Mini reviews: A Mixed Bag. How It Ends – Saskia Sarginson 4*. Crown of Midnight – Sarah J Maas 5*. The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris 3*.

How it ends – Saskia Sarginson

Goodreads synopsis

1957: Within a year of arriving at an American airbase in Suffolk, the loving, law-abiding Delaney family is destroyed. Did they know something they weren’t allowed to know? Did they find something they weren’t supposed to find? Only one girl has the courage to question what really went on behind closed doors . . .

Hedy’s journey to the truth leads her to read a manuscript that her talented twin brother had started months before he died, a story inspired by an experience in the forest surrounding the airbase perimeter. Only through deciding to finish what her brother started does Hedy begin to piece together what happened to her family.

But would she have continued if she’d known then what she knows now?

Sometimes, it’s safer not to finish what you’ve started…

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Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante

Prime suspect – Lynda La Plante

This story starts a bit like The Red Dahlia – the second book in La Plante’s Anna Travis series – whereby the lead detective on a case dies/becomes incapacitated by ill health, and so a new detective has to take their place. This happens to be a woman called Jane Tennison, in this case, and she has to jump straight into a well liked, older, respected male colleague’s place – against the wishes of his loyal subordinates. 

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The Last Widow – Karin Slaughter

The Last Widow – Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter fans have been waiting a long time for this book. The Last Widow is the 9th book in the Will Trent series. Last time we saw Will, was in The Kept Woman back in 2017. Well, it was definitely worth the wait- and you can see why it took so long (apart from Slaughter writing two stand alone novels in the mean time). The research for this book must have taken an insanely long time. It is so very detailed. I get super excited when a new Slaughter book is announced, so it is no surprise that I gave this one 5 stars. Here’s what I thought:

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A Faint Cold Fear – Karin Slaughter

A Faint Cold Fear – Karin Slaughter

This is the third book in the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter. We catch up with Sara, Jeffrey and Lena and of course there’s a death in town.

I’ve read this book before and loved it back then, as much as now. It’s not the best in the series, but that in no way detracts from the awesomeness of Sara and Jeffrey’s case solving skills. Karin writes this like the rest of her books, with suspense, gore and mystery. It isn’t for the faint hearted – like nearly all her books – they are graphic and bloody. 🙂

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First Impressions – Drunk Elephant – The Littles Collection

Hey Everyone, now I am sure you have heard about Drunk Elephant as it is very much the hot new brand going round on Instagram skincare posts – which I spend far too much of my time looking at.

Very briefly,as I am sure you have heard it all before, Drunk Elephant is the brainchild of Tiffany Masterton who as she says ” I wanted something that didn’t exist…. So I made it myself.” Drunk Elephant was originally only available in the United States so while it was something that I would see Americans ,or those lucky enough to have been over the pond, posting on Instagram it wasn’t something I could get my hands on so I wasn’t that fussed about it. Of course that is until it launched over here at Space NK and Cult Beauty late last year and all us Brits went slightly bonkers for it. DE is free from what Masterson calls the ‘suspicious six’ which are essential oils, fragrance/ dyes, silicones, sodium laurel sulphate, drying alcohols and chemical screens, as someone with sensitive skin, but that doesn’t know what the cause of the sensitivity is, I am loving how free these products are of the most common irritants. By the way the company is called Drunk Elephant as one of its hero ingredients, Marula, is known to have an intoxicating effect on elephants if they consume it, which always makes me smile an its great un to imagine tipsy elephants.

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