Book Review: The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for “The Chestnut Man” by Siren Sveistrup, writer of the TV Show, “The Killing”.

The Chestnut Man Blog Tour

THE DEBUT THRILLER FROM THE WRITER OF THE KILLING

THE CHESTNUT MAN
SØREN SVEISTRUP
10th January 2019 / Hardback / Michael Joseph / £12.99

Introducing the nail-biting debut thriller from the BAFTA and Emmy winning creator of global TV sensation The Killing. Publishing in 25 territories around the world, The Chestnut Man captures all the unrelenting tension, style and atmosphere that made The Killing unmissable viewing and amass legions of fans worldwide.

The Blurb:

One Tuesday in October, Rosa Hartung is returning to her job as minister for social affairs following a year’s leave of absence – granted after the dramatic disappearance of her twelve-year-old daughter. Linus Bekker, a mentally ill young man, confessed to her killing, but is unable to remember where he buried the various parts of her dismembered corpse.

On the same day Rosa returns to Parliament, a young single mother is found brutally murdered at her home in the suburbs of Copenhagen-she’s been tortured, and one hand has been cut off. Thulin and Hess, the detectives sent to investigate the crime, arrive at the address to find a figure made of chestnuts hanging from a playhouse nearby.

When yet another woman is murdered-this time with both hands missing-and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect a connection with the Hartung case. But what is it?

Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because its clear that the murderer is on a mission that is far from over…

The Author:

Søren Sveistrup is an internationally acclaimed scriptwriter of the Danish television phenomenon ‘The Killing’ which won various international awards and sold in more than a hundred countries.

Søren Sveistrup (born 1968) holds a master of Literature and History from the University of Copenhagen and has graduated as script writer
from the Danish Film School.

My Review:

Firstly, I am hugely grateful to Jenny Platt at Penguin Random House and f course to the author Søren Sveistrup for giving me the opportunity of reading and reviewing this wonderful book!

Firstly I want to give you a warning – there is some ‘hard to read’ parts of this book but I also want to add that they are never gruesome for the sae of it and I believe are written wonderfully.  I don’t shy away from gruesome and graphic and actually quite like it when an author portrays things honestly and Søren Sveistrup doesn’t disappoint!

This is another book that is hard to tell you too much abut for fear of ruining the experience for you but needless to say that I HIGHLY recommend it – although it’s quite a hefty book I finished it in just 3 sittings and found myself putting off things that really needed to be done as I just couldn’t put it down!

If you are a fan of ‘The Killing’ TV show, love a good Scandi-noir story and can deal with some dark situations, then pick this up in January when it’s published – you won’t regret it and will have another author to add to your ‘Must buy every book they release’ list – just like me!

4.75 Stars!

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Book Review: The Failsafe Query by Michael Jenkins

I am delighted to be taking part in the bog tour for Michael Jenkins’ book “The Failsafe Query” being run by Rachel’s Random Resources.

About the Book:

The Failsafe Query is a gripping thriller set in the contemporary world of modern British espionage.

Sean Richardson, a disgraced former intelligence agent, is tasked to lead a team to search for Alfie Chapman, an Intelligence officer on the cusp of exposing thousands of secrets to the media. This includes a long lost list of Russian moles embedded since the Cold War, one of whom remains a public favourite in the British parliamentary system.

The action moves with absorbing pace and intrigue across Central Asia and Europe as the puzzle begins to unfold through a deep hidden legacy.

Tense, fast paced, and insightful, The Failsafe Query twists and turns to a satisfyingly dramatic finale.

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About the Author:

Michael Jenkins served for twenty-eight years in the British Army, rising through the ranks to complete his service as a major. He served across the globe on numerous military operations as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.

His experiences within the services involved extensive travel and adventure whilst on operations, and also on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that he led or was involved in. He was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity.

He was awarded the MBE on leaving the armed forces in 2007 for his services to counterterrorism.

The Failsafe Query is Michael’s first novel. He has started work on his second spy thriller, The Kompromat Kill, and hopes to publish it the spring of 2019.

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My Review:

You all will know that i love a conspiracy, political, thriller type book and this does NOT disappoint!

I should also say that I am a proud Army brat (via my father) and love that I can support an ex-Army Officer in his post-Army career!

I found the story easy to understand and follow and was brilliantly paces too – sometimes speedy and sometime slow allowing you time to recover! It is totally clear to anyone that reads this book that the author has first hand knowledge of the subject rather than it being based purely on research.

I found the characters utterly impelling, especially Sean. I was totally on his side form the start and found him more likeable than other spy-type protagonists.

I have seen reviews that liken Jenkins to Le Carre and I would totally agree with that – I think that he has a great future in writing ahead of hi and I am really excited to read more from him – definitely being added to my ‘Authors to watch out for’ list!

Giveaway:

Win 5 x PB copies of The Failsafe Query & a spy linkage map (unframed) (Open Internationally)

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Book Excerpt: Love for Two Lifetimes by Martina Boone

I am delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour for “Love for Two Lifetimes” by Martina Boone today and will be including an excerpt below as well!

About the Book:

Title: Love for Two Lifetimes
Author: Martina Boone
Genre: Coming of Age / Young Adult

Two generations, two great loves, one devastating lie . . .

When Izzy unexpectedly loses her mother in a car accident, her world shatters. Their relationship has always been so close that Izzy can’t imagine life without her. Nor can she begin to understand when she finds a secret box of love letters that her mother wrote but never sent. The idea of her mother hiding such intense feelings for more than twenty years without so much as a hint makes Izzy question everything she thought she knew–including the identity of her father.

Following a trail of clues overseas, Izzy steps into a world of glamour and English royalty, one which years ago forced her mother to choose between her obligation to her musical gift and her lover’s obligations to his family, title, and estate. It’s a world of secrets and masquerades, of heartache and betrayal. And in the midst of this world, Izzy finds a young man who feels as broken as she does herself. The two are drawn to each other–only to find that their parents’ lies may present an insurmountable obstacle between them.

Thrown together on a coming of age journey of discovery that spans two lifetimes and takes them from a grand estate in the Cotswolds to a hospital bedside in India and ultimately to the Taj Mahal, Izzy and Malcolm try desperately not to fall in love. But some things are impossible…

And some loves are worth any sacrifice…

Uplifting, funny, tragic, and unforgettably, luminously romantic, Love for Two Lifetimes is a tale of two generations of love, a lifetime of friendship, a history of sacrifice, and one last, heartbreaking and hopeful choice revealed in prose, texts, and love letters. Written for young adults and grown-up romantics, if you love the romance of the royal weddings or any story by Nicholas Sparks, Love for Two Lifetimes will have you turning pages late into the night.

“Heartwarming, lyrical, soulful, and with just the right amount of humor: this book sparkles with authentic, layered characters and beautiful, thoughtful prose.” — Jodi Meadows, NYT bestselling co-author of My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane

About the Author:

Martina Boone is the award-winning author of Love for Two Lifetimes and the romantic Southern Gothic Heirs of Watson Island series, including Compulsion, Persuasion, and Illusion for young adults from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse as well as romantic fiction for adult readers in the Celtic Legends Collection starting with Lake of Destiny.

She’s also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a three-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers Site. She’s dedicated to encouraging literacy and reader engagement through a celebration of literature, and she’s on the Board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and runs the CompulsionForReading.com program to distribute books to underfunded schools and libraries.

She lives in Virginia with her husband, children, Shetland Sheepdog, and a lopsided cat, and she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she loves to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate-flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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Excerpt:

“Do you want to read the letters for yourself?” I blurt out, and his face goes all hard and distant.

“No, really. I think they—this whole thing—it’s like those roses Joran Masterson held up in the workshop. You can’t know what you aren’t seeing until you see it, if that makes any sense. I don’t know if it would change how you feel, but I think you should read the letters.”

“I don’t bloody want to read them.” Malcolm rubs a hand across the back of his neck.

“What about your father?”

“I don’t know.” Malcolm snaps off the ignition and shifts around in his seat to face me. “Part of me thinks that after all the pain he inflicted on my mum, he deserves any amount of pain the letters would cause him. But he hasn’t been the same since he read that your mother died. He still goes to the surgery every day, sees patients, runs the estate, but he’s only going through the motions, as if nothing really matters. At night he shuts himself in the reading room and doesn’t come back out. Then he rang out of the blue and asked me to come home this weekend because he needed to go to London. He refused to say how long for, and no one here knows anything except that he’s arranged a locum doctor to stand in for him at the practice for as long as needed.”

“And that isn’t normal?”

“Far from it.”

Malcolm’s trying so hard to sound like he doesn’t care that it makes my chest hurt to hear him. I hate that I came here and added to his worries. And I don’t know how to get myself out of this.

“Well, I hope he—” What? What am I supposed to say? “Grief is hard,” I manage, which is entirely feeble and obvious and lame. “Look, thanks for driving me back. And sorry I bothered you with all this. It was nice to meet you. So um. Yeah. Bye. Thanks again.” I smile too brightly. I’m babbling, so I just have to stop. I need to go.

Snatching up my purse, I jump out of the car without looking at Malcolm, and I rush up the path. The entrance is set beyond a low wall bordered by the kind of perfect English perennial garden that looks as if it happened by accident but that—like everything else around here—probably took a hundred careful years of weeding and breeding to grow just right.

Malcolm jumps out of the car and comes after me. His legs are longer than mine, so he catches me in just a couple strides. “Don’t do that. Don’t get cold and polite on me. Don’t leave.”

He catches my hand and tugs me to a stop, and I feel every ounce of my body heat pooling in my fingers. I want to die of mortification so I don’t turn around.

“All right, yes,” he says. “Yes, I want to read the letters. Which is to say, I know I’ll regret it if I don’t read them. Also, I meant what I said earlier about you coming to stay at the Hall. Dad would have my head on a platter if he found out I’d left you here on your own.”

I turn then, needing to see if he’s serious. He gives me another one of those smiles, and it’s the rose phenomenon all over again. Having seen the way his face can light up, I know this smile isn’t completely real. I flail for a word to explain the absence of something special, but there isn’t one. How can there not be one?

Well, heck, if Horace Walpole can invent “serendipity,” I can come up with something.

A·splen·dor·i·a (Noun): Perfectly executed but devoid of brilliance or genius. “The film’s asplendoria made it enjoyable but unremarkable.”

Malcolm’s smile, this smile, is asplendorious compared to his usual one.

And I did that to him.

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Cover Reveal: A Flashy & Frosty Christmas Charity Anthology

A FLASHY & FROSTY CHRISTMAS
CHARITY ANTHOLOGY
BENEFITING CANCER RESEARCH INSTITUTE
RELEASE DATE: 16th November 2018
GENRE: MULTI-GENRE
COVER DESIGNER: NEMO DESIGNS
Fifteen multi-genre authors came together to celebrate the season and to give to charity. Twenty-three flash fiction stories inspired by Christmas songs we all know and love. Join them as they spin their heartwarming tales.
Tricia Anderson
Nina Valdez
Linda Greene
Sophie Wootten
Carol Gyzander
Cindy Webb
Shellie Brown
Teel James Glenn
Mai Jagyar
Maria Vickers
Ellie Mack
Timothy Lee
Miranda Lynn
Misty Harvey
Tracy Broemmer
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Book Review: The Cleansweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for “The Cleansweep Conspiracy” by Chuck Waldron which is being hosted by iRead Book Tours.  This post is again quite late due to personal issues in the last month but I am happy that I have been able to get this review up!

Book Details:

Book Title: The Cleansweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron
Series: A Matt Tremain Technothriller Book 1
Category: Adult Fiction, 310 pages
Genre: Thriller / Dystopian
Publisher: Bublish Inc.
Release Date: April 2018
Tour Dates: Aug 13 to Sept 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult language)

The Blurb:

In this riveting technothriller, investigative blogger Matt Tremain is covering devastating riots in Toronto when he learns of a plot to rid the city of “undesirables.” The operation is called CleanSweep, and appears to be led by billionaire Charles Claussen, who want to sweep Toronto clean of all street people and any citizens who don’t match his restrictive screening matrix.
Matt questions whether he has the courage, skill or influence to take on Claussen, but the murder of one of his sources convinces the blogger to put his life on the line. He gambles on the loyalty of a Toronto police detective and a local TV reporter for help. If his trust is misplaced, Matt will become yet another victim of CleanSweep, and the truth will be buried with him forever.

To read reviews, please visit Chuck Waldron’s page on iRead Book Tours.

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About the Author:

Chuck Waldron is the author of four riveting mystery, thriller and suspense novels and more than fifty short stories. Inspired by his grandfather’s tales of the Ozark Mountains and local caves rumored to be havens for notorious gangsters, Waldron was destined to write about crime and the human condition. Those childhood legends ignited his imagination and filled his head with unforgettable characters, surprising plots and a keen interest in supernatural and historical subplots.With literary roots planted in the American Midwest and South, and enriched by many years living in the fertile cultural soil of metropolitan Ontario, Waldron now resides on Florida’s fabled Treasure Coast with his wife, Suzanne. While keeping an eye out for hurricanes, alligators, and the occasional Burmese python, visitors will find Waldron busy writing his next crime thriller.Connect with Chuck: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

My Review:

By now, you will know that I am a big fan of conspiracy, crypto-crime thriller-y type books and this fits the bill perfectly!
I am a firm believer that we are all being watched 24/7 and I am OK with that… for now… I think!
The story of this one drags you into it very quickly and is definitely not a book that you have to force yourself to remember to read!  One thing I particularly enjoyed was that the author doesn’t dumb down the subject matter – he tells it like it is and that does mean the occasional trip to Google to work out what it is – but I don’t mind that in the slightest!
The characters are well written and easily likeable, in particular the protagonist, Matt who I had a real soft spot for and he certainly kept me on tenterhooks throughout the story.  Knowing who can be trusted and is working with you is, as almost always in these kind of books, important and there are some surprises during the story.
I loved it – read it quickly and can’t wait for the second book which I happen to have and will review very shortly too!

 

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Book Review: Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for “Palm Beach Finland” by Antti Tuomainen, organised by Anne Cater at Random Things Tours.

The Blurb:

Fargo meets Baywatch in a darkly funny thriller by the critically acclaimed author of The Man Who Died.

Multi-platform, buzz-building marketing & publicity campaign Bestselling Finnish crime novel of 2017 Challenges the Scandinavian crime-fiction genre formula.


Sex, lies and ill-fitting swimwear … Sun Protection Factor 100

Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village – the ‘hottest beach in Finland’.

The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: find out what happened, by any means necessary. With a nod to Fargo, and the darkest noir, Palm Beach, Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a wicked black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams and people struggling at turning points in their lives … from the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’.

The Author:

Finnish Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author.

The critically acclaimed My Brother’s Keeper was published two years later.

In 2011, Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award.

Two years later, in 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published.

With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The Man Who Died became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards.

The Review:

I decided to take part in this tour for a couple of (initial) reasons – I have been to Finland and lived in Norway for a while so Scani-anything is attractive to me and on top of that, I saw the cover .. I mean someone who doesn’t pause to look at that as they’re scrolling down an email is just wrong in the head (IMHO). LOL

This book .. is hard to quantify to those asking “but will I like it ..?”. I mean, yes you will but there will be times when you feel confused and times when you feel bad for enjoying it. Antti has a great sense of humour, one that is similar to mine and so I felt at ease with the writing style (albeit this is translated o there will be some of the personality of the translator coming through too).

The story line is just .. bizarre but in a good way. It actually reminded a little of The House by the Cemetery that i recently reviewed and also the Siren and the Spectre .. if you had told me they were all written by the same person and published by the same group, I wouldn’t argue too much .. but they weren’t.

The characters are well written and it’s easy to find yourself nodding and chuckling along with them .. and then realising you have a soft spot for someone that you perhaps shouldn’t ..!

A great read and it has definitely put this author on my radar and so will be checking out his other books soon!

4 Stars.

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Cover Reveal: Another Kind of Magic by Elizabeth Davies

I am delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for Elizabeth Davies new book “Another Kind of Magic” being run by Rachel’s Random Resources.



The Blurb:

“I am a cat. But I am no ordinary cat. I am a witch’s familiar. I am also a woman, with a woman’s heart and a woman’s frailty.”

Nearly two hundred years have passed since Caitlyn was trapped by supernatural forces and black magic, and she has known many mistresses. This time, the witch she is enthralled to is Joan, wife of Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.

At first, this mistress appears no different to any of the others Caitlyn has served – until Llewelyn captures William de Braose, and Joan falls in love, risking everything, including Caitlyn, to fulfill her desire.

Caitlyn, meanwhile, has her own cross to bear in the form of the gallant and reckless Hugh of Pembroke…

Pre-Order Link: https://www.books2read.com/AnotherKindOfMagic

About the Author:


Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…

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The Cover:

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Spotlight: Joy to You and Me (at Work!) by Amy Thornton

I am delighted to bring you a spotlight post about “Joy to You and Me (at Work!)” by Amy Thornton; I must apologise for the lateness in getting this up but I’ve had a trying month and some blogging promises were missed, but i am slowly making my way through the catchup pile – I hate that I missed special dates but want to try and honour my commitments where I can.

About the Book:

Book Title: Joy to You and Me (at Work!) by Amy Thornton
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 179 pages
Genre: Self-help, Business
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Content Rating: PG (This book is for ages 16+, so there is the occasional “damn”, “hell”, and “ass” thrown in as far as language, but nothing worse than that.)

The Blurb:

Are you one of the 48% of employees worldwide who doesn’t like their jobs? Do you feel constantly stressed at the office? Or maybe you’re just feeling “blah” about your job and want to bring some life back into your workplace. If you talk to anyone about their careers or jobs these days, most of the time you won’t hear positive stories or excitement. You’ll probably hear words like “busy”, “stressed”, “exhausting”, and “mind-numbing.” And with the good old 40-hour workweek becoming a distant memory for many of us, this reality is just plain sad.

Joy to You and Me (At Work!) helps turn these situations around by giving the reader easy tips they can implement quickly to start making a positive difference in the workplace. Being joyful isn’t just a “fluffy-cutesy-nice” thing to do each day – it actually increases productivity and is good for any company or organization. The book helps anyone learn how to:

– Be a more joyful person
– Bring joy to co-workers
– Bring joy to customers
– Bring joy to networking

This fun, easy-to-read guide shows people of all ages and personalities how to make a difference immediately to make not only themselves happier, but to spread that happiness throughout the workplace – and beyond!

By sharing stories from the author’s 25+ years of making a joyful difference in the workplace and examples from truly kick-ass companies, Joy to You and Me (At Work!) is a life-changing, fun read for anyone who wants to improve their work life.

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About the Author:

Amy Thornton Shankland, GPC, has been bringing joy to her workplaces for over 25 years thanks to her innate enthusiasm. She is a former Dale Carnegie instructor, has been a grant professional for 17 years, is a former columnist for the Noblesville Daily Times, and is a current board member of Noblesville Main Street.Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook
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Publish Day: Divide & Rule by Rachel McLean

Today, the second book in the series and I am delighted to be helping to publicise it on it’s launch day!  I am actually in the middle of reading the first book – I was meant to publish a review for this back in September but unfortunately life took an ugly turn and I wasn’t able to get it up on time.  I will be posting the review as soon as I have finished (I had hoped I could do both today but alas, life is a fickle, evil mistress!).


The Blurb:

Jennifer Sinclair’s fight to save her political career, her family and her freedom has failed. Traumatised by prison violence, she agrees to transfer to the mysterious British Values Centre.

Rita Gurumurthy has betrayed her country and failed the children in her care. Unlike Jennifer, she has no choice, but finds herself in the centre against her will.

Both women are expected to conform, to prove their loyalty to the state and to betray everything they hold dear. One attempts to comply, while the other rebels. Will either succeed in regaining her freedom?

Divide and Rule is 1984 for the 21st century – a chilling thriller examining the ruthless measures the state will take to ensure obedience, and the impact on two women.

Purchase Links: Amazon US – Amazon UK

About the Author:

I’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places.

All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club HERE.

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Book Review: “Sex Drive” by Stephanie Theobald

Today I am reviewing “Sex Drive” by Stephanie Theobald which has been arranged kindly by Anne Cater of Random Things Tours.

Date Started: 13th October 2018
Date Finished: 20th October 2018
Purchase Links: Amazon UK

Blurb:

Arriving in New York with a failing relationship and a body she felt out of touch with, Stephanie Theobald set off on a 3,497 mile trip across America to re-build her orgasm from the ground up. What started as a quest for the ultimate auto-erotic experience became a fantastic voyage into her own body.

She takes us from ‘body sex’ classes with the legendary feminist Betty Dodson to an interview with the former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who was fired for suggesting that masturbation should be talked about in schools. Along the way, we are immersed in a weird, counter cultural America of marijuana farms and ‘ecosexual sexologists’.

Sex Drive is a memoir about desire and pleasure, merging sexuality and spirituality, eighteenth-century porn and enlightenment philosophy. A new sexual revolution has begun – and this time round, it’s all about the women.

About the Author:

 

Stephanie Theobald is a British journalist, novelist, public speaker and broadcaster known for her playful and thoughtful work around sexuality and feminism. The Times described her as ‘one of London’s most celebrated literary lesbians’ and she writes regularly for the Guardian, the Sunday Times and Elle UK. She is the author of four novels, most recently A Partial Indulgence (2010). She lives between London and Los Angeles.

My Review:

Firstly, I adore the cover of this book. So colourful and definitely attention grabbing!

This book is not for the feint hearted – if you don’t like the thought if being told to look at your nether regions in the mirror or pleasuring yourself with a group of other women, then I wouldn’t suggest reading this book!

If, however, you are more of a modern thinking person, like me, that thinks that we need to demystify sex, masturbation and related subjects then this will be a great book to read!

I have to admit to feeling a little squeamish in places BUT .. that’s part of the delight of this book – it makes you think about things that were taught to ignore and event think of as bad/wrong/naughty/disgusting.

The characters that the author got to meet, talk and .. ahem .. do other things with is quite spectacular and all of them add something to the book rather than being names thrown in to brag. It is very much a female empowerment book – I am a quiet feminist (in fact my brother and I joke about the fact that he is more of a feminist than I am) but loved the overall message in this book. I truly believe that if we talked about sex, masturbation and the things that go with it more, the stigmas would break down and things would be understood better.

I also want to mention how jealous I am of her bring able to drive across the USA – it is something I have harboured a desire for for a very long time and one day I hope I will be able to manage it.

I would highly recommend this book to each and every woman out there, and the men too – I believe that if we all know a little more about each other and the things that turn us on and give us the most pleasure, the world would be a much happier place!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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