Book Review - Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse


Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse
Genre: Humour | Mystery | Thriller
Publisher: HQ
Publication Date: 20 April 2017
ISBN-13: 9780008216696

"When she was good, she was very, very good. When she was bad, she was deadly.

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, Rhinannon’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…"


I'd heard that this was a quirky kind of read, not your average thriller, so I couldn't wait to find out for myself if that was true...

Wow, it certainly was! 

Rhiannon was quite a character, her thoughts were sometimes disturbing and her actions gruesome yet I still found her amusing and quick-witted. It's a strange feeling when you know you should dislike a character (especially a murderous one) but you just can't manage it. Rhiannon was a character who tore me in two - there were times when her actions made me feel slightly ill but there were also times when I thought 'do you know what? I don't actually blame you'! 

Written in the form of a diary, Rhiannon's dark side gave me chills, I simply couldn't understand how she could seem so normal on the surface but have seriously dark thoughts about the people she came across on a day-to-day basis. It made me think about how, even when you think you know someone, you never really know what thoughts are going through their mind.

The ever-changing list was one of my favourite parts of this book and I couldn't help but chuckle when a person was added for minor reasons. Sweetpea is worth a read just for those lists!

In between the killings there was plenty of humour but it was sometimes a dark kind of humour that I don't think everybody would appreciate. For me, I found it to be shockingly amusing (if that makes sense) - I'd be raising my eyebrows in shock but smiling at the same time. The same goes for the strong language, there was quite a lot of it but I personally felt it was necessary to give the reader a clear impression of Rhiannon and also to create the right atmosphere. However, if you're likely to find these things offensive then perhaps this isn't a book for you.

This was a morbidly fascinating and strangely amusing read. It was so addictive that I couldn't possibly give it less than 5 stars!

5 Stars
5 Stars


Thank you to the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. An intriguing read Kate. Fab review x

    1. It really was a very different read for me and I loved it! Thank you for stopping by Shaz x


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