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About Hazel

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    Married with 2 boys, a dog and a cat.
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    Freezing Glasgow
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    Reading, films, theatre, music, eating, sleeping all humanly pleasures.
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    Books, films, music, drawing, tattoos, comics, walking.

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  1. Tennis

    McEnroe took three warnings about his behaviour before he was penalised. He was mocked for his behaviour - not his race, gender, parental status. It boils my piss that Venus be held up because she is "quieter" or "better behaved". Here's to all the loud, outspoken women. I think Madeline Albright said it best when she said "There's a special place in hell for women who don't support other women."
  2. Tennis

    Serena Williams has been tested for drugs more than any other player in tennis history - and passed every single time. She won a Grand Slam pregnant. She came back and played shortly after a horrendous birth experience - I could barely walk after a similiar time. She is a role model across the world not only for young women in sport, but for young black women. She is the most successful female tennis player of all time. And in return she has been portrayed as a gorilla, a monkey, a man, a brat, a hypocrite, a hysterical woman... When John McEnroe had his many tantrums, he was seen as a 'character'. Have any of the male players been treated so badly?
  3. What are you watching on TV?

    We just finished watching Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime. I really didn't want to watch it because I don't really like the Tom Clancy kind of boys' own adventure genre but hubby and eldest really wanted to see it. It was bloody amazing. I was gripped start to finish, every episode was pure TV gold. Loved it.
  4. My husband really wants to read this - me too, but honestly, I don't want to engage! I feel like if I read the book, I am complicit in keeping him newsworthy. I know that's really silly but I am at the stage with Trump, that it's just better to pretend he doesn't exist.
  5. Currently Reading

    The Grip of It by Jac Jemc - odd little square formatted book about a possessed house. So far it reminds me of Amityville.
  6. Currently Reading

    : ) It was a particularly gory outing for Callanach and Taylor!
  7. Sharp objects

    This is disappointing, I love Flynn and loved the book. Was really looking forward to the series!
  8. Rest in Peace

    Awww man, Burt Reynolds! I think he may have been my very first crush!
  9. Me too Binker - she had put so much work into it and this book testifies to this.
  10. This is the fourth outing for DI Callanach and DCI Turner in what is mounting up to be one of the best crime/police procedural series I have read. The body of a young girl is found and she has horrific wounds, shapes have been cut out of her skin and the full horror is not made apparent until the next girl is abducted and a 'ragdoll' is found at the scene. Meanwhile, someone is slicing the faces of homeless spice users in Edinburgh city, near to a private school. Are the two cases connected? Is someone taking rough justice out on those who have transgressed? What makes these books special? Well, Turner and Callanach are intriguing characters, both strong yet flawed, and both good at what they do. The crimes are horrific and violent enough to satisfy crime fans. Edinburgh makes a great backdrop with its historical, granitey greyness. And they are just fantastically well written. Bring on the fifth!
  11. Michelle McNamara, wife of Patton Oswalt, was a true crime enthusiast. She set up a successful blog about true crime where she investigated and traded information on open cases. One case that hooked her completely was the Golden State Killer. Throughout the 1980s across the Golden State, there was a high number of odd cases that involved home invasion, rape, assault and the stealing of oddities from the homes. Enough information and witness statements were collected that made the police consider they had one perpetrator for all these crimes, but they never caught him. McNamara died before the completion of this book and much of it has been pieced together by her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt. The information is taken from her notebooks, finished and unfinished chapters and all the case files and reports she meticuously detailed and kept. It's a fascinating read. Worth mentioning that the GSK was caught just recently and people have mentioned that it may have been down to McNamara's investigative work and this book.
  12. This book starts with the sentence "The baby is dead" and so begins a sad, grubby, tragic tale of Louise. Louse is employed by a wealthy Parisian family to care for their to children Adam and Mila. At first, everything is wonderful; Louise makes the family complete, providing comfort for the mother, order and tidyness for the father, stimulation, learning and fun for the children. She joins them on holiday and everything is perfect. But as is the case with many nannies and au pairs, the glaring obviousness that they are NOT part of the family no matter the pretence, no matter how much the children lover her/him, no matter how much support and comfort she/he offers the family sneaks up on them and grinds away until desperation and abandonment occurs. The nanny has a ticking alarm hanging over head, she will be welcomed into the family as long as they need her and soon they won't...and such is the case, I think, with Louise. She yearns for family and to be loved and needed but deep down she knows it is all pretend. I found this book quite difficult to read, to read about a woman who goes from being adored to slowly be treated poorly, not by malicious means, but just by the natural realisation that this person, in your home, is not a family member but an employee is very difficult. We love out family unconditionally, we put up with foibles, but an employee...you can just tell them to stop. Still, it's a great book, and certainly tragic.
  13. This book (and author) came up on one of those '50 Thrillers You Must...' and I thought I would give it a go. I have read a couple of stalker genre books and they usually fail to completely satisfy; sometimes they are a little hokey, or try a little too hard to be creepy, but this book was a huge success. The mix of enigmatic, interesting, kooky, weird, loving, creepy and murderous in Je, the stalker, was excellent. I both feared him and was intrigued by him. Now, I am not saying there is anything positive or romantic about stalking or stalkers, but in fiction there has to be something that makes you want to keep reading and certainly I wanted to read more about Joe. Joe works in a bookshop and when Guinevere (is there a better name for a damsel-going-to-be-in-distress?) walks in and his world spins on its axis. He sets out to be a loving boyfriend for her. The chess moves that take place in order to make Joe's desires come true are fascinating as he oscillates between being there for Guinevere and being unavailable to her to strengthen her attraction to him. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, Kepnes is a very skillful writer and nothing in this book came off as incongruous or hokey. Looking forward to reading more of her work.
  14. This is the second in the Stillman Creek series by Rachel Caine - where a family are on the run after discovering that the father is a serial killer. These books are perfect for a holiday beach read or a cosy afternoon curled up in a blanket. They are never going to be great literature but the are cracking good reads that pound along at furious pace and are highly entertaining for a breathless read. Cant wait for the next one. ETA spoiler - Sorry, assumed that people interested in the second would have read the first!
  15. This was a really odd read. There are three timelines: 1990 where three young girls make a pact with a scary man who loves in the woods, 2000 where a young, new mother disappears leaving behind her baby daughter and confused partner and 2018 where a teenage girl adjusts to life with her mother back in her life. The thing that connects them all is the scary man who lives in the woods. I remember posting that I was reading this book and it was hailed as a supernatural thriller but I was finding it completely lacking in any supernatural tension. This didn't change. While I quite enjoyed the tales in each of the timelines, there just wasn't suspense or even interest to keep me engaged. I had to force myself to complete the book. Deeply unsatisfying.