So due to various reasons, I’m taking a little break from blogging for a while. I’m still reading, and upholding any prior commitments so no need to worry on that front. Ellen’s reviews and blog tour posts will all be done as normal too 🙂
I’ve got a backlog of books read but not reviewed, so I’ve decided to combat that today with this post. Some of these were read as far back as June or July, I just haven’t gotten to review them properly on the blog.
Grab a coffee and see what I’ve been reading…
- Without Trace by Simon Booker
The first Morgan Vine book, this was definitely a solid start. I didn’t love it, but I was hooked enough to keep turning those pages!
- Games People Play by Owen Mullen
This is the first book in the Charlie Cameron PI series and it’s definitely a strong start. A little slow for me but I enjoyed it all the same. Charlie is an interesting character and I liked the story!
- The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
My first foray into Karin Slaughter’s work in about ten years and I absolutely LOVED The Good Daughter. I banged through the entire book (and its a whopper) in a day because I just couldn’t put it down. Clever, compulsive and full of action, I’d highly recommend it!
- The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey
I read The Girl With All The Gifts earlier this year and thought it was a good read. The Boy on the Bridge was much better for me. But, I think that’s because I read TGWATG first. Set in the same world, this one was stronger for me in terms of characters and plot and it made me smile when I read the last few pages. Recommended!
- Kill Me Twice by Simon Booker
Yep, we’re back with Morgan Vine in Kill Me Twice and this one has a lot more going on than Without Trace. An interesting plot and some dark characters made this a decent read and I flew through it.
- My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
I am weeks out from reading MAD and I am still haunted by Turtle Alveston. I can’t find the words for how much I enjoyed this book. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It is raw, visceral, disturbing and challenging, but boy is it rewarding. I don’t read books like this usually, but I am so glad I got to read MAD. It will stay with me for a long time, and I will recommend it to everyone!
- The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
Another book I loved. Sped through this on a lazy Sunday as I couldn’t put it down. Really interesting plot, a great cast of characters and some unusual elements made this one super easy to enjoy. It would make a great movie, it has that cinematic feel to the descriptions and I can see how it would translate really well to screen. Highly recommended!
- The Fear Within by J. S . Law
The next in the series after The Dark Beneath (Tenacity), The Fear Within is another gripping naval-themed crime thriller. These books are just cracking reads. Dan Lewis is a great character, and James Law has a knack for writing excellent plots with plenty of action. One to add to your list for sure. Highly recommended!
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
On m TBR for ages, I finally got around to reading this during the summer. It was a good read, I’ll get crucified for this, but I didn’t love it. There’s no denying the characterisation and world-building are excellent, and I did enjoy it, I just found myself a bit meh afterwards. That being said, I have the other two books in the series, and I will certainly be reading them, but I wouldn’t be bumping them to the top of the TBR.
- Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker
I had Tall Oaks on my TBR for far too long so it was another book I picked to read this summer and I’m just sorry I left it so long. It is a taut and emotive story, with such a great cast of characters that I was sucked in immediately when I started reading it. I couldn’t put it down until the very end and its safe to say I was put through the emotional wringer by the end. Highly recommended!
Hopefully you will find a couple of books in this list that you’ll enjoy. The stand out read from these for me is My Absolute Darling, without a doubt.
This is the first ten of twenty books I’m doing this for, so keep an eye out for my second batch of rapid reviews as they’ll be up soon.
Have you read any of these? Do let me know in the comments below!
Until next time…