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 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!