This book is the first in a series by TME Walsh that centres on DCI Claire Winters. The book begins with the brutal murder of a priest and dives into the investigation alongside the story of who is committing these crimes and why. It is a story that features a strong female detective and her determination to solve the case. This book isn’t a case of waiting to find out the culprit and the motive as it is explained throughout via flashbacks which add another layer to the book. You see two sides to a story; one based on the past and one the future. As other bodies turn up with the same MO it looks as though it is by the same killer and DCI Winters works alongside her team to solve this case.
Alongside the main storyline we get to have a little insight into DCI Winters personal life and her relationship with her father. They remain not speaking to each other most of the book however DCI Winters receives a text from her father asking to get in contact. This is left as this and isn’t revisited in this book which adds another dimension and reason to read the second book, in order to find a resolution of sorts.
To begin with I found this book a little un-engaging for me. I had read quite a few chapters and felt as though it took me longer to read than what I usually do and that I wasn’t all that eager to read on. I felt as though if I wasn’t determined to finish the book like I was I would have given up. Saying this, I am glad that I did continue to read as the twists and turns that begin to unfold in the later chapters make up for a slower beginning. I believe that it could have been a little faster pace in the beginning however there was a sort of balance to it. The latter chapters are engaging and exciting with new discoveries within the investigation being made and the pieces of the puzzle coming together. I would recommend that anyone who reads this and feel the same as I do to stick at it and give it a chance as the ending is something that makes you want to continue on. The book ends with a resolution of sorts and that does effect if I wanted to read on to the next. I think the reason I will read the second book in the series is to see how the characters develop after the brutality and effect of the first one.
Overall, I would say this book features a complex storyline however well written so feels almost effortless to read. I would say that if you feel as though it is a slow start, give it a chance and you will love it. I would also recommend this book as it is an intriguing story many twists and turns. It is a unique story which features a strong, female detective as the lead character and I am excited to read the second in the series.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment on your opinion of this book or any similar)
I often think whilst reading a book that it might be great for film and television and it would be something I want to happen but then I think that it would possible ruin it for me.
Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
One of the books that I read and thought it would be great for adaption is Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter as it is a series that is full of exiting storylines that would engage a young audience immediately. It is full of exciting adventures but also shares the stories of friendship and learning how to grow as a teenager whilst living the life of a spy. I think that it would adapt well as long as it was cast with actors that we don’t recognise or are not fully aware of so that we don’t fit the stories to the actor.
Jackson Lamb Series by Mick Herron
Jackson Lamb Series as it is full of drama and intense storyline but still has comedy embedded into it. Although I would love to see this adapted and think it could if it was done well I think it would be difficult as it is a series that it so well represented on paper. I think the hardest part would be finding actors to fit the characters as they are all so unique. I would say that this wouldn’t be a quick adaptation and it would take a long time to get it right and to allow it to represent the books.
The Carnivia trilogy by Jonathon Holt
I think this series would be a great choice as an adaptation as long as it was done well and with near enough the same detail as found in the book. I think that although it can be a little complex it would transfer onto screen really well. I think it has the right amount of mystery and excitement that it would be a great adaptation to TV as it would be full of suspense and extremely engaging.
Overall, I would say that a good adaptation relies on a well thought out plan but most importantly the actors chosen as it has a huge impact on the way you watch it as a film versus how you read it as a book.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please feel free to comment what books you would like to see adapted.)
A book from a genre the person wouldn’t normally read.
I think that receiving a book that isn’t typically within the genre of books you read is a great thing as it broadens your horizons and allows you to explore new genres and stories. It forces you to look outside your comfort zone and experience new plots and characters.
A ‘guide to writing’ gift set
As a Christmas present from my sister I received a ‘writers toolbox’ as a gift. Inside it had a multitude of things such as first sentence ideas and plot twist ideas which help to inspire you whilst writing. I think it is a great gift as it gets your mind working and allows you to use your imagination to the fullest.
When I was younger I received a personalised book from my auntie. I have always loved the book but when I first received it I thought it was so magical. It was the story of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ but with myself incorporated into the story. I was Belle’s friend and helped her throughout the story. It also featured people from my family in the story also. I think that receiving a personalised book, especially when you are younger, is an incredibly special experience as it makes you feel like you are a part of something. It makes you feel important and helpful as you are a main part of the storyline. As you get older it may be a slightly different effect but it is still a great experience. This is a great gift idea as it brings whole new meaning to being involved and engaged in the story.
A book subscription is also a great gift as there is hundreds of different boxes you can choose for and be able to find the one that most suits the person you are buying the gift box. It also enables you to give the person an opportunity to explore new books and authors that they wouldn’t usually choose. It also adds a bit of fun and excitement to the gift as you don’t know what you are going to receive.
A print of their favourite quote
A print or painting of the persons favourite quote is also a nice gift as it is special to that person and unique to them. It shows you have thought about what the person would like and why. If you receive one you can look at it and be inspired by it daily. It can set your day off well.
A personalised bookmark is also a great gift. If it is personalised with all the things the person loves its exciting every time they open their books and see it. It can also often relax people as they recognise things similar and that they know.
I have always loved to read and I have always looked for new books to read like many people my age and older.
However, when I begun high school I did read a lot less and lost my interest a little bit. I think it was due to trying to come to terms with such a big change going from primary to secondary school. I also think that making new friends and suddenly having a ton of homework in comparison to primary was a contributor.
I don’t think I am the only one that feels as through high school or higher education has gotten in the way of reading and therefore people lose interest. I fortunately didn’t lose interest completely and I got back into it in my last few years of high school and now college. I also believe that when people go onto college or university a lot if things can get in the way and they have other priorities. Getting a huge workload and meeting up with new friends as well as often having a part time job. I personally always take the time to read something before I go to sleep. I go to college and have a part time job so there isn’t always time to read during the day and so I always read a little before I go to sleep. Even if it is a sentence, paragraph or chapter I have to read something otherwise I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything. I must read a part of the book I am reading each day and then I feel like I have completed something that day if I hadn’t anywhere else in the day. It relaxes me and makes me feel less stressed.
I think that your social group can be a big influence on if you continue to read or not. It you are constantly going out or meeting up with friends it’s a great time but that often takes over from reading, which isn’t a bad thing. It allows you to grow as a person and enjoy life in that way. I personally have a group of friends who during my first few years of high school took up most of my time and I am greatly thankful for that however as we grew older everyone had more of their own things to do such as homework and family time. That allows you to take the time to read a little more and it did for me even although we would still meet up and see each other at school every day.
Overall , I would say that if I wasn’t reading I would feel a void in my life as I love exploring other worlds and becoming involved in the storylines. Not everyone feels like this and in my family it’s a great example. My big sister always loved to read and I think partly that’s why I do but on the other hand my twin sister could think of 1000 other things to do before picking a book up to read but I personally would recommend reading to everyone. I think it is just the case of finding the perfect genre or author or book that is powerful enough to get that individual into reading.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS feel free to comment your thoughts of being a bookworm or if you aren’t)