Review and Spotlight on ‘Stranger or Friend’ by Silvia Villalobos #FeaturedAuthor

 

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‘Stranger or Friend’ by Silvia Villalobos

‘Stranger or Friend’ is a mystery suspense thriller which moves at just the right pace.  We follow events as they unfold through the eyes of Zoe Sinclair, an LA lawyer, who has returned to her home town at a time when the town is reeling from a murder.

It is the murder of her best friend and popular local, Lori.  Putting several people in the ‘frame’, Villalobos drops breadcrumbs at opportune moments, enabling people of all reading abilities to have a chance of deciding ‘whodunnit’.  The chapters are just the right length, allowing your mind to digest the jigsaw pieces, should you choose to.  Likewise, if you wish to continue unabated, this is easy because Villalobos has penned a page-turner.

I was keen to return to this book and often had difficulty in putting it down.  This was near impossible in the last few chapters, when Villalobos builds up to a nail-biting final scene.  Her characterisation is effective and she gently nudges the reader to where their loyalties should lay.  A talented writer, Villalobos set the tone and atmosphere in few words, when appropriate.

After finishing this book (or before…) you may be interested in learning where the author’s inspiration came from.  You can find out by following Villalobos’ blog all through April where she will be showing us her inspiration in daily posts as part of the blogging AtoZ Challenge.

Published by Solstice Publishing, you can buy  Stranger or Friend now from Amazon.

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Author Silvia Villalobos

 

You can tweet the author @Silvia_Writes and visit her blog at Silvia Writes. 

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me for the purpose of this review and feature but all opinions are honest and my own.

This post contains affiliate links.

Top picture credit: Cover art of ‘Stranger or Friend’ by Michelle Crocker

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Review and Spotlight on ‘A Modern Father (…and Dad blogger)’ by John Adams

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‘A Modern Father (…and Dad blogger)’ by John Adams

Since the term came into being, I’ve been intrigued by Stay At Home Mums (SAHMs) in the sense of ‘how do they do it?’  But I’ve been even more intrigued by Stay At Home Dads (SAHDs).  With various stigmas, taboos and ‘odd looks’, how on earth do SAHDs do it?

How do they do the whole house husband, SAHD ‘thing’?

‘A Modern Father (…and Dad blogger)’ gives a fascinating insight into the world of John Adams, his wife and 2 young daughters.  In his book, he talks us through his experience of a maternity ward from a Dad’s point of view (the good, the bad and frank), he shares humourous accounts of times with his daughters – one being a visit to the dentist that had me chuckling away in acknowledgement (to a degree), the milestone of starting school and with it the baptism of being a dad at the school gate.  Also included are very personal insights into the sacrifices his wife makes, along with the judgement people make of her going to work.

The section that really stands out for me is ‘Sex and the Stay at Home Dad’.  The similarities between a SAHD and SAHM struck me.  In fact the similarities to parenting in general.  Meaning that when Adams scratches his head at the suggestion that SAHDs are more likely to play away (given the amount of women they comparatively encounter due to circumstance), he does so by concluding that he couldn’t possibly fit any ‘extra curricular’ activities into his day.  That is a statement that had me nodding my head in agreement (not that I have considered playing away I might add!)  Working in the traditional sense or keeping on top of housework and general family life leaves little or no time for bed hopping…  That is why this book is universal in the world of parenting and beyond.

Adams refers to several blog posts in his book and this may deter many of his blog followers from reading this.  I would encourage them to have a read all the same, on the basis that this is written in a very easy-to-read style, as his blog, and the sections compliment each other to give a balanced insight into his world.

You can buy A modern father (…and dad blogger) in paperback or for Kindle from Amazon.

You can tweet the author John Adams @dadbloguk and visit his blog at dadbloguk.com

Note: This book was provided to me free of charge but all words and opinions are my own.  Co-published by John Adams and CronxBooks.  This post contains affiliate links.

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