‘No Safe House’ by Linwood Barclay

No Safe House by Linwood Barclay is a thriller and crime novel that is the sequel to No Time for Goodbye. This picks up 7 years after the previous book and follows the same characters, Terry, Cynthia,Grace and Vince who are dealing with the trauma of what happened all those years ago.

It follows Terry as he tries to keep his family together after that night 7 years ago. Cynthia is dealing with her personal demons and Grace is becoming a rebellious teen, both of which are driving the family apart. Whilst trying to keep the family together they stumble back into the world of Vince, the infamous gangster. When grace foolishly follows her boyfriend into a stranger’s house, Terry’s mission changes from keeping the family together to keeping the family alive.

I really enjoyed this book and felt as though I was kept on the edge of my seat. I think it is a realistic character development from book 1 and that it all related to the previous book. The beginning of the story was more focused on how the family are doing since the events of that nights but we soon are brought into the mysteries and events of current day. I liked how in this book we were given a chance to learn more about the who the characters are now and how that effects the events in the rest of the book and gave us something tangible to link to them.

The story has lots of twists and turns which keep you wondering what is going to happen next. The book is fast paced and exciting which I enjoyed as it made me read quicker as I kept to the pace of the book. More times than not I didn’t want to put the book down and just wanted to know how it all ended. It shows both the psychological and physical effects of the characters and how they are dealing with such a huge amount of emotions. We are also given an insight into how Vince and Jane are doing since the previous book and how they have changed since that night.

I think that considering that there are more than one main character Linwood Barclay balances the amount on information of each character well. I feel as though I know loads about each character and why they are the way they are which I was impressed with considering, in my opinion, there are 5.

Overall, I would recommend this book but I would definitely read the first book, No Time for goodbye, first. I would say that I preferred the story of this book more however it often links to the previous book which without reading could cause confusion.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment your opinion of these books or any other recommendations by Linwood Barclay)

Journals

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Journals have always been a good way to keep your thoughts organised and together and this has not changed. Recently, I feel as though journals have become much more popular again to keep your thought structured.

People use journals in multiple ways; to plan their time, to record the past and to put their ideas and plans in written form. I personally don’t really have a journal per say however I do have a book where I sometimes record my thoughts on certain books, what I would like to read next and what I have read in the past. This not only helps me keep my opinions on books together but also helps with my blog posts. If I have a thought about certain books I write them down and reference them when writing my posts. I find this extremely helpful as when I am writing a post I can struggle with trying to remember exact thoughts on the book I was reading.

Journals can be great fun and highly creative as it is common for people to design their journal in a way that works the best for them. Using different structures and content and pairing them with illustrations and doodles.

I personally think they are a great help and perfect for those who feel like they have to write everything down (like myself). I would also recommend it for those who write blog posts on any subject as it allows you to organise your thoughts and plan your posts. It can often bring more structure to your thoughts and allow you to look back on these when necessary.

 

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment your opinion on journals and whether you use them !)

 

Buying Books Online vs In Person

My opinions on buying books vs buying books from a shop! They may help you if your not sure what you want to do when purchasing your next book but they are mainly just a few pros for each !

 

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment if you have anything to add to these lists or you want to share your opinion!)

Some Bookish Cakes

I recently found some delicious looking book cakes online and though I would share some with you. It might give you inspiration to get baking or just make you want cake by either way you will get to see these beautiful decorated cakes. ( None of these cakes are my own but I may try and attempt them !)

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Source : a very bookish cake, Frankie Magazine

Many Thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment your opinion on these cakes !)

My Favourite Fiction Authors

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When someone asks me who my favourite author is I really struggle to choose just one and that is why I have decided to write this blog post. I think anyone who says they have a definitive favourite author is lying or has just said the first one that pops into their minds as choosing just one is extremely difficult (for those who enjoy reading). Authors are all so different from each other; from their style of writing and their structure to the topics they choose to base their books on are all unique to themselves.

Saying that they are all unique is true in my opinion. Yes they may have been influenced by other authors and therefor their work may have moments where you notice this but no two authors have every book written in the same way as another. Every one has their own process and priorities when writing a book as well as having different timescales and plans.

I am telling you this basically just to say that I don’t have just one favourite author and I believe that authors that I haven’t even yet read could possibly make it onto this list in the future. The following are just some of the fiction writing authors I love and would recommend to anyone.

  1. Mick Herron – Jackson Lamb Series
  2. Jonathon Holt – The Carnivia Trilogy
  3. April Henry – Girl, Stolen, The night she disappeared
  4. Helen Fields  – DI Callanach Series
  5. Diane Jeffrey – Those who lie
  6. Chris Ryan – Agent 21 Series, Danny Black Series
  7.  Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda
  8. Michael Morpurgo – An elephant in the garden
  9. Ally Carter – The Gallagher Girls Series
  10. Malorie Blackman – The Noughts and Crosses series

 

The above authors are not the only ones I love and I could easily continue this list but I had to stop somewhere and 10 seemed like a good amount.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment a few of your favourite authors or if some of the above are on your list as well)

John Green Books

I have previously read three of John Greens books and I really liked them. I have read ‘The Fault in our Stars’, ‘Looking for Alaska’ and ‘Paper towns’. John Green has released many YA novels that look at teenage life in many ways.

the fault in our stars

‘The Fault in our Stars’ is a very well known book and has had a film adaptation made from it. I read the book after the hype of the film came about. Everyone seemed to be raving about the film and I never watched it for ages and decided to read the book instead. I think the book is very well written in a way that it talks about a serious illness yet it isn’t complicated and is romantic. I was sat on the couch one night and read the book in one sitting as I couldn’t put the book down. This book both tackles the highs and lows of being a cancer patient whilst being a novel about teenage romance. I have to admit I did cry upon reading the ending as it was so powerful. This book was very well received with high ratings on websites such as good reads and YA Book Central. It is an emotional rollercoaster that made you laugh, cry and smile and a book I would highly recommend. (PS I never did get round to reading the film)

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Looking for Alaska’ was also a great book and one that I would highly recommend. It looks at a teenage boy is dragged into the world of the new girl at school. It is a well written teenage book and I think it is realistic and easily comprehensible. The characters are interesting and well developed which helps to add to the realism. It is written in a way that is easy to understand and is not complex in a way that would make you think of anything but the intended storyline. It really explores teenage life at a boarding school with a mysterious new pupil.

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‘Paper towns’ shares the story of two teenagers who go on a midnight adventure and soon one of them becomes a mystery. The one who disappears and left the other trying to find her. But what will he learn along the way? It is well written and does keep you engaged in the story as well. I love the characters however I do feel as though they were a little predictable as they reminded me of the characters in Looking for Alaska, A teenage boy who is trying to reach out to the girl who is unattainable. Saying that they are well developed and intriguing even although they are similar. I think that upon reading other reviews it is not just my opinion that both Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns seems to follow the same formula and although they are different stories they seem to based upon the same plan. However, I would recommend this book but I would just warn you that it is a good book, I would read it again but it is similar to Looking for Alaska.

Overall, I would say from what I have read that John Green is a very good YA author and writes books that do appeal to the target audience and I would recommend the books I have mentioned. I would like to read more of his novels in the future.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment if you have ever read one of John Greens novels or intend to)

Bookish Places I would love to visit

1. Shakespeare & Company Bookstore, Paris

This bookstore was established in 1951 and it is a must-see for booklovers. It is a beautiful and cozy book shop and cafe and if you visit at night you may even stumble across one of its many events.

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2. Hay Castle Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

In this picturesque town there are a multitude of bookshops worth the visit but specifically the open aired one at Hay Castle. The town is especially worth visiting during Hay Festival of Literature & Arts, held between May and June.

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3. Livraria Lello & Irmão Bookstore, Porto

This bookstore is considered one of the most beautiful bookstores with it grand staircases and floor to ceiling books. Since it opened in 1906 and has since become an inspiration for any famous writers.

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4. The Brattle Book Shop, Boston

This was established in 1825 and is one of the oldest and largest antiquarian and used bookshops in the USA. In addition to the 3 story building you can also find books outside the building.

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5. Georgian House Wizard Chambers, London 

This is a 5-star hotel with both rooms for muggles and wizards. The wizard chamber are however the main reason people stay. These rooms give Harry Potter the chance to sleep in a Hogwarts type dormitory.

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Many  thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment if you have ever visited these places or would like to)