Sunday Book Club: 20p Book


Welcome back to Sunday Book Club.

The title of this post is a dead giveaway so yes I purchased a book for 20p. Yup. You heard me. Twenty Pence.

Growing up I had an affinity with the local library and despite moving to a different city for my undergrad, I always visit the local library when I return to Birmingham to visit the family. Turns out I picked the perfect time to come back as my local library was having one of it’s sales.

I’m not exactly sure why the library was selling books but I am not one to question a good thing. The range of books available to purchase was admirable but as it stands, non-fiction books don’t tend to appeal to me so I steered clear of those. Especially when a majority of those books are focused on babies, breastfeeding and child-birth. The idea of the latter makes me shrink internally. There is no book out there, fiction or non-fiction that could make child-birth sound great. (No. thank you. Not for me. Not today. Not this decade….)

What is great, however, is that all books, dvds and VCR’s (yes they still had VCR’s) were all 20p.

Buying books for cheap. Well buying anything for cheap is the goal in life. When I visit local charity shops, or come across library sales like this, I do try to limit myself and not buy more books than I can carry.

The book in question is the 50-50 Killer by Steve Mosby. The tag line poses the question:

You live for love, but would you die for it?


Based on imagery alone there is an eerie vibe to the cover with what looks to be a romance-esque carving.

The summary is:

‘Mark Nelson, a young police officer, has been assigned to the team of John Mercer – a legend in the force. It’s a huge opportunity and Mark is determined to make the most of it. But, when a tortured and burnt corpse is discovered on his first day, he has to hit the ground running. The evidence points to a man known as the 50/50 killer – a sophisticated and meticulous serial killer who stalks young couples, subjecting them to a single night of torture and manipulation, testing and destroying the love between them. Only one of them ever survives until dawn. 

Soon afterwards, a young man is picked up by the police, brutally tortured and with his memory in tatters.  He knows only that he has escaped from the woods…and that his girlfriend is still being held captive…’

Goodreads gives this book a review of 3.69 stars out of 5, based on 991 ratings.

The author, Steve Mosby lives in England and has been nominated for the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel.  Or so Google tells me. Google also tells me that he has published a number of other books and that his novels have been translated into nine other languages around the world. ( Good on ya Steve). Other novels he is known for include:  The Murder Code, The Nightmare Palace and The Reckoning on Cane Hill. If you are interested in this book, Steve or any of his other works you can check out his website here.

I have a final coursework piece to submit for uni before my Easter break, once this is out of the way I will able to write up a review.

I love hearing from you guys and I’ve appreciated the support!

I’ll be back again tomorrow for Movie Monday.


Em x


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