Sunday Book Club: 20p Book


Welcome back to Sunday Book Club.

As you can tell by the title, I purchased a book for 20p. Yes. You heard me. TWENTY PENCE.

I made a quick trip into my local library whilst in Birmingham the other weekend and I arrived at the perfect time. The library was having a sale. A number of boxes, approx3-4, filled with a wide variety of books from non-fiction, to children, YA, and more adult crime/thriller books. Unfortunately 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 and thats why I get excited entering charity shops, car boots that have book tables and library sales.
When I enter charity shops, or come across library sales like this, I attempt to limit myself to not buying every book there. (I have a habit of hoarding)
Long story short, after 20 minutes of debating I found a book that appealed to me, and I stuck with just buying one. (Go me!)

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

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


If you take a look at the picture to the right, we have the front cover of the book. The theme, image-wise, that we have so far is trees and woodland and the title of the book has been designed to appear like a carving in a tree – side note, isn”t this something the movies tells us lovers do? Specifically young lovers, who carve their names into trees?

Flipping to the blurb we are being told:

‘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. But nonetheless, this book sounds intense, dark and involves a serial killer. Which makes it my type of book. Once I submit my final coursework piece of my degree I aim to read this book over the easter break and within a couple weeks a review will be posted! So, in the mean time, keep your eyes peeled!

Now for a little bit about the author. Steve Mosby, an author I havent read before, 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 love hearing from you guys and I’ve appreciated the support! Message me recommendations for books, beauty or movies, I would love to hear from you all.

I’ll be back again tomorrow for movie monday.



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