What I’ve bought…

The long and the short of this post is I should be denied access to the Internet, or else have my card cut up 😄

Of late, most evenings I find myself browsing Amazon to see if there’s anything good out to read, and needless to say at least one item gets added to the wish list or the basket!!  I decided I’d do a quick post of what I’ve gotten lately, both print and Kindle books, along with a book from Rick O’Shea’s book club swap page!

1- Her by Harriet Lane

 

2- Rules of Prey by John Sandford

 

 

Books 3-8 are by Camilla Lackberg

 

  

  

  

  

  

 

9- RJ Ellory Saints of New York

 

 

10- Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

 

 

11- The Stranger by Harlan Coben

 

 

12- Blood On Snow by Jo Nesbo

 

 

13- The Missing by Chris Mooney

 

 

14- Ash by Jason Brant (Kindle)

 

 

15- Black Wood by SJI Holliday (Kindle)

 

16- The Swimmer by Joakim Zander (Kindle)

  

17- Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

 

18- Normal by Graeme Cameron

 

 

19- Blood Test by Jonathan Kellerman

 

 

20- After The Silence by Jake Woodhouse

 

 

21- The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Kindle)

 

 

22- Philomena by Martin Sixsmith (Kindle) 

 

So, there you have it! 22 books, and in a relatively short period of time! 😄 let me know what you have read out of this substantial haul! Fingers crossed you discover a new author for yourself! 

Happy reading! 😊 

  

The Disappeared by Kristina Ohlsson-Review!

Anyone who follows me over on http://www.facebook.com/bibliophilebookclub knows that I’ve been reading The Disappeared this week!

I was doing a tidy on my shelves and scanning books onto my Goodreads ( https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/9841866-kate ) and came upon this in my TBR section so I said I’d give it a go!

The blurb from Amazon is as follows;

‘When the film begins she has no idea what she is about to see. Nor does she realise what devastating consequences this f ilm and the decisions she then makes will have on the rest of her life.’
The body of a young woman is found carved up and buried in a forest glade in an innocuous Swedish suburb. Alex Recht and his team in the Stockholm Police soon identify the body as belonging to missing student, Rebecca Trolle, but as his team continues to excavate the site, they soon find that someone has been returning to the same spot to bury their victims year after year, decade after decade.
Investigative Analyst Fredrika Bergman is assigned the task of delving into Rebecca’s private life. But little does she know that her enquiries are about to uncover evidence that will put her actions under scrutiny from Internal Affairs, and will throw her private life into turmoil.
And what does the case have to do with the elderly children’s author living in a care home . . . who has never spoken a word to anyone since she arrived years ago?’

I hadn’t heard of Ohlsson but got this in a 3 for £10 offer on Amazon, and I love a good book deal! 🙂

As with most Scandinavian fiction (for me anyway!), it took a while to get going! I found there was a lot of back and forth. The main female, Fredericka, works for the police, has a baby and a partner at home. She finds herself investigating the case of missing student Rebecca Trolle, who’s body is found in a forest after being missing for two years. The investigation takes many directions, and to be honest I don’t want to post any spoilers in the review. Sufficed to say, there are a few twists and turns that were a bit unexpected.

While I enjoyed the book, it really annoyed me as well! The characters who were investigating the case had little communication with each other which led to connections not being made! This really frustrated me, to the point of complaining out loud and hitting my head with the book (not too hard!!!) because I just wanted to shout at them to cop on and talk to each other!!!!

I finished this last night, and I found myself racing through the last 100 pages to find out what was going on! Which is a sign of enjoyment in my eyes really! I gave the book 3* on Goodreads, it would have been 4 only for the irritation I felt at how slowly the plot came together! I would happily recommend it as a good book though, not knock me down fantastic, but a decent read all the same!

Happy reading!

Quick Review : The Nightmare by Lars Kepler *Spoilers*

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I was flipping through a newspaper at the weekend when there was a mention of the new Lars Kepler book (The Sandman) , needless to say I went googling immediately!

If you have read my previous posts, if I find a series/author I like, I tend to want to get ALL the books, yesterday!!! Back in 2012, I joined Cold Water Book Club on Twitter, and The Hypnotist was one of the books we read! I wasn’t gripped by the book, but I didn’t dislike it, so when I saw the snippet in the paper I decided now was as good as any to go back to the Lars Kepler books!

The blurb from Amazon for The Nightmare is as follows:

From the bestselling author of The Hypnotist comes the second high-octane thriller featuring Detective Inspector Joona Linna

Stockholm, Sweden: the lifeless body of a young woman is discovered on an abandoned boat. Later, a man is found hanging alone in his apartment.

Should the deaths be treated as suicide or murder? Only four people know the answer. And one man wants them dead.

Can Detective Inspector Joona Linna keep them alive long enough to find out the truth?

I didn’t know what to expect when I started, as it’s been a while since I’d read Kepler! I have to be honest though, I found the book a bit slow to start! I like to be gripped within the first few chapters, and although I wasn’t totally enthralled by the beginning, I still wanted to keep reading to see how the events would unfold!

Joona Linna is still cool and charismatic, with little to faze him, and he’s still quite a likeable character. The supporting characters are fairly well written and support his character easily!
The plot of the book takes a while to come through, but essentially is is about smuggling weapons and the race to silence the people who know about the deal! There are some adrenalin filled scenes and chases throughout the book, which do well to ramp up the tension as you find yourself willing the detectives (or whoever is in the scene) on in their efforts. I can’t say much more without discussing the actual events in the book, and I am not prone to big spoilers so I won’t mention them!

What it will say about The Nightmare is that it is a tense, edgy thriller with a good plot and fleshed out characters. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to reading the next two books; The Fire witness and The Sandman!

Happy reading 🙂

Mini Review: Jack Kerley No One Will Hear… Her Last Scream

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Product description:

“A serial-killer targets the country’s most vulnerable women in this new thriller featuring Detective Carson Ryder.

They thought they were safe at last…

Across the US, a secret network of crisis centres permanently relocates women in serious danger from domestic abuse. But now someone is killing them before they reach their destinations.

Detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus are having trouble gaining the trust of the volunteers who run the scheme. The only way in is for an undercover police officer to pose as a threatened woman, making herself a target and drawing the killer out.

Reinetta Early is the ideal candidate – but she also happens to be Harry’s niece. He always promised his sister that he would keep Reinetta safe from harm. Suddenly he’s unsure if he can even keep her alive…”

This is book 8 in the Carson Ryder series from Jack Kerley, and it doesn’t disappoint! I’ve already mentioned Kerley in an earlier post!

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I don’t like going into detail as I don’t like spoilers, but I can honestly say that I found myself flying through the book trying to figure out who the killer was, and when the time came, I wasn’t really expecting it! Kerley has a way of ramping up the tension and then flying through the climax in the last few chapters. With other authors, this annoys me but with him, not so much!

If you’ve never read any of Kerley’s books, I would highly recommend them! I find they really hook me after only a few pages!

I’m off to Amazon to do some shopping 😉

My to-read pile is ever growing… How many are in yours??

I’ve just done an inventory of how many books are in my to-read pile, and it’s not pretty! Well it is, obviously because it’s books but there is lot in the queue!

I always have a few books waiting to be read, which is fair enough, but coupled with my kindle, I have a grand total of 53, yes, FIFTY THREE(!!!!!) books in line! Twelve of those we’re purchased yesterday alone!

My name is Kate and I am a bookaholic……

Unreadable!

Have you ever got a book and thought “yeah, this will be a good one!”? I know I have! Many times!

I’m currently reading “The Hanging” by Lotte Hammer, and to be honest, I wish I wasn’t! It is terrible! I’m not a quitter when it comes to books usually, I can count on one hand the amount of books I’ve started to read then given up on,  but this book is driving me mad!

Nothing of note has happened, except the aforementioned hanging! I keep waiting for the story to improve but no joy! I hate the thoughts of having to continue reading!

However, I have challenged myself to read 100 books this year, so I feel I cant give up!

Has this ever happened to you???

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Goodreads Reading Challenge 2014

Goodreads have added a Reading Challenge widget this year and it is awesome!

You set your own reading challenge and log all the books you read. I didn’t do a reading challenge last year, but yet I managed to read 66 books in 2013 (granted, in one week I read 8 books as I was away on holidays for a week!!!) so I decided to up my numbers this year!

I’ve set myself the task of reading 100 books this year, which works out as 1-2 books a week! So far, I’ve read 10 and I’m on my 11th (by my standards and previous reading frenzies, it’s a little slow) book of the year.

Since January, I have read the following:

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Here’s Looking At You – Mhairi McFarlane
The Hardest Part Of Love – Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Wolf Of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort
You Had Me At Hello – Mhairi McFarlane
A Tap On The Window – Linwood Barclay
The Stag and Hen Weekend – Mike Gayle
Bonkers: My Life In Laughs – Jennifer Saunders
Solo: A James Bond Novel – William Boyd
Poppet – Mo Hayder

I’m currently reading The Hanging by Lotte Hammer

Clearly I read diverse books, but my favourite genre is Crime or Psychological thrillers, so any other genres are usually easy to give my brain a break!

I’d highly recommend Poppet! Strange but a very good read if you like thrillers!