August 2018: #WrapUp

August was a considerably calmer month than July, which I am incredibly grateful for. Although, I didn’t get around to doing nearly as much as I planned to, bookish things that is; in life, I just wanted to relax and I’ve certainly being doing that – that’s probably evident in my sporadic blogging last month! I’ve relaxed a bit too much, and now I have several reviews to catch up on! I’d love to say I’m all organised now and ready to get back on track for September, but I don’t want to lie to you! It would appear I am more organised during term time, I even missed my own blogiversary – yep, Keeper of Pages turned 2 on the 18th August and I completely missed it! I did, however, read 12 books this month, one of which was The Stand by Stephen King, so that in itself was an achievement. Let me not ramble on, let’s wrap up August…

The standout books of the month were: Continue reading “August 2018: #WrapUp”

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Book Review: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil

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Silent Child is this month’s Criminally Good Book Club selection, and also a book I’ve been wanting to read for some time now.

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In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son’s red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year – a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned.

His body was never recovered.

Ten years later, Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She’s married, pregnant, and in control again…

… until Aiden returns.

Too traumatized to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Only his body tells the story of his decade-long disappearance. The historic broken bones and injuries cast a mere glimpse into the horrors Aiden has experienced. Aiden never drowned. Aiden was taken.

As Emma attempts to reconnect with her now teenage son, she must unmask the monster who took him away from her. But who, in their tiny village, could be capable of such a crime?

It’s Aiden who has the answers, but he cannot tell the unspeakable.

This dark and disturbing psychological novel is a page-turner you will not be able to put down. Continue reading “Book Review: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil”

Book Review: Beware the Past by Joy Ellis

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Beware the Past was June’s Criminally Good Book Club selection. A standalone novel from an author I haven’t read before.

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ONE TERRIBLE CASE ALWAYS HAUNTED DETECTIVE MATT BALLARD. NOW MANY YEARS LATER, THE KILLER SEEMS TO BE BACK. AND THIS TIME HE’S AFTER MATT.

When Matt Ballard was starting out his career, three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was not satisfied that the real murderer had been caught.

Over 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It’s of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. And the picture was taken before the murder took place.

More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, as well as intimate pictures of Matt’s very secret private life.

A KILLER WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO DESTROY A DETECTIVE.

Then another murder happens with some of the hallmarks of the old case. Has the killer returned or is this just a sick copycat determined to ruin Matt’s life and reputation? Everyone around Matt is in danger as the killer plays mind games with the detective.

In an absolutely breathtaking conclusion, Matt and his team race against time to stop a vicious killer who knows no limits. Continue reading “Book Review: Beware the Past by Joy Ellis”

May 2018: #WrapUp

I really hoped we could have an extra week of May; June, and July, are set to be busy months for me, and I’m just not ready for them yet! I read 16 books this month, which I’m really pleased about – I was hoping for 20 as I had quite a bit of free time, but since the 26th May, I haven’t read a single page – not that I’m counting or anything! I did manage a fair few from my May TBR Post, along with a few impromptu reads, as always. As I haven’t picked up a book in days, I won’t set a June TBR, I’m just hoping I feel like picking up a book soon, like today, as in right now!

While I continue to feel sorry for myself for not wanting to read anything, let’s recap the month of May. I’ve also included a review copy I received yesterday, it’s just my luck, that on the very same day I posted my book haul, I got some book mail!

The standout books of the month were: Continue reading “May 2018: #WrapUp”

Audiobook Review: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler (Narrated by Zara Ramm)

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I’ve been in such a weird reading mood lately where I haven’t wanted to read anything; Don’t Wake Up is May’s Criminally Good Book Club pick, and as that’s my book club on Instagram, I kinda needed to read this one this month. Having already had it on my Kindle, I added audible narration to my purchase and here we are today, I’ve listened to my first audiobook of the year.

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A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller with a horrifying premise and a stinging twist.

Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and no one believes her horrifying story.

Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.

So compulsive you can’t stop listening. So chilling you won’t stop talking about it. Continue reading “Audiobook Review: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler (Narrated by Zara Ramm)”