Review: Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse @CJSkuse @HQStories




Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhiannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…


Say hello to my favourite book of 2018 so far! This book is insanely good, I can’t believe I’ve put off reading it for so long. It’s dark, gruesome, funny, and exciting. Rhiannon is one of the best characters I’ve ever read about, what an amazing book to read as the last book of my holiday.

I’m not sure what I really expected from this book, with a quote on the front (of my copy) saying “like Bridget Jones crossed with American Psycho” I honestly didn’t have high hopes. I find most big claims like that make the book a letdown, but this one was totally accurate and I’M SO GLAD!

The story follows the deranged, but at the same time loveable, Rhiannon who is hilarious, relatable, but also… a serial killer. In some moments, I almost thought that Skuse had wormed her way into my brain and written her ‘kill lists’ based exactly on my own annoyances… eg “people who pronounce ‘h’ as ‘haitch’, “Iron Man”, “People who leave doors open so they bang incessantly” etc. Other than the whole killing thing, Rhiannon is a very relatable and down to earth character that I think a lot of readers will resonate with.

Not to mention, she’s one funny bitch. Honestly, this book had some real laugh-out-loud moments. I find it so hard to comically relate to books normally, but Sweetpea was totally my kind of humour. It really tickled me and I was chuckling along all the way through to the end. There are definitely some un-PC moments in this book, but I enjoy the likes of comedian Jimmy Carr, so none of it bothered me.

The plot in this novel isn’t incredible, it’s the main character that makes the book so exceptional. Don’t get me wrong, the story is definitely exciting and fun to follow, however, it’s not particularly unique… but who cares? Rhiannon and the humour make up for anything else that’s lacking, yes, even to the point that this is still a 5-star book! That being said, the ending is shocking and what a cliffhanger! Thank God In Bloom is out in just a few days.

I don’t really know where else to go with this review other than to direct you to the purchase links below! If you like dark humour, READ THIS BOOK! I’ve already recommended this to my dad, my friends & a work colleague, it’s so worth buying.

*BUY IT HERE!!! Amazon UK | Book Depository (cheapest here)| Wordery

Thank you SO MUCH to HQ for sending me this a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! 

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12 Replies to “Review: Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse @CJSkuse @HQStories”

  1. Okay so this usually not be me genre but yer review had me interested as soon as ye said one of “my favourite book of 2018 so far.” I wouldn’t have picked it up because of the description of it being like american pyscho – which I hated. But now I will give it a shot and also recommend it to me sister who loves this type of book. Thanks matey!
    x The Captain

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