Monday, 10 September 2018

Book Review: SWEETPEA by C.J. Skuse


About the Book


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 alcoholic 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…


My Thoughts

I don't expect to laugh much while reading a thriller but with SWEETPEA I often found myself doing so. Rhiannon’s unfiltered thoughts are blunt and judgmental, yet I am sure many of us would agree with her sentiments. Talk about awkward, because who wants to find a serial killer so relatable?

It’s not an action packed story, as Rhiannon leads a most ordinary life, but her diary, and especially her kill lists are highly entertaining to read.

C.J Skuse’s writing definitely kept me turning the pages because I had no idea the direction the book would take and I was eager to learn how the story would unfold.

Rhiannon’s story continues in the book IN BLOOM but I don’t consider SWEETPEA to have a cliffhanger ending.  Having said that, I am definitely planning to read the next book because I cannot get enough of Rhiannon. Who knew I would find myself cheering for the serial killer?


About the Author


C.J. Skuse is the author of PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC, DEAD ROMANTIC (Chicken House) as well as MONSTER and THE DEVIANTS (Mira Ink) and SWEETPEA (HQ/HarperCollins).


Born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England, C.J. has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Young People. Aside from writing novels, C.J. is a Senior Lecturer in Writing for Children on the M.A. at Bath Spa University.

C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and Sylvanian Families. She hates carnivals, hard-boiled eggs and coughing. The movies Titanic, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Ruby Sparks were all probably based on her ideas - she just didn't get to write them down in time.

Before she dies, C.J. would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Tom Hardy present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.


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