Tag: crime

Review – The Side Job By Don Lubov

I was sent a copy of this book by the author for an honest review. However I was extremely disappointed. Keep reading for my review.

This is the story of Maggie Gomez — an unwed, unskilled mother of a sickly daughter. She lives a hardscrabble life on the underside of Las Vegas. As her daughter’s health deteriorates, Maggie’s need for money for an operation skyrockets. Maggie was vulnerable and defeated early in life. Her long-suppressed strength blossoms and Maggie becomes “La Femme Nikita”. As Maggie gets more involved with her loan shark boss and his crew, her world begins to spiral out of control. Her simultaneous involvement with a gangster and the detective investigating him turns her life into a soap opera of emotions. She must figure out how to escape her under- world life, protect her daughter, and live happily ever after.


The prologue showed promise, I wanted to see how this young 16 year old Maggie who gets caught pregnant on her prom night succeeds in life. The story line would have been fantastic, however the lack of emotional descriptive writing made me lose connection with the characters. I wanted action and drama, that’s what I assumed would happen from what the author had told me. I couldn’t even get past 26%, I tried but this book was really poorly executed, however had the foundations to be an amazing book.
I had to get my friend to see some passages just to see if the feelings were mutual.

I didn’t feel a flow throughout, straight from the beginning it was rushed, blunt and read like bullet points. I honestly thought I was reading a draft version that was to be bulked out later.

I could feel myself cringing as the author tries to portray a young hip 20 year old Ben. Using sentences like “you dig?” were painful. I felt Don Lubov was trying to hard.

Looking online via Goodreads for some other perspectives, I noticed the same feedback as mine. Most readers felt disconnected to the characters, the writing was plain and very simple, making the book an extremely short read.
I gave this book 2/5 stars only because I know it could have been better, perhaps the writer needs to read back and deepen the novel further. There were some good foundations. I am sorry that I had to give it such a poor rating, this is extremely rare for me.

About the author:

Don has been happily married since 1976. He was an artist for 34 years and exhibited his artwork at 3 New York City Art Galleries and the Heckscher Art Museum. 

He spent 8 years teaching Art & Design at East Carolina University, McNeese State University, Suffolk county Community College. 

He was a guest lecturer at Stony Brook University on “Hyperspace—A Visual Introduction to the 4th Dimension”.

He received a grant from The Vogelstein Foundation for his work combining art & mathematics, with his “Quantum Pictures”.

He has written about spirituality and stress relief since 1971. He is the author of 9 books. 10 years successfully teaching his “Six-Step Path” at College of Central Florida Sr. Center, MTP College, and The Lifelong Learning College in The Villages, FL. He has taught his unique brand of meditation to over 2,000 people, who subsequently achieved a level of inner peace.

Don has written for Yahoo Voices, Beliefnet.com, and Kinja.com. His writings have been published in various magazines and books.

He has 3 YouTube videos: “The Grassroots Manifesto”, “Creativity Manifesto”, and “Spirituality Manifesto”.

He created and developed “Pyramoids” – an energy-efficient building system. He taught this system at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.

One of his “Pyramoid” designs was accepted and juried in The World Trade Center Memorial Competition. 

He has taught his “Six-Step Path” for stress reduction for the past 12 years, at Del Webb and 3 local colleges.

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Current Read: Marriage made me do it

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It’s time to break the rules!

My name is Roxy Davenport and I’m part of a dying breed: I’m the perfect housewife.

My whole life, I’ve tried to follow the rules of previous, “wiser” generations. High school sweethearts must marry (check!), the wife must stay home to look after the children (check!), all married couples must procreate and raise 3.2 children (demerit – we only managed one – oops!).

But it turns out all the while, my husband has been playing by his own rules…and playing around.

So screw him! I’ve chucked the handbook out the window. He has no idea what’s coming for him. And my perfect neighborhood will never be the same again.

An irreverent thriller about one housewife’s descent into madness.



Marriage Made Me Do It

Book Review: The Couple Next Door


You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?


Hello and welcome back to another review,  I have now joined Netgalley.  It is all new to me so I feel lost haha, maybe you can all help me a bit here and comment below…..

Anyway I was browsing in Waterstones and came across this book. Since reading The girl on the train I have been really interested in reading more fiction-thriller books.  I stumbled across this book and it was very intriguing.
I don’t always read reviews online and thought I would have a browse on Goodreads….. Not a good idea, most of the reviews on this book were quite negative, especially when it came to the ending, however I loved it.

The common thoughts were that this book had a lot of twists and turns and that the ending just did not seem right, I won’t completely disagree with the ending part, it did come as a little shock however I had a small idea something like that was going to happen- especially as the characters stories were explained.

 I quite liked the book and found it very interesting.  Each character had their own secrets, they were not all spilled at once.  The author gave me insight into each characters life and ended each chapter with a reveal.  Perhaps the ending was a bit rushed.  But it didn’t make me hate the book.

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I found all the secrets very interesting, a very good thriller that kept me turning the pages.  Each plot, twist was well planned and I felt the book had very good structure throughout.  There were constant changes that made me lie awake at night thinking who did it? And why?
That’s what we want from these books right…..

Anne the mother of Cora who was kidnapped is emotional throughout the story.  Mental health was a feature throughout the book, and it brings to light the issues women struggle with when going through Postpartum/ Post natal depression.
I really felt sorry for her, losing her baby, blaming herself and withdrawing from her husband and outside world.  However as I read further into the book I started to question if she ever trusted her husband before the night of the kidnapping because she never really asked him for help, or told him anything about her depression before having the baby.

Marco the father comes across strong on the surface for Anne,  however I felt throughout the book he battled to constantly get the approval of his in-laws, which after a while became a constant theme, over and over again.
Anne’s parents not only helped Marco set up his business but also helped them buy the house.  It’s as if he lives in Anne’s shadow.

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I don’t think this story is far off what would happen in real life, especially when it comes to the media, they would rip people apart with their words.  I feel the author got this section spot on.  However I feel more chapters on the detectives and the investigation would have been interesting.

If you want a light crime/thriller book then this would be good for you, it doesn’t focus on forensics  or the detectives, much but it was a great read.
Very different from the romance books I read, I have found a new genre of books everyone.

Please tell me your thoughts below if you have read the book.  Please follow to see what’s next on Hannah’s Beautiful Fantasy.

About the author

Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She has written two award-winning literary novels, and her suspense debut, The Couple Next Door, was a New York Times and an international bestseller. A Stranger in the House is her second thriller

Book Review: Digital Velocity By Reily Garrett

34518041The deadliest weapons are the ones we never see.

Keyboard prodigy, Lexi Donovan has risen from teenage orphan of the streets to complete independence with little help along the way. When a friend is threatened, Lexi’s anonymous message sends police into a firefight, leading to a wounded cop. 
Detective Ethan McAllister’s well-ordered life turned upside down the day an obscure text message led to a sexual predator’s identity. Since then, Callouston PD’s finest can’t trace the elusive hacker. The latest tip leads him to a brutal mutilation and a riddle indicating the identity of the next murder victim.
The dark net houses a playground for the morally depleted and criminally insane. When Lexi discovers the killer’s digital betting arena, she finds herself centered in a cyber stalker’s crosshairs bearing equal talent. 
Street life strengthened Lexi while toughening her protective shell, but nothing could shield her from the shrewd detective forging a path to her heart.


Hello all and welcome back to another book review.  This book was sent to me as an ARC for an honest review and that’s what I promise.  If you enjoy this review don’t forget to follow.

My first impressions of the book were a little “off”.  I found it hard to get into the book at the beginning, I just found it too descriptive.  For example:

“In the instant when Emerald depths held in thrall, he speculated at the scope of her internal conflict, held within by her pursed lips and fisted hands at her sides”.

To me this who monologue was too much.  I found Ethan’s monologues the hardest to follow, once the story started to flow I began to understand the story line.  The descriptive monologues faded out by the second chapter once the characters started to discuss, therefor enabling the story to flow.

The author thought the plot  out so carefully, it is evident in this book.
I liked the chapters between both Lexi and Ethan.  I was able to read from different perspectives which is always better, the serial killer even gets their own chapters – these are twisted but so well thought out.

The relationship between Lexi and Ethan throughout the book was fantastic. It was gradual, and intimate in parts.  The author did not focus on the sex, but kept small parts to bring some sensitivity to the couple.  I liked that Lexi was a strong independent character – highly skilled with computers and able to go head to head with a killer on the dark net, all at the age of 19.  Of course her sensitive side only came out with Ethan.
Ethan was not always the hero, the story starts off with him getting shot and meeting Lexi, there is nothing wrong with showing a man battling with insecurities especially when he suffers with PTSD.  

I was thrown completely by the ending, I would never have guessed who the killer was. The story kept me absorbed.  
The twists and turns and sickening events kept me wanting to read more.  I have never been one to want to read crime but this was amazing.  I would say if you liked The girl on the train then you would love this.

The book is a must read, it explores all crime, romance and twisted routes.  Like I said the beginning was a bit hard to get through but once you get through the first couple chapters I thoroughly enjoyed it.


To be Read: New book added to the shelf

29970013Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?


Image from Goodreads