February 2018: #WrapUp

I’ve read some good books this month but, man, am I happy to see the end of February. It was such a busy month for me and I had very limited reading time; so I’m happy that I still managed 7 books. 5 of the books were mentioned in my planned TBR, I think I’m finally getting the hang of this whole planned reads thing. I didn’t get to the books I was hoping to squeeze in or manage to read a non-fiction book but one has essays to write. Anyway, let’s take a look at all the bookish activity that took place on the blog this month.

The Books:

The standout book of the month was:

Into the Black Nowhere - Meg Gardiner

Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner

Also read this month: Continue reading “February 2018: #WrapUp”


January 2018: #WrapUp

How time flies! We’ve reached the end of January already, and what a busy month it’s been. I’ve had nowhere near as much free time as I’m used to but I read all 6 books listed in my January TBR, plus a few others, so I call that a successful reading month. February is going to be even more hectic for me so I doubt I’ll manage 12 books again, so I have to be super picky with what I chose to read next month. How has your first month of 2018 been?

I’ve has some real reading highs and lows this month, so let’s get to the books…

The Books:

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

Book Review: Abandon by Blake Crouch

Abandon - Blake Crouch

Abandon was Criminally Good Book Club’s December pick; my only read by Crouch prior to this was Dark Matter, which I loved, so I was excited to read another of his books.

Book Description:

On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman, and child in a remote gold-mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins—and not a single bone was ever found.

One hundred sixteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them to the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened. Recently, a similar party had also attempted to explore the town and was never heard from again. Now the area is believed to be haunted. This crew is about to discover, twenty miles from civilization with a blizzard bearing down, that they are not alone, and the past is very much alive. Continue reading “Book Review: Abandon by Blake Crouch”

Book Review: The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr

The Sinner - Petra Hammesfahr

The Sinner is November’s Criminally Good Book Club pick – with all the hype surrounding the TV series, I was so excited to read this one!

Book Description:

Cora Bender killed a man on a sunny summer afternoon by the lake and in full view of her family and friends.

But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body?

For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and started his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unravelling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into a woman’s private hell.

Hailed as Germany’s Patricia Highsmith for her bittersweet thrillers where the innocence of childhood collides with horrors enacted by adults, Petra Hammesfahr has written a dark, spellbinding novel which stayed at the top of the nation’s bestseller list for fifteen months. Continue reading “Book Review: The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr”

Book Review: Unsub by Meg Gardiner (Unsub #1)

Meg Gardiner UNSUB

Wow, what an incredible read! Unsub is this month’s Criminally Good Book Club book and it may just be our best book club read to date!

Book Description:

A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.

Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB–what the FBI calls an unknown subject–the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.

The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders–eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh–was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.

Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.

Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss? Continue reading “Book Review: Unsub by Meg Gardiner (Unsub #1)”