Posted in Contemporary Fiction

The Story of Us by Lesley Jones – @LesleyKJones ‏ #NikkiDelgado #AudiobookReview

The Story of Us

The Story of Us by Lesley Jones

⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Didn’t See That Coming Stars!

Synopsis

I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry” … He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…
“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”

Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean’s story will stay with you long after you read the final word.
An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

NOTE: This is part #1 of a 2 part story but can be read as a stand alone.

Review

Well this was a lovely story, albeit heart-wrenching.

Meet Georgia-Rae she is 11 years old…….She meets Sean, who is 13, and they both decide that they have met the loves of their lives and will never love anyone else again ….EVER!

Sean and Georgia become a “thing” and stay, and are very happy together, Sean is in a band called Carnage and is gigging around pubs and clubs and becoming quite a big name around the place, until they get spotted by a talent scout and they hit the big time!

The thing is, by this time Georgia is only 16 years old and is still at school, so she can’t follow him around the world, so she follows Carnage from afar and meets up with him when she can.

Sean in the mean time has got himself caught up in the rock-star lifestyle with drugs and alcohol and is getting himself into a bit of a mess.

This becomes evident one day after a huge silly mistake on Sean’s part splits the 2 lovers apart and doesn’t reconcile them until 4-5 years later.

In the meantime Georgia has met and started to have feelings again, and maybe has some real feelings for Cameron King, a big-time London crook, who knows of her family through her father.

Of course the story wouldn’t be complete without Georgia and Sean, but do they find their way back to each other?? Does Cameron stay in the picture??
will your little heart be torn out and stamped on??? Probably!!

🎧🎧 Great narration by Nikki Delgado, i went into this book completely blind so i had no idea that it was even set in the UK, She has a lovely accent and doesn’t sound like the usual posh Mary Poppins British narrators that i have become accustomed to.

Find your hankies,

Vicci x

Posted in Mystery, Thriller

5 Stellar Stars🌟Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman @CatSteadman #AudiobookReview #SomethingInTheWater

Wowza did this book take me by surprise! My review today is for this amazing audiobook that is definitely my top listen of 2018 so far! Remarkable story and stellar narration! Both written and narrated by very talented Catherine Steadman!😍

Something in the Water

Something in the WaterΒ byΒ Catherine Steadman

5 Tension Filled Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

A shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this taut psychological thriller debut–for readers of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Shari Lapena.

If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you?Β 

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?

Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?

Wonder no longer. Catherine Steadman’s enthralling voice shines throughout this spellbinding debut novel. With piercing insight and fascinating twists,Β Something in the WaterΒ challenges the reader to confront the hopes we desperately cling to, the ideals we’re tempted to abandon, and the perfect lies we tell ourselves.

~My Review~

5 Tension Filled Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Well HOT damn this book was just… brilliant! Full disclosure I was running behind on my reviews so I purchased this on audio on release day and I was even a little hesitant because I saw the author was narrating…. not always a good thing, but I had no idea that Catherine Steadman is an actress…. and after finishing this book I now know she is also a fantastic author and audiobook narrator!!! Simply amazing! Seriously if I could I would give her narration six stars, it was really exceptional! And this book kept me on the edge of my seat from about 30% on…

Erin and Mark are a happy newly married couple on their honeymoon in Bora Bora… they are having a wonderful time in this tropical paradise until…thunk thunk… there is something in the water…. and what it is will alter this couple’s lives…. from this point on the tension is ramped up and I felt as though I was on the edge of my seat throughout… so many thoughts… what would I do in this situation? What is the ethical thing to do?

Erin and Mark were both fabulous characters… they both handled the situation so differently and I found that part so compelling and true….Erin was very bold about it all and didn’t always think things through, in fact sometimes she did some really stupid things… Mark on the other hand was more cautious, not much of a risk taker, although he was usually fine with his wife taking a risk…. I have to say I was both surprised and a little disappointed by both of these characters at points in this book….

There is also a very fascinating side story in this book… Erin is filming a documentary about prisoners about to be released…. Eddie, Holly, and Alexa were all strong, interesting, and well-developed characters…. I found each of their storys compelling and unique…. definitely added another layer to this already wonderful book…. and the voice of eddie is absolutely the best in this audio!

This really was a book unlike any other I have read before… it was very refreshing…. absolutely recommend to everybody regardless of your reading preferences!

*** thank you to the publisher for my copy of this brilliant book ***

Stay out of the water!🦈🦈🦈 Berit πŸ’›