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Monthly Reads: February 2019

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all well. Today I’m posting my Monthly Reads for February 2019! I’m so sorry about how late in the month this post is, I promise to post March’s Monthly Reads much earlier. I managed to read 4 books in February, which is pretty decent. Keep reading to discover which books I read in the month of February…



The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North.

the perfect betrayal


After the sudden death of her husband, Tess is drowning in grief. All she has left is her son, Jamie, and she’ll do anything to protect him – but she’s struggling to cope.

When grief counsellor Shelley knocks on their door, everything changes. Shelley is beautiful, confident and takes control when Tess can’t bear to face the outside world.

But when questions arise over her husband’s death and strange things start to happen, Tess begins to suspect that Shelley may have an ulterior motive. Tess knows she must do everything she can to keep Jamie safe – but who can she trust?

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(I was sent an ARC by Transworld Books.) I won’t say too much about this book now, as I’ve already reviewed it in full here. This book is a stunning exploration of grief, with fascinating characters and a fantastic ending! I was hooked throughout. My only criticism is that it was pretty slow-going at first and it took me a while to get into it.



Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce.


Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…

Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.

Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.

I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.

Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.

But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything….

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(I was sent an ARC by Wildfire.) I won’t go into too much detail now, as I’ve already reviewed this book in full here. I absolutely ADORED this book! Alison is a really fascinating character, and the plot is unique and engaging. It took some unexpected twists and turns, which I really appreciated. My only criticism is related to character consistency. Overall, a compelling psychological thriller that I highly recommend!



The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall.

the woman before me

They came for me, just like I knew they would. Luke had been dead for just three days.

Rose Wilks’ life is shattered when her newborn baby Joel is admitted to intensive care. Emma Hatcher has all that Rose lacks. Beauty. A loving husband. A healthy son. Until tragedy strikes and Rose is the only suspect.

Now, having spent nearly five years in prison in Ipswich, Rose is just weeks away from freedom. Her probation officer Cate must decide whether Rose is remorseful for her crime, or whether she remains a threat to society. As Cate is drawn in, she begins to doubt her own judgement.

Where is the line between love and obsession, can justice be served and, if so… by what means?

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I had high expectations for this book, and was left feeling very disappointed. The premise is very interesting, but I just really couldn’t get on with any of the characters. I found both Cate and Rose dull and uninteresting, and I couldn’t relate to them at all. The narrative is well-written and there are some good twists and turns, but the characterisation definitely let me down.



The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan.

the girl next door

One little lie just became deadly…

Perfect mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodwin has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet town of Ashdon.

So when the girl next door, sixteen-year-old Clare Edwards, is found murdered, Jane knows she must first protect her family.

Every marriage has a few white lies and hers is no exception. Jane’s worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago – and she’ll do anything to keep it hidden…

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(I was sent an ARC by HQ.) I was lucky enough to be part of the blog tour for this book – you can find that here. I’ve also written a full review which you can find here. I really enjoyed this book. It had fantastic characters and a very good plot, and I was hooked from the beginning to the brilliant ending! I did feel that there was something missing though – I’m not sure, it didn’t have the “wow” factor in my opinion. But still, a highly recommended read.









Happy reading 🙂

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