Review of ‘Dead Lez Walking’ by G Benson

‘Dead Lez Walking’ is exciting, tense, funny and touching. When an outbreak of a mysterious virus hits Perth, the hospital Taren works in takes the brunt. As a lockdown is enforced, she and her colleagues must find a way to survive – or become victims themselves. This is no ordinary virus. As zombies wander the corridors looking for their next meal, surgeon Joy wakes to find her world turned upside down. One by one, the survivors find each other and with the help of some medical knowledge, sheer determination and more than a hint of gallows humour, they battle against the odds.

G Benson’s books are normally funny, romantic and exciting. And ‘Dead Lez Walking’ is all of those things – but with gore and light horror too. It was so well written that she had me believing this could really happen. She made it seem so real. That was down to great characters, snappy, witty dialogue and a story with pace. All throughout I could not help but think it would make a terrific film. 

I was given this ARC to review.

Kitty’s Top Ten Books of 2020

We’ve all relied on distractions this year. I know I have. Books have been a lifeline and have taken us to other places, far away from the world we’ve had to live in.

I have read so many wonderful books over the past twelve months, so choosing a Top Ten has been extremely difficult. Only three have been pure romance and each of the three were exceptional. Two were mystery and crime stories and among the best I’ve ever read in that genre. The remaining books on my list veered into other genres – science fiction, fantasy and the supernatural. I needed some escapism it seems. 

I recommend each and every one and hope that you will have a look at my reviews and maybe try them for yourselves. Here are my Top Ten, in alphabetical order

Finding Jessica Lambert by Clare Ashton

The Lost Temple of Psiere by K Aten

The Thing About Tilly by G Benson

Never Too Late for Heroes by A.L. Brooks

Spirited by Julie Cohen

Alsea Rising: The Seventh Star by Fletcher Delancey

Without A Trace by Mari Hannah 

Christmas in Mistletoe by Clare Lydon

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Whispering Wildwood by Emma Sterner-Radley

 

Review of ‘The Thing About Tilly’ by G Benson

Do you know how difficult it is to write a review with happy tears streaming down your face? Well, I found out today. ‘The Thing About Tilly’ by G Benson is hands-down my favourite book of the year. Tilly runs away – a lot. Throughout their friendship, Ellie has had to accept that she would. But she’s never known why. Finding herself unexpectedly pregnant, Ellie needs to be able to rely on her friends. She can rely on the third member of the triumvirate, Sean, but Tilly’s another matter. There are so many secrets between them, secrets that stop them living their lives to the full. Will they find a way to be honest, to say what needs to be said? 

I loved the relationship dynamics, the longing and the angst. There were so many layers and stories to be told and I couldn’t put it down. It was wonderful. G Benson certainly knows how to make her readers feel. It was heartbreaking at times, and joyful at others.  And being a G Benson novel, it was also very funny. The intensity of the emotions was breathtaking and so beautifully written. I adored ever last word. 

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Who’d Have Thought’ by G Benson

 

Who'd Have Thought by [Benson, G]

It’s when reading a book like this I feel sorry for people who don’t read Lesfic or f/f books as they are missing out on some really wonderful and well written books. G Benson has excelled herself in ‘Who’d Have Thought’ and created two main characters that I adore. Hayden is a financially-strapped nurse who agrees to marry a top neurosurgeon in return for $200,000. Said Surgeon, Samantha Thomson is rude, cold and lacking in basic people skills. How will Hayden manage to pretend to be in love with Sam and convince her friends and colleagues that this is a legitimate marriage -for a whole year?

I fell for Sam very early in the book and didn’t care how socially awkward she was.  There was something vulnerable about her and although she didn’t always manage to show how she was feeling in a conventional way, to me she was completely adorable. Hayden’s situation became more apparent as the story progressed and I appreciated the depth to her character – she was much more than she appeared. The author has succeeded in writing want and passion in a way I’ve rarely come across. I felt every intake of breath, every moan and shiver. She also included pansexual and  non-binary characters in a sensitive and well thought out way.  The story deals with some difficult issue including appalling homophobia and family illness and it was at these times G Benson showed just how skilled a writer she really is.   Utterly brilliant!

 

I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Pieces’ by G Benson

Pieces

‘Pieces’ is an emotionally deep story, dealing with very difficult subject matter. At one point I found the issues  upsetting and hard to read but the characters really got to me and I had to find out how their story ended.  

Carmen has been looking after her brother Mattie since he was a baby, as their mother was a neglectful junkie/alcoholic. The teenager showed such strength and determination and her desire to keep them together was astounding. After meeting Ollie at school she has something of her own, something beautiful.  She has a very difficult journey ahead but so many good people want to help. There is so much about this book that I want to recommend, I’d be here all day extolling it’s virtues. A well deserved 5 stars!

I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.