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K. J. Noyes "Katy Noyes" (Derbyshire, UK)
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I See You
I See You
by Clare Mackintosh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Plays to the modern fears of being watched, a tense story and refreshing Everywoman protagonist, 28 July 2016
This review is from: I See You (Hardcover)
Loved the twists and thrills of Mackintosh's debut (I Let You Go, which seems to be referenced as a phrase at regular intervals in this novel!), and was happy to try her next.

Not quite as harrowing as a story about a hit-and-run child and psychological abuse, I See You is still frightening in its premise: on her daily underground commute, estate agent manager Zoe notices by chance her own photograph in the classified section of the metro paper. Is it her? Why would her photo be there above a 'lonelyhearts' type web address? Not sure if she's mistaken, she notices a connection to another woman when a victim of crime also has what appears to be their photo on the same page...

For a change, our heroine isn't twenty-something, blonde and athletic. Zoe has two grown up children, an ex-husband, a slightly dull job and a house with a broken shower. An Everywoman in other words. Which makes her inclusion in the classifieds all the more bizarre of course.

But of course, there is more to it than she and her family at first think. Paranoia, stalking, social media, all contemporary themes we worry about play a role, as does a rather typical sounding modern family - new partner, wannabee-actress daughter, former-shoplifter-turned-chef son, cab driver ex-husband. And Zoe, who you do empathise with as a working mother, especially on those very realistic-feeling commutes to work, rushing for trains, worrying about who's making dinner.

Zoe's story takes turn with the police investigating her queries, a female officer with issues of her own but who takes Zoe's story seriously. I liked having both sides of the story there, though Kelly didn't stand out as a police officer different to those before her in crime/psychological thrillers.

I really enjoyed Zoe's story though, the final reveal was unexpected, though the denouement missed out a vital scene I felt, where the action happens off-stage and we miss out on it.

I wanted more from Zoe's regular homeless busker friend Megan, she gets a moment but I'd hoped to find out more about her and have her feature more prominently. Ditto with Zoe's son and ex-husband, they both disappear for most of the book and I liked them on-stage.

Good use of social media and contemporary fears, a refreshingly average protagonist, lots of build-up and tension.

A great read, kept me hanging on and guessing. Will be enjoyed by fans of her first.

With thanks to Netgalley for the advance reading copy.


Falling
Falling
by Julie Cohen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cross-generational story that has depth, heart, tears and smiles, 28 July 2016
This review is from: Falling (Paperback)
4.5 / 5

I started this expecting one thing – probably a humdrum family story of women’s issues – and ended it feeling emotional and thoroughly moved. I read Dear Thing last year and liked the novel concept, though of a genre I don’t read very often.

Falling appeared to be similar – three women in one family, each with problems. But I realized within a few chapters, particularly about one character, how much I empathized with them.

Honor has a fall at home, and due to her age and injury, cannot return to her own home without support. Dutifully offering her own family dwelling is daughter-in-law Jo, once married to Honor’s son Stephen, dead ten years. We are not told why, not until much later in the story. Their teenage daughter Lydia is our third protagonist and narrator, herself suffering silently the pains of first love – for her best friend Avril.

I think that women of different ages may identify more strongly with one of these women, the one possibly closest to them in age, but I felt sympathy for each of them, and surprisingly more for Honor as the story progressed and I understood her better.

Jo had me instantly though – a widow who has remarried, now a single mother again with a teenager and two toddlers, also taking in her invalided mother-in-law (who pointedly dislikes her), and trying to cope with an ex-husband and his au-pair lover, as well as feelings for the younger, handsome neighbour next door. There are some truly cringe-worthy scenes that every parent of young children will wince in sympathy at, and some very good writing of family life and just how exhausting and never-ending it all is. Little Oscar and Iris don’t get much of a ‘speaking part’ but are nicely written by Cohen, who clearly has experience of young children.

Lydia, for me, wasn’t as likeable as the other women – but maybe passing the teenage infatuation stage has left me less tolerant. But issues of cyber-bullying, sexuality, friendship and first love were all well considered. I just felt that some of the problems she experiences need not have been quite as big a problem for her. But what do I remember of that period?

One thing that got on my nerves though, was a repeated insistence by the author to cal Lydia’s legs ‘colt-like’, or ‘coltish’ – alright, they are long, lean and muscular. Maybe another word might be substituted on occasion. Here endeth the rant.

Honor grew for me, as her own secrets and lies were uncovered, and there are some genuinely moving scenes between her and Jo (and also her granddaughter) as the story opens up the truth of Stephen’s death and aftermath. I cried openly, several times.

Jo holds the whole story (as well as her family) together. Is she a pushover? Too nice? Or is this surface masking a much stronger heart? Her burgeoning relationship with the next-door-neighbour could have been cheesy and tacky, but in reality I found it warm, realistic and quite a bit sexy. And Jo did feel like the heart of the book.

For a book that’s essentially a family story, there’s also a few suspenseful scenes of danger. There’s some gentle humour, warmth, pathos and an ending that I felt rounded it off beautifully and felt final and satisfying.

I enjoyed this so much more than I was expecting, and am very glad I was asked to review this title.

With thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.


MIER 15.6 Inch Laptop Messenger Bag Tablet Briefcase Men Crossbody Satchel Bag with Multifunctional Organizer (Grey)
MIER 15.6 Inch Laptop Messenger Bag Tablet Briefcase Men Crossbody Satchel Bag with Multifunctional Organizer (Grey)
Offered by Mierlife Co,.Ltd
Price: £26.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Well made, strong and full of storage pockets, 27 July 2016
A stylish design, this bag has a grey cloth exterior and a pink pinstripe interior lining.

The messenger bag flap is held securely by two heavy duty velcro pads. There are lots of pockets for storage.

A padded laptop compartment keeps the contents safe from bumps and scratches. An elasticated velcro tab keeps the laptop in place. It has a large interior for holding larger items such as power supplies and books.

There are three zip-up pockets to keep items safe and secure. A quick access rear pocket is secured with a velcro pad for easy access to documents on the move.

The shoulder strap is comfortable and has a shoulder pad included. It also has plastic adjusters to allow you find a comfortable carrying style.

With thanks to the manufacturer for the sample product, sent for review products.


Lapasa Men's Micro Modal Boxer Briefs Low Rise Trunk ( Flatlock ) (Medium, Black (Pack of 4))
Lapasa Men's Micro Modal Boxer Briefs Low Rise Trunk ( Flatlock ) (Medium, Black (Pack of 4))
Offered by ASAS-UK
Price: £37.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Decent value for a 4-pack, great quality trunk pants, 27 July 2016
My husband is happy with these, they are the exact style he likes. If we could order again, we might go for 'large' instead of 'medium' for a slightly more comfortable fit.

A good price for 4 pairs of trunks (less than £5 a pair).

He tells me these are pretty comfortable with good elastic, a good fit all round. We have washed and they have even worn again, and they wash well.

Happy with the plain black colour as well. The only negative might be that he tells me it can be quite easy to confuse the inside with the outside as there is not a lot to distinguish the two!

With thanks to the manufacturer for the sample product, sent for review purposes.


[Front+Back]Smash-It Iphone 6/Iphone 6s Full 3D Curved Edge Coverage ULTRA CLEAR Tempered Glass Screen Protector with 100% FULL Screen Cover/9H Hardness/Responsive Touch+ Anti-Glare PET Back Film for Iphone 6/Iphone 6s with Anti-Scratches/Both Sides Protection White
[Front+Back]Smash-It Iphone 6/Iphone 6s Full 3D Curved Edge Coverage ULTRA CLEAR Tempered Glass Screen Protector with 100% FULL Screen Cover/9H Hardness/Responsive Touch+ Anti-Glare PET Back Film for Iphone 6/Iphone 6s with Anti-Scratches/Both Sides Protection White
Offered by Ariko-Direct (UK)
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy enough to install and strong protection for a screen, 27 July 2016
This comes in a small but well-protected box.

The contents include alcohol wipe, cleaning cloth, front glass protector and rear plastic protector.

The glass protector looks good quality and the coloured (white/black) has no blemishes and looks like the original iphone with cutouts for the camera, light sensor and home button.

Very easy to fit. Clean the phone with the alcohol wipe and cloth. Align the glass protector and peel off the backing paper. Being solid glass, the protector simply falls into place leaving little if no air bubbles which can be easily removed with the lightest of pressure.

With thanks to the manufacturer for the sample product, sent for review purposes.

The inclusion of the rear protector is an added bonus and is applied in much the same way. Being a plastic protector more care needs to be taken to reduce air bubbles.


Black Rusee 50 Foot Expandable Hose with Solid Brass Ends Best Expanding Garden Hose Kink & Tangle Free Double Latex Reinforced Core, Extra Strength Fabric Heavy Duty Leak Free Fittings
Black Rusee 50 Foot Expandable Hose with Solid Brass Ends Best Expanding Garden Hose Kink & Tangle Free Double Latex Reinforced Core, Extra Strength Fabric Heavy Duty Leak Free Fittings
Offered by Rusee
Price: £34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Space-saving and very functional (as well as fun!) expandable hose, good length, 27 July 2016
A well made hose, the block colour is also discreet when hung up.

It comes with all accessories to attach to an outside tap, and when empty it saves a lot of space, contracting after use. When water pressure is applied the length of the hose increases.

It is fascinating to watch as it grows, our son loves seeing it.

The spray nozzle is adjustable to give different spray types, useful for different crops/flowers (or for spraying children!)

When the tap is turned off the water needs to be drained from the hose for it to shrink again, just pull the trigger on the spray nozzle to release the water.

Good length (50 foot) for most gardens, and works very well.

With thanks to the manufacturer for the sample product, sent for review purposes.


TOYO HOFU Clear Glass Heat Resistant Large Loose Tea Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser,1200ml
TOYO HOFU Clear Glass Heat Resistant Large Loose Tea Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser,1200ml
Offered by Hilison Young
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent glass teapot, attractive and perfect for real tea, 26 July 2016
As we are 'real tea' lovers using loose tea instead of teabags to make a decent cup of tea and as our present stainless steel teapot is not in the best condition, we tried out a new glass teapot with its own integral infuser.

We were a bit dubious about glass being sent through the post but the teapot arrived safely wrapped in bubble wrap inside a cardboard box which in turn was packed inside a very strong plastic bubble wrap which had been made to enclose the box. The whole package was then put in a strong plastic bag for delivery.

Once opened we both agreed that the teapot looks stylish and smart. We made tea as we would normally. The advantage of the glass being that we could see the strength of the tea brewing instead of waiting a length of time as with the metal teapot.

The glass handle did not get as hot as the handle on our stainless steel one. The tea poured beautifully and did not drip from the spout which is a problem with our metal one.

The teapot we ordered would easily cater for four mugs of tea with perhaps one more depending on amounts poured.

To clean the infuser, you lift out and wash through and rinse out and likewise simply rinse out the glass pot as required. A big advantage of the glass is that you can see any build-up of tannin on the inside of the pot and clean it out as it accumulates rather than letting it build up as inside our metal pot.

We are very pleased with our new glass pot and would happily recommend it. Off now to enjoy a cup of real tea. Cheers!

With thanks to the manufacturer for the sample product, sent for review purposes.


Power Adapter Output 5V 6A Portable 5 USB Desktop Wall Travel Charger for iPhone,iPad,Apple Watch,iPod,Samsung,LG
Power Adapter Output 5V 6A Portable 5 USB Desktop Wall Travel Charger for iPhone,iPad,Apple Watch,iPod,Samsung,LG
Offered by HU JIN
Price: £29.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A nice design and works well, 24 July 2016
I like the gloss white and light grey.

Has a long power cable that is detachable from the hub with an Apple style 3 pin UK plug. The hub has 4 1A plugs and 1 2A plug.

The hub is well built and has a sturdy in-built stand.

The sleek design would not look out of place on a modern computer desk giving you the ability to charge plenty of your electronic devices.

With thanks to the manufacturer for the sample product, sent for review purposes.
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Lock Picking Set Professional for Beginners - Transparent Padlock Lock Picking Practice Set - 11 Piece Locksmith Tools Kit Set ( 9 Lock Picks + 2 Tension Wrench tools ) for Locksmith Training
Lock Picking Set Professional for Beginners - Transparent Padlock Lock Picking Practice Set - 11 Piece Locksmith Tools Kit Set ( 9 Lock Picks + 2 Tension Wrench tools ) for Locksmith Training
Offered by Tlsd
Price: £18.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for people wanting to learn how to lock pick or simply learn how locks work, 21 July 2016
I was able to explain to my 5 year old how a lock works and even how to lock pick!

The lock comes in a foam-padded clear case with a set of two keys.

The lock itself is a padlock-style lock with a clear blue acrylic body that allows you to see each pin, spring and metal barrel.

The lock is large enough to hold in your hand while using the torsion wrench.

The lock pick set comes in a plastic pouch with a popper fastener.

There are 9 lock picks (6 picks and 3 rakes) all of different sizes and shapes and two torsion wrenches.

The great thing about this lock is that the pins can be rearranged! Simply open the lock with the key and remove the key. Then in the whole where the 'U' of the lock went, use the Z shaped torsion wrench to carefully pry out the clear plastic window that holds the pin springs in place. Be careful not to let anything ping out. Remove the springs and both parts of the pins one by one but be careful not to mix them up! Then put the two pins parts and their spring back in the hole of your choice and repeat for the rest of the pin holes. Replace the clear plastic window and now you've got a different lock combination.

The picks have a plastic coating for easy grip.

DO note that YOUR KEY WILL NO LONGER WORK if you do this until you put the pins back as they were before you took them out.

With thanks to the manufacturer for the sample product, sent for review purposes.


BICMART Men's Athletic Running Shorts With Zip Up Pockets
BICMART Men's Athletic Running Shorts With Zip Up Pockets

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfy and nicely designed shorts, 21 July 2016
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Comfortable and a good fit.

Nice black design with white accents and deep hip pockets.

The drawstring is a little too short but a welcome addition when you need to carry heavier items in your pockets.

Zip up pockets are a plus. I'm always wary of my phone falling out of loose shorts and the zips resolve this problem.

The polyester material has a rough feel to it compared to a pair of cotton shorts but this has the added benefit of feeling lighter and airier.

With thanks to the manufacturer for the sample product, sent for review purposes.
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