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Monthly Reads: May 2018

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 May 2018. So I finished my university degree just over 2 weeks ago, meaning I’ve had lots of time for reading! I managed to read 7 books this month, which I’m very happy with. Keep reading to find out which books I read in the month of May…

 

 


Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton.

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What’s the worst thing your best friend could do to you?

Admittedly, it wasn’t murder. A moment’s carelessness, a tragic accident – and two children are dead. Yours.

Living in a small island community, you can’t escape the woman who destroyed your life. Each chance encounter is an agonizing reminder of what you’ve lost – your family, your future, your sanity.

How long before revenge becomes irresistible?

With no reason to go on living, why shouldn’t you turn your darkest thoughts into deeds?

So now, what’s the worst thing you can do to your best friend?

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I won’t say too much about this book now as I’ve already reviewed it in full here. But I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to! It’s a fascinating Psychological Thriller, unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It’s set on the Falkland Islands and gives a lot of context to the surroundings, as well as creating three distinct characters and a brilliant plot! My only criticism is that it was a bit too long.

 

 


The Ex by Alafair Burke.

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DID HE, OR DIDN’T HE?

Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defence lawyers. When she gets a phone call informing her that her former fiancée has been arrested for a triple homicide there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him – and why?
For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, and the hurt she caused him, but as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts.

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I also have a full review of this book coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that! This is a really good legal thriller/drama that I know a lot of my readers will really enjoy. It wasn’t quite my thing, but I really appreciated what the book was trying to do and still enjoyed it all the same. It was a little bit slow and lacked the tension and suspense that I often look for in thrillers – but it’s definitely worth the read still.

 

 


The Intruder by P.S. Hogan.

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He has the key to hundreds of houses.
Maybe even to yours.

William Heming is an estate agent. He’s kept a copy of every key to every house he’s ever sold. Sometimes he visits them. He lets himself in when the owners are out. But what will happen if he gets caught?

What will he do next?

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(I was sent an ARC by Black Swan.) I absolutely adored the beginning of this book, and was so hooked right from the very first page! The premise is very unique and original, and that was what drew me to this book in the first place. But I just felt that it lost it’s spark as it went on, and I grew more disinterested. The protagonist is a brilliantly-written character, but I felt that the plot was really lacking in this book.

 

 


One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis.

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YOU TRUSTED YOUR BEST FRIEND . . . YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE.

Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.

When she makes a split-second decision that risks everything she holds dear, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to.

But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them . . .

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I have a full review of this coming soon, so make sure you keep a lookout for that! This is a compelling Psychological Thriller, full of rivalry and jealousy. Lots of very unexpected and interesting things happened in this book, and I was truly obsessed with it! My only criticism is that it was a bit slow at times, and again it was a very long book – it could easily have been cut down a bit.

 

 


Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh.

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THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

‘To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’

Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.

Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.

This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.

But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.

Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.

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(I was sent an ARC by Orion.) I was lucky enough to take part in the blog tour for this book, which you can find here. I also have a full review coming soon, so keep your eyes out for that! I absolutely loved this novel and thought it was exceptional. It’s a really tense courtroom/legal drama, which isn’t usually my thing – but this book changed my mind! An absolute must-read.

 

 


You Were Made For This by Michelle Sacks.

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Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores baking, gardening, and caring for her infant son, while Sam pursues a new career in film. In their idyllic house in the Swedish woods, they can hardly believe how lucky they are. What perfect new lives they’ve built for themselves, away from New York and the events that overshadowed their happiness there.

And then Merry’s closest friend Frank comes to stay. All their lives, the two women have been more like sisters than best friends. And that’s why Frank sees things that others might miss. Treacherous things that unfold behind closed doors.

But soon it’s clear that everyone inside the house has something to hide. And as the truth begins to show through the cracks, Merry, Frank, and Sam grow all the more desperate to keep their picture-perfect lives intact.

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I won’t say too much about this now as I have a full review coming soon! I enjoyed this book quite a lot, and I thought the characterisations and plot were very strong. It’s an extremely claustrophobic and dark Psychological Thriller. I will say that, personally, it was too dark for my liking, and overly-graphic at times. However, if that’s your kind of thing then you’ll probably really love this book!

 

 


The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances.

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She loves your son. She wants your life. How far would you go to protect your son?

Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart but hasn’t led Laura’s golden life. And she wants it.

When tragedy strikes, a decision is made and a lie is told. A lie so terrible it changes their lives forever . .

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This is the worst book out of the entire month, but at 3 stars it’s still definitely not bad! I only bought this as I was going away for a few days and didn’t have anything to read. I just found this book quite dull and uninteresting really, and I just wasn’t invested in any of the characters. I found a couple of the characters annoying and a bit pathetic! But that being said, there’s still plenty of suspense and tension, and a really good plot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy reading 🙂

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