SWEETPEA by C. J. SKUSE #NEW RELEASE #SERIAL KILLER #Sweetpea @Ceejaytheauthor @HQStories




The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

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 t.o get away with murder…



Well dark humour just got a few shades darker with this novel, which at times I was left thinking can you really get away with saying that? but it just wouldn’t be Rhiannon if she didn’t because this psychopathic young woman is like a wild beast with it’s prey in sight and nothing will stop the frenzy of madness. It is like her drug, the fix that she gets off on including her self gratification with the dying and dead. She can justify her reason to kill  these people as they are not the cream of society. The awful thing is, so can I!

Told in the form of a diary by Rhiannon, it begins each day with a list of people that have jarred her off the day before. The seriousness of her thinking is hilarious, as I found myself laughing at the most inappropriate reasons, why someone could be living on borrowed time. She isn’t a woman you really want to upset, in fact she isn’t someone you really want to know at all.

Rhiannon, being a true psychopath, liked her own company but knew that she had to fit into society and so she had a boyfriend but as a reader I was in Rhiannon’s head, I knew the wicked thoughts  that were behind the kind smile she gave him. It was the same at work, where she has to really try to remember to play nice and appear part of the crew at the Newspaper Office.  She is quite the chameleon, not really standing out but blending into the environment where ever she is.

This is a very brutal and violent story that won’t sit easy with some readers but the further you read the more the past unfolds and the more you understand. Cee Jay Skuse has her own unique writing style which I felt was so very refreshing. I loved the bluntness of the writing which captured the internal workings of Rhiannon with perfection.  Totally wicked entertainment that I loved.



C.J. SKUSE is the author of the Young Adult novels PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC and DEAD ROMANTIC (Chicken House), MONSTER and THE DEVIANTS (Mira Ink). She was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She 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. is currently working on adult novel SWEETPEA for HQ/HarperCollins (out April 2017).

C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and murder sites. She hates carnivals, hard-boiled eggs 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 Ryan Gosling present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

You can find C.J. Skuse on Facebook or on Twitter www.twitter.com/CeejaytheAuthor.

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