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Monthly Reads: June 2018

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all well. Today I’m posting my Monthly Reads for June 2018. I went on holiday during the month of June so I managed to get loads of reading done. I managed to get 10 books read during June, which I’m very happy with! Keep reading to find out which books I read in the month of June…

 

 


Stalker by Lisa Stone.

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Someone is always watching…

Derek Flint is a loner. He lives with his mother and spends his
evenings watching his clients on the CCTV cameras he has installed inside their homes. He likes their companionship – even if it’s through a screen.

When a series of crimes hits Derek’s neighbourhood, DC Beth Mayes begins to suspect he’s involved. How does he know so much about the victims’ lives? Why won’t he let anyone into his office? And what is his mother hiding in that strange, lonely house?

As the crimes become more violent, Beth must race against the clock to find out who is behind the attacks. Will she uncover the truth in time? And is Derek more dangerous than even she has guessed?

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(I was sent an ARC by Avon.) I won’t say too much about this book now as I have a full review coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that! I also took part in the blog tour, which you can find here. I really loved this book, and thought it was written fantastically. The protagonist is such a brilliant character, and I was absolutely hooked throughout the entire book. Highly recommend it to you all.

 

 


Love Will Tear Us Apart by Holly Seddon.

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Sometimes a promise becomes a prison.

Fearing eternal singledom, childhood friends Kate and Paul make the age-old vow that if they don’t find love by thirty, they will marry each other.

Years later, with the deadline of their 30th birthdays approaching, the unlikely couple decide to keep their teenage promise. After all, they are such good friends. Surely that’s enough to make a marriage?

Now, on the eve of their 10th wedding anniversary, they will discover that love between men and women is more complex, and more precarious, than they could ever have imagined. As Kate struggles with a secret that reaches far into their past, will the couple’s vow become the very thing that threatens their future?

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(I was sent an ARC by Corvus.) This book is getting 2 stars simply due to the fact that I didn’t finish it – I put it down after about 100 pages. I really was not intrigued whatsoever when I started reading this, and found it very dull. I didn’t think it was written very well – which is very surprising, as I really enjoyed Seddon’s book ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes.’ A disappointing read.

 

 


Never Go There by Rebecca Tinnelly.

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What if you found out that you’d been married to a stranger?

Nuala and James had the perfect relationship.
They were young and in love, and so Nuala never questioned why James forbade her from contacting his family… and why he told her never, ever to visit the place he was from.

But now James is dead and Nuala is alone, without the husband she worshipped.
Grieving and desperate, she decides to ignore his warning.

Nuala is about to find out that some secrets are better left buried.
And that uncovering the dark truth about the man she married will have terrible consequences…

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(I was sent an ARC by Hodder & Stoughton.) Again, this book is getting two stars because I didn’t finish it. I found this book very dull and boring, and I wasn’t invested in any of the characters or the plot. I wasn’t a fan of the way in which it was written, and there was nothing making me want to read on, so I put it down.

 

 


The Thirst by Jo Nesbo.

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THERE’S A NEW KILLER ON THE STREETS

A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer.

AND HE’S OUT FOR BLOOD

Under pressure from the media to solve the crime, the force know there’s only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

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I really loved this book! It’s a straight-up Crime novel, with well-executed characters and a brilliant plot. There’s some great plot twists too! So many people have been raving about this book, and I’m so glad I can join in now. I do have a couple of criticisms, however. It was a bit too long for my liking, and could have been edited down. Also, I felt that the plot got a bit too complex for me in places. But overall, this was a fantastic read.

 

 


Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes.

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Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything.

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I won’t go into too much detail now, as I have a full review coming soon on my blog. This book is absolutely sensational. The characters are brilliantly-constructed, there is plenty of suspense and tension, and some killer twists! My only criticism is that the subject matter is very dark, and some scenes were very uncomfortable to read…but if you have a strong stomach, this book is well worth the read!

 

 


The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti.

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Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life: wife to a handsome Wall Street trader, with the perfect penthouse and summer home, she is the new member of Manhattan’s social elite. What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.

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This book was okay, but I wouldn’t say it was particularly good. It’s an interesting story and it does contain suspense and tension, but I just felt that there was something missing. The characters weren’t particularly engaging and I just found that I didn’t really care about any of them. But perhaps you will enjoy this more than I did – it’s worth checking out if you like the sound of the blurb!

 

 


Blood Sisters by Jane Corry.

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THREE LITTLE GIRLS SET OFF TO SCHOOL ONE SUNNY MAY MORNING. 
WITHIN AN HOUR, ONE OF THEM IS DEAD.

Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak properly, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here. At least that’s the story she’s sticking to.

Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it – this is her chance to finally make things right.

But someone is watching Kitty and Alison.
Someone who wants revenge for what happened that sunny morning in May.
And only another life will do…

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I won’t say too much about this book now, as I have a full review coming soon – keep your eyes out for that! This book is perfect, and I couldn’t fault it if I tried. I loved this so much more than I expected to, as I’m not usually a fan of this “sister” psychological thriller craze. I highly recommend this novel to you all.

 

 


The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent.

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Fran Hall and her husband Nathan have moved with their two children to a farmhouse on the edge of the Fens – a chance to get away from London and have a fresh start.

But when Fran wakes one night to find Nathan gone, she makes a devastating discovery. As questions about her husband and her relationships start to mount, Fran’s life begins to spiral out of control.

What is she hiding from the police about her marriage, and does she really know the man she shared her bed with?

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This was the most disappointing read of my entire holiday (I did finish it, but I had to force myself to get to the end). Most of all, I really didn’t like the way this was written. I didn’t like the writing style, and I felt that the narrative was really fragmented and jumbled. I didn’t like any of the characters, and overall I just found this book to be extremely dull.

 

 


Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica.

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A chance encounter

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…

An act of kindness

Heidi has always been charitable but her family are horrified when she returns home with a young woman named Willow and her baby in tow. Dishevelled and homeless, this girl could be a criminal – or worse. But despite the family’s objections, Heidi offers them refuge.

A tangled web of lies

As Willow begins to get back on her feet, disturbing clues into her past starts to emerge. Now Heidi must question if her motives for helping the stranger are unselfish or rooted in her own failures.

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I’ll keep this short now, as I have a full review coming soon! I absolutely loved this book, and it’s one of the best psychological thrillers about motherhood I have ever read. The premise is unique and original, and the characters are absolutely fantastic. The portrayal of mental illness is brilliant, although the subject matter does get pretty dark at times, and some scenes are uncomfortable to read. A sensational thriller!

 

 


The Child by Fiona Barton.

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When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.

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Again, I have a full review of this book coming soon, so I won’t go into much detail here. I loved the way this narrative was told – the multiple perspectives were all brilliant, and it made for a fascinating read. The characters were all excellently-constructed, and Barton’s writing is fantastic. The only criticism that I have is that the subject matter was a bit too dark for me, but I know many of you will absolutely love this book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy reading 🙂

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