Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT WHAT I DID NOT SAY by @BevSpice #Thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s second team review comes from Terry, she blogs at

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Terry has been reading What I Did Not Say by Bev Spicer



4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

This mysterious domestic drama had a most interesting and unusual plot; I couldn’t work out where it was going at all, which kept me turning the pages.

The story is told from multiple first person points of view, the main one (to my mind) being Jessica, who is aged between eleven and thirteen for most of the story. She’s an overweight, shy girl who doesn’t get on that well with her parents, but has an unusually close bond with her best friend, Jack Banford. Jack is a troubled young boy with divorced parents, and his mother is dying.

I thought the way Jess was written was a clever piece of character illustration; I believed in her completely. All her fears and insecurities leapt from the page. Jack was so well drawn, too, that I could completely understand her obsessive feelings for him. I loved their relationship, the secret world they’d forged together.

The story is divided into three parts, the first and longest of which is a building up of the background. Here, I felt that some were superfluous, that the story would have been structured better as longer sections from less viewpoints; it kept diving off at tangents. The characters themselves were clearly defined, I just thought there were too many voices, too much chopping and changing.

Part two starts with a HUGE surprise – well done, Ms Spicer, that one certainly made me go ‘whaaat?!’. There follows a court case, which was well done, and kept me completely absorbed. I couldn’t guess the outcome of this, which pleased me. As for the ending, I felt a little confused; things were implied, suggested, rather than facts being given, and I am still not absolutely sure I quite ‘got’ it. I am willing to accept that this might just be me, though!

To sum up – I’d recommend this if you like complex dramas with undercurrents, secrets and hidden depths, and the author deserves a round of applause for the relationship between Jack and Jess.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT WHAT I DID NOT SAY by @BevSpice #Thriller

Today’s second team review is from Babus, she blogs at

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Babus has been reading What I Did Not Say by Bev Spicer


Jack Banford has been friends with Jess since he was six and she was five. They go to the same school and are bestfriends. Jack lives with his ailing mother who is terminally ill and is devoted to her. At eleven he is coping better than most his age and many older than him. As they get older his mother’s health worsens but Jess develops feeling for Jack. Then comes a day where everything changes. Years later Jess puts the past into perspective and sets out to make amends, to say what she did not say years ago.

I was blown away by this novel about two young people warring with their feelings as they try to form some semblance of understanding of the world around them. The story is told with such unique perspective that you can do nothing but marvel at way it is told. The story is told in three parts, the first mostly from Jess’ point of view as well as Melissa, a social worker, Mark, Jack’s father and Terry. Part two is courtroom proceedings and part three is present day Jess.

A well told story that haunts you long after you’ve read the last page.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Angels by @BevSpice

Today’s team book review comes from Vanessa, she blogs at

Vanessa chose to read and review Angels by Bev Spicer.

Product Details

“I found out about this free eBook via Rosie’s Book Review Team, and decided to give it a go.

To be honest, even though it was well written, it was too short for me. I also found the subject matter really sad, but like the way it linked to another story.
However, the message was a good one. Death can seem like a solution, but it rarely is. Life is hard and unfair at times, but it is worth fighting for. Saying this, I can’t imagine how I would feel if I lost my child. Bullies are the worst!
Overall, a very quick read that gives you a taster for this authors style of writing.”
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