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Monthly Reads: August 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 August 2018. I managed to read 4 books in August, which I think is probably going to be a realistic target for most months now that I work full-time. Keep reading to find out which books I read in August…



Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas.

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Twenty years ago
21-year-old Sophie Collier vanishes one night.
She leaves nothing behind but a trainer on the old pier –
and a hole in the heart of her best friend Francesca.

A body’s been found.
And Francesca’s drawn back to the seaside town she’s tried to forget.
Perhaps the truth of what happened to Sophie will finally come out.
Yet Francesca is beginning to wish she hadn’t returned.

Everywhere she turns are ghosts from her past.
The same old faces and familiar haunts of her youth.
But if someone knows what really happened to Sophie that night then now’s the time to find out – isn’t it?

Except sometimes discovering the truth can cost you everything you hold dear – your family, your sanity and even your life . . .

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This book had been on my TBR for a while and I had high hopes. However, I was left feeling quite disappointed after reading this. I’d describe this book as mediocre more than anything, and it left no lasting impression on me. In fact, I can barely remember what happened looking back at it now, which is never a good sign. This book was okay, but definitely nothing to rave about.



When I Find You by Emma Curtis.

when i find you

What do you do when someone takes advantage of your greatest weakness?

When Laura wakes up after her office Christmas party and sees a man’s shirt on the floor, she is horrified. But this is no ordinary one-night-stand regret.

Laura suffers from severe face-blindness, a condition that means she is completely unable to identify and remember faces. So the man she spent all night dancing with and kissing – the man she thought she’d brought home – was ‘Pink Shirt’.

But the shirt on her floor is blue.

And now Laura must go to work every day, and face the man who took advantage of her condition. The man she has no way of recognising.

She doesn’t know who he is . . . but when she finds him she’ll make him pay.

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Emma Curtis approached me and asked if she could send me her latest book to review – of course, I had to accept! I won’t go into too much detail now, as I’ve already reviewed this book in full here. I really enjoyed this book! The overall standout element was definitely the fact that the protagonist has face-blindedness, and the portrayal of this illness was very good. I’ve read both of Curtis’ books and really enjoyed them both, and I really can’t wait to read her future books!



The Walls by Hollie Overton.

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What if murder is your only way out?

Single mom Kristy Tucker works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections handling everything on death row from inmate interviews, to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity and it’s one that’s beginning to take its toll.

So when Kristy meets Lance Dobson, her son’s martial arts instructor, she believes she’s finally found her happy ending. She’s wrong.

Kristy soon discovers that Lance is a monster. Forced to endure his verbal and physical abuse, Kristy is serving her own life sentence . . . unless she’s willing to take matters into her own hands. Perfectly poised to exploit the criminal justice system she knows so well, Kristy sets out to get rid of Lance – permanently.

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I won’t go into too much detail now as I’ve already reviewed this book in full here. I absolutely loved this book! The story is so unique and gripping, and I was hooked from the very first page. I couldn’t fault this book if I tried – every aspect of it was just so good! I highly recommend this to all of you out there who love psychological thrillers, and can deal with difficult subject matters.



Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner.

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Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door.

Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up.

The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder investigation?

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This book gets two stars simply due to the fact that I didn’t finish it. I put it down after about 150 pages as I just wasn’t getting on with this book. I’d heard so many good things about it, but I just wasn’t keen on the writing style more than anything. The language was far too flowery and poetic for a Crime novel in my opinion, and I just wasn’t enjoying it.









Happy reading 🙂

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