Recent Reads~Rapid Reviews

Hey guys,

I’m back with the second set of reviews for this feature, so here’s the next four books 🙂

The Truth Will Out by Brian Cleary

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The novel is set in Ireland. The friendship of Jamie, Shane and Mary Kate is tested to the limit after Mary Kate is brutally raped and lies in a coma. The evidence against Jamie is overwhelming and is compounded by the fact he maintains he cannot recall what happened that night. However, the one secret that Jamie has never disclosed can prove his innocence.

The Truth Will Out is an Irish psychological thriller that focuses on the aftermath of an attack on a young woman. The narrative jumps between characters and also between past and preset. This gives the reader an insight into what led to the events in the book. I didn’t love this one, but it has an interesting plot with a few surprises thrown in.

Bring Me Back by BA Paris

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The Disappearance
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.

The Suspicion
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.

The Fear
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried…

I loved this authors debut so I was looking forward to reading this one. I also have her second book to read, but I skipped to this one instead. I really wanted to love this one, but sadly it fell a bit flat for me. The premise is really good, and there is plenty in there to keep you turning the pages but it just didn’t blow me away like Behind Closed Doors did when I read it! I’ve seen rave reviews for it, so maybe I just read it at the wrong time!

The Nowhere Child by Christian White

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‘Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later she was gone.’

On a break between teaching photography classes, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes she is that girl.

At first Kim brushes it off, but when she scratches the surface of her family background in Australia, questions arise that aren’t easily answered. To find the truth, she must travel to Sammy’s home of Manson, Kentucky, and into a dark past. As the mystery unravels and the town’s secrets are revealed, this superb novel builds towards a tense, terrifying, and entirely unexpected climax.

The Nowhere Child is simply unputdownable. I absolutely devoured this exquisitely written thriller in a couple of sittings. This is the kind of book that makes me want to shout about it from the rooftops.

It all started with the disappearance of 2 year old Sammy Went in the 90’s. Gone without a trace, Sammy has never been found. Fast forward twenty eight years to where we meet Kim Leamy, who is approached by a man investigating little Sammy’s disappearance all those years ago. This meeting leaves Kim with enough questions to make her travel to Sammy’s hometown of Manson, Kentucky in the United States.

What follows is by far one of the best stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time. Packed with tension that winds its way towards an unexpected conclusion, The Nowhere Child is a triumph. A riveting tale of secrets and lies, and the lengths to which people will go to keep them hidden. Thoroughly engaging, you won’t be able to put it down until the bitter end.

 

Coldmaker by Daniel A. Cohen

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Eight hundred years ago, the Jadans angered the Crier. In punishment, the Crier took their Cold away, condemning them to a life of enslavement in a world bathed in heat.

Or so the tale goes.

During the day, as the Sun blazes over his head, Micah leads the life of any Jadan slave, running errands through the city of Paphos at the mercy of the petty Nobles and ruthless taskmasters.

But after the evening bells have tolled and all other Jadans sleep, Micah escapes into the night in search of scraps and broken objects, which once back inside his barracks he tinkers into treasures.

However, when a mysterious masked Jadan publicly threatens Noble authority, a wave of rebellion ripples through the city.

With Paphos plunged into turmoil, Micah’s secret is at risk of being exposed. And another, which has been waiting hundreds of years to be found, is also on the verge of discovery…

The secret of Cold.

I really liked Coldmaker. It has a really cool (no pun intended!) premise, a great cast of characters and it is a really captivating read. It was exactly what I had hoped it would be, and I genuinely can’t wait for the next book (I really hope there is one!!!) to see where the author takes the reader! If you like fantasy, and YA then definitely add Coldmaker to your list!

 

So that’s what I’ve been reading lately! I have a few blog tour reviews coming up, and I’ll also be reviewing Ready Player One, Obscura and Skin Deep soon so make sure to look out for those! 🙂

5 thoughts on “Recent Reads~Rapid Reviews

  1. Great post!
    I’m reading the Paris novel currently – I loved BCD too, hated The Breakdown, and am already not really loving this one… I think I’m going to have to break-up with Paris! Het stuff just doesn’t seem to be exciting me anymore 😦
    I’ve never heard of The Nowhere Child but I’m definitely interested in it now 🙂

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