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 April 2019. I went away on holiday at the end of April, and managed to get lots of reading done then – I read 8 books during April which I’m so happy with! I also took part in lots of blog tours in April, which was really cool. Keep reading to discover which books I read in the month of April…
Sleep by C.L. Taylor.
All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…
To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.
Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna.
Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.
Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…
(I was sent an ARC by Avon.) I won’t go into too much detail about this book now, as I’ve already reviewed it in full – you can find that here. I was also lucky enough to take part in the blog tour, which you can find here. I really enjoyed this book and was hooked from start to finish. I really liked Anna as a protagonist, and found that I related well to her. This book loses points for originality, purely because I feel like this story has been told many times before … but this book is still definitely worth the read!
You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood.
At the end of the day, only one question matters: did he do it?
A young man stands accused of murder. The evidence is overwhelming.
But at his trial, this man tells an extraordinary story.
It is about the woman he loves, who got into terrible trouble. It’s about how he risked everything to save her.
He swears he’s innocent. But in the end, all that matters is this: do you believe him?
This book gets 2 stars simply for the fact that I didn’t finish it. I’ve heard really good things about this book, and I really really wanted to love it. But I just could not get on board with the style in which it was written. The concept is really unique – the fact that the entire book is basically a monologue, in which a character accused of murder tells his own story. But instead of exciting me, I actually found myself getting bored straightaway. A disappointing read.
Envy by Amanda Robson.
She wants your life – and she’ll do anything to get it…
Erica has always wanted to be exactly like her neighbour, Faye: beautiful, thin, and a mother. But Faye’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems – she has a terrible secret, and slowly but surely, it is threatening to destroy her and everything she holds dear.
When Faye’s daughter Tamsin goes missing after school, the police turn to Erica. But is Erica the only one who has been enviously watching Faye? Or is there another threat hiding in the shadows…?
(I was sent an ARC by Avon.) I was lucky enough to take part in the blog tour for this book – you can find that here. I’ve read all of Amanda Robson’s books now, and I’ve found that they all manage to grip me and something keeps compelling me to read on, but I don’t think they’re the best-written psychological thrillers. The characters always feel slightly flat to me, and there never seems to be much of a plot. I preferred this book to her last once, ‘Guilt’, but it still wasn’t anything special in my opinion.
Don’t Make A Sound by David Jackson (DS Nathan Cody #3).
You can’t choose your family. Or can you?
Meet the Bensons. They’re an ordinary couple. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy.
There’s just one problem.
SHE’S NOT THEIRS.
D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet . . .
I won’t go into too much detail now, as I’ve already reviewed this book in full – you can find that here. I hadn’t really heard too much about this book, so I didn’t really know what to expect going into it. But it absolutely blew me away! I loved everything about this book – the premise, the characters, the increasing tension and suspense, and the fantastic plot twist! Highly recommended.
Crushed by Kate Hamer.
Phoebe stands on Pulteney Bridge, tights gashed from toe to thigh. The shock of mangled metal and blood-stained walls flashes through her mind as she tries to cover her face so she won’t be recognised. It wouldn’t do to be spotted looking like this. She’s missing a shoe. She feels sick.
Phoebe thought murder and murder happened. Thoughts are just thoughts, they said. Now she knows they were wrong.
At home, Phoebe arranges the scissors and knives so they point toward her mother’s room. She is exhausted, making sure there’s no trace of herself – not a single hair, not even her scent – left anywhere in the house. She must not let her thoughts unravel, because if they do, there’s no telling who might be caught in the crossfire, and Phoebe will have to live with the consequences.
(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 here. I really wanted to love this book but I just couldn’t get into it at all. I found myself getting bored pretty quickly, and I couldn’t relate to any of the characters. It is a shame because I love Kate Hamer’s previous novels – but this one just wasn’t for me.
The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister.
It’s the day Izzy’s father will be released from jail.
She has every reason to feel conflicted – he’s the man who gave her a childhood filled with happy memories.
But he has also just served seventeen years for the murder of her mother.
Now, Izzy’s father sends her a letter. He wants to talk, to defend himself against each piece of evidence from his trial.
But should she give him the benefit of the doubt?
Or is her father guilty as charged, and luring her into a trap?
(I was sent an ARC by Penguin.) I was lucky enough to take part in the blog tour for this book – you can find that here. Gillian McAllister is one of my favourite authors, and I so wanted to love this book. I loved her first two novels, which are more psychological thrillers, but I haven’t really gotten along with her courtroom dramas. I just wasn’t gripped going into this – I did persevere for a while, but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me and I ended up putting it down.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
‘I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.’
Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means ‘of Fred’. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.
I’ve watched all of the TV Series and absolutely adore it, so I just knew I’d love the book too! Atwood’s complex, thought-provoking writing cannot be faulted, and I raced through the book. Offred is just as sarcastic and witty as in the TV series, and I really found myself relating to her. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it – it’s a must-read! The TV series is definitely worth the watch too!
My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry.
What if your life was built on a lie?
When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind.
But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who’s accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for.
But is he really innocent?
And who is she to judge?
I won’t go into too much detail about this book now, as I’ve just posted a full review which you can find here. I love Jane Corry’s books – her writing is absolutely fantastic. I was gripped from the very first page, and simply couldn’t put it down! I really enjoyed all of the characters aswell. However, I will say that the plot was a bit too far-fetched for my liking – but overall, I highly recommend this to all of you psychological thriller lovers out there!
Happy reading 🙂