Book reviews, Contemporary fiction, Womens fiction

Tennis Lessons by Susannah Dickey – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

You never say the right thing. You’re a disappointment to everyone. You’re a far cry from beautiful – and your thoughts are ugly too.

You seem bound to fail, bound to break.

But you know what it is to laugh with your best friend, to feel the first tentative tingles of attraction, to take exquisite pleasure in the affront of your unruly body.

You just need to find your place.

Acutely observed and achingly honest, this is the story of a girl becoming a woman and striving to find a place in a world that appears not to have one for her. From disastrous dates to dead pets, from crashed cars to ingrowing toenails, TENNIS LESSONS is an unflinching and compassionate portrait of a spirited misfit and her rocky route to something like happiness.
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MY REVIEW 

Tennis Lessons is a coming of age tale with a difference. Told by the main character from a young child through to adulthood and all the dramas she experiences.

To me, it felt like I was listening to her inner thoughts, her internal commentary of daily life from her periods, body hair and odour, Body image, an ingrowing toenail and to the one friend who gets her and her weird humour. 

It’s heartbreaking at times and heartwarming as she gradually accepts herself and finds her place in the world. It touches on difficult subjects such as bullying and sexual experiences, good and horrific, living with trauma and death.

I loved every minute of Tennis Lessons, it’s beautifully written, brutally honest and packed with so many relatable moments that made it an emotional read. A must read.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/3euJDpu 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Susannah Dickey is from Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets, I had some very slight concerns (2017) and genuine human values (2018). Her poetry has been published in Ambit, The White Review, Poetry Ireland Review and Magma, amongst others. In 2018 she was shortlisted for The White Review short story prize, and in 2017 she was the winner of the inaugural Verve Poetry Festival competition.

 

Crime thriller

Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

It’s a small story. A small town with small lives that you would never have heard about if none of this had happened.

Hinton Hollow. Population 5,120.

Little Henry Wallace was eight years old and one hundred miles from home before anyone talked to him. His mother placed him on a train with a label around his neck, asking for him to be kept safe for a week, kept away from Hinton Hollow.

Because something was coming.

Narrated by Evil itself, Hinton Hollow Death Trip recounts five days in the history of this small rural town, when darkness paid a visit and infected its residents. A visit that made them act in unnatural ways. Prodding at their insecurities. Nudging at their secrets and desires. Coaxing out the malevolence suppressed within them. Showing their true selves.

 

Making them cheat.

Making them steal.

Making them kill.

 

Detective Sergeant Pace had returned to his childhood home. To escape the things he had done in the city. To go back to something simple. But he was not alone. Evil had a plan.

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MY REVIEW 

Oh my god…where do I start?

Well, this is #3 in the Detective Sergeant Pace series. It can be read as a stand-alone (but you are missing out on a fantastic series.)

Pace is back, but after the events of his last case, he has run away to his home town of Hinton Hollow, a small town with a population of 5000 people. 

But something dark is lurking……

An ordinary man is responsible for shooting a young boy….

But he’d given his mother a choice.

As further murders take place, Pace is again investigating horrific deaths.

This is a tale told by evil itself, the insidious evil that exists as a result of people’s apathy, of casual cruelty, the lack of empathy and compassion which gives evil a foot in the door…just a little nudge of spite and malevolence blossoms.

The characters feel so real, the troubled detective, the abattoir slaughterer….(particularly horrific….) there’s also the exhausted new mum and the bitchy mums at the school gate…..we’ve all known them.

Hinton Hollow Death Trip is an incredible read, it’s anger inducing, frustrating, heartbreaking and thought provoking too. Another marvellously dark and unique read from Will Carver and I loved every black flamed second of it.

If you like your crime thrillers on the dark side then this is a definite must read.

(*a note….Liv Dunham…is that a Fringe reference? Or is that just the geek in me?)

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2OrLlNH

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Good Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.