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Perfect Remains by Helen Fields @Helen_Fields @AvonBooksUK #PerfectRemains #HelenFields #BookReview

Hello book friends,

I’m so happy to have been invited to take part in the audio blog tour for this cracking thriller!

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My Thoughts

Set in the UK in Edinburgh, Detective Inspector Luc Callanach who was a former Interpol Officer, has joined the Crime team in Scotland, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge, and also a bag full of rumours that still follow him, and his methods around.

Ava is his work colleague, and they actually make a great pair, they seems to balance themselves out, while Ava is fun loving and knowledge based, Callanach comes across as a grumpy old man with a stick up his ass!

We also get the POV of the murderer, and we are privy to the information in his mind, we can what he is doing, to whom, and who will be next, and let me tell you, It. Is. Dark!!

The gruesome parts are very descriptive, I for one loved them, but be prepared to wince a lot while reading them.

This was a very clever thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you turning the pages (or in my case listening to the audiobook) I stayed up way too late trying to piece things together and work out what was going on.

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Narration was by Robin Laing, a brand new to me narrator.

I thought that he did a great job with the narrating, it must be so difficult to switch back and forth from a French accent to Scottish, and Laing seemed to be able to do it seamlessly.

**Thank you to Sanjana Cunniah at Avon Books UK for my audio copy of this book**

Enjoy
Vicci πŸ“šπŸ’›βœ¨

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The first in a nail-shredding new crime series. Fans of M.J. Arlidge will be gripped from start to finish.
On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.
In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.
Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.
It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.
Fans of Angela Marson, Mark Billingham and M. J. Aldridge will be gripped by this chilling journey into the mind of a troubled killer.

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The Institute by Stephen King @StephenKing @HodderBooks @SantinoFontana #TheInstitute #StephenKing #BookReview #ViccisBestBooksof2019

Happy New Year book friends,

2019 was a great year for reading, and I had a great time doing it!

Here is a late entry for me that I read in November.

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My Thoughts

Oh My, I have finally found a new favourite Stephen King since 11.22.63

This one came with a slow start, I couldn’t really see where it was heading, and then a few chapters later, BAM I was invested!

This book follows 12 year old Luke Ellis, who is a normal boy, well except for the fact that he can move things with his mind, but he thinks that is just normal really, it doesn’t happen all the time, just when he’s mad.

Except, you and I both know that it isn’t normal, and so do the people that break into his house one night, kill his parents, kidnap him, and take him to The Institute.

We also meet Tim, an ex Cop, who was on his way to somewhere completely different, until he decides at the last minute to gives up his seat on a packed flight, and then just goes on his merry way. He finds a random old town, and gets a job as a Night Knocker, that he is way overqualified for, but seems to enjoy, and everything in his life seems to be going Hunky-Dory.

Luke has woken up in his bedroom, except is isn’t his, it just looks like it, turns out, that The Institute has a lot of kids just like Luke, and they are subjected to some horrific experiments by the adults in charge.

Do Luke and Tim have a connection? Well it wouldn’t be a SK if people were randomly shoved in his story for no reason would it?

Am I going to tell you what the connection is? OF COURSE NOT YOU FOOLS!!!

If you loved watching shows like Stranger Things, or reading SK’s older books like Firestarter, or even newer books like The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken or Vicious by V E Schwab (personal favourites of mine) then you will LOVE this book!

It reads more like a YA than most of his books, so don’t let the STEPHEN KING thing scare you, if you’ve never read any of his books before, then this would be a great starter for you.

Mr King is not known as The King for nothing, his books are usually huge, and this one is no exception, but if you go in knowing that it is going to be a wild ride, then you are going to have a great time.

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When I knew that Santino Fontana was narrating this one, I just KNEW that I was going to love it, if you’ve already listened to YOU by Caroline Kepnes then you’ll know what I mean (if you haven’t, what are you waiting for, add it to your never ending TBR)

Narration = Perfection
Story = Perfection
Me = Happy
Stephen = KING!

Enjoy

VicciπŸ“šπŸ’›βœ¨

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Deep in the woods of Maine, there is a dark state facility where kids, abducted from across the United States, are incarcerated. In the Institute they are subjected to a series of tests and procedures meant to combine their exceptional gifts – telepathy, telekinesis – for concentrated effect.
Luke Ellis is the latest recruit. He’s just a regular 12-year-old, except he’s not just smart, he’s super-smart. And he has another gift which the Institute wants to use….
Far away in a small town in South Carolina, former cop Tim Jamieson has taken a job working for the local Sheriff. He’s basically just walking the beat. But he’s about to take on the biggest case of his career.
Back in the Institute’s downtrodden playground and corridors where posters advertise ‘just another day in paradise’, Luke, his friend Kalisha and the other kids are in no doubt that they are prisoners, not guests. And there is no hope of escape.
But great events can turn on small hinges, and Luke is about to team up with a new, even younger recruit, Avery Dixon, whose ability to read minds is off the scale. While the Institute may want to harness their powers for covert ends, the combined intelligence of Luke and Avery is beyond anything that even those who run the experiments – even the infamous Mrs Sigsby – suspect.
Thrilling, suspenseful, heartbreaking, The Institute is a stunning novel of childhood betrayed and hope regained.

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Regretting You by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover #BrillianceAudio #ColleenHoover #RegrettingYou #BookReview #ViccisBestBooksof2019

Hello again book friends,

Well Ms Hoover did it again and made my black heart melt

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My Thoughts

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Just as I was finishing the year with Zero tears spilled on a book, 2 of them come along at the same time and wipe me out!

This one was just such a good story, with the usual CoHo WTF thrown in, I was shouting at my phone so many times (I listened to the audiobook obvs)

This is a story of a mother (Morgan) and daughter (Clara), and was written so well. Morgan got pregnant and married young, something that Clara absolutely doesn’t want to do, she has goals and aspirations, something that her mother had once, but put on hold to have her.

Clara’s father Chris is the glue that holds the family together, and they all live in a perfect family bubble.

Until one day.

An accident brings the family dynamic to a screeching halt.

With Morgan and Clara at loggerheads, Morgan has secrets that she cannot discuss with Clara, and Clara has her own secrets that she needs to hide.

Secrets, Lies and other things I can’t discuss because of spoilers, make this a book that you should definitely add to your TBR.

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The audiobook was narrated by Tanya Eby and Lauren Ezzo who were just perfect for the characters, they slipped from Mom to Teenager so brilliantly.

This book is well worth a credit.

Enjoy

VicciπŸ“šπŸ’›βœ¨

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Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.
Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.
With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris – Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.
While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

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Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid @Putnambooks @librofm #audiobookreview

Happy ThursdayοΏΌ all!

It is the second day of 2020 and the perfect day to share my review for one of my favorite books of 2019!🧸

My Thoughts

Such a fab book! Kiley Reid’s debut was extremely readable, tremendously thought-provoking, and very hard to review. On the surface this was an engaging story about Emira, A 25-year-old African-American woman finding herself and her voice. But there really was so much more to it, it really was a story about privilege, race, and economic status. The story starts with Emira being accused of kidnapping when she is at the grocery store late at night with A little white girl. The truth of it was she was babysitting and doing a favor for the couple she works for and taking the little girl out of the house, because things were happening at home. I grew up in a biracial family so I do know what it’s like for people to assume things. Many times people did not believe my African-American brother was my brother, but if he were ever out with my white children and somebody accused him of kidnapping them, I would probably lose it. There was much more to the story there was Alix Emira’s boss. Alix lived a privileged life and had an obsessive need to bond with Emira. I have to say I found this really strange, disconcerting, and borderline stalkerish. Then there was love interest Kelly who ironically also had a past Thai to Alix. Still really don’t know what to think of him? There were many other characters in the story most of them having very strong opinions as to what Emira should do with her life. Then there was three-year-old Brier the little girl she babysat. Brier was so adorable, precocious, and loving. I love the relationship between Brier and Emira they were just so completely loving and accepting of one another. I have to say I found Emira a much more sympathetic character. The poor girl had so many people trying to tell her what she should be doing, even though she was perfectly fine with being a nanny. I just loved this book so much it was so brilliant in its subtlety so beautiful in its nuance.

🎧🎧🎧 The audiobook was narrated by Nicole Lewis. She really brought the perfect voice to this exceptional story.

This book in emojis. 🧸 πŸ–Œ πŸ– πŸ₯‚

*** Big thanks to Putnam Books, Libro fm, and Penguin Audio for my gifted copy of this book ***

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“Our January pick is Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. You’ll follow a young women’s journey of self-discovery after she’s wrongfully accused of kidnapping a child. This story is a beautiful conversation starter about race, privilege, work dynamics…. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!” (Reese Witherspoon)   

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a compelling and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. 

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store’s security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At 25, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves and each other. 

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family”, and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times. 

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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett @Kim_Liggett @PRHAudio #KimLiggett #TheGraceYear #BookReview

Hello book friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful day, I’m here to bring you a review for a new YA Dystopian read that will be coming to the Big Screen near you soon.

Rumour has it that Elizabeth Banks is directing and producing it so it’s sure to be a hit!

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My Thoughts

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The Grace Year is a bit like Fight Club, as in, no-one speaks of it, in fact you are not *allowed* to speak about it.

All you know is that when you get to a certain age (16) you start to release your “Magic” and this magic is what lures men to their knees, you at 16 years of age could entrance a grown man from is married bed into yours, just by the smell of your skin! (insert eye roll here)

Because as we all know Men rule the roost and heaven forbid a girl actually grows into a woman and a man can’t keep his hands (and other things) to himself!

And so, these poor girls, in packs have to go and spend a year banished into the woods, so that they can “release their magic” and then come back all purified and shit, to be married off to whomever the men decide.

And this is what happens to our main character Tierney James, she doesn’t want to go, but she has to be seen to be obeying the rules.

But she doesn’t want to go, she’s heard all of the rumours about the poachers out there that hunt the girls, and the last few years some of the girls haven’t even made it back alive!

Escaping poachers is one thing, but what happens when the pack starts to turn on itself?

A really clever YA take on a Dystopian that is in the same vein as The Handmaids Tale and The Hunger Games, it’s sure to be a big hit with many.

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Narrated by Emily Shaffer, who did a great job and has just the right voice for a young teenage girl.

Enjoy

Vicci πŸ“šπŸ’›βœ¨

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The resistance starts here….
No one speaks of the grace year.
It’s forbidden.
We’re told we have the power to lure grown men from their beds, make boys lose their minds, and drive the wives mad with jealousy. That’s why we’re banished for our 16th year, to release our magic into the wild before we’re allowed to return to civilisation. But I don’t feel powerful. I don’t feel magical.
Tierney James lives in an isolated village where girls are banished at 16 to the northern forest to brave the wilderness – and each other – for a year. They must rid themselves of their dangerous magic before returning purified and ready to marry – if they’re lucky.
It is forbidden to speak of the grace year, but even so every girl knows that the coming year will change them – if they survive it….
The Grace Year is The Handmaid’s Tale meets Lord of the Flies – a feminist dystopia about a young woman trapped in an oppressive society, fighting to take control of her own life.

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No Exit by Taylor Adams @Tadamsauthor #BrillianceAudio #BookReview #NoExit #TaylorAdams

Hello Book Friends,

Oh-Em-Gee!

This is one that will certainly keep you on the edge of your seat, from beginning to end.

Strap yourself in, this one is going to be a bumpy ride!

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My Thoughts

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While driving to Utah to see her dying mother in hospital, Darby gets caught in the mother of all snowstorms, she is currently in the mountains of Colorado so there is nowhere for her to go, but she sees a rest stop nearby.

With no phone signal and the roads all closed, Darby decides to wait out the storm there.

In the rest stop there are a couple of vending machines, and coffee Hallelujah!!

There are a 4 people there that have obviously had the same idea and are already caffeinated, so Darby joins them and introduces herself, after all, it;s going to be a long evening.

Desperate to get some information about her mother, Darby tries in vein to get a phone signal, maybe if she was a little higher, or if she was further out, so she goes for a little walk to see if she can get anything, her phone is almost out of juice, and she is starting to panic as her mother has an operation scheduled.

While wandering around the car-park waving her phone in the air, desperate to get a signal, she sees …something.

She’s not sure if she’s seeing things so she checks again, and yes! She was right!

The van parked next to her car has a little girl…in a cage….in the back of the van!

But who’s van is it? There are only 4 people in the rest stop, all of them strangers, one of them is a kidnapper, and she has barely any phone battery and no signal, what can she do?

This is a great thriller that will have your heart racing from the get-go.

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Narrated by Sarah Naughton who did an excellent job, her character voices were great and made me have a serious loathing for at least one of the characters.

Grab this one if you can, you won’t be disappointed

Enjoy

Vicci

 

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A KIDNAPPED LITTLE GIRL LOCKED IN A STRANGER’S VAN. NO HELP FOR MILES. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night in the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of their parked cars.
There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, no way out because of the snow, and she doesn’t know which one of the other travelers is the kidnapper.
Who is the little girl? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?
Full of shocking twists and turns, this beautifully written novel will have you on the edge of your seat.

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We Met in December by Rosie Curtis @karamina @avonbooksuk @HarperCollinsUK #WeMetInDecember #RosieCurtis

Hello book friends,

I’m super happy to bring you my review for the audiobook that has been released for this lovely story – if it sounds slightly familiar, it is because Berit reviewed the book a few weeks ago Here.

Thank you to Avon books UK for choosing me for this Audio Tour.

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My Thoughts

This was a lovely slow burn romance book told from the POV of Jess and Alex.

Jess is 29 and has recently moved to London for a new job opportunity, she can’t afford to pay the extortionate rental prices there, so she rents a room in a house with new housemates.

After arriving at the house and being introduced to everyone, she notices Alex, the male nurse who is sharing her floor with her and thinks Yummy!

There wasn’t insta-love so much as an insta-connection, but Jess is fully aware of the house rules that have been set for everyone, and one of those, is NO RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN HOUSEMATES.

So that’s that!

But is isn’t quite, Jess and Alex bond as friends and often go around exploring London and all of it’s hidden gems, but Alex is secretly seeing one of the housemates Emma, much to Jess’s dismay, and because she has been ‘friend-zoned’ decides to try her hand at online dating, to which Alex is a little crestfallen as he secretly likes Jess.

Although this is called We met In December, it is not a Christmassy book as the book spans a whole year between the characters, and throughout gives a will-they-won’t-they vibe.

But I will say that the snippets about Christmas and the way that the author describes London at that time of year, really got me into the Xmas spirit.

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Narrated by Finlay Robertson and Jessica Preddy, who both did fantastic jobs, I was thoroughly entertained throughout the whole book and will definitely look for books narrated by them again.

*Thank you to Avon Books UK and the Author for sending me an audio copy of this book

Enjoy

Vicci πŸ“šπŸ’›βœ¨

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Prepare to fall head over heels. The perfect book for fans of Josie Silver, Richard Curtis, and anyone who ever fell in love with the wrong person…

What if you couldn’t get away from the one who got away?

This December, unlucky-in-love Jess is following her dream and moving to Notting Hill. On the first night in her new house-share she meets Alex, the guy in the room next door. They don’t kiss under the mistletoe, but there’s still a spark that leaves Jess imagining how they might spend the year together – never mind the house rule against dating…

But when Jess returns from her Christmas holiday, she finds Alex has started seeing Emma, who lives on the floor above them. Now Jess faces a year of bumping into the man of her dreams – and, apparently, the woman of his.

Jess is determined to move on and spend the year falling in love with London, not Alex – but what if her heart has other ideas?

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Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow @RonanFarrow @HachetteAudio #CatchAndKill #RonanFarrow #BookReview

Hello again Book Friends,

Well if there was any book that you should add to your TBR or just grab ASAP then this one is it in spades!!!

Ronan Farrow has created a book that reads like a spy thriller, the thing is, all of it is true, from the NDA’s to the Russian Spies.

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My Thoughts

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If you have been living in a cave, or under a rock then let me tell you a little about Mr Farrow, as per our good friend Wikipedia…

Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow (born December 19, 1987) is an American journalist. Farrow is the son of actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen.

In late 2017, Farrow’s articles in The New Yorker helped uncover the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. For this reporting, The New Yorker won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, sharing the award with The New York Times. His subsequent investigations exposed similar allegations against Eric Schneiderman and Les Moonves, which led to the resignations of both in 2018. Farrow also investigated the concealment by the M.I.T. Media Lab of its involvement with Jeffrey Epstein, leading to the resignation of the director of the Media Lab, Joi Ito, and an internal investigation by M.I.T.

In other words, he’s a damn HERO!!!

After going down the Ronan rabbit hole for a while and watching many interviews with him, he seems a very well spoken, very intelligent and very clever man, he dots his I’s and crosses his T’s, and is extremely conscientious.

This is the story of how a young man, armed with morals and a backbone the size and strength of a T-Rex, managed to bring down the raping, abusing, disgusting pig of a man, that we all know by another name, Harvey Weinstein.

Farrow is a man, that kept everyone’s secrets, and never divulged information to anyone if they had asked him not to.

It started with Rose Mcgowan (another hero) and that ball kept rolling, he was pretty much stopped at every turn, including from his own company who had originally asked him to report about this in the first place!

He had so much information that it was near on impossible to disprove, yet Weinstein was still able to pay off companies, and people FOR YEARS!!!

This book was fascinating, as well as angering, how these people manage to get so ‘God Like’ that they can do damn near whatever they want, or fear the consequences.

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Narrated by Mr Farrow himself, who if he ever find himself out of the journalism field, could easily make a career out of narrating, he was AMAZING!

What is also so special about the audiobook, is that, not only do you have the author narrating his own words, he has managed to put in an audio-clip of Weinstein, trying to talk a young actress into his hotel room, and It. Is. Chilling!!

I would love to say that the disgusting rapist is in jail and off of the streets, but unfortunately as you may have seen this week, he is still wandering around, happy as Larry, being invited to events, but people are not so happy about this.

The fact that HW is still surrounded by women is mind blowing.

Just because you are friends with a shark, don’t mean that it won’t bite you one day!

Enjoy

Vicci

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In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.
In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family.
All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance they could not explain — until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood to Washington and beyond.
This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it’s the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.

Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, Catch and Kill breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook our culture.

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Date Night By Samantha Hayes @samhayes @Bookouture #DateNight #SamanthaHayes #BookReview

Hello again Book Friends,

I’m so happy to bring you a review for this fabulous Audiobook, which has thrills, spills, and a few red herrings thrown in for good measure!

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My Thoughts

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You’ve got a lovely Date Night planned with your hubby, you’ve arranged the babysitter and everything is ready, except you, you need to get ready.

But you have this little knot of doubt in your stomach, ever since you saw that little slip of paper on your car, and when you read it, it made you doubt your husbands loyalty, because it said that your husband is having an affair!

You aim to talk about it later, so you get yourself ready, and let the babysitter in, make sure she’s comfortable and let her know that there is food made for her if she wants it, and to ‘help yourself to anything in the cupboards’ and off you go.

Except your date isn’t that great, you argue, and you bicker, so much so, that you leave early and go home!

But when you get there something is wrong, very wrong.

The door is open and the TV is on, there is a half eaten meal on the chair, but the babysitter has gone, she is nowhere in the house, and she has left your baby upstairs sleeping alone!

You are understandably very angry with her, so you try and call, but there is no answer, where the hell is she? And why would she just up-and-leave?

It is only when the police arrest you for her murder, that you start to realise that this is really, really bad!

Prepare yourself for twists and turns reading this one, it really is a great read.

🎧🎧

Narrated by Ellie Heydon, who did a cracking job, I thought that her narration was great, her character voices were fab, and her delivery was perfect.

Enjoy

Vicci

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Returning early from a disastrous date night with my husband, I know something is wrong the moment the wheels crunch the gravel drive of our home. Inside, the TV is on and a half-eaten meal waits on the table. My heart stops when I find our little girl is alone in the house and our babysitter, Sasha, is missing…
Days later, when I’m arrested for Sasha’s murder and torn away from my perfect little family, I’ll wish I had told someone about the threatening note I received that morning.
I’ll hate myself for not finding out who the gift hidden inside my husband’s wardrobe was for.
I’ll scream from the rooftops that I’m innocent – but no one will listen.
I will realise I was completely wrong about everything that happened that night…
But will you believe me?
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Brave by Rose McGowan @rosemcgowan @HarperCollinsUK #Brave #RoseMcGowan #MeToo

Hello Book Friends,

I am so happy to bring you a review for this fabulous audiobook, that is so interesting, and a very important read for the #MeToo movement.

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My Thoughts 

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I wanted to read this book because I follow Rose on Twitter and I wanted to read more about her.

She is a fiercely strong woman and gives exactly zero f*cks, and I love her for it. She is not scared to pull you up and say “No, This is wrong.”

And the reason for this, the reason that she is so outspoken, and chooses to be ‘that person?’ Is how she has been treated her whole damn life, as not important, as a hindrance, As A Woman!

I knew about her rape by the disgusting pig that we all loving know as Harvey Wienstein from the news, but I didn’t know anything else about her, I’d obviously seen her in movies, and of course on Charmed, but she seemed to just…fade away after a while, so I wondered why this was and where she went.

This book starts right from the beginning, where she was born into the cult The Children of God, in Italy, the family moved around Europe and eventually Rose managed to escape and took herself to the U.S.A, thinking that she will be discovered and become famous.

And she was, but before that she was abused, she was abused by boyfriends, she was abused by strangers, she was abused by her father, and this set her spiralling into an eating disorder, and a drug habit, the only things that she could control.

After then getting into the Hollywood rat-race, she was once again abused, well lets say it as it is, she was RAPED, and she was then made not to say anything by throwing money at her, and as she says “I was young, and $100,000 seemed like a lot of money”

Now you could say that ‘she accepted the money’ but she was a young girl, a fish in the shark tank, and those sharks knew how to keep her terrified enough not to say anything. But she did, she told a few close people, including her then boyfriend Marilyn Manson, but to say anything was to lose her acting career, and HW had made this clear to her.

So she didn’t say anything, but she also didn’t play nice anymore, and HW took it upon himself to taunt her, in the public eye he made her out to be some sort of mental case, and behind closed doors, he sent letters to directors telling them not to employ her because “she’s trouble”

McGowans career took a nosedive, even after working with directors like Tarantino (who she has a few choice words about) so her only choice in her eyes was to go to TV, so that she wasn’t working with directors anymore, and so she became Paige Matthews in Charmed and stayed there for 5 years, but even this had it’s downfalls.

This is an incredibly moving memoir, and Rose is angry, really bloody angry, and I don’t blame her one bit.
She is the one person that got the ball rolling on the HW take-down, and her life was made hell for it, even down to HW hiring ACTUAL RUSSIAN SPIES to follow, befriend and steal parts of her book while she was writing it.

And still she said NO!!

Of course HW denies all of this and said it never happened, but Rose has something to say about that


“Don’t gaslight me, motherfucker. My vagina remembers.”

🎧🎧

Narrated by Rose, this book is VERY frank, it has explicit descriptions of her rape and sexual abuse, it does not shy away from this, it isn’t just a word.

Be Better, Be Brave!


I am writing this book because I want to have a real conversation with the public and most especially you. I am honored that my words will enter your consciousness and conscience, that my thoughts will rest in your mind. I take that responsibility seriously.
Call what I’m doing a public service and you’d be correct. It is.
Hollywood is a dirty town up to some dirty tricks.
This is not a tell-all.
This is a tell-it-how-it-is

Enjoy

Vicci

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A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto – a voice for generations.
Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another more visible cult: Hollywood.
In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualisation. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for profit.
Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She reemerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.
Brave is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto – a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be Brave.
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