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Monthly Reads: March 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 March 2019! I managed to read 5 books in March, which I’m pretty happy with! I’m actually ahead of schedule on Goodreads too, which is really great. Keep reading to discover which books I read in the month of March…

 

 


One Little Lie by Sam Carrington.

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‘My name is Alice. And my son is a murderer.’

Deborah’s son was killed four years ago. Alice’s son is in prison for committing that crime.

Deborah would give anything to have her boy back, and Alice would do anything to right her son’s wrongs.

Driven by guilt and the need for redemption, Alice has started a support group for parents with troubled children. But as the network begins to grow, she soon finds out just how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control…

They call it mother’s intuition, but can you ever really know your own child?

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I’m giving this book 2 stars simply due to the fact that I didn’t finish it. I really wanted to enjoy this, but I just wasn’t gripped enough to want to read on. I didn’t like the style in which it was written, and I didn’t warm to any of the characters whatsoever. A disappointing read.

 

 


Lying To You by Amanda Reynolds.

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You think you know the truth about that night, but what if your husband is LYING TO YOU?

When Jess Tidy was Mark Winter’s student, she made a shocking accusation. Mark maintained his innocence, but the damage was done.

Karen Winter stood by her husband through everything, determined to protect her family.

Now, ten years later, Jess is back. And the truth about that night is finally going to come out . . .

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Again, this book gets 2 stars because I didn’t finish it. The main problem I had with this book was that I didn’t like the style in which it was written. When I first pick up a book, I want to be hooked immediately, but that didn’t happen with this book, and I was bored straightaway.

 

 


Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan.

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Her name was Rose. You watched her die. And her death has created a vacancy.

When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines that split second will change her life. But after Emily watches a car plough into the young mother – killing her instantly – she finds herself unable to move on.

And then she makes a decision she can never take back.

Because Rose had everything Emily had ever dreamed of. A beautiful, loving family, a great job and a stunning home. And now Rose’s husband misses his wife, and their son needs a mother. Why couldn’t Emily fill that space?

But as Emily is about to discover, no one’s life is perfect … and not everything is as it seems.

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I won’t go into too much detail about this book now, as I’ve already reviewed it in full here. I thought this book was fantastic! A really interesting premise with a very compelling protagonist. I was hooked immediately! My only criticism is that it was a little slow at first – but once it got going I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommended.

 

 


VOX by Christina Dalcher.

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Silence can be deafening.

Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins.

Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman.

Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write.

For herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is only the beginning…

[100 WORD LIMIT REACHED]

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Really interesting premise that I believe fell flat as the book went on. If the story had just been about exploring ordinary lives in this dystopian, anti-feminist world, I’m sure I would have really enjoyed it. But it went to some weird places and became a very science-based novel, which didn’t really interest me. I was so excited to read this, but it wasn’t what I expected and I was left feeling disappointed.

 

 


A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas.

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The most dangerous lies are the ones we tell ourselves.

Dr Ruth Hartland rises to difficult tasks. She is the director of a highly respected trauma therapy unit. She is confident, capable and excellent at her job. Today she is preoccupied by her son Tom’s disappearance.

So when a new patient arrives at the unit – a young man who looks shockingly like Tom – she is floored.

As a therapist, Ruth knows exactly what she should do in the best interests of her client, but as a mother she makes a very different choice – a decision that will have profound consequences.

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(I was sent an ARC by Faber & Faber.)

I was lucky enough to take part in the blog tour for this book – you can find that post here. I really liked the protagonist and the exploration of the therapist-client dynamic; I thought that was very interesting and eye-opening. But I wouldn’t describe this as a psychological thriller, as there was no real suspense or mystery in my opinion. I wanted something more, and I felt it was very slow and lacked excitement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy reading 🙂

2 thoughts on “Monthly Reads: March 2019

  1. Oh my gosh! I’ve finally found someone who wasn’t blown away by Vox! I struggled with it because, like you, I thought it fell completely flat. So glad I’m not the only one here. It’s a shame you’ve had a few meh books last month but hopefully this month will be better!

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