Tuesday, January 17

Book Review | Sandra Ireland's Beneath the Skin

Beneath the Skin*

"Taking a job in the studio of an Edinburgh taxidermist probably isn’t Walt’s wisest decision. Suffering from combat stress and struggling to outrun the demons from his past, he now finds himself confronted by the undead on a daily basis.

His enigmatic boss, Alys, and her sister, Mouse, have their own uneasy relationship with the past. Someone doesn’t want to let them go. Can Walt save Mouse’s eight-year-old son, William, from becoming the next victim? And can he save himself?

Deliciously disturbing, this psychological thriller peels back the skin of one modern family to reveal the wounds no one wants to see. It deals with the effects of trauma and how facing up to vulnerability is sometimes the only way to let go of the past."

I do love reading a good thriller and normally the ones I enjoy are quite dark so when I was asked to review Sandra Ireland's debut novel I jumped at the chance to read something new. Living in the same area of Scotland as I do I was excited to read what a local author had to say for a change.

At first the location of the taxidermy shop slightly disturbed me, I find them creepy in real life too, but this just helped me empathise with the main character, Walt, even more. You can tell something bad has happened to him right from the start and only discover slowly just what happened to him that lead him to Edinburgh. 

In fact all the characters appear to be going through a traumatic time but you start to care about them very quickly and keep turning the pages. The character development is my favourite thing about the book and something I think Sandra Ireland had done exceptionally well. 

I wouldn't believe anyone that said they saw the twist coming at the end. I certainly didn't and had to stay up into the night to find out what happened to Walt, Alys and Mouse. If thrillers are your cup of tea I'd recommend Beneath the Skin anytime. I can't wait to see what the future Sandra Ireland books look like.

You can buy the book on Amazon here.

See my last book review - Lauren Oliver's Panic

Monday, January 16

My week in pictures #205

(From top left) New shoes arrived from TwinkleDeals - sadly too late for the party season. I finally got to put my electric blanket on my bed after getting it for Christmas (best thing ever!). I've been looking out for Jamie's 15 Minute Meals in the sale but in the meantime I've borrowed a copy from my boyfriends Mum. A few start of term purchases, a new notebook, frames for my wall and bargain £4 slippers from TK Maxx.
This week started slowly because I was still recovering from having the flu. Infact I didn't leave the house much at all until Wednesday. Mum and I did go to get a chippy tea on Monday though because Dad was out. We then watched TV in front of the fire which was very chilled. 

On Wednesday though I finally got to go and spent time with Scott, with being unwell the week before and not wanting to give him the flu at the weekend it felt like I'd barely seen him. We made an easy tea and chilled watching The Grand Tour before bed. Once I got home on Wednesday I looked healthier so I bulk shot some outfit pictures including my Hogmanay outfit which you'll have already seen. 

On Friday I planned to go back to Aberdeen so that meant an early start and a morning on packing. I take far too much home with me for the holidays. I blame blogging and not wanting to be away from my wardrobe... We left the house at 2:30pm and drove back in the snow to Aberdeen only stopping at the supermarket so my parents could restock my cupboards. 

My weekend was pretty chilled, watching TV on Friday night, I took my fitbit for its first swim on Saturday morning then organised last semesters uni work that I couldn't face after the exams. Scott came round not long after and we spent the whole day relaxing (probably not necessary) before heading to Cosmo in Union Square for tea. Sunday was basically spent between the bed and the sofa. I did manage to have a relaxing bath before we went out briefly to browse round TK Maxx. I smashed the screen of my phone in the carpark though - it is only small but i am absolutely gutted!

All we did for the rest of the day was watch TV, eat ribs for tea and then watch Silent Witness in bed. The perfect way to prepare for the start of a new semester.

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Thursday, January 12

Hogmanay Celebrations

Dress: Ronni Nicole via QVC | Coat: F&F at Tesco | Bag: Accessorize | Shoes: Faith | Bow: Crown and Glory
This dress was an early Christmas present and I straight away reserved it for the Ceilidh I was planning to go to at New Year. I was so pleased to find when it arrived it fits me perfectly - the built-in spandex under-layer within the dress took a little getting used to but I think it is so flattering. The length looks really grown up too which will be perfect for formal occasions. 

A dress like this is very easy to style up for Hogmanay with big curls in my hair, a pair of low heels and a clutch. I also threw this statement leopard print coat on top to keep me warm. It is something I definitely don't wear enough because I always feel like it is a night time piece. This is the first time I've worn this beautiful Crown and Glory bow. It is in my favourite colour and if you can't at Hogmanay then when can you?

Scott and I had a great time at the Ceilidh and bringing in the New Year at the local pub with friends. I only wish there was more opportunity to dress up during the year.