Sunday, January 14, 2018

Songbird by Josephine Cox

Synopsis :

She was once young and vibrant, a beautiful woman with a promising future. But a dark and dangerous secret forced her to leave everything—and everyone—she cared for. Now she lives alone in a quiet riverside town, her heart breaking as she watches the world change from the shadows. All that is left to bring her joy is her stunning, glorious voice, a voice that enthralls anyone who hears it, including a student named Betsy.
Kind and thoughtful, Betsy is determined to help the woman live her life to the fullest again. But coming out of the dark—and exposing her heart to hurt once more—will not be easy . . .

This is what I say :

My first book by Josephine Cox.  Not really how I expect it to be.  I kinda expect a thriller ala Sandra Brown style for some reason!  However, am not really disappointed by it...just wasn't my expectation only.

Songbird is more like a female drama. Basically it's about the life story of this great singer and how she ended up where she is today.  I find some of the plot a bit far fetched and some part over dramatic but overall it is not too bad.  

Character development could have been better too but I must remember that the characters from a different generation from today's generation so my opinion is that outlook in life and responses to situations would certainly be quite different from women of today. 

I have another title by Josephine Cox somewhere in my TBR pile.  Perhaps I shall check it out and see if I would like that title.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Company Man by Joseph Finder

Synopsis :

Nick Conover is the CEO of a major corporation, a local boy made good, and once the most admired man in a company town. But that was before the layoffs.

When a faceless stalker menaces his family, Nick, a single father of two since the recent death of his wife, finds that the gated community they live in is no protection at all. He decides to take action, a tragedy ensues - and immediately his life spirals out of control.

At work, Nick begins to uncover a conspiracy against him, involving some of his closest colleagues. He doesn't know who he can trust - including the brilliant, troubled new woman in his life.

Meanwhile, his actions are being probed by a homicide detective named Audrey Rhimes, a relentless investigator with a strong sense of morality - and her own, very personal reason for pursuing Nick Conover.

With everything he cares about in the balance, Nick discovers strengths he never knew he had. His enemies don't realize how hard he'll fight to save his company. And nobody knows how far he'll go to protect his family.

This is what I say :

Company Man did not disappoint.  I have high thriller expectation nowadays when it comes to author Joseph Finder.

Buried Secrets was the book that started it off for me two years ago and it was great.  Subsequently I read Paranoia and it was good too.

I found Company Man recently at the same book fair/sales that I found Paranoia.  I am not able to and will not be able to find such titles in the mainstream bookstores as sorry to say, Joseph Finder is not well known at this part of the world which is a pity actually as he writes great thriller.

Nick Conover is like any CEO and certainly not a hero.  In fact, he is quite unlikable although he tried to play the good guy.  Audrey the investigator wasn't very likable too in her zeal to nail Nick down.

However, the story itself was quite enjoyable and certainly thrilling and the unexpected twist at the end certainly made the story more interesting.  

I can't wait to discover the next title by Joseph Finder.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Hello 2018

Last year, we welcomed 2017 in a historical city, enjoying our holidays and we watched the fireworks from the comfort of our hotel rooms as we bid farewell to 2016 and hello to 2017.  I can't believe that here we are, said good bye to 2017 a few days ago and now into day 3 of 2018.  It can be pretty scary how time goes by so fast.

This year, we did not travel anywhere at this time of year as we had our holidays in August (Land below the Wind) and September (land of plastic surgery).

New Year's Eve was spent at home, chilling over a couple of DVDs and munchies.  I did drive out for an errand after the clock struck 12 midnight and while there were cars on the road, somehow it felt like there were less cars compared to years before.

New Year's day was spent sleeping in and after which did some house clearing and I am on my last book of self imposed reading marathon.  I started this reading marathon towards mid of December 2017 and I think I will end, quite aptly with this tile This Is The Life by Alex Shearer.  

What do I expect from 2018? Good things! I expect good things and most of all, I want to have a peace of mind and not to mention, good progress of my studies!

So, 2018, bring it on and let's get going!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Reflections 2017

October 2017

I am writing this reflections even in October of 2017 but I know I wont post this till December 2017 but feeling very demotivated I am not sure if I am in the right frame of mind to reflect on 2017 as I might just rate it super low...

It's a very challenging year...even from the start and at this point, I don't know if it can get even lower but you know what, I have been in worse situation and I know I will get up for I refuse to get knock down but being down, sometimes you are just so tired that you want to be's not comfortable being down but it's such a struggle to get up.

December 2017

I decided the leave the above which was reflected in October and when I was extremely challenged from many facade.  From work to family to studies, things seems to be not moving in the right direction and I was dead bone tired.  I think I didn't read any book for that month.  As the local here says, 'no heart to read or do anything.  Basically just surviving each moment and going through the momentum'.

I also started studying again in May this year so that's something that has been keeping me busy and focus for the year.  It would be another two years before I complete the programme so that does time me away from my leisure reading as well.

Anyway, back to reading, this year is at one of it's lowest ever. if memory serves me right.  This year I have read about 36 books (If my calculation wasn't wrong) only which a super low for me which still works out to about 3 books a month which is acceptable I guess.  When I am down to one book per month, I guess that's when I should be panicking.

Best book for the year? No time to give it much thought but Blood Harvest and Beautiful Lies were good.

Rush Home Road was an unexpected good read.  So is Before I Fall and I got my hands on The Girl on The Train which I wanted to for quite a long time.

I discovered Lisa Gardner as a potential author to add on to my list of authors to look out for.

Where my blog/post management is concerned, I tried hard and I managed to squeeze in 50 posts in 2017 as well making it the same number of post for year 2016.  I have published more than 500 posts since I started this blog years ago and pretty glad it's still going strong (hopefully!)

In all things and in every circumstances, give thanks so I am thankful for 2017.  For all that is good and bad, thank you.

Thank you 2017 and good bye as well.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

Synopsis :

Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins-so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they've lived with since their parents passed away, can't tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress.

So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong-especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. 

As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. 

But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself?

This is what I say :

My introduction to Jessica Warman was Between, bought and read last year.  Beautiful Lies was bought as a result of both of us liking Between.  But I didn't read it last year, I kept it on my shelf for more than a year and it was only during the Christmas holidays that I decided to read as part of my marathon and it kept me occupied and entertained for two days.

Can I say Beautiful Lies is even nicer than Between?  While Between was heartwarming, Beautiful Lies was that plus more as in more thrilling and more passionate (in a good way!)

You can sense the anguish of twin who was left behind, having totally 'lost' her sister for the first time in her life.  Lost her as in not able to feel the connection that can always be felt between Rachel and Alice.

The author just did such a good job in keeping the suspense throughout the book without giving away the plot that at the end when the truth was revealed, it was rather epic and mind blowing.

While this is a YA genre, it doesn't really matter. I love it just the same.  

I think this book is a keeper. It earned a place back in my self together with Between.  

In the meantime, let me go and check if there's other titles by this author.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Welcome to My World by Miranda Dickinson

Synopsis :

Welcome to Harriet Langton's world. All her life she's dreamt of travelling the globe - fate always got in the way. Working as a travel agent, the closest Harri comes to her dream destination of Venice is booking the trip for someone else. But everything changes when travel fanatic Alex drops in. 

With her boyfriend Rob tied up with work, Harri is persuaded to help Alex in his quest for love. But in her attempts to help, Harri soon discovers that she's alienating those around her. 

Desperate to leave her life behind, will her dreams finally come true? Or will Harri's leap of faith be her biggest mistake yet?

This is what I say :

To me this is a good holiday read especially if you want to hide from the world when the world is busy with unreal celebrations which you don't feel like being part of.

This is a good read especially when you're on a reading marathon with time in your hand and you can read and stop anytime you fancy and pick it up again when chores are done and you're ready to go into another world.

This is Welcome to my World to me this holiday season.  It allows me to be in my own world and just chilling and enjoying the book over both coffee/tea and cakes and chocolates.

Where the book is concerned, sometimes I feel like cheering Harri on. Sometimes I feel like sitting her down for a talk but overall, she is quite likable and generally a good person who just want to please her friends and those she cares about but she can be so naive and she really needs to be exposed to the world.

Glad to read this as part of my marathon.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

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My Best and Warmest Wishes 

to you and your family for this season.

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May you know the reason for this season.

Have a wonderful celebration


stay safe

Lots of love from

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