One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner (Frankie Elkin #2) #BookReview #BlogTour @centurybooksuk

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I’m delighted to share my thoughts on the latest book by Lisa Gardner ‘One Step Too Far‘ featuring missing person tracker Frankie Elkin. My thanks to the publisher Penguin Random House’s imprint Century for the invite for the blog tour and the digital ecopy via Netgalley. A heads up already, you won’t fail noticing that I’m quite enthusiastic about this novel 😉

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A young man disappears during a stag weekend in the woods. Years later, he’s still missing.

But his friends who were with him that day are still searching for him. Still hunting for answers.

They hike deep into the wilderness.

With them is missing person specialist Frankie Elkin.

What they don’t know is that they are putting their own lives in terrifying danger, and may not come back alive . . .

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Author

Lisa Gardner started her writing career aged seventeen. Having caught her hair on fire while working in food service, crafting a novel seemed a safer bet. A mere ten years later she became an overnight success with the publication of her first thriller, The Perfect Husband.

Now an internationally bestselling author and winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best suspense novel, Lisa lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

When not glued to her computer, she can be found hiking the mountains with her dogs and/or researching new and interesting ways to get away with murder.

Follow Lisa Gardner on Twitter @LisaGardnerBks ; or visit her website: https://www.lisagardner.com/

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One Step Too Far is such an amazing novel! To say that I loved it is an understatement, it’s phe-nom-in-al! I was already itching to share the book love only 10 minutes after I finished reading it, so I’m excited it’s finally review day.

This is the second novel in a series about Frankie Elkin, a woman – not a detective, not a professional – who tries to find missing persons. A new location and new characters in every novel in the series, it’s a wonderful idea because you can read them as standalones but the characters of the first book in the series (bar owner Stoney, his terrorizing cat (still love him) and the special detective) were so great that I wished she’d stayed in town. That was before I read this novel. By the end of it, I had exactly the same feelings all over again, so many of the characters captured my heart, not to mention the dog, a lab called Daisy who’s a cadaver dog but can also find people alive.

Frankie is on her way to investigate the disappearance of an 8 year old but decides to make a little detour and join a search party for Timothy O’Day who went missing 5 years earlier. The party consists of 8 people (and a dog): a grieving father, a hiking guide, three college friends and three semi-professional searchers. They set out to an area in the massive Popo Agie Wilderness Area that consists of woods, mountains, streams, lakes, gullies, cliff faces, wild animals, you name it. Frankie is the one most out of her comfort zone but this city girl is determined, focused and absolutely amazing at what she does. When night falls on day 1 someone sabotages the group but who? I was hyperalert all through the novel but I honestly couldn’t say and after a while they all wormed their way into my heart.

I’d love to go over everything they went through up on that mountain but that would mean we’d need another hour. Suffice to say that there is lots of blood and wounds involved and yeah people will also get murdered. It’s like a version of The Hunger Games but better, so much better. The plot was so clever. I also had not a single idea how this was going to end.

I really enjoyed the first novel Before She Disappeared but in all honesty One Step Too Far is even better. If this doesn’t make it on my top 10 end of year list I don’t know what does! This character driven novel has wrung me out emotionally too. I nearly cried once, then smiled when it all came to a close, and in the very last pages I was emotional all over again. I think it’s easier to say it’s hormones then to explain to non-readers.

It can’t get any better than this if you ask me, but I can’t wait to follow Frankie again in the next novel and see what trouble finds her there!

I received a free ecopy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley. This is my honest opinion.

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My top 10 favorite books of 2021

My top 10 favorite books of 2021

Happy New Year to you! I wish you love, health, success, and general happiness! Oh and lots of great books in the future of course! There are new books being published this year by Ruth Ware, Megan Goldin, Sarah Pinborough, Fiona Cummins, Jennifer Hillier, Alice Feeney, and many others, and I want to read all of them!

But all in good time. For now, you’ll have to make do with my most favourite novels of last year. As always it was a difficult choice and there are at least two, three other titles that deserve to be on this list. I admit I changed the list at the last minute again too, because I still found the last novel I read this year deserved to be on the list too. So here are my ten favorites of 2021:

If you want to know which one gets the golden buzzer from me I’d have to say it’s No Exit. This was a new author for me and I was blown away. I’d love to reread all of my favorites at one point but this is definitely highest on my list. If you want to feel an adrenaline rush created by book, you need to read No Exit. Highly recommended!

So see anything you like that you haven’t read yet? Any title(s) we share? What’s on your list? Do let me know, I looove putting more books on my readlist 🙂 

Same book, different cover #17

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Happy hump day! I’m here to bring you again 5 new book covers (ok I was so fired up I even added an extra one so you get 6 book choices this time). It’s up to you to pick and choose your favorite cover. This is just for fun so there are no wrong answers! OK then, I’ll go first, then it’s up to you:

Bone China by Laura Purcell

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I choose cover 2. It has that historical and gothic feel to it which is missing in the third cover, and the first one feels a little too bare and colorless to me, it’s like it was the first draft and the second one is the one where they added all the color and extras and is actually the finished cover.

No Exit by Taylor Adams

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I choose cover 2. I actually read the first one but it’s the great reviews that convinced me because I wouldn’t have picked it up based on this cover, it feels too ghostly and if anything, I try to stay away from ghosts. If you feel the same, I can reassure you, it’s a real handprint left on a window and you’ll find out soon enough there’s nothing ghostly about this book.

Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas

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I pick cover 1. The second isn’t too bad either but the purple doesn’t feel as ominous as it should for me. Also I find it more chilling with the promise of someone vanishing in plain daylight than at night.

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

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I definitely choose cover 2. I do like the tagline of the first one but I’m not a fan of the image. It gives me such an all American feeling and despite the title it feels too cosy and cheerful. The second cover with those little smudges of blood is more ominous and mysterious.

Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis

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I guess this one depends on how much you love winter and novels set in winter time. I don’t love winter at all so I definitely pick cover 1. Sorry!

House of Correction by Nicci French

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Hmm well I’m spoilt for choice this time but I’m going for cover 2. I actually have nr 4 which looks nice as well and certainly stands out in my library with the vivid blue color but cover 2 reflects that feeling of confinement so well that I’m eager to find out more. The third cover makes me expect a story set somewhere in the seventies or eighties for some reason so I wouldn’t really pick this one either.

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So that’s it. Tell me your thoughts! If you can’t get enough, check out Battle Of The Books – #16

Christmas gift ideas for book lovers – edition 2021-2022

Christmas gift ideas for book lovers

Hohoho it’s time for Chris Rea and 10 new Christmas gift ideas. There are a few Etsy stores but also other online stores and prices range so I hope you’ll find something that interests you!

IDEA 1: The Book Lover’s Cup of Tea (Miniature Edition) (BookDepository, 8,50 €)

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The Book Lover’s Cup of Tea includes an innovative book-shaped tea infuser (titled A Tale of Two Ci-Teas) that offers two ways to brew: Dunk the entire book into your cup, or let the cover rest on the rim of your tea cup and hang the tea-filled pages into your hot water to steep.

I saw one of my blog friends receiving this as a gift so it went right on my list!

IDEA 2: Good Luck Black Cat Journal (Compoco, 20,00 €)

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You can choose whether you want the pages to be dotted or lined but both come with beautiful gold spredges.

There’s also a nice gift box set in a higher price range:

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IDEA 3: PUZZLES (for our US friends on Calendars.com, 17,99 USD and 19,99 USD)

The Escape Room concept in now available as a Ravensburger puzzle in Escape Cursed Greenhouse 368 Piece Puzzle (17,99 USD)

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Or what about a 1000 pieces mystery puzzle: Grounds for Murder or Murder On The Nile (19,99 USD)

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IDEA 4: Oscar Adjustable Table Lamp (Fourline Design, 58 € but possibly another 10% off when signing for a newsletter)

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You can also choose the plug type (UK, EU, US, AU).

I LOVE Oscar!

IDEA 5: One of us is Lying Miniature Book Necklace Keychain (New Leaf on Etsy (UK based), 12,50 £ or 15,95 €)

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You can even choose the US or UK cover!

They are made out of polymer clay, the sides are made to look like real pages and the covers are printed on high quality glossy photo paper. The covers are protected by an extra layer, this makes it water resistant and strong for daily ruff and tuff. The books do not open!

Or what about a Custom Miniature Book Keychain

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I actually thought oh that’s a nice book keychain, I didn’t even get at first that there wasn’t an actual cover yet, I’d be happy it looked that way 🙂

IDEA 6: Personalised Library Stamp (from the library of…) (Stamp by Me on Etsy (based in Spain), price varies from week to week)

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I already posted about this in another blogpost, you can read about it here.

IDEA 7: The Curious Correspondence Club (Single Chapter, 19,00 € or 21,95 USD)

Well, it’s kind of like an escape room adventure delivered to your home. Where each new envelope contains the next chapter of an ongoing episodic adventure, filled with cryptic puzzles to challenge you, your family and friends. Scour physical documents and ephemera, construct papercraft tools and devices, and immerse yourself in a unique deductive experience each month.

The Curious Correspondence Club is available as a monthly subscription, a twelve-chapter yearly subscription, or a single chapter purchase at your leisure.

It’s a Canadian based company but ships internationally. For a single chapter it is quite affordable and I have signed up for the first chapter so I’ll review that next year when it arrives and I’ve hopefully solved it.)

IDEA 8: Book Soap (NewLeafCandleCo on Etsy (US based), 12,02 €)

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You can choose color and scent (Library, Vanilla, Rose, Lavendar, Unscented or Peppermint). I have no idea what Library smells like!

Unfortunately they don’t ship to Belgium but I already know what I’d choose: a purple Vanilla scented one. I’d never use it but it would look sooo nice in the bathroom!

IDEA 9: Coffee mug warmer (Amazon UK, 20,00 £)

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I don’t have this yet but the number of times I drink cold coffee are countless so this would be a brilliant gift for me (although a wireless one would be even better). I don’t really like cold coffee but don’t want to throw it away so what are you supposed to do then eh?

IDEA 10: The Sherlock Holmes Escape Book (Amazon UK, 128 pages, 3,91 £)

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Here, the book becomes the locked room, the pages become the path, and the reader can take on a challenge every bit as brain-teasing from the comfort of their own home. Visual clues are hidden among the intriguing illustrations; fiendish riddles, logic puzzles and timed challenges unlock hidden doors and reveal the direction of travel; and mathematical problems provide the codes required to follow the correct path. There are maps and mazes to explore; references to the original Sherlock Holmes adventures to unravel; and a code-wheel that holds the key to unlocking the next page. Solve the puzzles correctly to escape. Get them wrong and you will find yourself further and further along the path to your own demise.

About the Author
Before writing puzzle-based books, Ormond Sacker served as note-taker and assistant to a London-based consulting detective, a role he held until being controversially superseded by a more qualified and less strangely named replacement. As a young man, Sacker studied medicine at St Bartholemews before joining the British Army, where he was attached as a surgeon to the Berkshire Regiment of Foot. It was specifically feet that led to his dismissal, following an odd number (both in quantity and circumstance) of amputation errors. To this day he stands by his assertion that “left” and “right” are subjective terms that depend upon which end of the table one is standing. His military training, international travels, and experience of curious crime, together with an intimate relationship with the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, have given him a unique view of the world. Such a character is clearly the ideal author of a book of Holmes-based conundrums and problems. Ormond Sacker is sometimes mixed up. At such times he is no card smoker, and lives in cranked rooms.

I’m curious about these type of books but I’ve never seen or tried one so it’s on my Christmas list and I’ll be gifting this one to myself along with a few carefully selected books.

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So see anything you like? Do let me know in the comments, I’d be happy to hear about it!

If you need more inspiration, here are my gift ideas of the previous years:

I have a personalised library stamp! #StampByMe

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A few weeks ago I found an English book in a Little Free Library (in case you’re wondering, it was The Ice Child by Camilla Läckberg) which made me very happy. I have read several novels in this Swedish book series about Erica Falck and Patrik Hedstrom in the past so I was thrilled to find a new one. On a sidenote: have you noticed too that The Ice Child is actually the combination of other book titles in the series: The Ice Princess (nr 1) and The Hidden Child (nr 5)?

Anyway I wanted to swap one of my own books in return but at the same time I thought it would be cool to let them know who the book was from. I didn’t want to just simply write it down in the novel though, not that my handwriting is awful or anything but there is no room for errors when you do it and with my track record… So I started searching on the internet and soon found this cool Etsy shop Stamp by Me. They are located in Spain and it was important for me to find a shop in Europe so I wouldn’t be charged with customs charges.

I chose a design that looked great in the sample on the site and I asked to see a proof first which was a good decision as I wasn’t entirely convinced about the result when I received it. The capitals were a little too ‘loopy’ for me and it just didn’t look as nice as I thought it would.

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I honestly told Sara of Stamp By Me who was very understanding and she sent me a list of all the different lettertypes that I could choose from. It was suddenly difficult to make a choice so I ended up with four favorites and Sara sent me a proof for all of them:

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Which one would you choose? I actually love all of the above so scroll down to find out which one I chose…

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Well I wanted it to look as if it was hand written so even if the last one is so aestatically pleasing to my eyes and it might even be my favourite design, I wanted it to be more personal and authentic if you get what I mean.

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The third one is very black and this made me doubt if it would be a good choice. The ink would also need to be replaced more often and it would bother me if I saw it fading after a while so maybe not a good idea either.

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It was down to 1 or 2 and surprisingly the choice was easily made.

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Oh before I’ll show you my decision I want to inform you that I’m contributing to the funding of a water well too with my order so I did a good thing at the same time.

The second one is well balanced with good spacing and rounded letters so that’s the one I approved 🙂

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I’m ready to stamp a whole lot of my books!

Please note that I paid full price on the Etsy site and there was no partnership. I did appreciate however the excellent client service, there were several mails exchanged in a matter of days until I was 100% happy. That’s why I happily recommend StampByMeStudio if you consider gifting someone a library stamp, or want to order one for yourself. Do let me know in the comments what you think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same book, different cover #16

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Happy hump day! I’m here to bring you again 5 new book covers. It’s up to you to pick and choose your favorite one. This is just for fun so there are no wrong answers! OK then, I’ll go first, then it’s up to you:

Sleepless by Romy Hausmann 

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These are very different and I normally always go for dark covers but – surprise – I’m more attracted to the second one this time. The second cover feels more original, and I also love that it fits perfectly with this author’s first book of Dear Child, which had a white cover as well with a matchstick house in the center.

Space Hopper by Helen Fisher

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So apparently, since the US doesn’t know what a Space Hopper (bouncy ball/skippy ball) is, there’s a different title and a different cover (it actually shows the item whereas the UK version doesn’t, isn’t that funny). Anyway, I’m choosing cover 1. It’s colorful and it makes me expect a fun read.

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

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There’s not a whole lot of difference between the covers but I still like cover 2 most of all. Maybe it’s the larger font, maybe it’s the blood red that makes it a more vivid cover, I don’t know but I’d reach out for that one first if they were next to each other.

The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell

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Cover 1! The second cover has a seventies spy-vibe for me and I’m not fond of it. The third gives me a historical vibe but it can’t compete with the more inviting first cover.

Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal

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I have the paperback with cover 2 and it looks so much prettier than what you see here. It has a golden shine in the letters and is really amazing. I love that it shows the circus and the familiar stripes but that they chose green instead of red (and blue) on the cover, it makes it so much more elegant and beautiful. I didn’t see Nell there at first on the cover but it’s great to discover some little extra detail like this when you look closer.

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So that’s it. Tell me your thoughts! If you can’t get enough, check out Battle Of The Books – #15

This Is How We Are Human by Louise Beech #BookReview @OrendaBooks

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Sebastian James Murphy is twenty years, six months and two days old. He loves swimming, fried eggs and Billy Ocean. Sebastian is autistic. And lonely.

Veronica wants her son Sebastian to be happy … she wants the world to accept him for who he is. She is also thinking about paying a professional to give him what he desperately wants.

Violetta is a high-class escort, who steps out into the night thinking only of money. Of her nursing degree. Paying for her dad’s care. Getting through the dark.

When these three lives collide – intertwine in unexpected ways – everything changes. For everyone.

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Don’t mind me I’m only still mopping up my bleeding heart! Louise Beech has a bit of a reputation of making tissues a necessary evil when reading her books and she certainly pulled at my heartstrings with This Is How We Are Human. It’s obvious this is a novel written with heart which effortlessly speared mine!

I ended up loving The Lion Tamer Who Lost and I Am Dust, and this is now my third book by Louise Beech. I knew it was going to be amazing and touching before I even started it and that I might as well get myself a paper copy of this novel. I only buy those (or any book really) from authors I’m absolutely sure will deliver in the end, and I can assure you that she delivered everything I hoped for! So this face is now looking pretty smug about the fact that she owns a physical novel; it’s one I know I want read it again.

This Is How We Are Human, blimey what a perfect title, you can feel the premise of this novel by that title alone. Between its pages lies an amazing story of love and friendship without it being a textbook romance novel. This Is How We Are Human is at times gentle but at other times cutting deep and it took me by surprise how deeply I cared for all three main characters and how touched I was by the whole story.

From the start I was on the fence about Veronica’s plan though to secretly pay someone to sleep with her son Sebastian who has autism and is becoming a little obsessed with sex. There’s an unspoken rule not to talk about such issues normally but Louise Beech is brave and there are no taboos for her. Anyway Sebastian thinks nobody will ever want to sleep with him and it breaks his mother’s heart, hence her last resort resolution. I immediately felt it was morally wrong, the secrecy, the make belief, and I worried so much how it was going to end. A tiny part of me didn’t like her for what she was doing, however much with good intentions. She wanted Sebastian to get the feeling that someone could be interested in him but what if he became too attached to HoneyBee? What if he didn’t want it to ever end? Didn’t she think about the possible consequences? The bubble someone with autism lives in is already small and they don’t let just anybody in so my heart already broke just thinking about what could happen. Sebastian is so endearing, he’s a man and he can give some very poignant comments but at other times he’s disarmingly childlike too and it was stronger than myself but I felt a need to protect him, knowing from the very first pages of this novel that the world will fail him.

It mustn’t have been easy to know how to write about sex, let alone from the viewpoints from someone who hasn’t experienced it and from an escort’s point of view but Louise Beech gave the reader an idea of what was happening without making it too awkward or spinning it out. I usually avoid books that have a lot of sex in them but this book does not include those cursed hot and graphic sex scenes so I was able to enjoy it all. I didn’t even want anything else but to have Sebastian’s dream come true.

If there’s anything I take away from this story it is how we are all flawed, and that we are as prejudiced as the characters even if we say we’re not. I made up assumptions while reading this novel and I was wrong to have them. This novel shoved my nose in it and I can’t do anything other than admit this error, there’s still work to be done. I’m sure I won’t be the only one.

This Is How We Are Human is a beautiful and moving story, an eye-opener of a novel with a unique twist.

I bought a paperback copy of this book from the publisher OrendaBooks via their online webshop (only 6.99 £ for the paperback right now!). This is my honest opinion.

A Chill #Catshelf #Review

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Hey everyone!

I know this IS a surprise but I exceptionally wanted to show you how I spoil my cat ;-). So I bought the CHILL catshelf from Cosy & Dozy when I moved to my new home last year (it was actually one of the first things I bought, before my own bed even I think) and after a year the shelf is finally mounted. My cat has been making it very clear lately she wanted to go on top of the cabinets (usually from my kitchen counter she was looking up but it was too high).

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If you go on their site you can see that you can customize it to your wishes: you can choose the shade of wood (maple – my choice -, walnut or wenge), the colour of the brackets and more than 10 types of cushions. I don’t see mine (PINK of course) between the choices now but let’s hope they bring that back because it’s really a lovely shade of pink, it’s subtle. The cushion is fastened to the shelf with buttons so it can’t slide and the cover is washable, there’s a zipper to easily take it off. They even send the necessary tools to hang this thing. All you need is a man who’s handy (turns out not so easy to find.. available).

Nope I don’t get paid for this, nor do I have any sort of cooperation, I’m just extremely happy with the quality (ok it’s not cheap I admit but worth it), and what’s more Poes (say Puss) is a fan too because it not allows her to lazy on it but also to jump up the bookcase and the kitchen cabinets. My father made a shelf to hang outside of my library and now she can jump – jump – jump onto the top and she loves it.

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At least once a day she feels herself on top of the world :-). Only thing is that going down I still need to learn her to go the same way.. she usually jumps from the top to the white shelf down on the foot stool.. which is not how it should go!

I’m thinking of putting a row of books on top maybe too, if anything to keep her from trying to sneak into my library this way, I’ve seen her looking!

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So now my cat corner is all finished. I know it might look a little crowded but I don’t care as long as it keeps her happy. I’m afraid she hasn’t rewarded me yet with more sleep though ;-). In case you’re wondering, it is the only place in the house that I made especially for her. She doesn’t really play with anything but loves jumping on things and in my old place she could jump on the bedroom and living room cabinets… I know she missed it here.

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So there’s that.. only thing left in the house to do is putting up my metal birds.. but I guess that’s another project for another time…

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So dear cat lover, what do you think? Do you have a cat shelf installed in your house and does your cat love to jump on cabinets so much too, or do I have a strange cat? 

Win by Harlan Coben #BookReview @PenguinUKBooks

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Over twenty years ago, heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery of her family’s estate, then locked inside an isolated cabin for months. Patricia escaped, but so did her captors, and the items stolen from her family were never recovered.

Until now.

On New York’s Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside two objects of note: a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, the authorities have a lead not only on Patricia’s kidnapping but also on another FBI cold case – with the suitcase and painting both pointing them towards one man.

Windsor Horne Lockwood III – or Win as his few friends call him – doesn’t know how his suitcase and his family’s stolen painting ended up in this dead man’s apartment. But he’s interested – especially when the FBI tell him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism, and that he may still be at large.

The two cases have baffled the FBI for decades. But Win has three things the FBI does not: a personal connection to the case, a large fortune, and his own unique brand of justice …

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I’m not one of Harlan Coben’s long-time fans but I really want to become one! This novel is an absolute WINner (yes that couldn’t be helped)!

I haven’t read the 11 books in Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar series where Win makes his appearance but that clearly isn’t imperative for enjoying this novel. I do have to say that I am a little curious about Myron himself because he’s talked about on several occasions but he doesn’t make an appearance in this novel. I’m mentioning this to keep the die hard fans from being disappointed ;-). I was happy though that the story really focuses on Win in the first novel of this brand new series.

Win (full name Windsor Horne Lockwood III) is as his name suggests as rich as croesus. He also has class and style and he might come across as a snob because who in the world answers the phone with ‘Articulate’, but aside from that I knew that deep down he is essentially a good guy, someone who will take action for the weak, even if his methods tend to be a bit violent sometimes. He’s charismatic, witty and he has a good dose of self confidence but he gets away with everything for me. Win is an awesome character to come across, he’s very well described and I enjoyed getting to know him throughout the novel.

I would not dare to say much about the complex plot except that it is kept intriguing at all times and I had no idea how the different subplots could end up fitting together. While there is progress on one front continually, other aspects of the story remain delightfully incomprehensible until Win’s tenacity pays off in the end. Over the course of the novel he dives into a story of terrorism in the seventies where a group of youngsters who became known as The Jane Street 6 threw a Molotov cocktail causing the deaths of several, as well as into his own family history and what happened with his cousin when she was 18 and the death of her father on the same night.

I marvel at the way the author used an abduction, an art heist and the murder of a recluse, all over the span of several decades, and made them very logically come together in the end. It’s a very clever and ingenious plot indeed!

I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this but I enjoyed this mystery novel decidedly more than I did the Netflix series The Stranger (I actually found it ok to watch at the time but it is nothing compared to this)! A very promising start to a brand new series! I for one can’t wait to read the next one!

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher Century. This is as always my honest opinion.

Same book, different cover #15

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Happy hump day! I’m here to bring you again 5 new book covers. It’s up to you to pick and choose your favorite one. This is just for fun so there are no wrong answers! OK then, I’ll go first, then it’s up to you:

Lost You by Haylen Beck

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I don’t have to think long about this, I think the second novel’s title pops out more and the first one has mostly dull colours on the cover so cover 2.

The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale

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Cover nr 1. I know we’ve seen a lot of covers of buildings with lit windows before but I quite like this one, it makes me wonder who is in the window. The second cover makes me think about someone who isn’t who she says she is but I read the book and it’s definitely not the main character, she is the victim here, it is her husband who she suspects of lying and cheating so I might like it for another book but I don’t find it fitting for this one.

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney

The Perfect Wife 01  The Perfect Wife 02

Hmm… I feel the second one has more sci-fi and a cold feel than the first but I like that the first one shows the woman in a mirror image, and in the novel there’s also a duplicate (robot) Abbie. I’m not entirely convinced but my ultimate choice goes to cover 1.

You Are Not Alone by Greet Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

You Are Not Alone 01  You Are Not Alone 02  You Are Not Alone 03

Definitely the second one! I like that there’s someone behind the first person, and I also like the yellow on the blue font, it gives the novel more of a contrast than the third one, which I also like but not as much as the second cover.

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Dear Child 02  Dear Child

I’m going for cover 2, I find the grown-up version with the hint of a prison (at least I see bars) much more intriguing.Line

So that’s it. Tell me your thoughts! If you can’t get enough, check out Battle Of The Books – #14

Also don’t forget to check out the Secret Library Book Blog where Nicki holds a book battle with AUDIObooks (and she held a special Christmas edition in December).