The Cat and The City By Nicky Bradley

The Cat and The City By Nicky Bradley

In Tokyo – one of the world’s largest megacities – a stray cat is wending her way through the back alleys. And, with each detour, she brushes up against the seemingly disparate lives of the city-dwellers, connecting them in unexpected ways.

But the city is changing. As it does, it pushes her to the margins where she chances upon a series of apparent strangers – from a homeless man squatting in an abandoned hotel, to a shut-in hermit afraid to leave his house, to a convenience store worker searching for love. The cat orbits Tokyo’s denizens, drawing them ever closer.

My Thoughts:

I loved how interesting this book was, it is a collection of short stories that are brought to life with nature and cats. I love the uniqueness of the book, each story is about the character and the nature and is captured in the title of each story. They are nice easy stories and it is a great pick me up read. I liked the fact it is all set around Tokyo, a place I have never been to but heard so much about. Also there is a part that talks about a game called Street fighter which I remember playing as a child. You don’t have to have heard or played the game but it would help to be knowledgeable. I really liked this read and cats included was the icing on the cake for me.

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The Berlin Zookeeper By Anna Stuart

The Berlin Zookeeper By Anna Stuart

Two women. One shocking wartime secret. And a family mystery just waiting to be discovered…

Berlin Zoo, 1943:Ten-year-old Adelaide and her newborn sister are orphaned after a devastating night of bombing. Heartbroken and frightened, Adelaide runs to her mother’s closest friend, Katharina Heinroth, and the kind zookeeper takes the two little girls under her protection. As the bombing intensifies, Adelaide tries to shut out the horrors of war by caring for her tiny sister and playing with the adorable baby monkeys. But when Katharina organises a dangerous operation to enable children and animals to escape the battle-scarred city, something goes wrong. And Adelaide has to promise her adopted mother to keep a shocking secret. A secret that will change Adelaide’s life forever.

Berlin Zoo, 2019: Bethan Taylor notices the elderly lady sitting on the bench next to her seems confused, her thoughts flitting between past and present. Ada talks of her childhood, played out in an underground bunker beneath the animal enclosures during the war. As Ada’s story unfolds, Bethan is surprised to hear a name she recognises…

Katharina Heinroth is at the top of a list of German names Bethan found in a hidden compartment of her late mother’s jewellery box. Bethan’s father couldn’t tell her anything about the crumpled piece of paper and she’s been searching for the meaning ever since.

As the two women are brought together by the pain of the past can they help each other to heal? And after decades of silence, can Ada help Bethan to uncover a long-buried family mystery?

My Thoughts:

Upon reading the blurb of this book, I knew it was something I was going to enjoy, Berlin zoo in 1943 a young girl and her baby sister are caught up in the bombings with devastating consequences, after fleeing to the Zoo they are looked after by one of the zoo keepers who happens to know the girls, I really felt for the girls and shed a few tears for them too, I could never imagine what they had to go through. Through the book we also see what is going on in Berlin zoo in 2019 where Bethan is working, she notices an elderly woman sitting on a bench all alone and decides to talk to her, what she uncovers will surprise us all. I loved reading all about the zoo in that era back then and also liked how the two stories intertwined together, I didn’t want the story to end as I was completely entranced by it.

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Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow By Jessica Redland

Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow By Jessica Redland

Every family has its secrets, and at Hedgehog Hollow there is no exception…

It was always Samantha’s dream to run her beautiful rescue centre, Hedgehog Hollow, full-time. But just as her wish comes true, she becomes a victim of her own kindness when she finds herself with a house full of guests – all with their own problems and secrets – looking to her for support.

When her self-absorbed cousin, Chloe, unexpectedly turns up at the farm – swiftly handing over her baby to Samantha to care for – trouble is definitely brewing. Especially as Chloe won’t tell anyone why she’s left her husband, James…

As Samantha juggles new hedgehog arrivals, family dramas and her own health challenges, it soon becomes clear that she needs to start putting herself first for once. Little does she know that life-changing secrets from the past are about to unravel and turn their lives upside down…

My Thoughts:

I have loved all the books in the Hedgehog Hollow series and I am so glad there is going to be another one. I feel as though I have gained an insight into working in a Hedgehog rescue centre but also it has taught me more about hedgehogs. There are some handy hints and tips at the end to discover. If you have not read the other books in the series I would suggest to do that before reading this one as you will meet the characters and know what their back story is. Sam is the owner of Hedgehog Hollow and she is always crazy busy, she always puts others before herself and never really has any time for herself. When her cousin Chloe and her young son turns up its the last thing Sam needs but because it is her cousin she allows them to stay. Chloe is a bit self obsessed and Sam wonders why she has left her husband. Things get too much for Sam when Chloe decides to be a pain and not help her, Sam is literally left holding the baby. Sam soon is struggling herself. Can she get Chloe to open up and tell her what has happened/or will Chloe drop a bombshell no one was ever expecting? These books are just so good to get away from everything and think about other things rather than what is going on. Also there are some cute hedgehogs too that made me smile. I loved this series and never want it to end.

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NightHawking By Russ Thomas

NightHawking By Russ Thomas

 
Sheffield’s beautiful Botanical Gardens – an oasis of peace in a world filled with sorrow, confusion and pain. And then, one morning, a body is found in the Gardens. A young woman, dead from a stab wound, buried in a quiet corner. Police quickly determine that the body’s been there for months. It would have gone undiscovered for years – but someone just sneaked into the Gardens and dug it up.
 
Who is the victim? Who killed her and hid her body? Who dug her up? And who left a macabre marker on the body?
 
In his quest to find her murderer, DS Adam Tyler will find himself drawn into the secretive world of nighthawkers: treasure-hunters who operate under cover of darkness, seeking the lost and valuable . . . and willing to kill to keep what they find.

My Thoughts:

This story is the follow up from FireWatching which I have yet to read but definitely want to. It is set around the Botanical Gardens where a NightHawker goes at night time with his metal detector and comes upon something he wasn’t expecting. The investigation is brought up by DS Adam Tyler and DC Mina Rabbani, which takes them to a dangerous place, is anyone safe? I liked all the characters, they were all believable, I really liked Mina as I felt as though she is becoming what she has always wanted to be. It has a good pace through out and the ending will leave you shocked to the core. I couldn’t believe it and neither will you.

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Dad! I’ve Hurt Myself By Andrew Rogerson

Dad! I’ve Hurt Myself By Andrew Rogerson

This is the story about how a dad tries to distract his daughter when she has hurt herself or feels ill. These are all real moments.

Written by Andrew Rogerson, this book is for anyone who enjoys reading time with their children. It especially highlights the unique relationship between a father and his daughter and shows how acting silly can sometimes distract and defuse a tricky situation.

My Thoughts:

This is such a wonderful story about a little girl and a dad and how he distracts her when she is feeling unwell. Some of the things dad does to distract her are so sweet, it reminded me of my dad and what he used to do when I wasn’t well. It really shows the bond between father and daughter. It is a nice story for kids to read and I love how the illustrations are bright and colourful, they also take up a whole page and are very visual. At the back of the book there is a part where you and your child can interact and look for different things through out the story. I think this is a ideal children’s book.

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Fridge By Emma Zadow

Fridge By Emma Zadow

Alice hasn’t been home for a while – for seven years, in fact. But when her little sister Lo tries to take her own life, she has to return to the life she left behind. The change of scenery from London to Norfolk proves quite the culture shock, however, and Alice has to confront what she left behind all those years ago.

The sisters’ relationship hasn’t evolved in Alice’s absence, and when she steps through the door she’s plunged back into the same world she escaped from. Set against Norfolk’s bleak landscapes, but masquerading as childhood nostalgia, Fridge is an all-too-familiar exploration of the broken promises of youth, and a bitter exposition of a generation left behind.

My Thoughts:

This story is about Alice and how after seven years away from her home she returns because of her sister Lo, who has been struggling and needs family to help her. Alice is shocked by everything upon her return, London is so much different to the quietness of Norfolk. Will she be able to help her sister and help herself? I liked the way this book is set out as a play, it is unique and different to anything I have read before. I liked the journey both sisters go on too, I kind of imagined it as me watching a play which put a different spin on it entirely. It is a nice short read and easy to pick up and put down.

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The Bone Code By Kathy Reichs

The Bone Code By Kathy Reichs

NO CRIME CAN STAY HIDDEN FOREVER

When a hurricane hits the Carolinas it uncovers two bodies, sharing uncanny similarities with a cold case in Quebec that has haunted Temperance Brennan for fifteen years.

At the same time, a rare bacterium that can eat human flesh is discovered in Charleston. Panic erupts and people test themselves for a genetic mutation that leaves them vulnerable.

With support from her long time partner Andrew Ryan, in a search that soon proves dangerous, Temperance discovers the startling connection between the victims of both murder cases – and that both the murders and the disease outbreak have a common cause . . .

My Thoughts:

I haven’t read any of Kathy’s books before so didn’t know what to expect. I liked the sound of the plot line and it was a really good thriller with twists that pull you more into the story. When two bodies are uncovered, that share similarities to an older case, can Temperance connect the two cases together. Aswell as trying to find out about this case there is a panic going on over a bacterium that easts human flesh. I liked the story the only thing that I was not keen on was how a couple of the words were shortened. But overall I enjoyed it and would read more of Kathy’s books.

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Sixteen Horses By Greg Buchanan

Sixteen Horses By Greg Buchanan

Near the dying English seaside town of Ilmarsh, local police detective Alec Nichols discovers sixteen horses’ heads on a farm, each buried with a single eye facing the low winter sun. After forensic veterinarian Cooper Allen travels to the scene, the investigators soon uncover evidence of a chain of crimes in the community – disappearances, arson and mutilations – all culminating in the reveal of something deadly lurking in the ground itself.

In the dark days that follow, the town slips into panic and paranoia. Everything is not as it seems. Anyone could be a suspect. And as Cooper finds herself unable to leave town, Alec is stalked by an unseen threat. The two investigators race to uncover the truth behind these frightening and insidious mysteries – no matter the cost.

My Thoughts:

Upon hearing that this was a debut novel, I couldn’t wait to get started. I found it deeply creepy, eerie and gruesome in every way shape and form. The local police officer finds sixteen horses heads buried on a farm with their eyes pointing to the sun, the forensic veterinarian who investigates the crime scene soon uncovers more than she bargained for. Some things are just not quite right and it is for the police and the forensic veterinarian to discover what. I had never heard of a forensic vet before so it was interesting to learn about the job, the way the story goes is pure evil but it works, I would love to see this made for TV, I think it would do really well as a series. I haven’t read anything like this before and I don’t think I ever will.

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The Ends of the Earth By Abbie Greaves

The Ends of the Earth By Abbie Greaves

Mary O’Connor has been keeping a vigil for her first love for the past seven years.

Every evening without fail, Mary arrives at Ealing Broadway station and sets herself up among the commuters. In her hands Mary holds a sign which bears the words: ‘Come Home Jim.’

Call her mad, call her a nuisance, call her a drain on society – Mary isn’t going anywhere.

That is, until an unexpected call turns her world on its head. In spite of all her efforts, Mary can no longer find the strength to hold herself together. She must finally face what happened all those years ago, and answer the question – where on earth is Jim?

My Thoughts:

This was such a beautifully written story with so much empathy. The characters felt so real, I almost felt as though I knew them. Mary and Jim’s story shows the complex relationship of a marriage and will show how every emotion can be used for both partners. I found it such a moving read, one that wrapped itself around me, I didn’t want the story to end but when it did I felt satisfied. Marriage is only hard if the both of you don’t put 100% into it, otherwise what is the point.

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The Wife Who Got A Life By Tracy Bloom

The Wife Who Got A Life By Tracy Bloom

Can Cathy Collins Ditch Cooking by spring?
Or Get a Life Outside the Family by summer?
Will her husband still be listening in October when it’s time to have a Really Important Chat?
And can she FALL IN LOVE AGAIN by December?

Cathy is left open-mouthed when her husband hijacks the family’s New Year resolutions and throws in a midlife bombshell, so after years of school drop-offs and housework, Cathy decides it’s time to take control of life before it takes control of her. She makes a list of monthly goals that she hopes will set her up for the coming of middle age.

Cathy soon realises that nailing the list isn’t quite as easy as it seems, but she’s a mum on a mission and nothing’s going to stop her now…

My Thoughts:

I loved this book a lot. I would happily re-read it a million times over as it is just too good. Cathy is a wife and mother, she has to do everything around the house as no one else is going to do it. I am sure a lot of women will be able to relate I know I did and I only have a husband. It is hilarious so much so I could not stop laughing through out. I think the fish finger scenario really had me in stitches. You need to read it for yourself. Her husband has a midlife crisis and Cathy decides she needs to take control of her life. A book that you really do not want to miss out on. I did feel sorry for Cathy at times but I could sympathise with her. Tracy Bloom is an addictive author. I can’t wait to read her next one.

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