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In Bloom

Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
Series: Sweetpea, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

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?

©2018 C. J. Skuse (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"This darkly comic novel...has the potential to become a cult classic." (Daily Mail)

"You must read this book especially if you like your (anti) heroes dirty-mouthed, deadly and dark, dark dark. Adored it." (Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

"This anti-hero is psychotic without doubt, sexually voracious and incredibly funny." (Shots Magazine

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Best books I listened to in ages!

These 2 books just HAVE to be made into a film! So made twists and turns, funny and so so wrong - but so so right!

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An excellent sequel

I really enjoyed Sweatpea (the first novel) so was slightly on tenderhooks when reading this sequel, however, I need not have worried. I wondered how on earth the cliffhanger would be resolved but found the solution satisfying instead of contrived. This novel explores virgin territory- the mind of a pregnant psychopath.I don't think this has ever been done before? The voice the narrator used for the fetus was hilarious and the dark humor just as entertaining as the first novel, although I was disturbed to have made the kill list- yes, I do pick raisins out of my food!.The only reason I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5, is that I felt the middle slightly meandered. Once again we are left on a cliff hanger and I for one, can't wait for the next installment.

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a fantastic continuation

So I wasnt 100% in to the story at the beginning but regardless of this I still found myself listening to it for hours at a time. i was worried that the story would follow the "I'm a changed woman because I'm pregnant and all my problems are gone" storyline, but I was pleasantly proved wrong.

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brilliant

I absolutely loved these books ! refreshing funny and dark. I cannot wait for the next one.

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Fantastic

I have been waiting for this book for a while after the 1st 1 and will now be waiting for the next with anticipation. A great story with dark humour, loved it.

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Brilliant

Excellent all round . Uncomfortable subjects dealt with raw honesty and cracking wit. Made me cry for her and shout out laughing. Simply brilliant......Would love another one !

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Gordon Ramsey clap - done ✅

Sad, sick, twisted, disturbing and deliciously dark humour are all in here. This books picks up literally where the other left off.
Rhinannon is back in business, this book started well, I did get a bit disappointed in the middle as I thought it was quite flat and could see how it would get going again, but then it took off really well. In hindsight it wasn’t flat it was setting up for the next rollercoaster ride. Without giving any spoilers away this book is great and it ends setting itself up for a third instalment. I can’t see one in the pipeline on google, but surely a 3rd book is in the making? It can’t be left there. Surely?

I really enjoyed listening to this. Narrator was brilliant.

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brilliant

i throughly enjoyed both books. they were a good introduction to audible with excellent narration.

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Expectations just too high

Sweet Pea is in my Top 5 books of all time and I've been eagerly anticipating In Bloom for so long! Perhaps my expectations were just too high and therefore it hasn't delivered. I kept waiting for something huge to happen but it never did. I missed the hilarious observations Rhi used to make on her co workers from the first book, and I missed the gory, graphic but wittily written murders. I didn't particularly enjoy the baby/subconscious musings in this sequel. Georgia Maguire is one of the best narrators out there though. I look forward to reading book 3 in the future though I'm not quite as excited about it now, having found myself disappointed by In Bloom.

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Brillant

Loved it just as book one ! Listened in two days . Best books I’ve listened to in a long time .

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