Tag: Proof

Jade Sharma – Problems | Review

Title: Problems

Author: Jade Sharma

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 224

Rating: 4*/5


Jade Sharma - Problems

Jade Sharma – Problems


Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this book for free to review.

I’m pretty sure I didn’t even request this one, but it arrived at my door and so I figured I might as well give it a go. Luckily, I really enjoyed it, and while I did find occasional problems with it here and there, it was entertaining enough and pretty typical for a professional qualitydrugbook.

Here, we follow an unlikable heroin addict and see the highs and lows of her life through her own eyes. It’s bleak and pretty visceral, but it does get a little tedious over time just because of the protagonist’s personality. But drugs do bad things to people – and it can make them do bad things, too.

If you don’t like drug books then you won’t like this, but if you like stuff about heroin and prostitution and the dregs of society trying to survive in a world in which they’re only looking for their next fix, you’re in luck. There were a few problems with the layout in my copy, but it was also an uncorrected proof and so perhaps that was why. All in all, I thought it was pretty good.


Jade Sharma

Jade Sharma


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Peter James – The House On Cold Hill | Review

Title: The House On Cold Hill

Author: Peter James

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 312

Rating: 8/10


Peter James - The House On Cold Hill

Peter James – The House On Cold Hill


Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

I was lucky enough to be sent an advance uncorrected proof copy of this book, which is pretty special because James’ work has been translated into thirty six languages, and his Roy Grace series has sold sixteen million copies. This is probably the perfect book to introduce me to his work, really – he’s known for his crime novels, and my mom and my gran are both keen on those, but I’ve never been that keen on contemporary crime, although I do love stuff like Sherlock Holmes and Poirot. But here, James is taking on a different genre entirely.

I’d call this book a supernatural thriller or a suspense novel, bordering on horror at times – personally, I didn’t think it was scary enough to stop me from recommending it to my mom, and she’s a wimp when it comes to horror. But it is still a pretty good read, and a 21st century take on the classic ghost story. The characters in the book are using iPhones and Instagram, and yet there’s still a vibe of Henry James, and a deep sense of unease throughout the novel.

One of the things that I did notice was James’ attention to detail – his depictions of web development, the career of the protagonist, were spot on, and this is coming from someone who has a bash at it himself and who works with a bunch of developers. James’ writing in general is of a high quality here, despite the fact that as an uncorrected proof, you might expect to see a lot of errors. Not so – this was a great addition to my collection.


Peter James

Peter James


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