Why Mummy Swears Gill Sims

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Why Mummy Swears is the much anticipated new novel from Gill Sims, author of the hilarious Why Mummy Drinks and online sensation Peter and Jane.

It’s every parents’ nightmare – the start of the school holidays – and instead of sitting in the sun, reading a book over a cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, Mummy has two bored moppets to attend to. After frantically booking sports camps, child minder slots, not to mention time off work, Mummy is exhausted. But this is only the beginning…

After being dragged to join the school’s PTA in the new term by an annoyingly kind-spirited neighbour, Mummy is stuck with organising the Christmas Fayre and pleasing all the overly disapproving parents. In combination with getting to know her father’s surprise new glamorous (and much younger) wife, and being forced to spend more time with her narcissistic mother, life isn’t cutting her much of a break. What more could possibly happen?


Ellen’s diary is hilarious..

Covering a year from July, and the start of the school holidays, to the following July this hilarious look at motherhood, career adventures and family had me rolling with laughter.

I could write a novel with just my review and include all the times I giggled, snorted and wet myself laughing at life in this dysfunctional but very realistic household.

It is totally relatable and what I loved the most was ‘Ellen’s voice’  it’s like hearing a tale from your best friend like you do over a glass of wine.. it’s brilliant, genius and fun. Some of it was just priceless.

Gill’s humour pours from every page, word and life snippet and I couldn’t help but wonder how much of this book is down to personal experience.. I know I have encountered some of Ellen’s happenings while trying to bring up two children.

I loved the 27th December entry, I think it has to be my favourite. I chuckled and chuckled.. and will never look at a gravy jug in quite the same way again.

The swearing is mega, but you know, the warning is in the title, but this has to be one of the best books I have ever read. It reigns supreme and I highly recommend it, I think it’s going to be one of the most talked about books of the year and will be on everyone’s reading list.

It’s a complete riot.




The Butcher’s Daughter Victoria Glendinning

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My name is Agnes Peppin and I am a stranger here…In this stirring, critically acclaimed and affecting novel, award-winning author Victoria Glendinning intricately depicts the lives of women during the Tudor era. The Butcher’s Daughter is the atmospheric story of a young woman’s struggle to define herself in a world of uncertainty, intrigue, and danger.

It is 1535 and Agnes Peppin, daughter of a West-country butcher, leaves her family home in disgrace to live out the rest of her life cloistered behind the walls of the Shaftesbury Abbey. Blessed with a sharp mind, she quickly rises through the ranks of the sisterhood to become the Abbess’s assistant. While Agnes grapples with the complex rules and hierarchies of her new world, King Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Head of the Church of England. Religious houses are being formally subjugated, monasteries dissolved, and the great Abbey is no exception to the purge.

With her place of refuge razed and the sisterhood disbanded, she is free at last to be the master of her own fate. But freedom comes at a price as Agnes descends into a world she knows little about, using her wits and testing her moral convictions against her need to survive by any means necessary..


What an amazing novel.

Agnes Peppin is a fabulous character and she really is woman with a heart and lots of personality.

A mix of Historical fact and brilliant fiction The Butchers Daughter is set in 1535 and the reign of King Henry VIII.

Agnes is a woman who has shamed her family, she enters into the care of the nuns and her story, her life and most of all her musings are just spectacular to read about. I loved getting to know her.

This is action packed and pacy and at times quite sad.  The Reformation means the dissolution of the monasteries and the ladies face unsurety.  I smiled in places and was shocked by some of the actions of those who make the decisions. I especially loved the ‘Go boil your head’ history and while these all added flavour to what is a brilliant read, what makes this book so good is the writing. It is sublime and a complete joy to read.

I would highly recommend this book, even if you are not a fan of Historical fiction, this is book with many facets. I was hooked and completed it in a morning as I just could not put it down.

It is truly amazing and one of the best reads this year so far.



The Perfect Stranger Megan Miranda

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Having reached a dead end in Boston, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs a change. When she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who is moving to rural Pennsylvania, Leah decides to join her. But their fresh start is quickly threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah helps Detective Kyle Donovan to investigate her friend’s life for clues. But with no friends, family or digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Forced to question her version of reality and to save herself, Leah must uncover the truth – no matter how dark or terrible it may be…


The Perfect Stranger is a slow burning read..

and at times I did get a bit lost with the story.

It is filled with twists and although I had a hard time with this book it is a good read.

I loved All The Missing Girls and this is a worthy follow up, but a lot happens and I wonder if it I would have enjoyed a more simplified tale better.

I had no clue as to how the story would end and I was surprised, I got it all totally wrong.

It is a character driven novel and I loved Kyle, everyone seemed to behave as though they have a secret, and couldn’t be completely trusted but Kyle was solid.

This will be a superb book for a book club read, and I will be recommending it to mine.



A Stranger in the House Shari Lapena

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Why would you run scared from a happy home?

You’re waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You’re making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day.

That’s the last thing you remember.

You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town.

The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn’t so sure. And even you don’t know what to believe



I loved this novel, it is a creepy tense tale of obsession, greed and the two female characters are brilliantly portrayed.

The film, Single, White, Female kept springing to my mind, but A Stranger in the House has an edge that took my breath away. Quite honestly I did not see the twist coming AT ALL.

Karen Krupp is a lady with a secret, but then so does her husband, and so does her friend across the street, Brigid.

The tension is high and I loved how the author revealed the story slowly, like a dripping tap, I was well aware at how I very quickly turned each page.

This is a recommended read, I loved the previous novel by Lapena and this one is a worthy follow up. If I have one criticism, it was the writing style. It is rather like being read to, I would have much preferred  different ‘voice’. That said it is a terrific tale and I am really looking forward to the next novel by this amazing storyteller.


Sleeper 13 Rob Sinclair

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Smuggled to the Middle East as a child.

Trained as one of the most elite insurgents of his generation.

Forced to do things no one should, for a cause he couldn’t believe in.

But as his brothers were preparing to kill, he was looking for a way out.

Now, on the eve of the deadliest coordinated attacks the world has ever seen, he finally has his chance.

He will break free and hunt down those who made him a monster.

He must draw on all his training to survive.

He is SLEEPER 13.



This is one amazing and brilliant tale.

It is a pacy and gripping read, and what I loved was the voices of the many characters.

Aydin, was abducted as a child and he is Sleeper 13. He is number 13 as there are 12 other boys in his position.   Taught to be an insurgent by The Teacher, this highly topical plot is relevant in today’s world. It is also a very dramatic and the author has done a brilliant job in taking the reader behind the scenes in what might and could be a very real situation.

I am quite certain there will never be a novel written in quite the same way as Sleeper 13.  It is powerful and convincing… It is psychological and thrilling.. It is a forceful read that just blew my mind and if I am completely honest, this was a book that I didn’t think  I would enjoy..but.. the twists, turns and OMG! the action, all made this book such a scarily thrilling read for me.

A fabulous work of fiction that could easily be adapted for the big screen, it is both compelling and impressive.. I loved it.


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Into the Water Paula Hawkins

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Just days before her sister plunged to her death, Jules ignored her call.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules must return to her sister’s house to care for her daughter, and to face the mystery of Nel’s death.

But Jules is afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of this small town that is drowning in secrecy . . .

And of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.


This has to be my  favourite read of the year so far.

I literally did not want it to end and I would love to read more of Libby, Nickie and the generations of witches that have lived and passed since.

This novel is a joy. it is filled with suspense and with characters I genuinely cared about, I was hooked by every page.

I loved ‘Girl on the Train’ but this novel is so much better, and Paula Hawkins has written another hit, I loved how each character each had something to add to the tale. I loved the slow pace and I especially loved how the tale unfolded and deftly delivered it’s secrets about the deaths of the ‘troublesome women’.

Louise’s grief as a mother is beautifully portrayed and I truly felt for her, her bitterness and triumph were also fairly placed.

Written in four parts,which are all very different, you really get a lot of story for your money.  The first part was centered very much on the ‘Drowning Pool and it’s purpose and the second part is a why and wherefore.

The sadness and tragedy is portrayed in this half and honestly I could wax lyrical about this book forever. It is a book that the author made me think about, and I totally related both personally and as a reader. Needless to say I loved ‘Into The Water’ it is the novel I will be recommending to everyone.


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The Liar’s Room Simon Lelic

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Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She’s never met this young man before – so why does she feel like she knows him?

Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt. And that’s when Susanna realises she was wrong.

She doesn’t know him.
He knows her.
And the girl he plans to hurt is her daughter.


The Liars Room is one of those books that just grips from the start.

Susanna, a Therapist has a new client…. Adam. She also has a secret and a daughter whom she loves.

Unknown to Susanna, Adam seems to know all about her secret and what happens in her office is a battle of wits between the two and as we get to know each character, the reader soon discovers the dark sides of both of them.

The suspense intensifies gradually, and quite honestly this is a book that scared me. At the beginning I do not know who I felt more fearful for.

The Liars Room has ‘Book of the Year’ written all over it. It is fabulous.

It is a creepy read filled with chilling and disturbing drama, and I for one would love to see a film of this book.

Susanna’s anguish comes across brilliantly and Adam is a conniving and convincing mad man. I loved him.