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Monthly Reads: January 2019

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 January 2019 – the first one of the year! I managed to read 5 books this month which I’m really pleased with, considering it’s been a very busy month for me. Hopefully, if I keep this up, I’ll be able to smash my Goodreads target this year! So, keep reading to discover which books I read in January…



Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler.

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Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor.

The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable.

But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind.

And then she meets the next victim.

So compulsive you can’t stop reading.

So chilling you won’t stop talking about it.

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This was my first read of 2019, and I absolutely devoured it! I won’t go into too much detail about this now, as I’ve already posted a full review (you can find it here). This book is fantastic – such a gripping, compelling and unique psychological thriller. My only criticism is that it was a bit too graphic at times – but overall, a very good read that I’d highly recommend.



The Dead Ex by Jane Corry.

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Vicki’s husband David once promised to love her in sickness and in health. But after a brutal attack left her suffering with epilepsy, he ran away with his mistress.

So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that David is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.

What really happened on the night of David’s disappearance?
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?

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My first five-star read of 2019! I’ve already posted a full review of this book – you can find that here. This is the second book by Jane Corry that I’ve read, and I’ve given 5 stars to both! I absolutely loved this book, and I was hooked from the very first page. There’s so many brilliant twists and turns, and the writing is outstanding. I couldn’t fault this book if I tried.



Believe Me by J.P. Delaney.

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Claire Wright likes to play other people.

A British drama student, in New York without a green card, Claire takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pick-up in hotel bars to entrap straying husbands.

When one of her targets becomes the subject of a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting skills to help lure their suspect into a confession. But right from the start, she has doubts about the part she’s being asked to play. Is Patrick Fogler really a killer . . . Or the only decent husband she’s ever met? And is there more to this set-up than she’s being told?

And that’s when Claire realises she’s playing the deadliest role of her life . . .

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This book gets 2 stars because I didn’t finish it. I absolutely loved J.P. Delaney’s debut novel so I had really high expectations for this book, but I was left bitterly disappointed. I was on board for the first 100 pages or so, but then the story just got more and more far-fetched and I just found it all extremely unbelievable. I didn’t like the protagonist, and I just wasn’t invested in the story at all.



The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

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Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

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(I was sent an ARC by Orion.)

I won’t go into too much detail about this book now as I’ve already reviewed it in full here. This book is incredible, and it truly deserves all the hype it’s getting! The way the story unravels is fantastic, and Michaelides is an extremely skilled writer. My only criticism is that it was a little slow-going at the beginning. I highly recommend this to you if you’re looking for a compelling psychological thriller to sink your teeth into.



The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings.


Some friendships are made to be broken

Cornwall, summer of 1986.

The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea.

If only… thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home.

If only her life was as perfect as theirs.

If only Edie Davenport would be her friend.

If only she lived at The Cliff House…

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I had really high hopes for this book, and I was left feeling a bit disappointed. This is a very slow-paced book, not at all like the usual psychological thrillers I read. I will admit that it was addictive though, and I was intrigued enough to continue turning the pages. The characters were all very well-written too! I really disliked the ending though – I thought that it was totally ridiculous. A fairly decent read.









Happy reading πŸ™‚


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