The Whish List

Book Reviews: "Be awesome! Be a book nut!" – Dr Seuss

Month: March 2014

The Girl on the Stairs – Louise Welsh

girl on stairsA dark, noir-ish psychological mystery set in a bleak Berlin. Louise Welsh is adept at ratcheting up the tension and sense of claustrophobia that pervades the book.

The ghosts of the past; both personal and in the wider city, combine with the main protagonist, Janes’s fears for the present and the future. This is one of those novels that again plays with the idea of the unrealiable narrator and pulls it off to great effect.

Nearest Thing to Crazy – Elizabeth Forbes

forbesIf you loved ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Until you’re mine’, you’ll love this psychological thriller. As the story unfolds from three different perspectives, we find ourselves questioning whose account to trust as the ‘truth’ or ‘reality’ This is an all too believable story of how quickly a life can unravel and how fragile our certainties are.

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Boden

BodenI love, love, love these bargain Boden dresses! I wore the Heather coloured one yesterday and got loads of compliments. It looked and felt great. When I ordered, it was only £13 (original rrp £49) including free delivery. It came with labels and in the original Boden packaging. The price has gone up to £15 and the dark grey and green are no longer in my size but I have managed to buy another in blue. As an everyday, smart/casual dress, it can’t be beaten for value and quality.

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Overcoming Worry – Kevin Meares & Mark Freeston

overcoming worryAnyone who knows me well would know that this is a book I sorely needed to read! It uses a CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) approach and aims to provide recognition and strategies for overcoming excessive worry. This is the worry that is constant and not just in reaction to those ‘big things’ we all worry about. There were some useful approaches to GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) and it’s a good guide to dip in and out of.

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The Lives of Stella Bain – Anita Shreve

stell bainA timely read as we approach the centenary of WWI.

The premise of a woman at the Front who wakes with amnesia is an intriguing one but as the mystery gradually unravels, it becomes slightly tedious and disappointing. The ‘big reveal’ when we learn who Stella really is, is a bit of a let down and doesn’t really ring true of her later actions. An ok read but not one of her best.

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Kiss Me First – Lottie Moggach

An engrossing read that explores how we can use social media to construct and define our identity. Leila is a socially inadequate, rather unsympathetic character who agrees to take over the online identity of Tess a lively, outgoing girl who decides to kill herself after many depressive episodes. At the heart of this book is a mystery; what happens to Tess? Moggach cleverly leaves that ultimately unresolved but meanwhile we get Leila appropriating Tess’s life and relationships in order to fulfill the deception. The book is adept at showing us how successfully someone could take over our identity and convince our loved ones that they are us by following our online trail and persona. The book also explores internet chatrooms and assisted suicide but though the subject matter is dark and unsettling, it is pacy and page-turning throughout.

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Cross and Burn – Val McDermid

VAL MCDERMIDI love the quote at the beginning of this book; ‘The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn” and Tony Hill and Carol Jordan both seem to have burned their bridges in Val McDermid’s latest.

I thoroughly enjoyed finding out if they manage to rebuild their bridges and cross them in this gripping tale of the hunt for a serial killer.

 

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Fragrances

My latest fragrance favourites are all colognes from www.jomalone.co.uk. I love; Pomgranate Noir, English Pear & Freesia and Peony & Blush Suede

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These are a few of my favourite things…!

I absolutely love www.whitestuff.com so much so that I am now a top 250 reviewer! These are a selection of my recent purchases. I love the quirky prints, styles and everchanging themes.

WHITE SKY KNIT DRESS

WHITE SKY KNIT DRESS

COLETTE NECKLACE

COLETTE NECKLACE

HOT COCOA JUMPER

 HOT COCOA JUMPER

DAZZLE CARDI

 DAZZLE CARDI

PHONE HOLDER

 PHONE HOLDER

CHI TEE

 CHI TEE

CORD SWOOSH SKIRT

 CORD SWOOSH SKIRT

BLACK SHEEP REVERSIBLE SKIRT

 BLACK SHEEP REVERSIBLE SKIRT

NORTHERN LIGHTS DRESS

 NORTHERN LIGHTS DRESS

LOGANBERRY CARDI

 LOGANBERRY CARDI

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Light up your world! Fabulous new fairy lights for the boys’ bedroom

worldlightsThese will light up your world! My boys love them and they go perfectly with their main globe ceiling light. Only issue was me not checking that we could adapt the EU plug but thanks to my husband, there was no problem.

 

Available at Dotcomgiftshop

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