Snowblind by Ragnar J贸nasson

 

Snowblind was another book on my radar that sounded amazing so I knew I had to get it! (I’m an advertisers dream 馃檪 )

J贸nasson writes Icelandic Noir, with Nightblind to follow. I’ve not read and Icelandic based books before, just the usual Scandinavian (Nesbo, Holt, Mankell et Al.) thrillers.

Snowblind was beautifully written, the landscape alone makes for good reading. The book follows Ari Th贸r after being posted to a new position in Siglufj枚冒ur, a very quiet fishing village in the north of the country. 

This is a place where nothing happens, but of course, these things change very quickly. I don’t want to go into the plot. It’s a really good story though, plenty of twists and turns between the characters. 

It’s a really enjoyable read, cold and well paced. 

I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. 

Falling by Emma Kavanagh

  

I had seen Falling popping up on blogs and on Goodreads a lot before I bought it, so as usual, off I went to order it!

I had it for a few weeks before I started it, I think I was reading the Dublin Murder Squad series, or something equally tedious. The fact I can’t remember doesn’t say much for whatever it was! 

Falling was very easy to read. Told from alternate viewpoints it was still simple enough to follow. If follows the main characters in the aftermath of a plane crash with intermittent flashes back to their reasons for being where they are now.

I’m not going to go into detail, sufficed to say, Falling is a good book! Not quite a psychological thriller, more of a slightly mysterious low level of suspense book, but still good. 

4 stars on Goodreads! 

Reviews!

Ok! So I’m behind (again!!!!) on reviews, so I’m just going to do some super quick and short ones for the books I’ve read in the past month or so! 

The books I’ll be doing quick reviews for are:

  1. Falling by Emma Kavanagh
  2. Snowblind by Ragnar J贸nasson
  3. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  4. The Crooked House by Christobel Kent
  5. No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
  6. No Safe House by Linwood Barclay
  7. Judas Child by Carol O’Connell

The joys of a 7 month old a baby and a 6 year old on school holidays means I don’t get to write proper posts 馃槮 

The Dolls House by Louise Phillips

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I started reading this in December 2014, having heard high praise for Louise Phillips. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it, but to be honest, I wasn’t a fan from the outset. I found it very slow going, and also about a quarter of the way in, I went into labour with my baby girl on December 15th, so I left the book on my nightstand and didn’t pick it up again until 3 weeks after she was born.

I have to say, I really didn’t enjoy this book, even after the mid book break, I just couldn’t get into it. The blurb from Amazon is as follows:

“People say that the truth can set you free. But what if the truth is not something you want to hear?聽Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. At the time his death was reported as a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remained a mystery.聽Now his daughter Clodagh, trying to come to terms with her past, visits a hypnotherapist who unleashes disturbing childhood memories of her father’s death. And as Clodagh delves deeper into her subconscious, memories of another tragedy come to light – the death of her baby sister.聽Meanwhile criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is called in to help in the investigation of a murder after a body is found in a Dublin canal. When Kate digs beneath the surface of the killing, she discovers聽a sinister connection to the Hamilton family.聽What terrible events took place in the Hamilton house all those years ago? And what connects them to the recent murder?聽Time is running out for Clodagh and Kate.聽And the killer has already chosen his next victim . . .”聽

Personal preference is everything when it comes to books, so I’m sure many of you would enjoy this. Perhaps had I read it at a different time I may have enjoyed it, but as it stands, I was glad to see the back of it!!

Normal by Graeme Cameron

I spotted this book a lot in my goodreads and Facebook feeds so I decided to buy it! It arrived last week so I moved into it once I finished Half Bad! 

Normal is written from the point of view of a serial killer. We don’t get much descriptive information about him which adds to the atmosphere. It also lets you conjure up your own images of him which I liked as it means I got to exercise my imagination a bit! 馃槃 

As you know, I start new books at night as bedtime is my uninterrupted reading time! I didn’t want to stop reading this once I started! I think I got up to page 80 before I decided I needed some sleep! 

It’s a pacy, well written and enjoyable read. The detail as regards murders can be quite graphic but I’m well used to it as my book choices are usually twisted enough at the best of times! 

Amazon describe the book as follows; 

“He lives on your street, in a nice house with a tidy garden. 

He shops at your local supermarket. He drives beside you, waving to let you into the lane ahead of him. 

He also has an elaborate cage in a secret basement under his garage. 

The food he鈥檚 carefully shopping for is to feed a young woman he鈥檚 holding there against her will 鈥 one in a string of many, unaware of the fate that awaits her. 

This is how it鈥檚 been for a long time. It鈥檚 normal鈥nd it works. Perfectly. 

But this time it鈥檚 different鈥”

I really enjoyed this book, and towards the end I found myself racking my brain to see what could happen!  I even found myself rooting for him at a few different points! 

I gave Normal 4* on Goodreads! I would highly recommend it! 

Happy Reading 馃槉馃摉

  

Half Bad by Sally Green

As you know by now, I’m a member of The Rick O’Shea Book Club over on Facebook and this month Rick had picked 4 YA reads that we could pick from or read all if we were that way inclined. I chose Half Bad by Sally Green. I had bought this book last month on a recommendation from Ellen Devonport over on Twitter so I was delighted to see I wouldn’t have to go buying the book. 

I had read a brief synopsis of the book, and a quick look at a few reviews so I was happy enough to give it a go. 

The blurb from Amazon is as follows;

“You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.

You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.

You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.

You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.

All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.”


I generally start a new book in bed at night as it gives me the most uninterrupted reading time as opposed to during the day with a baby and a 5 year old around! I started this thinking ‘a few pages and I’ll sleep’, I was wrong. I found I didn’t want to stop reading as it was easy to read and every so often something happened that meant I kept reading on 馃槃

The book is about Nathan Byrn, a 16 year old boy, who was born to a white witch mother and a black witch father. Nathan does not know which he is, but is keen to find out, and also try find his father, Marcus. Marcus is the one of the baddest witches, and quite powerful, so needless to say, he’s hard for Nathan to find. Nathan has until his giving ceremony, when he will get his three gifts, to find out whether he is a white witch or a black witch. I won’t go into detail about the book, but it’s good! 馃槂

The book has plenty of action, and in my opinion, enough happening to make me want to buy that sequel, Half Wild. There are echoes of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, as well as Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments trilogy in the book, which I have no complaint about.

This book might not be to everyone’s taste, but I found it fun, for want of a better word. A welcome departure from my usual maim,murder and mystery trifecta that I tend to gravitate towards. I’d highly recommend it, especially if you have any YA readers in your house! 

I gave it a surprising 4* on Goodreads. 


Happy Reading! 馃槉馃摉


  

Her by Harriet Lane

 

First of all, I’d like to thank Margaret Madden of  Bleach House Library for sending me this book! You can find her here: http://bleachhouselibrary.blogspot.ie/

I had seen Her around on a few blogs and coming up in my news feed on Facebook so when this was suggested as a swap over on Rick O’Shea’s book swap page, I jumped at the chance to read it! 

The blurb from Amazon is as follows; 

Two women; two different worlds.

Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold. 

Nina is sophisticated and independent – entirely in control. 

When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But this isn’t the first time the women’s paths have crossed. Nina remembers Emma and she remembers what Emma did.

But what exactly does Nina want from her? 

And how far will she go in pursuit of it?

I hadn’t read many reviews of the book (I tend to avoid reviews of books I’m dying to read in case they put me off!!) so I went into it not knowing what to expect!

The book is written in alternate chapters by the main characters Nina and Emma, which I’m guessing is to give both versions of the events that took place, but which only serves to annoy me when I start reading! 

Nina seems well put together; an artist, second marriage but happy, teenage daughter, yada yada! Emma is a mother and portrayed as struggling to be seen as anything other than a mother I think! Married, with 2 kids, left a glamorous job and yearns for something more. Both equally annoying in my opinion.

I didn’t find this book to be a psychological thriller, in parts where this tag was applied, the actions were little more than petty mind games. Maybe it’s that I’ve read so many psych thrillers that I’ve become desensitised to the acts themselves but I really didn’t find this book chilling in any way.

In relation to how the women know each other, this is alluded to maybe three quarters of the way through the book, and even then it is quite vague so it is hard to discern what it was Emma did to make Nina do the things she’s doing. Without spoiling it for you, I will just say I was disappointed with the ending. I looked twice, it was still rubbish.

I gave this book 1* on Goodreads, and even that was too much for it if you ask me! One of those books I wish I didn’t read!

Live and learn.

Happy Reading! 馃槉馃摉