Kerry, Rachel and Danielle’s January Book of the month

So, Rachel, Danielle and I often found ourselves clogging up threads with our bookish talk so we decided to create a DM group to chat freely.  From that was born our book of the month collaboration, giving you a taster of our favourite books this month.

You can find more of their books reviews on their pages.

Rachel –

Danielle –

To view the whole review, click on the titles.


Kerry’s choice – The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven

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What begins as an excellent detective novel, turns into something so much more dark and disturbing and just when you think you’d had all the shocks – along came another!

The story of the immolation man and the efforts to track him down is revetting in it’s own right but when you add into it the darker side of the story then finishing the book becomes an obsession and it’s hard to put it down (or turn it off as I listened via Audible).  Questions are raised that really make you consider your own stance on justice, revenge etc and the story is as heartbreaking as it is disturbing.  By the ending I couldn’t say whose side I was on.

In addition to the mind-blowing story line, I was completely enamoured by the two main characters who might just be the most lovable crime solving duo I’ve ever come across.

A mind-blowing rollercoaster of emotions.


Danielle’s Choice – The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’ Connor

We are initially told of a scene which occurs between two unknown individuals who appear to know one another, their meeting ends in the most shocking way. From that point the storyline had 100% of my attention, I couldn’t wait to see where this psychological thriller was going to take me.

The first known character we are introduced is Jessamine, who is a bbc radio show presenter of a segment concerning retrospectively, called ‘Potentially Dangerous People’ that delves in to the lives of convicted murderers and with the help of an ex – police officer and a criminologist discuss how their behaviour could have been avoided or if identified early on, could it have potentially prevented the crime from occurring. Jessamine is approached by a big fan of her show, Marnie Clark, who is seeking help to find her friend Cassie Scolari, who has gone missing, possibly at the hands of her physically abusive husband.

This whole read is the embodiment of a truly fantastic thriller! Usually I’m asleep by 11pm, 2am for two nights in a row I stayed up to devour this raw read.

The storyline was like a train crash (in the best way!) that you just could not look away from… or in this case put down. It’s based on a subject that should be brought to societies attention I feel, it’s something that has the potential to happen to anybody and I think that brings in the emotional rawness of the read. It’s eye-opening to say the least.  At parts of the read you can feel yourself getting chilly due to the complete heartbreak that is endured, not just by fictional characters but by real people. A hard-hitting storyline!


Rachel’s Choice – Cull by Tanvir Bush


‘Brown Envelope Syndrome-an extreme anxiety created by waiting for, or appearance of, brown envelopes from a welfare agency resulting in depression, hypermania,disassociation and often leading to intensification of existing mental and physical health issues and on occasion to suicidal thoughts and actions

‘Cull’ is so close to what most of us know as reality ,that you find yourself following a laugh with  a wince. It is not too far-fetched to imagine a government (particularly the one in power) creating a Protect and Care Act which hands down powers to divide and conquer society.

Protagonist Alex has a degenerative visual condition that requires a guide dog, despite the fact that she ‘does not look disabled’ a constant theme of the novel is how normal she looks and the abuse she gets as though she must be pretending. The disappearance of a fellow guide dog owner and homeless man Phil, leads to Alex investigating other disappearances into the government sanctioned ‘rehab treatment’ programme, ‘Homeless Action!’. An awful lot of them are dying, but no one seems to care.

This is a novel with enormous heart and bravery that addresses the discrimination that disabled people face daily in an unflinching manner.

Have your read any of these books and do you agree with our views?  Have any of these books caught your eye and are making their way onto your TBR pile?  Let us know in the comments.



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