Book Reviews

#BookReview Dead Head By C. J. Skuse

Thank You very much to the publisher – HQ and NetGalley for the review copy.
ISBN13: 9780008312589
Genre: General Fiction
Release date: 18 02 2021
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £7.37 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $23.32 (USD)
Pages: ~ 480
My rating: Really liked it.
You can get this book here:
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What I learned from this book: That I really would like to go on cruise. 😀

Description of the book: Can a serial killer ever lose their taste for murder? Since confessing to her bloody murder spree Rhiannon Lewis, the now-notorious Sweetpea killer, has been feeling out-of-sorts.

Having fled the UK on a cruise ship to start her new life, Rhiannon should be feeling happy. But it’s hard to turn over a new leaf when she’s stuck in an oversized floating tin can with the Gammonati and screaming kids. Especially when they remind her of Ivy – the baby she gave up for a life carrying on killing.

Rhiannon is all at sea. She’s lost her taste for blood but is it really gone for good? Maybe Rhiannon is realising that there’s more to life than death… The third book in the critically-acclaimed series following Sweetpea and In Bloom featuring everyone’s favourite truly original girl-next-door serial killer Rhiannon Lewis.

How this book made me feel: My favourite psychopath is back!!! I fell in love with Rhiannon since I met her in Sweetpea. And I was very excited to read the third part in the series. 🙂

The protagonist in this book is Rhiannon, a woman who has the urge to kill, and she enjoys it. I like her a lot because her thoughts are so unfiltered that it is sometimes scary. 🙂 She loves animals and children, but can’t stand paedophiles and rapists. Rhiannon is messed up in so many ways, but at the same time, she is funny and extremely entertaining. I really enjoyed all the characters in this novel, the funny ones as well as the stupid and evil ones, they all have a role to play in this story. 😉

The narrative is told from a single – Rhiannon’s perspective. The plot is kind of divided into parts, depending on where she was and what challenges she had to endure. I really could she how Rhiannon’s character grew and matured, she learned a lot not only about killing but generally in life as well. The topics discussed in this book were the urge to kill, motherly love, many, many psychological issues, growth, friendships, and many more.

The writing style of this book was brilliant, like always. It was easy flowing, entertaining and scary, of how close it gets to my inner psycho. 😀 😀 😀 😀 The setting of this novel is constantly changing depending on the place Rhiannon is at, and I really enjoyed all the exotic countries she has visited. This book is a part of the series, and there are a lot of references to previous books, so it can not be read as a standalone. The chapters just flew by for me, because I was extremely engrossed in this story. I really loved the ending of this book, it rounded the story brilliantly, but at the same time left me guessing. 🙂

So, to conclude, if you haven’t read the series, I would strongly recommend it. The characters are funny but complex, and the whole narrative is filled with killings, funny situations and plenty of “Hate” lists, that are so honest it hurts. 😀 I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I hope you will try it as well.

Thank You for Your time! ❤

About the author: C.J. SKUSE is the author of the Young Adult novels PRETTY BAD THINGSROCKOHOLIC and DEAD ROMANTIC (Chicken House) and MONSTER and THE DEVIANTS (Mira Ink). She has recently written the adult crime novels SWEETPEA and its sequel IN BLOOM for HQ/HarperCollins. C.J. was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England and has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, lectures in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University.

C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and graveyards. She hates hard-boiled eggs, going to the dentist and coughing. The movies Titanic, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Ruby Sparks were all probably based on her ideas – she just didn’t get to write them down in time. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Tom Hardy present her with the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Twitter – @CeejaytheAuthor

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