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Monthly Reads: November 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 November 2018. I managed to get 5 books read in November, which I’m happy with! It has become clear that I’m going to fail miserably at my Goodreads target for this year, which is disappointing. I was obviously too over-ambitious! Keep reading to discover which books I read in November…



The Sick Rose by Erin Kelly.

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‘You kept my secret. I know yours now. That makes us even.’

PAUL has been led into a life of crime by his schoolyard protector, Daniel. Now, at nineteen, he must bear witness against his friend to avoid imprisonment.

LOUISA, who years ago fled from her own dark secrets, spends her days renovating the grounds of a crumbling Elizabethan mansion.

A relationship develops between them, and Louisa starts to believe she can finally experience the happiness she had given up on; but it soon becomes apparent that neither of them can outrun their violent past . . .

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This book gets 2 stars simply due to the fact that I didn’t finish it. I got about 100 pages in and decided to put it down. I wasn’t really engaging with the stories or the setting, and I could tell immediately that I wasn’t going to enjoy this book. I was looking forward to this book as I’ve enjoyed others by Erin Kelly, but this book just wasn’t for me.



99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter.

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Two girls go missing, decades apart. What would you do if one was your daughter?

When eight-year-old Grace goes missing from a sweetshop on the way home from school, her mother Emma is plunged into a nightmare. Her family rallies around, but as the police hunt begins, cracks begin to emerge.

What are the secret emails sent between Emma’s husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is Emma really as innocent as she seems?

Meanwhile, ageing widow Maggie Taylor sees Grace’s picture in the newspaper. It’s a photograph that jolts her from the pain of her existence into a spiralling obsession with another girl – the first girl who disappeared…

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I quite enjoyed this book, but it was missing any ‘WOW’ factor for me. The characters were well-written, the plot was engaging, and I really liked the parallels between the past and the present narratives. But when the twist was revealed, I started to get a bit confused and the story got too complex in my opinion. A fairly good read, but nothing special.



The Secretary by Renee Knight.

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Look around you. Who holds the most power in the room? Is it the one who speaks loudest, who looks the part, who has the most money, who commands the most respect?

Or perhaps it’s someone like Christine Butcher: a meek, overlooked figure, who silently bears witness as information is shared and secrets are whispered. Someone who quietly, perhaps even unwittingly, gathers together knowledge of the people she’s there to serve – the ones who don’t notice her, the ones who consider themselves to be important.

There’s a fine line between loyalty and obsession. And when someone like Christine Butcher is pushed to her limit, she might just become the most dangerous person in the room . . .

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(I was sent an ARC by Doubleday.)

Again, I gave this book 2 stars simply because I didn’t finish it. I really wanted to enjoy this book and I loved the sound of the premise, but unfortunately I didn’t really like it. The main thing was that I didn’t really like the way it was written, and was pretty bored straightaway. It didn’t immediately hook or excite me like I hoped it would. A disappointing read.



The Rumour by Lesley Kara.

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When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

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(I was sent an ARC by Bantam Press.) I won’t say too much about this book now, as I’m going to be posting a full review closer to publication date – keep your eyes peeled for that! This book was fantastic and I really enjoyed it! The premise was really original and exciting, and I was hooked from start to finish. A brilliant read that I highly recommend to you all.



Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig.

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Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.

A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

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This book is absolutely incredible. I urge everybody to read it, whether you are a sufferer of mental illness or not. This book is extremely eye-opening and encouraging, and Matt Haig makes you feel like you’re not alone any longer, and that things really will get better. This is an important, essential read and I loved every single word of it.









Happy reading 🙂

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