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 First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

  
So, yet another Rick O’Shea book club choice here. I had this book on my shelves for quite some time, but I just hadn’t gotten near it. It was quite nice not to have to go out and specifically purchase the book for the club though. 

I try not to read too much reviews/synopses about books before I start them, so I didn’t know too much about this before I started it. 

The premise of his book is that Harry lives many lives, and the book goes between them. The following is what Goodreads has to say:

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, every time Harry dies, he always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life lived a dozen times before.

Nothing ever changes – until now.
As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’she says. ‘I need to send a message.’

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

I have to be honest, I couldn’t get into this book at all. It was very slow for me, with not much happening. I thought about giving up a few times to be honest (which I rarely do) but I kept going because it was for book club. I didn’t want to be left out of the chat loop 馃檪

None of Harry’s lives interested me, none of the stories, none of the things he had to do, nothing! I don’t want to go into plots because apparently there is something worth spoiling (meow, I know!!) so I won’t bother!

I feel terrible saying it, but I really didn’t like this book. I gave it 1 star on Goodreads, and I’d be hard pushed to recommend it to anybody!! 

The Apostle by JA Kerley

 

The Apostle is the twelfth book in the Carson Ryder detective series.  I love these books as they are so easy to read. I’ve read them all, and this was the latest in the series. I have to say this wouldn’t be my favourite of the series, but it’s still a good read. 

The book is based in Florida, and it centres around religious corruption and murder. It serves to them Carson Ryder up with his now retired ex partner Harry Nautilus as they both investigate simultaneously without realising.

Without spoilers, it’s quite hard to describe the full plot of this book. The description from Goodreads is as follows: 
From the bestselling author of Her Last Scream, a chilling tale of ritual murder and corruption, featuring Detective Carson Ryder.

The Reverend Honus Schrum, a nationally renowned minister and owner of a broadcasting empire, tells the media he has come home to Key West to die. Meanwhile, Detective Carson Ryder is investigating the ritualistic murders of young women with chequered pasts, discovering the killings have religious overtones.

Simultaneously, a newly retired Harry Nautilus takes a job as a driver/bodyguard for Richard Owsley, an ambitious pastor in Mobile. They come to Florida, where Owsley meets with Schrum and is enlisted to complete a special and mysterious 鈥榩roject鈥 Schrum has promised a billionaire benefactor.
As Carson digs deeper into the murders, Harry, interest piqued by all the hush-hush goings-on of his new employer, begins to covertly investigate the strange project. Their independent investigations begin to converge, and Carson and Harry uncover a horrifying connection between the cases鈥
I highly recommend the Kerley books, but I wouldn’t suggest starting with this. I always find with series it pays to read in chronological order, in this case The Hundredth Man. 

Happy reading! 

The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner聽

  
I’ve just realised that all these latest reviews are for books I’ve read up to 6 months ago so apologies if they are a bit sparse at times! 

I remember reading this and not long into it thought to myself ‘I hope this is good’. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t! While the story wasn’t implausible, it wasn’t really that interesting. I really disliked the characters, especially Tess, and her ex-marine (whose name I can’t even remember!). I found them both supremely irritating!

Goodreads description:

“What would you do if the man of your dreams hides the soul of a killer? Jim Beckett was everything she’d ever dreamed of…But two years after Tess married the decorated cop and bore his child, she helped put him behind bars for savagely murdering ten women. Even locked up in a maximum security prison, he vowed he would come after her and make her pay. Now the cunning killer has escaped–and the most dangerous game of all begins…. After a lifetime of fear, Tess will do something she’s never done before. She’s going to learn to protect her daughter and fight back, with the help of a burned-out ex-marine. As the largest manhunt four states have ever seen mobilizes to catch Beckett, the clock winds down to the terrifying reunion between husband and wife. And Tess knows that this time, her only choices are to kill–or be killed.
Personally, I wouldn’t be recommending this book to anyone! There are much better books out there! 

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

  
I Am Pilgrim was selected as one of the choices for May in Rick O’Shea’s Book Club over on Facebook!

It’s not a small book by any means, maybe 800 pages. And like with Tana French, it took me a while to get through! The hype and rave reviews surrounding this book were, for me, unfounded. I just didn’t get it. Do I just not like hyped books or something?! I’m always disappointed reading them! 

Aaaanyway, Pilgrim was written by Terry Hayes, an ex screenwriter I think! And while parts of this book read like a movie, it all just fell a little flat for me. The book was far too long, way too much unnecessary detail and it just didn’t sit well with me.

I didn’t find the story (or interwoven stories) all that interesting, it wasn’t coherent. The stories never seemed to mesh well together, they would almost be better as 3 separate books if you ask me! 

Goodreads:

“A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy.

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. 

A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. 
A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. 
Smouldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. 
A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity. 

One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.
Pilgrim.”
I gave Pilgrim 1 star on Goodreads. It just wasn’t thrilling enough for me! 

Any thoughts?! 馃槉