30 Day Challenge- Day 23

Best book you’ve read in the last 12 months…

This is a really hard post to write because I’ve read so many great books that I find it hard to narrow it down to just one!

Also, I’ll be doing my top ten books of the year next month and don’t want to spoil the surprise 😉

I’m going to pick three books, which may or may not make it to the final ten next month!

In no particular order,

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh 

 

This book was bloody brilliant! The twist literally made my jaw drop! You can read my review here.

 

Evil Games by Angela Marsons

 

 

Evil Games has one of the most vile, despicable, emotionally cruel villains I have seen in a long time. This book is superb, absolutely the stand out in the DI Kim Stone series, my reviews of which you can read here. 😊

 

For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood

 

 

Another stunning debut, Michael Wood’s book is fantastic! I’ve been recommending it to anyone who asks for great books to be read! I love it so much that the #Blogsquad pretty much made him do a blog tour for it! 😂 I’m kicking it off on December 1st! My review can be read here or you can wait until the blog tour as I get to post my review AND an excerpt.
So there you have it! A small selection of the best books I have read so far this year!

 

What’s the best book you have read this year?

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Silent Scream, Evil Games and Lost Girls by Angela Marsons

I’ve decided to review these three books together because in the interest of honesty, I loved them all and to review each alone would be like writing the same review 3 times! 😂

About the books: (via Goodreads) 

Silent Scream: 

Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…

Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …

Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.

But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
Evil Games: 

The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game…

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.
Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time – it’s personal.

Lost Girls:

Two girls go missing. Only one will return.

The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die.

When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.
And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.
Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour…
Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?

My thoughts:

I’ve had Angela’s books on my TBR since Silent Scream came out and I kept telling myself I’d get to them eventually. I attempted to get to them during Bookouture Thriller week but alas, time was not on my side. I made it my mission to read them this month after doing up a guideline for what books I wanted to read. You can read my Hello November post here.

I started Silent Scream on Nov 17th and worked my way through the three books until I finished Lost Girls on November 22nd. Not too bad, 3 books in 5 days. 😊

I wish I didn’t wait so long to read them, but at the same time I’m glad as I got to read them all in quick succession. I absolutely devoured all three as they were just brilliant!

Angela Marsons has a wonderful way of writing. It draws you into each story and makes you feel like you know these characters. I love that in a book, as it engages you and you want to solve the crimes just as much as DI Stone and her team do.

I’m not going to go into detail with my thoughts on each book. The synopses are above so you have an idea of what each one is about. I will however, talk about my favourite characters.

First up is Kim Stone obvs. Stone is a wonderful example of a woman hardened by past traumatic experiences which make her the strong willed detective that she is. While she may be cold, she is effective and has a heart underneath it all.

Bryant is also a great character. The closest thing to a friend that Stone has, he provides a sounding board for her, along with some light comedic relief at times.

Dr Alex Thorne in Evil Games. One of the most vile, ruthless and emotionally destructive villains I have seen in a long time. Thorne made my blood boil, for so many reasons. I even tweeted Angela saying how much I hated the doc! 😉

Special mention goes to Dougie who is also in Evil Games.

DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DONT WANT SPOILERS!!!! (I warned you… 😂)

I don’t know how to say how great Dougie is without possible spoilers hence the above message just in case I inadvertently reveal anything!

Dougie suffers from severe Autism but there’s just something about him that made him stand out for me. Towards the end of Evil Games, in my mind, Dougie is a hero!

I don’t know what else I can say about Angela’s Kim Stone series other than it’s absolutely fantastic. One of the best series I’ve read in a long time. I can’t wait for book 4 to come out! 3 of the easiest 5⭐️ reviews I’ve given on Goodreads this year!

If you haven’t read them yet, what are you waiting for?! 😉

Silent Scream Buy Here

Evil Games Buy Here

Lost Girls Buy Here

Happy reading 😊📖

30 Day Challenge- Day 22

Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise…

I’ll be honest, I had to Google plot devices as i had no idea what they were. I know what irritates me when I’m reading a book now though 🙂

I am not really a romantic person, I’m sure it’s there somewhere, but mainly it just makes me go

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So I have to say my least favorite plot device is romantic interludes for what of a better phrase. I read a lot of “manly” books, so the last thing I want to read is that the main character and a female sub-character magically fall into bed in a moment of weakness or whatever!

I was reading a book lately, and the male lead and female lead spent the first 200 pages gazing longingly, thinking about what it would be like to be together, yada yada yada, and it just took from the main story. The main story was a serious theme, trafficking i believe, and reading the book it just felt like it wasn’t being addressed. Thanks to one of my friends, it has now become known as #sexytension 🙂

Lee Child is another author who is fairly predictable with his main character’s dalliances with women. Jack Reacher fairly gets around bless him. Even though I’ve read all the JR books, and i know it’s coming, it still annoys me!

Any plot devices you don’t like?!

 

 

 

30 Day Challenge- Day 21

Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t finished)… 

Almost forgot to do today’s post! 🙈

I can’t think of any books that I’ve said I’ve read when I haven’t! I’ll hold my hand up and say I haven’t read it!

As for books I haven’t finished, there’s not that many!

One that’s controversial is Room By Emma Donoghue

I tried to read this when it came out first and to be honest, I didn’t like it at all. I just couldn’t get into the writing style so I put it down and haven’t touched it since. In saying that, it still sits on my TBR shelves, but way way down at the bottom.

I’m just going to list the others that I can think of that I’ve started but not finished (that I can remember!)…

  • Dave Grohl’s autobiography- I like the Foo Fighters but this book as just boring. I’ve read other music autobiographies and flown through them so I don’t know what happened here!
  • Ghost Stories by MR James- I’ve read scarier stories in my sons books!
  • Alone In The Dark by Karen Rose- only released and I had an ARC, I gave up after 200 pages. Ridiculous and full of sexual tension which ruined the book for me. My first, and possibly last, KR book.

I’m sure there’s others from before I became such an avid reader, but these are the ones I thought of.

Any book you’ve said you read when you hadn’t?!

 

30 Day Challenge- Day 20

Favourite Childhood Book…

I don’t think I had one clear favourite book as a child. I read a lot of books but I’m having a hard time going back 20 years to remember any standouts.

I know I read a lot of Enid Blyton books. I used to have a bed with a headboard shelf on top and I filled it all the way across with books.

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If they haven’t been thrown out or donated, I’m sure they are all in my parents attic. The majority of books I had from her were the ones in the pictures. I don’t recall ever reading The Famous Five books though.

As well as Enid Blyton, I also read some Roald Dahl. The one book that stays in my mind is The BFG.

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I loved it, but it’s been so long since I’ve read it. I’m going to have to go to the attic and see if any of my old children’s book are there as my 6 year old son likes to read and he already has my Beatrix Potter Collection and I’d love to be able to pass on my books to him. My little girl isn’t even a year old so we’ll have to wait a while before she starts into the books! 🙂

30 Day Challenge- Day 19

A favourite author…

I have a few favourite authors so it’s very hard to just choose one… so  I won’t! 🙂 I’m going to give you a list of them instead. in no particular order;

  • Elizabeth Haynes– author of one of my all time favourite books, Into The Darkest Corner.

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  • JK Rowling

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  • Chris Carter

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  • Jack Kerley

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  • Jo Nesbo

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  • Lee Child

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  • James Carol

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The majority of my list are crime writers unsurprisingly. also, they are pretty much all series with recurring characters. Kerley’s Carson Ryder books and Chris Carter’s Robert Hunter books are among my favourite reads in recent years.

I would highly recommend reading these two authors if you haven’t already! 🙂

30 Day Challenge- Day 18

A book you wish you could live in…

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The wizarding world of Harry Potter! Simples! 🙂

No question! Didn’t even have to think about it! I’ve loved those books since I first read them and I always will.

I’m so jealous of anyone who gets to visit the sets at Leavesden or the actual Wizarding World Of Harry Potter theme park! I’d give my left arm to go and see them.

Books for me are a form of escape and out of all the books I’ve read, the Harry Potter series are the ones who let me escape into a completely different world and let my imagine run riot.