#BlogTour! ‘I’ll Eat When I’m Dead’ – Barbara Bourland (@babsbourland) @QuercusBooks

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RAGE Fashion Book is the world’s most dynamic, ambitious magazine.
Its editors ­- like Cat Ono – have the power to change minds and the market.
They’re savvy, sisterly and polished to perfection. Even the one found dead in her office.

Everyone thinks Hillary starved to death – but Cat knows her friend’s dieting wasn’t a capital P problem. If beauty kills, it’d take more than that. Hot-headed and fiercely feminist, Cat’s sure she can match the investigating skills of Detective Mark Hutton, solve the case, and achieve sartorial fulfillment.

But going undercover, Cat’s in over her head, and soon becomes snared in a very stylish web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that will change her look – and outlook – forever.

Cat’s about to find out what it really means to be a fashion victim.

What does TWG think?

I have no idea where to begin with this one! -scratches head-.
Hmm. I guess I could start by saying how intrigued I was about this book after reading the title! I mean, with a title like ‘I’ll Eat When I’m Dead’, how on Earth could you be anything BUT curious? If I’m honest, I probably wouldn’t have picked up this book based on the cover alone, if it didn’t have that particular title. Why? Because the title is edgy, intriguing and incredibly eye-catching; ideal! That said, the book cover fits with the theme of the book which is really what it’s aim is, it isn’t going to care whether I like the image or not now is it?

I have never really been a trendsetter when it comes to dressing myself in the mornings. Let’s face it, if I was a celebrity I would find myself on the ‘worst dressed’ lists in magazines as I would be rocking the combats, trainers and cropped tank top look! When I realised that this book was going to centre around the fashion industry, I was half expecting myself to put the book down due to the reason above. But I didn’t. I became even more intrigued as I wanted to see the world behind the glossy pages and the enticing one liners of a magazine. Little did I know how colourful that world was going to be..

Pretty bonkers if you ask me, and that’s not in a sneering way! It really was like reading the modernised version of The Devil Wears Prada// NCIS collaboration! Hillary Whitney is dead. Her death isn’t obvious yet rumours fly around the office in regards to her death; after all, she worked in fashion and the first thing which people associate with that is body image. Sorry, BAD body image (eating disorders etc). Even though that subject was briefly touched upon in places, I still found it difficult to read due to it being rather close to home. However, it was a brave (yet clever) move on the authors part to include that topic as well as many others (drugs/alcohol), because it’s something that is ALL over social media these days. It really is everywhere. I really was impressed at how the author  managed to bring the storyline up to date with such a complex plot.

However, I struggled to find the gritty parts of the storyline, especially the investigation surrounding Hillary Whitney’s death. Personally, I felt as though the whole fashion, magazine, and glamour parts of the storyline overpowered the rest of the book. I would have enjoyed it more if the investigation took more of a centre stage, whilst also having that raw, intense feeling to the situation.

Don’t get me wrong, this book was pleasant enough read and it certainly kept me entertained in parts. It made me chuckle as well as making me want to find a job in fashion (I was sucked into the glamour!!)!

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead is such a bizarre, bonkers and entertaining read; completely different to anything I have ever read before. It’s unique, modern and full of enough glamour and fashion tips to turn you into Gok Wan by the end of the book. On that premise alone, I enjoyed it. On the other hand, the entire storyline didn’t gel with me as much as I would have liked it to, but, I don’t regret reading it at all.

Thanks Quercus Books.

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#BlogTour! #Review of #TheNightVisitor by Lucy Atkins (@lucyatkins) @QuercusBooks #TheNightVisitor

It’s my turn to host a stop on Lucy Atkins’ blog tour for her new book, The Night Visitor, which was published by Quercus Books on the 4th May! Huge thanks to Quercus for inviting me on the tour, I hope you enjoy my review!

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Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything.

Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia’s book is based. She has now become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own.

As events move between London, Sussex and the idyllic South of France, the relationship between these two women grows more entangled and complex. Then a bizarre act of violence changes everything.

The Night Visitor is a compelling exploration of ambition, morality and deception that asks the question: how far would you go to save your reputation?

What does TWG think?

Well, well, well, I haven’t got a clue how I am going to review this one!! For someone who reviews a lot of books, the words for this refuse to put themselves onto my screen just now; soooo not helpful!

As over used as the following phrase is, it really cannot be more apt if it tried; ‘The Night Visitor’ needs to be read with your own eyes to be able to get the most out of the storyline. Just like other books, readers will interpret the storylines in a completely different way to, say, their neighbour for example. No two people EVER read the same book and I believe that Lucy Atkins’ novel sits comfortably under that heading.

‘The Night Visitor’ really got under my skin in more ways than one. Not only was the cover eye-catchingly intriguing, the storyline was so a complete head-funk! Even though I struggled following bits and pieces of the plot and found myself a little confused once or twice, putting the book down wasn’t even an option! I must have been put under a spell as soon as my eyes had clocked the first word on the first page, or something!

You know when you have things to do and you start to feel anxious or edgy about getting everything done and dusted, so your body and mind goes into over drive and speeds up? Well, that’s probably the only way which I can describe how I felt whilst reading this novel. My mind was no longer mine to control, the storyline had taken me prisoner and I just HAD to keep reading. I couldn’t do anything, not even go for a pee! The book wouldn’t let me!

I really do wish that I could explain it properly, but I can’t. There was just something so enchanting yet secretive, about the whole novel. Even the characters came across as though they were holding their cards close to their chests, yet in a good way! Does that make sense? So, so many layers to ‘The Night Visitor’, it really is one of a kind.

I am in awe at what the author has managed to achieve with ‘The Night Visitor’; her writing style is just incredible and very well thought out. I have a feeling that the book could end up being a ‘marmite book’ and will no doubt leave readers questioning multiple things; including how certain loose ends were managed within the storyline. Yes, okay, I struggled with the book in terms of using more of brain than normal, however, I cannot fault Lucy Atkins on the overall concept of the storyline as well as the execution of it. It’s not her fault that my mind can be a little bit slow!

‘The Night Visitor’ is such a beautifully written, thought-provoking, powerful and intense read that will have you questioning every relationship that you have ever made, as well as every professional decision. Believe me when I say that after reading this book, you will NOT look at things the same way as you did before you started reading. Atkins’ novel is in a league of its own. There really is no doubt about that.

Thank you Quercus.

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