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Book Review – Behind Her Eyes a novel by Sarah Pinborough

Book Review – Behind Her Eyes a novel by Sarah Pinborough

Another thumbs up for the Book of the Month Club selection. Don’t you just a love a book that you can’t put down? Well this page-turner had me up all hours trying to work out what was going on.

Why I selected this book

 

As I mentioned before, the Book of the Month Club gives you five books to select from each month. If you don’t like any of the five then you can opt to skip that month and wait for the following month. I have not found it difficult to pick a book. Quite the opposite, I want to read all the options selected each month!  A small synopsis of each book is given to help you make up your mind. Here’s what caught my eye

 

‘This novel isn’t just a who-dun-it. This novel is a what-the-f*ck-even-got-dun’ By Judge Christina Arreola,

What’s the book about

 

Imagine a love story/thriller but with a twist that you know is coming but can’t wait to work out. David, the poor farmer’s boy turned handsome psychologist is married to Adele the troubled yet beautiful and extremely wealthy wife. After somewhat abruptly moving to London for ‘a fresh start’ David meets Louise in a bar and begins an affair. Louise is quite different from Adele. A single mom struggling to make a new life post-divorce who needs to shed the extra pounds and stop taking solace in booze and cigarettes. As you delve deeper into each character you uncover their hidden weaknesses and their secrets.

 

What I loved about the book

 

This book reminded me of Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Set in London with everyday relatable characters, the story is told from both Adele and Louise’s perspective. While Louise is easier to warm to, she is still a complex personality with her own demons. It is fairly obvious from the get-go that Adele has issues, but what they are makes the story the page turner as you rush to discover who, what, how, and where. David’s character took a little time to warm to and I vacillated between loathing and pitying as the story unfolded.

 

As I got further into the book, so the creepy level elevated that at times made me a little nervous to continue. For me, a good thriller is one that has many twists and turns and yet I’m still left surprised at the outcome. I thought I had this one nailed about halfway through and felt quite smug with myself. However, the ending of this book is certainly worthy of the hashtag given by the publishers #WTFthatending.

 

‘A tenner says you’ll never guess this ending’ – on the cover of UK book edition.

Behind Her Eyes

 

The book is available for purchase in hardback or kindle on Amazon

 

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Grand Mumbai Tours – Lets Explore Mumbai

After living in Mumbai for a few years I discovered Grand Mumbai Tours and want to share my good fortune. Naav, the tour guide, gave an extremely interesting look at Mumbai through his eyes. Naav explained the history and cultural significance of the various sites we visited. He also took me to sights I didn’t know existed and made our day out such fun. Taking a tour from a knowledgeable guide is such a worthwhile experience. But something that comes through from the start is Naav’s enthusiasm for his home city. Take a look at his website for details on how you can book your own tour. But in the meantime, please enjoy the video I shot of my day out with Naav.

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Izakaya WA, Houston, Texas – Restaurant Review

Izakaya WA, Houston, Texas – Restaurant Review

 

On a recent shopping expedition with my girlfriends in Houston, I noticed a ‘new’ sign advertising a Japanese restaurant close by called Izakaya WA. As it was lunchtime it seemed rude not to stop by for a visit.

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Ivy Boutique Hotel in Chicago

I love visiting Chicago as the city is one of my favorites in the US. Take a look at the video I made with my daughter Rebecca that shows some of the reasons why I love Chicago.   I always enjoy trying new hotels on my frequent trips. On this visit. I tried out a boutique hotel located just off the Magnificent Mile. Such a convenient location and yet away from the hustle and bustle of the main shopping thoroughfare.  The large room was very well equipped and I loved the modern design. The bathroom was particularly luxurious. Sadly the weather didn’t cooperate to allow me to try out the rooftop bar/restaurant. For a city break, this type of boutique hotel is ideal.

 

On the negative side, a pet peeve of mine is an extra charge for wifi. For a boutique hotel, I think the front desk staff could be a little friendlier. Upon check in and out I did not feel at all welcome but maybe I just got the staff on a bad couple of days. The bar/breakfast area is very tiny so if many of the guests decided to eat at the same time there would be a major issue. However, with so many restaurants on your doorstep (and much cheaper options) I guess this is not usually an issue.

 

 

The Fact Sheet

Ivy Boutique Hotel
(312) 335-5444
233 East Ontario StreetChicagoIllinois
60611 United States

 

 

 

Legstraps, Wootton – Restaurant Review

Legstraps, Wootton – Restaurant Review

If you follow my blog, then you will know that my talented husband is pursuing his doctorate at Cranfield University in the UK. His course requires several residential weeks spread throughout the year at the University.  Each visit gives me the opportunity to discover new places to explore. When I’m looking for restaurants in an area that I’m not familiar with, I turn to Zomato. This online resource gives restaurant reviews, plus provides photos, and menus. Using this app has given me many successes in the past such as The Carrington Arms in nearby Moulsoe. On my recent trip, I discovered a pub/restaurant in the village of Wootton called The Legstraps.

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Drone Footage of Constance Moofushi in the Maldives

If you follow any of my social media channels then you will know that I just love the Maldives. It is the only vacation place that I have returned to numerous times. Ok, I’ll admit it, I’ve been there 5 times! Yes, I’m addicted. On our last trip, we took our drone to capture some aerial footage of the resort. Sadly this visit didn’t have the best weather.  The day we took the drone footage of Constance Moofushi it had just stormed so the colors aren’t quite as magical as normal. However, I think you will get the general idea of just how the Maldives is truly idyllic.

 

Take a look around my blog and my YouTube channel to find more reports from my various visits to the Maldives including my visit to another resort called JA Manafuru.

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Ascot Grill, Ascot, UK – Restaurant Review

Ascot Grill, Ascot, UK – Restaurant Review

It’s always exciting visiting new eateries for the first time. You never know what you will discover. The warm welcome our party received as we entered this restaurant was a great start to a fun lunch.

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Book Review – Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Book Review – Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

One of my new year’s resolutions is to read more in 2017.  There are many reasons I believe reading is good for you. But don’t take my word for it, read this interesting article that explains why.

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Ippudo, Canary Wharf, London – Restaurant Review

Ippudo, Canary Wharf, London – Restaurant Review

Arriving at Heathrow airport on a cold foggy London morning was quite the contrast from the 82-degree heat we had just left in Houston. By lunchtime we needed something warm and nourishing to keep us from succumbing to jet lag. A bowl of ramen seemed like the perfect solution.

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51Fifteen, Saks Fifth Avenue, Houston

51Fifteen, Saks Fifth Avenue, Houston

Shopping and Cocktails at the Houston Galleria

 

While celebrating my birthday month (why settle for just one day) my girlfriends took me on a day’s outing to the Houston Galleria. After a little shopping and a makeup tutorial at Nordstrom, we headed to the newly refurbished Saks Fifth Avenue.

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