spectacle and depravity on both sides of the Atlantic, the team helplessly play catch up. Their only hope: to work out who the ‘BAIT’ is intended for, how the ‘PUPPETS’ are chosen but, most importantly of all, who is holding the strings.

 I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Trapeze/Orion Publishing and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review. 

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Ragdoll | Review

Title: Ragdoll

Author: Daniel Cole

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 15 Mar 2018 – 18 Mar 2018

Publication date: 19 Oct 2017

Publisher: Orion/Trapeze

Genre(s): Thriller, Crime, Detective,


William Fawkes, a controversial detective known as The Wolf, has just been reinstated to his post after he was suspended for assaulting a vindicated suspect. Still, under psychological evaluation, Fawkes returns to the force eager for a big case. When his former partner and friend, Detective Emily Baxter, calls him to a crime scene, he’s sure this is it: the body is made of the dismembered parts of six victims, sewn together like a puppet—a corpse that becomes known as “The Ragdoll.”

Fawkes is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that gets dicey when his reporter ex-wife anonymously receives photographs from the crime scene, along with a list of six names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them.

The final name on the list is Fawkes.

Baxter and her trainee partner, Alex Edmunds, hone in on figuring out what links the victims together before the killer strikes again. But for Fawkes, seeing his name on the list sparks a dark memory, and he fears that the catalyst for these killings has more to do with him—and his past—than anyone realizes.

With a breakneck pace, a twisty plot, and a wicked sense of humor, Ragdoll announces the arrival of the hottest new brand in crime fiction. Continue reading

The 140 Character Review: Series of Unfortunate Events 8-13

We’re just a few short days from the launch of A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 on Netflix. I’m excited, and so to prepare, I’m micro-reviewing all of the books in the miserably amazing series. Last month, I looked at books 1-7, reviewing the undoubtedly tragic lives of the Baudelaire orphans, and so this Monday evening I’ve rounded the last 6 books up into one tidy list.

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Theatre on Thursday | The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Perfomance: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Performance Type: Play/Musical

Location: Liverpool Everyman Theatre

Date: 29th October 2016

Rating: 3 Stars

Over the past few months I have been enjoying and immersing myself in the world of live theatre and performance. I’ve been to see plays, concerts, and musicals, and really enjoyed the variety of shows I have watched. So, after reviewing just one of these (The Killers Wonderful Wonderful Tour Date which can be viewed here), I have decided to review each theatre trip individually. And because we all like an alliterative title, I’m going to call it ‘Theatre on Thursday’.

This week’s review is of a show that I actually saw quite some time ago. When Emma first moved in, she told me all about a show she had seen in Oxford when visiting friends, and as she had really enjoyed it, she asked if I would like to go and see it when it showed at the Liverpool Everyman theatre. The problem? It was Shakespeare’s Two Gentleman of Verona, and I am not usually the biggest fan of anything Shakespeare. It was a modern adaptation, and Emma had rated it highly, so I decided that I would give it a go. Continue reading

The Selection | Review

Title: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 27 Feb 18 – 01 Mar 18

Publication date: 26 Mar 2013

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre(s): Young Adult; Dystopian


Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals…

It’s the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s love.

Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.

Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don’t know is that America has a secret – one which could throw the whole competition… and change her life forever.

*This is a relatively spoiler free review*

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The 140 Character Review: February 2018 in Books

Well that’s another month down, and another set of brand new books that have been enjoyed. February was a mixed month, it’s been cold, and windy, and short, and work has been busy, but I have read some really great stories and experienced some awesome writing. I’ve already fully reviewed some of the books that I have read in February, but I enjoy writing these mini reviews so here we are. I am hoping to be able to get some reading done this weekend, who wants to go out in this snow and cold weather if they can sit inside and read instead? Exactly!

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February: It’s a Wrap

It’s absolutely freezing. I’m sitting here, under a blanket, with a hot water bottle, a mocha, and my Gryffindor jumper on, looking out of the window at the grey, windy, cold weather and just thinking nahhhhh. I’ve been out in it (to my parent’s house) and it’s just so cold, so, I’ve decided to curl up and get some blogging done instead. So, yes, on with the post.

HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY GUYS! What better way to celebrate World Book Day than looking back at all the awesome books I had a chance to read in February? I read another odd mix of books throughout the month, and I am still managing to keep up the trend of only reading new books to me. I’m quite proud of myself for not re-reading anything yet! Continue reading