Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m posting my Monthly Reads for April 2018. I only managed to get 4 books read this month, which was slightly disappointing. I keep meaning to read more, but I have so much on at the moment – I have 2 weeks to finish two university assignments and a dissertation, so I’m really feeling the pressure! But on the bright side, in 2 weeks’ time I’ll be free and able to read as much as I want! Keep reading to find out which books I read in the month of April…
All The Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson.
On the eve of his college graduation, Harry is called home by his step-mother Alice, to their house on the Maine coast, following the unexpected death of his father.
But who really is Alice, his father’s much younger second wife? In a brilliant split narrative, Peter Swanson teases out the stories and damage that lie in her past. And as her story entwines with Harry’s in the present, things grow increasingly dark and threatening – will Harry be able to see any of it clearly through his own confused feelings?
(I was sent an ARC by Faber & Faber). I really love Peter Swanson’s novels, but this one really fell short for me. It’s extremely different to his usual Crime/Thriller novels, and is much more of a slow-burner, in which not a lot really happens. Don’t get me wrong, I was intrigued enough to read by the end, which is definitely a positive … but I just felt that this book could have been so much better! A disappointing read.
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly.
Don’t be left in the dark.
In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, four lives change forever.
Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.
And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, she also knows that you can never see the whole picture: something is always hidden . . . something she never could have guessed.
I won’t say too much about this book now, as I have a full review coming soon – keep your eyes peeled for that! I loved this book SO much! The plot was absolutely fantastic, and there were so many twists and turns! I was completely hooked on this book, and physically couldn’t put it down. A fantastic read that I highly recommend to you all.
Guilt by Amanda Robson.
Your sister. Her secret. The betrayal.
There is no bond greater than blood . . .
When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who killed who? And which one is now the woman behind bars?
Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets Seb, and everything changes. Handsome, charismatic and dangerous, Seb threatens to tear the sisters’ lives apart – but is he really the one to blame? Or are deeper resentments simmering beneath the surface that the sisters must face up to?
As the sisters’ relationship is stretched to the brink, a traumatic incident in Seb’s past begins to rear its head and soon all three are locked in a psychological battle that will leave someone dead. The question is, who?
(I was sent an ARC by Avon Books). I had really high hopes for this novel after really enjoying Robson’s debut, but unfortunately this book just didn’t do it for me. There was plenty of intrigue and suspense to keep me reading, and I DID get through this really quickly, which is good. But there were just so many issues thrown into this book, and a lot of the time I didn’t feel they were dealt with sensitively. Robson’s portrayal of self-harm and rape were far too graphic for me, and it just made the reading experience quite unpleasant.
Behind Her Back by Jane Lythell.
In a TV station run by men, how do the women make themselves heard?
Liz Lyon is a television producer at StoryWorld, the UK’s favourite morning show. Her job is stressful and demanding, but she is determined to show her teenage daughter that women can succeed.
Then a new female colleague joins the station. In this predatory climate of toxic masculinity Liz and Lori should be helping each other. But when Lori starts secretly building her power base with the bosses, Liz is desperate to know what’s going on behind her back…
I actually won this book in a Twitter competition and was really excited to read it due to the unique subject matter. However, I was pretty disappointed with this book. Maybe I went into it expecting the wrong thing – I thought it was going to be a tense psychological thriller, but instead it was a very slow “drama”. I kept wishing for more action and more actual events to happen, and was instead left quite bored at times. Not my kind of book, really.
Happy reading 🙂