Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse @CeejaytheAuthor #Review @HQstories

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 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…

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My Review

It's safe to say I was intrigued when I read the blurb for this book it sounded so different but what did I think...

Rhiannon is a complex character with an extremely dark edge to her, in some parts of the book you actually feel sorry for her. Mainly because she is repeatedly walked over especially at work. Even though you don't necessarily agree with all the things that she does it's still such a rollercoaster ride of a story. There were so many brilliant one liners that I couldn't keep up I loved her commentary on her own life. Rhiannon expertly voices the things that bug pretty much everyone on a daily basis. Although we don't fantasize about actually killing all the people who have annoyed or wronged us. 

Is it entirely wrong that I was laughing at times and I mean laugh out loud funny. Then you would get to the parts which are dark and disturbing just like Rhiannon. I thought this was a great contrast to have whilst reading.

The story manages to be blunt and to the point all the way through, I loved how Rhiannon had to be this whole other person to appear normal in everyone's eyes. This really is a book like no other, it manages to have some truly shocking moments with grisly descriptions. So I will say that if you are easily offended this book may not be for you. I enjoyed the way the book is told in a diary format I thought this was a great way of telling the story. This way you definitely get an insight into the real Rhiannon's personality. Sweetpea has a little bit of everything and then when you throw in the dark humour it made things all the more interesting.

I found that the story moved pretty quickly and before I knew it I was nearing the end. It was difficult because on one hand I wanted to know how everything would turn out but I also didn't want it to end!

 Brutal at times but oh so addictive, I just couldn't put it down!

Thank you to HQDigital & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion. 


  1. Ahhh I've heard so many great things about this book, I'm going to have to get myself a copy! Fab review xx

    1. Thank you! It's well worth a read, I loved how dark it was definitely something different for me to read xx

  2. This definitely sounds like my sort of read. Thanks for the heads-up, Rachel.

    1. No problem, it's lots of fun getting to know Rhiannon! xx