10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this strange world

by Elif Shafak

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A story of Lelia’s last moments of consciousness after her death, she recalls her main live points.

She was known as Tequila Lelia, a prostitute in Istanbul red district;  murdered left in a dump. So starts this story.

For me, this heartbreakingly beautiful novel showcasing the opinions and treatment of women, sex workers, transgender, or other religions, anyone different from the patriarchal society in which she lived and died.

She introduces us to her five friends, who she knows will find her and take care of her body, which they do.

There was such a depth of love and friendship depicted between these six friends; Set in the peripheries of Istanbul, the violence and cruelty were part of the story’s charm.

10 minutes, 30 seconds was my first Elif Shafak book; I didn’t want it to end, but then I knew the ending at the beginning of the book.

The Beauty of Broken Things

by Victoria Connelly

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"The only way to get through this is to get through this”


This novel was a heart-breaking book filled with hope, growth and healing. Luke and Orla are brought together, through their love and subsequent grief of Helen.

Helen Hansard, Luke’s wife, was killed in a tragic accident coming home on the train one night.

The Beauty of Broken Things was written in such a sensitive tone, that brings you to tears many times. A beautiful and poignant story filled with grief, fear and the memory of love.

Any details I give in this review would take away the captivating storytelling that pulls you into this book.

Victoria Connelly is a bestselling author of two series – Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, and her first published novel Flights of Angel, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany.

I want to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of reading an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

 

Female Firebrands

by Mikaela Kiner

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I found this an important book for women in all positions, financial standing, and physical capabilities.

Included in this book are the experiences of 13 successful women in familiar work environments, each one giving us a peek of their challenges; the manipulations they experienced in their work; the undermining of their career paths.

 

These anecdotes are told in this book and have been experienced by countless women worldwide.

My only criticism of this book would be, it was a perfect starting point as a consultancy introduction, but I wanted it to be a more in-depth book, to know more about these women’s stories.  

I would also like to note that the narrator Julie Eickhoff, had a voice that made me feel like I was part of the conversation. 

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of reading/listening this audiobook, in exchange for an honest review.

His & Hers

by Alice Feeney

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Anne Andrews was married (now divorced) to Detective Chief Inspector Jack Harper.

A female body has been discovered murdered in the woods in Blackdown.

Her connection to Anna – they used to be friends at school;
 

Her connection to Jack – they had had sex hours before she died;

 

Anna Andrews is a BBC Lunchtime News presenter, and a high functioning alcoholic.

Jack Harper left London after his marriage ended in tragedy but didn’t plan to end up back in his hometown.

This account is being told from two sides His & Hers; in there is also another voice, this one filling the gaps.

His & Hers was read by two narrators Richard Armitage and Stephanie Racine.  Within a few minutes of starting this book, you forget the voice actors and fall head-first into this complicated thriller.

It’s a story of grooming of young girls, cruelty and blackmail. There are unanswered questions, unreliable narrative and missed clues at every turn in this book.   

I predicted the ending, wrongly, five times and still was mistaken when it was revealed but wasn’t disappointed. 

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of reading this copy advanced copy of the audiobook in exchange for my own honest review - this book is due for release on July 28, 2020.