The Crooked House By Christobel Kent

  

Read this after I Let You Go and I was soooooo disappointed. Maybe my expectations were too high, whatever it is I didnt really enjoy this at all.

Set 13 years after a girls family is massacred, it picks up in her present day life. Alison, she used to be Esme, has carried on her life after she moved away. 

Alison’s partner was invited to a wedding in Saltleigh, the place she left as a child, so they both return to attend. Surprise surprise, it goes downhill (irritatingly slowly!!!) from there. 

The community is full of secrets, nobody wants to share what they know. Alison is in danger, and races to find out the truth of what happened to her family many years ago. 

I really didn’t enjoy this book, it’s not often I do it, but I only gave it a 1 star review on Goodreads. I expected so much better!!

I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh

  
I loved this book. Really, really, *really* loved this book. One of a handful of books on my Goodreads with 5 stars.

Set in the aftermath of a hit and run, it follows Jenna as she moves away to start a new life on the Welsh coast. 

The DI charged with solving the case is determined to get to the bottom of it and he risks losing more than just the killer while investigating the tragedy. 

I cannot go into the plot without giving anything away, and I don’t want to, I made sure to avoid reviews etc before I read this, and I was so glad. I literally had my jaw drop at one stage.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Definitely one of my top reads of the year so far! 

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