I have to say, I am a wee bit jealous that my ‘lil star guest reviewer, Claire Knight has read this before me! It is on my Netgalley TBR and I really need to get to it! #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime – however, this cracking review makes me look forward to it! So have a read, #bookjunkies! It sounds pretty awesome!
The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…
I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.
Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.
Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.
A kill list.
From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.
Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…
Claire’s Rating: 4/5
The first thing I have to say about Sweetpea is I LOVE THIS COVER!!! I seem to be drawn to covers that have a black background and simple yet vivid colours to attract attention. When I saw this cover on Twitter and then read the blurb earlier this year, I knew I needed to read this book!
The second thing I have to say about Sweetpea is DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED. The humour is very dark, comical and rather gruesome in places. Our protagonist, Rhiannon doesn’t mince her words through her diary entries, she starts every commentary with her day’s kill list – in some cases I am inclined to agree with her – the people who don’t use their indicators and those who “invite” you to join a Facebook group which isn’t really an invite now is it!?
‘There are three ways to make your mark on the world. Do something ordinary, do something extraordinary or kill something extraordinary. You can be an average John, a John Lennon or the man who kills John Lennon.’
Rhiannon is nuts, she had some very dark and psychopathic thoughts. She is seriously disturbed but how much of that is down to her upbringing which as you read Sweetpea, you learn more and more.
To start with, I wasn’t sure about this book. I really thought that my love for the simple yet striking cover had blinded my judgment but the more I delved into Rhiannon’s life and nuttiness, the more compelled I was to read. There were quite a few surprises along the way right up to the end! I’ll definitely be reading more from the author – I discovered I’ve actually got one of her previous novels, Monster, that’s been sat on my Kindle for the past 2 years #hangsheadinshame
A massive thank you to HQ and Netgalley for my advanced copy of Sweetpea.
Great review Claire and I am even more determined to get to this sooner rather than later! If you like dark and twisted, this sounds like it checks both those categories! Click the book to grab a copy now!