A Predator and a Psychopath by Jay Kerk

‘She attracted me, but I didn’t know if her magnetism was because I hadn’t had sex for a year. Like grocery shopping when you’re hungry—it’s not recommended.’

It took me a little while to finish A Predator and a Psychopath because I went on holiday for a week. I had every intention of continuing and finishing this while I was away, but due to very hot weather and far too much fun both in and out of the sun, I didn’t pick it up again until I got back home. 

I did read a handful of chapters on the plane en-route, and had to laugh because one of them was called ‘Turbulence’! How very fitting!

A Predator and a Psychopath is one of those stories that I’d imagine many, many people would start, discover what one of the characters was like, and instantly stop out of sheer disgust. Normal people don’t read this kind of thing surely.

To best describe my reading experience would be to compare it to a car crash that you know is up ahead. You know full well that there’s fatalities, there could be graphic and unsettling scenes, stuff of nightmares that you’d rather not see. You look and stare regardless because you just can’t help yourself.

This book was awful. The characters were awful. So much of this book was utterly awful. I cannot stress enough how awful this book was. 

I loved it! Am I awful too? Perhaps.

What made this book worthy of a four star rating was the style in which it was written. It was so brilliantly put. So easy to follow. Each chapter flowed to the next with ease. My weeks break of not reading didn’t have any effect on my reading enjoyment. Often if I have a break in reading something, I really struggle to get back into it. Not this. It was captivating, full of triggers, I made faces throughout reading, often asking myself , why do read such horrific stuff? 

I feel like I shouldn’t recommend this book to anyone at all. The subject matter is twisted and questionable and sickening. But it was written with such intelligence, clearly, lots of research went into writing this, and that really shines throughout the book. 

To compare it to other books I’ve read, I’d say it has hints of Easton Ellis’ American Psycho mixed with Frey’s My Friend Leonard and Long’s The Book of Paul.

Thank you to Book Sirens for providing me with a copy to read in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

#OwlBeSatReading #Pinterest #HolidayReads and the #RugbyWorldCup!

Hi everyone,

Just a quickie post today before I bugger off to Gran Canaria for a bit of sunny book reading and exploring in warmer climes!

After reading a fabulous post over at The Coycaterpillar Reads about promoting blogs on Pinterest, I decided to give it a go!

To say I’m a technophobe would be an UNDERSTATEMENT, but I think I’ve done okay.

What I really like about it is you can see all posts in one place without having to scroll and scroll and scroll before something catches your eye! 🙄 I’m certain I miss loads of good stuff on blogs because I get fed up with scrolling so much. I think Pinterest just might be the answer! And if I can set it up, anyone can! 😆

Anyway, if you fancy taking a peek at my OwlBeSatReading Blog board, CLICK ON THE BIG RED PINTEREST icon below 👇🏻👇🏻

As I said, it’s a quick post today, but before I go, here’s what I’m taking with me to read, bearing in mind I’m only there a week, and we’ve got excursions to go on (a day trip to Tenerife being one of them!) and a certain someone’s 40th birthday (not mine, I wish I was 40, yes I’m such a cougar with a younger man 😉). AND not forgetting the RUGBY WORLD CUP to watch! So I’m likely to be in sports bars rather a lot. Hard times.

Until October,

Lisa xx

Two Books, One Stone Book Tag

Hello! Only me!

It’s been a little while since I last posted, I guess I’m a bit of an inconsistent shitty blogger, but oh well!

All I know is I post when I feel like it and sometimes I can’t be arsed or simply have zero inspiration! But hey, that’s the way I blog, with no pressure!

Anyway, today (Sunday) I read this tag over on Forbookssake and really enjoyed reading Dannis’ answers so I thought I’d give it a go.

Two Books, One Stone Book Tag

(The book images will take you to the their Goodreads page).

1) The second-last book you read.

• Understanding And Treating Your Migraine by Paula Greenspan.

Read my review HERE if you like.

2) The second book from the top of your TBR.

• Goodreads TBR – Sex Power Money by Sarah Pascoe

• Physical TBR Trolley – Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

3) Two 2-star reads.

• Murder at the Mill by M B Shaw

Read my (slightly scathing) review HERE. It’s actually really fucking funny even if I do say so myself!!!

• Doll House by John Hunt

Read another of my (slightly scathing) reviews HERE!

4) Two great books by the same author.

• Forsaken and The Fourth Monkey by J D Barker.

5) Two bails, or two books you’d wished you’d bailed on, or two books you hated.

• Psycho Analysis by V R Stone

• The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower 1) by Stephen King (sorry, not sorry!)

6) Two favourite books this year.

• Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

• We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

7) Two new favourite book bloggers.

This is such a tough one! I read and follow so many great blogs and to name two favourites is impossible! And most of the blogs I read frequently aren’t really that new. However, I will take this opportunity to mention two whom I always read and thoroughly enjoy.

Secret Library Book Blog. Nicki is in her secret library reading and listening to an astounding amount of books! She gets through books and audio books at an alarming rate and I think she is actually a reading machine.

The Tattooed Book Geek. Drew reads really quite different books to me, our genre tastes definitely differ (although I’m currently reading We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix, which will meet his approval 😉🤘🏻) but there’s something about Drew’s posts that I really enjoy. They are always written beautifully with such passion, humour and wit.

8) A book you’ve read twice.

• The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

I read this over ten years ago and I re-read it straight after I’d finished. I’ve never done that with a book and I don’t think I’d do it again. But something just compelled me to restart it. And I LOVED it equally both times.

9) Two fabulous quotes from books you’ve read recently.

• The Carer by Deborah Moggach

‘Our marriage was one long conversation that was only interrupted by her death’.

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge.


“I think it’s funny that people all look so different on the outside, but inside our heads our brains all look the same. I can’t help thinking it should be the other way round as it’s the thoughts inside our heads that make us unique”.

So that’s all from me today. I’m off to Gran Canaria a week tomorrow, so I may or may not post anything else between now and the end of September. I’m looking forward to some holiday reading in the last chance sunshine of 2019.

Until next time!

Acronyms #2 – Or, translation to English of my previous post.

So I’ve been getting so many questions asking me what on earth I was waffling on about on yesterday’s post Acronyms – Or WTF does that stand for?

(I haven’t at all, in fact one person has shown a bit of intrigue, mainly trying to fathom out what I had for dinner. You know who you are. EVA, from Novel Deelights!! 😂)

So, just to milk it within an inch of its life, here’s the translation you’ve all been desperately waiting for.

I’ve read LORD OF THE RINGS, WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, PAPERBACKS FROM HELL and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

I thoroughly enjoyed THE DA VINCI CODE, ANGELS AND DEMONS and THE LOST SYMBOL by DAN BROWN. But I’ve not got around to reading ORIGIN yet, his latest one.

I haven’t read, and I don’t think I would read A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES or TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE. They’re not really my genre choice, which would explain why I didn’t have the foggiest!

I listen to ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRINCE, ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA, GUNS AND ROSES, IRON MAIDEN, and FLEETWOOD MAC, but wasn’t overly keen on NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK back in the day.

For dinner tonight I’m making PORK CHOPS and HAGGIS with POTATOES and MIXED VEGETABLES. And don’t forget the all important PEPPER SAUCE. My mans Scottish, so HAGGIS is a regular meal staple in my house.

Whilst creating my culinary masterpiece I shall be sipping a VODKA AND DIET COKE, (I actually had 4. Oops 😬) but I’m also a bit partial to the odd GIN AND TONIC. My all time favourite tipple has got to be RED WINE though.

TO ALL THE WINE I’VE DRUNK BEFORE,

This GRAPHICS INTERCHANGE FORMAT is for you.

As a teenager I fell in love and sent letters to my hearts desire SEALED WITH A LOVING KISS 💋💋✉️💋💋

Intrigued, interested or just darn right annoyed by my acronyms and would like to know WHAT THE FUCK I’m on about?

Comment below and I’ll let you know what things stand for. Or don’t bother. DO I LOOK LIKE I GIVE A FUCK?

Until next time,

TALK TO YOU LATER

HAPPY ACRONYM-FREE WEEKEND EVERYONE!!

Acronyms – Or, WTF does that stand for?

Firstly, I’d like to thank these three lovely ladies for the inspiration to create this blog post. Had it not been for our Twitter conversation yesterday regarding a certain ‘must read’ list that’s been doing the rounds, I would never of thought of this!

Kelly, @kellyvandamme who blogs over at frombelgiumwithbooklove.com

Eva, @noveldeelights who blogs over at noveldeelights.com

Emma, @damppebbles who blogs over at damppebbles.com

Check them out on Twitter and maybe give their blogs a follow, they’re great bookish fun!!

OK, so the conversation we were having started because none of us had read hardly any of the ‘must read books‘ on said list. In fact, we’d read none of them. Nowt. Zilch. Zero.

So this list that you may or may not be aware of gets sent by DM on Twitter and the recipients answers look a bit like this:

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

DNF’ed

No

No

Only book 1

Etc,etc….in fact there’s 23 answers in total.

And if you want to know what’s on the list, you comment with an emoji and it gets DM’ed to you. And so it continues.

Anyway, a couple of these ‘must read’ books have well known acronyms apparently. Just because the titles are a bit on the long side. However, me being me, as in, I’m old and so not with it, had no idea what they stood for.

I guess we’re all guilty of cutting corners, for the sake of saving a little bit of time and acronyms for book titles really are nothing new.

After all, I’ve read LOTR, WHALITC, THOHH, PBFH, and LTROI.

I thoroughly enjoyed TDVC, AAD and TLS by DB. But I’ve not got around to reading O yet, his latest one.

I haven’t read, and I don’t think I would read ACOTAR or TATBILB. They’re not really my genre choice, which would explain why I didn’t have the foggiest!

I listen to AFKAP, ELO, GNR, IM, FM but wasn’t overly keen on NKOTB back in the day.

For dinner tonight I’m making PC and H with P and MV. And don’t forget the all important PS. My mans Scottish, so H is a regular meal staple in my house.

Whilst creating my culinary masterpiece I shall be sipping a V&DC. But I’m also a bit partial to the odd G&T. My all time favourite tipple has got to be RW though.

TATWIDB. This GIF is for you.

As a teenager I fell in love and sent letters to my hearts desire SWALK.

Intrigued, interested or just darn right annoyed by my acronyms and would like to know WTF I’m on about? Comment below and I’ll let you know what things stand for. Or don’t bother. DILLIGAF.

Until next time,

Book Tag – Inside and Out

Hello hello!! Only me!

After reading Nicki’s post over on her Secret Library Book Blog and also Drew’s hilarious answers on The Tattooed Book Geek I wanted to join in with this tag as it’s a lot of fun!

It’s a great idea and I thought it originally started over at Jessica Writes. Turns out, she didn’t as she put me right, so who did I wonder🤔 Anyhoo, be sure you check out and maybe follow these guys, their blogs are very cool!😎

So, without further ado, here goes:

1) Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?

Just enough to make me go ooooooh!!!

2) New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback or Hardcover?

Being the ‘book cover judger’ that I am, I often get drawn in by a shiny new hardback. (See photo below!) Trouble is, they’re really heavy to hold in the bath which is my favourite reading place! So, unless it’s a new release from an author I’ve been waiting on, I’d say it’s gonna have to be paperback. Purely for comfort and convenience. Comfort always wins at my age!!

3) Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books; take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean, clean, clean?

CALL THE COPS!! People who write in books should get arrested.

4) Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the authors gender?

It isn’t important at all. If I like the sound of the synopsis I’ll buy it based on that. AND THAT ALONE. (Lies, Lisa, lies, it’s all about the cover and you know it.)🤨 That isn’t true.

5) Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

That’s very disturbing behaviour. People who do that must be serial killers.

6) Organised bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves?

My ‘read’ bookshelf is a thing of neat beauty. Here’s a sample:

However, my ‘TBR’ trolley is a little bit messy, but it’s basically my life on wheels, so, you know…

7) Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

Perhaps.

I’ll elaborate. The black sprayed edges did it. And it turned out to be a fantastic read by a fabulous author who I went on to read a lot more of her stuff…

8) Take it outside to read, or stay in?

I prefer reading indoors. Unless I’m on holiday and I’ll try my hardest to get engaged with my holiday reads at the pool. My problem with reading outside is I am such a nosey cow. I get so easily distracted by stuff, (other peoples conversations, shoe choice, summer dress choice, hair style, dogs, birds, cats, food, drink. You get the picture 🤥😆) My concentration level is zero in the big wide world. Book. In the bath. Best place ever.

Aaah, that was a fun one! Care to join in with this tag? Give me a mention, I’d love to have a read!

Until next time, bye for now 👋🏻

The Carer by Deborah Moggach


James, a once eminent professor, needs full time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his distracted middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, a veritable treasure who seems happy to relieve them of their responsibilities. 

‘Our marriage was one long conversation that was only interrupted by her death’.

The Carer connected with me on a very personal level. A story I initially thought to be predictable, turned out to be a very powerful and surprising book, with numerous unexpected twists. 

I continually nodded my head throughout reading, raising my eyebrows on numerous occasions and thinking gosh, I totally get this. 

This is a cracking read, and it’s reinforced the fact that as you get older, life just gets more and more complicated. Fortunately, we do become wiser, so dealing with complex matters of the heart can be taken with a pinch or ten of salt. 

I think readers of a certain age would take a lot from this, particularly if they have/had elderly parents and middle aged siblings. 

I haven’t read anything before by Deborah Moggach, and unbeknown to me, she wrote The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and have added the book to my shelf. Her writing style is simple, yet magical. She designs her stories in a way that hooks gently. 

A solid 5 star read. It was faultless.