In Bloom – CJ Skuse (Sweetpea 2)

About The Book: Darkly comic crime sequel to Sweetpea, following girl-next-door serial killer Rhiannon as she’s now caught between the urge to kill and her unborn baby stopping her.

If only they knew the real truth. It should be my face on those front pages. My headlines. I did those things, not him. I just want to stand on that doorstep and scream it: IT WAS ME. ME. ME. ME. ME!

Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world and framed her cheating fiancé Craig for the depraved and bloody killing spree she committed. She should be ecstatic that she’s free.

Except for one small problem. She’s pregnant with her ex lover’s child. The ex-lover she only recently chopped up and buried in her in-laws garden. And as much as Rhiannon wants to continue making her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop.

But can a killer’s urges ever really be curbed?

About the Author: C.J. SKUSE is the author of the Young Adult novels PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC and DEAD ROMANTIC (Chicken House) and MONSTER and THE DEVIANTS (Mira Ink). She has recently written the adult crime novels SWEETPEA and its sequel 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.

My Review: I freaking loved Sweetpea.  I thought it was OUTRAGEOUS and CRUDE and INAPPROPRIATE and TASTELESS, but honestly, reading (devouring) In Bloom in a day made me realise that Sweetpea was like Mother Teresa on Valium compared to this brilliant sequel.

Rhiannon is back, but this time she’s not alone!  She’s pregnant and she’s a walking, talking hormonal, baby brained psycho with a craving to kill.

Told again through a diary with the fabulous kill lists, Rhiannon is living at her fiancés parents house, whilst he is in prison facing multiple murder charges.

If you are easily offended, squeamish, prudish or have a strong sense of morality then I strongly suggest you avoid these books.

If you have a sick, twisted, disturbing and questionable sense of humour, pick up Sweetpea and then read the fabulous follow up.  I laughed, cringed, snorted and practically inhaled this book in a day.  This is going into my Top Ten books of 2018 and then I am off to find some suitable medical treatment for the author who really is one messed up and dark bunny.

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