Don’t Tell – Review

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This book was outstanding! I have read a lot of crime books and I am so happy to discover another female author who is absolutely fantastic at her craft. After growing up on a solid diet of Patricia Cornwell and Linda Fairstein, Karen Rose is the next author who I will be reading everything I can get my hands on.

I started reading Don’t Tell and I didn’t stop until I was finished, it is absolutely gripping. Karen Rose manages to do what so few can, mix human drama, crime and romance and do it all with such style that it leaves you wanting more and more.

Don’t Tell is the story of Mary grace a woman abused at the hands of her Police Officer husband. After nine years and countless injuries, one of which leaves her almost crippled and convalescing in hospital for three months, Mary Grace decides enough is enough and makes the very brave decision to run.

She packs herself and her Son up and runs to a secret women’s shelter to begin a new life with a new identity. Armed with a new identity in a new town, she and her son have found refuge hundreds of miles away.

As Caroline Stewart, she has almost forgotten the nightmare she left behind nine years ago. She is even taking a chance on love with Max Hunter, a man with wounds of his own. Until the secret she thought was buried forever comes back to haunt her and her ex husband comes after her to shatter the new life she has built.

Utterly absorbing reading Don’t Tell will have you on the edge of your seat till the very last page. I am always excited to discover new authors that really make me feel excited and Karen Rose has that in spades. I no sooner finished Don’t Tell than I was down at work buying her back catalogue so I could read them as well.

This is really well written, high drama crime writing. Lovers of gritty crime fiction will adore this book and all Karen Rose’s others as well. She really is a fantastic writer. The beauty of reading Karen Rose compared to other writers in the crime genre is that she does not fall in to the trap of writing to the same formula over and over.

Each novel is distinctly different and equally thrilling. Do yourself a favour if you haven’t already read Karen Rose then get out to your local bookstore as soon as you can, I promise you wont be disappointed.



Past The Shallows – Review

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Past the Shallows is the début novel from emerging writer Favel Parrett. It is the story of two young boys growing up in a small seaside fishing village on the wild Tasmanian coast.

Miles the elder of the two brothers is starting to learn the ropes in their fathers abalone diving business and Harry is tagging along behind under the ever watchful eye of Miles.The journey begins with Harry playing on the beach and searching for the elusive treasure of shark eggs while Miles surfs the frigid cold waters of the Tasmanian coast.

Stunning in its simplicity Past the Shallows uses the voices of Miles and Harry to draw you in to the story. Readers will fall in love with these two young boys. They are daring and adventurous and share a bond that only two brothers could ever fully comprehend. This is a story that grabs you from the first paragraph and doesn’t let go until the final page.

The gentle lilting flow of Past the Shallows is soothing and yet simultaneously chilling. Readers will be drawn into the world of Harry and Miles the way generations have fallen in love with characters like Scout in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Holden Caulfield in J.D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.

Favel Parrett has a rare ability to write in clean simple language filled with stunning imagery that seems to dance across your mind, all the while drawing you deeper in to the struggle and inner turmoil of her characters almost before you are aware that it is happening.

This book will leave readers breathless with anticipation, hanging on every word until its final blinding conclusion. Anyone who reads Past the Shallows will be changed by the experience. It is a stunning novel that will enchant, delight, horrify and confuse the senses.

A timeless tale of family bonds, love, despair, loss and the struggle to survive, Past the Shallows is a masterpiece of modern fiction and will stay with everyone who reads it. Fall in love with Harry and Miles and feel your heartstrings being pulled at every turn.

This a novel to devour in one sitting just to finish it and start to the first page and read it again. It will have a lot of readers wishing they could bundle Harry up and take him home for sandwiches and milo. And believing in the power of love to rise above anything that tries to get in its way.

Past the Shallows is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel from an author I hope we will be hearing from again very soon.



Day 3 Song 3 A Song That Makes You Happy – 30 Day song challenge

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Well day 3 is a song that makes you happy and I could pick so many different songs for this day and for so many different reasons ! But the one I chose is simply because its the type of song that no matter the mood your in at the time this will make you laugh !