Daughter by Jane Shemilt 


Daughter is another one of those hyped books this year, so of course, what does Kate do?! Skips off to Amazon to buy books 😂

When I started reading I was expecting great things (again!) but I was left disappointed! I found the story really irritating to be honest! I don’t do spoilers so I won’t say much more!

This is the description from Goodreads;

“Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon.
But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken.
As the months pass, the worst-case scenarios—kidnapping, murder—seem less plausible. The trail has gone cold. Yet for a desperate Jenny, the search has barely begun. More than a year after her daughter’s disappearance, she’s still digging for answers—and what she finds disturbs her. Everyone she’s trusted, everyone she thought she knew, has been keeping secrets, especially Naomi. Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind, Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she’d raised.”
Personally, I found the ending to be terrible! It was rushed and it just didn’t make any sense! Then again I didn’t really enjoy the book so maybe it was apt. I don’t know! Either way, I wouldn’t be rushing to recommend it!

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Well, where to start with this one…

I heard a lot about this book through different lists, blogs etc, so I had seriously high expectations when I finally got around to reading it. Lots of them said it was brilliant, unusual, gruesome and so on! Even the author stated in her acknowledgements that she wouldn’t let her daughter read this book until she was in her 20’s or something!!

The following is what Goodreads has to say;

“Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind—addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. Archie’s a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she’s right. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows the truth—he can’t stay away.

When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. A hungry young newspaper reporter, Susan Ward, begins profiling Archie and the investigation, which sparks a deadly game between Archie, Susan, the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and for all. Either way, Heartsick makes for one of the most extraordinary suspense debuts in recent memory.”
Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?!

Personally, I was so disappointed by this book! I was expecting all of this wonderful thrilling horrifying stuff to happen, and I was left wanting. I just couldn’t get into it at all. I didn’t like the characters, least of all Archie. He just seemed so weak to me!

I’d genuine love to know what it was about the book that Cain wouldn’t want her daughter to read. I’ve read much worse in less publicised books if I’m honest!

Watch Me and Prey by James Carol

  

Ok, I’m doing a joint review for these otherwise I’ll never get through my reviews! These books are second and third in the Jefferson Winter series. The first is Broken Dolls (which was brilliant!!!) . Winter is an ex-FBI profiler, with a prolific serial killer for a father, he’s also a very likeable character.

Watch Me brings Winter to Louisiana where a lawyer has been burnt alive. The usual plot ensues, but these books are just so easy to read, and enjoyable.

Prey begins with a bang! Winter is in a diner in the middle of the night where a woman proceeds to shoot the cook in front of Winter. Before leaving she drops a newspaper article in front of him. What follows is a cat and mouse chase for a deranged female serial killer.

Carol has a good formula, tried and tested, and it works. The JW series (so far) is fun, easy and thrill-filled as far as these sorts of books go.

Wool by Hugh Howey 

 

Wool was selected for the Rick O’Shea Book Club over on Facebook so I had to read it! Not my kind of book at all, or so I thought…

It’s part one of the Silo trilogy. It’s one of those dystopian fiction books, so I was very apprehensive reading it. I even thought about giving up on it more than once which I don’t normally do! Someone told me stay going until page 120 and you’ll want to keep reading from then on, they were right! 

I sat down for an hour on a Sunday, headphones in, hubby minding the baby, and I ploughed through over half the book in one sitting! I couldn’t stop!! I had it finished the following day! 

I won’t go into plot lines, but it is superb! 

Amazon says: 

In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don’t. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

I found myself thinking about the book long after I’d finished, and missing the characters. A very unusual thing for me as the only characters that have ever stuck with me are Harry, Ron and Hermione!!! I bought the next book in the trilogy, Shift, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet! 

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

  

With all the hype surrounding this book, I couldn’t not get it! It was the most hyped book I had seen in a while. A lot of “if you liked Gone Girl, you’ll love this” batted around…. Ummmmm, no. Just no. I hated Gone Girl, and I hated this book too! 

I found GOTT to be a formulaic book, I wasn’t surprised by the so-called twist and the end, and to be honest I couldn’t even tell you what happened in it at this stage. I couldn’t wait to finish it. I passed it on, partly in the hope that I don’t have to look at it again! Harsh, I know! 

Amazons description: 

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…”

I know of a lot of people who throughly enjoyed this book, but I’m pretty sure I know a similar amount who didn’t. I guess that in itself is testament to how a book can divide opinion! 

If you’ve read it, drop me a line in the comments section! 

The Memory Killer by JA Kerley

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Really enjoyed this, which sounds awful considering the content (abduction, torture etc), but Kerley’s books are just so easy to read. I find whenever I start one, I really want to race through it. Which isn’t always possible with 2 kids and a husband (love ye!!!) and housework and so on.

I always think that’s the sign of a good book, when you are thinking about it but don’t have a chance to read it! I always recommend the Carson Ryder series when people ask about a good series.

The blurb from Amazon below:

“Detective Carson Ryder faces a cunning and inventive adversary in this terrifying thriller from the bestselling author of Her Last Scream.

Young men in Miami are being abducted and tortured after their drinks are spiked with a cocktail of drugs that leaves them unable to recall their ordeal. Despite this, Detective Carson Ryder knows the predator’s name, height, age, colouring … everything. It’s impossible for the perpetrator to avoid detection. Yet he does.

When Carson seeks answers from his brother, a wanted criminal intimate with twisted minds, Jeremy’s odd behaviour sparks even more questions. With each abduction, the violence becomes more horrific, and it’s only a short time until torture turns to murder.

But how do you catch an invisible man?”

The Death Box by JA Kerley

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Carson Ryder book 10 in the series.

Another instalment by Kerley featuring one of my favourite characters, Carson Ryder. As with all his books, this one is as enjoyable as the previous ones in the series.

The blurb from Amazon below:

“Detective Carson Ryder faces his most terrifying adversary yet in this nail-biting thriller from the author of Her Last Scream.

Carson Ryder thought he’d seen everything …

A specialist in twisted crimes, Detective Carson Ryder thought he’d seen the lowest depths of human depravity. But he’s barely started his new job in Miami when called to a horrific scene: a concrete pillar built of human remains, their agony forever frozen in stone.

Finding the secret of the pillar drags him into the sordid world of human trafficking, where one terrified girl holds the key to unraveling a web of pain, prostitution and murder. There’s just one problem: Ryder’s not the only one chasing the girl.”

This book is quite pacy, and it keeps you going with thrills and twists, which by now Kerley is extremely adept at writing. As usual I really enjoyed catching up with Ryder. A tried and tested formula, but it works. Nice and easy to read too!