Monthly update: April, 2017

A few days later than the actual end of the month, I’m finally saying goodbye to April with this post and I have to say it’s been a pretty good month – life and reading wise.  Life wise I got to take a lovely holiday to the seaside (sun included…you don’t get much better than that in April) and I also made some pretty big decisions which I’m now trying to figure out the logistics of (more on that to follow once it’s all clear in my head I’m sure).

Reading wise, this is what I loved, liked and didn’t really care for…

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The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh, where a murderer seems to be back on the lose after twenty years since his last “kill”…the problem is he’s in prison.  It’s a close call but this is definitely my book of the month.

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza, another cracking episode in the Erika Foster series with Erika back in the murder investigation team and on the trail of a serial killer.

Driven by James Sallis, visiting one of my favourite characters eight years after I first met him in Drive – add to that it’s one of my favourite authors, it felt like nothing could go wrong with this book.

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Before The Fall by Noah Hawley which looks at the aftermath of a plane crash on the survivors and the all pervasive (can you say evil) nature of the press.

The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger, the first book by this author that I’ve read but it won’t be the last – this is a clever thriller with plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing.

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly, a thriller with a difference; it makes you think – not just about what is going on but your attitudes toward sex and sexual assault.

What Goes Around by Julie Corbin, another thriller (yes, I read a lot I know) where two women battle wits over a man I’m not sure is worth it at all.

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Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson, which I had high hopes for (possibly too high) and just didn’t hit the mark for me, character-wise especially.  Shame.

The Lauras by Sara Taylor, where a young girl goes on the run (aka a road trip) with her mom.  Or it might be a young boy and his mom.  It isn’t clear, which is true of a lot of things in this book (for me at any rate).

Fell by Jenn Ashworth, which left me perplexed in how to rate it (it’s so close to liked a lot but not quite there).  The story left me wanting but the writing – beautiful!

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And that’s it for me.  How was your month – what’s worth adding to next months to read pile?

Emma x

 

 

This month, I’m linking with Kathryn at Book Date and Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction with their monthly round-up posts (clicking on the images will take you to the posts to check out what others have been reading).

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Monthly update: March, 2017

How organised am I.  It’s only March 30th and I am writing my monthly update.  There must be something in the air…or I have too much time on my hands! How was March for people? Mine wasn’t bad, though it felt a lot longer than February (figuratively and literally).  Work was crazy busy and we’ve had lots going on at home (will the painting and decorating every be finished).  Still, I managed to fit in reading some book, good, bad and a bit blah…

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Human Acts by Han Kang, if it’s possible to love a book with such a hard subject matter – the brutal taking down of a popular uprising in 1980’s South Korea.

Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey, a book that kept me on tenderhooks throughout thanks to it’s great plot and compelling characters.

These books are so different but if I had to choose I would say Human Acts is my book of the month.

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The Murder Game by Julie Apple, a.k.a. Catherine McKenzie, one of my favourite authors, where four law students plan the perfect murder and then try to get away with it (or do they?)

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, a book I was scared to read because I’d loved her last one so much…I am glad to report I wasn’t disappointed.

The Escape by C. L. Taylor, which finds a young mother (and her small child) on the run and fighting to have herself believed.

 

The Stranger by Saskia Sarginson, a psychological thriller with a bit of a difference and a strong female character I couldn’t help but like.

The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, another great piece of crime writing and Nordic Noir, this is the start of a new series I can’t wait to read more of.

The Dead Room by Chris Mooney, a book that had been sat on my kindle for five years before I got round to reading it, immediately wishing I hadn’t waited as long.

Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary, another great outing for Marnie Raine looking to solve a crime she seems to be increasingly connected too.

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You by Caroline Kepnes, a book I think I might have waited too long to read as it didn’t live up to expectations (but was that might fault for having such high hopes?)

 

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None! (yay!)

And that’s it for me for March – pretty good I think – with only one book I just don’t think I can bring myself to recommend. What about you – how was your month, reading and otherwise?

Emma

This month, I’m linking with Kathryn at Book Date and Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction with their monthly round-up posts (clicking on the images will take you to the posts to check out what others have been reading).

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Monthly round-up: February, 2017

So it’s time to say goodbye to February, the shortest month of the year and supposedly the most depressing.  For me, though, it really hasn’t been that bad.  I had a week and a bit off work, got to spend quality time with friends and family and read some really good books…

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Perfect Remains by Helen Fields, a truly excellent debut set in Edinburgh but with a French detective on the search for a serial killer who doesn’t seem to put a foot wrong.  This kept me up late turning pages.  If it wasn’t for Evil Games, this would have been my book of the month.

Evil Games by Angela Marsons, the second in the DI Kim Stone series and set in my former stomping ground of the Black Country.  Here Kim is head to head with one of the most twisted characters I have come across in a while.  This is probably the best book I read this month.

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The Accidental Life of Greg Miller by Aimee Alexander, which turned out to be a romance with a difference (or at least I thought it was different because love stories are so not my normal read).

Where My Heart Used To Beat by Sebastian Faulks, one of my favourite authors.  Here he looks at love, life, death and the ravages of war.  Not the most light-hearted book but beautifully written and heart-wrenching.

Captive on the Fens by Joy Ellis, where I got to spend time with one of my favourite detectives, Nikki Galena.  This is her fifth outing (and the third book I’ve read) and it was a good one as Nikki is on the trail of a serial kidnapper.  What I especially liked was getting to know her team as well, people who are often side-lined in this genre for the main detective.

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris, where a single female makes a single decision on a rain swept night that seems to be coming back to haunt her in this tense thriller with a great twist at the end.

 

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The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, which was spoilt for me by the fact I have too many TV versions of Sherlock running round my head.  Even without this, I’m not sure there weren’t too many holes in a plot that seemed to hope the pace would make me miss them.

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All These Perfect Strangers by Aoife Clifford, a book I had such high hopes for but that just left me confused and frustrated as the story moved back and forth in time – maybe if I had liked the characters more I would have been more forgiving but this just wasn’t for me.

There was one book I didn’t rate Unlocking Italian with Paul Noble which was a guide more than a book but still a fun way to try and get my Italian language skills back on track.

And that’s it for me for February – like I said, not bad – with only one book I just don’t think I can bring myself to recommend. What about you – how was your month, reading and otherwise?

Emma

This month, I’m linking with Kathryn at Book Date and Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction with their monthly round-up posts (clicking on the images will take you to the posts to check out what others have been reading).

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