I read some great surprise reads in July & still managed to read 6 books around a trip back home for 10 days, I always think I will read on the plane but end up getting distracted with the films. Some of the books I read this month I had read great hype about but was disappointed which I always find annoying but I suppose just because there’s hype it doesn’t mean were all going to love it. But then some books that I could not lift my head out of & was totally sucked in by, ‘Twisted’ I completely binged in a day it was SO good, hope you find something you love in my reads this month!
As always everything that I have read or my whatever I am currently reading I add to my Amazon Shop.
An finally what are you reading I would love your suggestions for August that would be amazing.
One Stop, Laura Jane Williams – Nadia gets the 7.30am tube every morning, except if she oversleeps or wakes up at her friend Emma’s after too much wine. Daniel really does get the 7.30am tube every morning, which is easy because he hasn’t been able to sleep properly since his Dad died. One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of a post in the ‘Missed Connections’ column of the daily paper: To the cute girl with the patterned dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors, hoping I’ll see you today… Drink sometime? An so we begin following this near-miss romance through their stream of love notes. Review: Oh I loved this read, it was so enjoyable with characters that I loved. Straight away you can’t help but root for Nadia & Daniel, with their friendship groups that they turn to, to help them navigate this crazy situation there in. What I found slightly annoying was the number of near misses/ will they won’t they, you could say this shows how invested I was in the book, I was just so desperate for it to come together & live happily ever after of course!
The Most Difficult Thing,Charlotte Philby – Anna Witherall is married to her university boyfriend David, has a beautiful home & gorgeous three-year-old twin daughters. But Anna is hiding a dark secret, one that threatens to unravel everything she has worked so hard to create. Drawn into the dark controlled world of secret intelligence, questioning her family’s safety. In order to protect her children she must leave them, forever. Someone is watching, someone who is determined to make them all pay. Review: From the synopsis for this book I could not wait to get started, I love a bit of a spy thriller so was excited to get stuck into it but unfortunately that never happened. There was so many opportunities for this story to really get going but it just never got going which was incredibly frustrating, there seemed to be several aspects of the narrative that just went unanswered including the ending, an I hate that feeling especially having stuck with a book when the ending has no conclusion. I always find it really difficult to stick with the story if the characters are unrelatable & this for me was Anna who is so cold & at times I felt like shaking, a real disappointment of a book .
The Mother In Law, Sally Hepworth – Lucy marries Ollie & all she wants is a close relationship with her mother-in-law, Diana. But Diana is hard to crack, she’s polite & friendly, works for a charity, but she’s not warm & fuzzy. She’s the pillar of the family but even with her own children she has more of a tough-love approach. Fast forward years later & the mother-in-law is dead, leaving a suicide note but it’s not long before the police start asking questions. Review: I thought I would be hooked from the start but it did take me a few chapters to be gripped. Alternating between past & present it is the story of Lucy & Diana’s complicated relationship & ultimately a murder! What I liked about this book is that both characters come across as very endearing, each with their own secrets. I also loved the complex family dynamics, no family is perfect & I found this so intriguing, the more you read an additional layer of the family is peeled away. I didn’t guess who did it until a few pages before the reveal but I really enjoyed this fun read that had heart with a mysterious twist.
Star Crossed, Minnie Darke- Destiny doesn’t happen by accident. Justine Carmichael (Sagittarius, aspiring journalist & sceptic) bumps into her teenage crush Nick Jordan (Aquarius, struggling actor & true believer) it could be by chance. Or it could be written in the stars. Justine works at the Alexandria Park Star & Nick, she now learns, relies on the magazine’s astrology column to guide him in life. Looking for a way to get Nick’s attention, Justine has the idea of making a few small alterations to the horoscope for Aquarius before it goes to print.After all, it’s only the stars. What could possibly go wrong? Review: Although I don’t really believe in astrology this is a really charming book. Its sweetness, charm & sexual tension an just a tad bit quirky too. Leading lady Justine I loved she is smart, determined but also a bit vulnerable. The flow of the book I found quite broken as the story jumps to other characters what also lead their lives based on astrology which I found annoying at times but aside from that it’s a lovely read with colourful characters full of personality that keep the story intriguing & loveable.
The Seeker, S.G. MacLean- London, 1654. Oliver Cromwell is in power & declared himself Lord Protector. London is teeming with spies, exiles & assassins. Damian Seeker is top agent of Lord Protector. He is utterly loyal to Cromwell & he knows all the cities secrets. Coffee houses are springing up & ringing with news of a murder. John Winter, hero of Cromwell’s army, is dead & lawyer, Elias Ellingworth, found standing over the body with a knife. Seeker is not convinced of Ellingworth’s guilt. He will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice. Review: I love a historical fiction book so when I found this new series I was excited to give it a go. Taking place just after the ruling of The Stewarts an era I’m no too familiar with. This was the only downside for me as I would have loved more background to that era it would have helped. Regardless of this it’s packed full of mystery, suspense, colourful characters who could all be potential suspects. I instantly liked Seeker he is a powerful man, in a position that could easily be corrupt. There are moments of tension that increase dramatically before it eased back, only to flare up again. I loved it & can’t wait to start book 2.
Twisted, Steve Cavanagh- BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS: 1. The police are looking to charge me with murder. 2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it. 3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next. After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted. Review: Okay so definitely saving the best till last, I wasn’t expecting to read this book this month but I HAD to share in this months list. So I have read all off Steve Cavanagh’s books & his last one Thirteen was thrilling the ultimate page turner with so many unexpected twists so I had high hopes for Twisted & it did not disappoint. I actually binged this in a day. It makes you question the people you love, do you really know them, are they hiding any secrets from you? This is just the start of ‘Twisted’ there is so much more to it, affairs, hidden secrets, mistaken identities, you simply have to read it. AA x
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