September 2017: #WrapUp

Coming to you a few days later than usual is my September wrap up – I wanted to include all the books in my wrap up that I read last month even if I didn’t get to post all the reviews before October crept in. I read a total of 19 books last month, listened to 2 audiobooks, and DNF’d 1 bookThe Betrayals by Fiona Neill.

The Good:

The standout 5 star books of the month were:

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Mini Review x 2: The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh // The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe

I’m back at it again with the mini reviews. This time for a book I’ve seen receiving rave reviews – The Serial Killer’s Daughter – and a book I couldn’t pass up when I visited the library – The Silence Between Breaths. Let’s see how I got on with both books…

The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh

The Serial Killer's Daughter - Lesley Welsh

Book Description:

Charmer, liar, father… Killer.

Suzanne’s life changes forever the day she receives a visit from Rose Anderson, the woman who has been living with her estranged father, Don.

Don is dead, but Rose wants Suzanne to have his possessions – including a series of intimate diaries and a mysterious collection of photographs of women.

To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire.

But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death… So why did he have a picture of her?

Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his journals? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move? Continue reading “Mini Review x 2: The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh // The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe”

Mini Review x 2: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin // Bleeding Heart by Lauren Bishop

Two reviews for the price of one! While Bleeding Heart missed the mark for me, I think I missed the mark for Fever Dream, I don’t know what the mark was or what the mark was suppose to be but it was all rather strange…

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin

From the inside cover:

A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child.

The two seem anxious and, at David’s ever more insistent prompting, Amanda recounts a series of events from the apparently recent past. As David pushes her to recall whatever trauma has landed her in her terminal state, he unwittingly opens a chest of horrors, and suddenly the terrifying nature of their reality is brought into shocking focus.

One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange and deeply unsettling psychological menace in this cautionary tale of maternal love, broken souls and the power and desperation of family. Continue reading “Mini Review x 2: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin // Bleeding Heart by Lauren Bishop”

Mini Review x 2: When We Go Missing by Kristen Twardowski // Shepherd & the Professor by Dan Klefstad

Today, I bring you mini reviews for two books I’ve read recently, one I really enjoyed, the other – not so much. They’re also books that I found quite hard to review in great length due to fear of spoilers; so I opted for mini spoiler-free reviews instead.

When We Go Missing by Kristen Twardowski

When We Go Missing - Kristen Twardowski

Book Description:

Once, Alex Gardinier was a successful physical therapist and a happy wife. Now she is trapped in a crumbling hospital room. Seven years ago Alex’s ex-husband, Nathan, was convicted of murdering five girls, and he has been rotting in prison ever since. Except the doctors say that Nathan isn’t in prison. In fact, they don’t believe that he is a criminal at all. According to them, Nathan is a devoted husband who visits her every week. But Alex can’t recall ever seeing him at the hospital, and the last time they met he was holding her hostage on a boat.

Maybe the doctors are right – maybe these memories of his crimes are her own personal delusions – but if they are wrong, then Nathan somehow escaped from prison. If they are wrong, he has trapped Alex in a psychiatric ward.

If they are wrong, he is hunting her sister. Continue reading “Mini Review x 2: When We Go Missing by Kristen Twardowski // Shepherd & the Professor by Dan Klefstad”

January 2017 Wrap Up

It’s time for the first wrap up of 2017!

I managed to read 10 books this month, I’ve been working 12.5 hour shifts these last three weeks so my reading has slowed down considerably, as you can imagine. I’m happy with 10 books, well technically 10.5 as I’m halfway through Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb and so far, it’s action-packed and I’m really enjoying the story.

I’m still playing catch up with my reviews; I finally got the reviews posted for the last few book I read at the end of last year, so 2016 is 100% wrapped up!

The Ballroom by Anna Hope Continue reading “January 2017 Wrap Up”