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 May 2019. I was on holiday at the beginning of the month, so I managed to get lots of reading done in May: I read a total of 7 books! I’m really happy with that personally. So, keep reading to discover which books I read in the month of May…
The Betrayals by Fiona Neill.
None of them would forget that week on the wild Norfolk coast.
Best friends Rosie and Lisa’s families had always been inseparable.
But that summer, Lisa had an affair with Rosie’s husband Nick.
And now, after years of silence, she sends Rosie a letter begging for help. A letter which exposes dark secrets.
Daughter Daisy’s fragile hold on reality begins to unravel.
Teenage son Max blames himself for everything that happened that long hot summer.
And Nick must confront his own version of events.
There are four sides to this story. Who will you believe?
I won’t go into too much detail about this book now, as I’ve already reviewed it in full here. This is an excellent family drama, with brilliantly-written characters – the perfect holiday read! The exploration of OCD was done so well which I really appreciated! For me personally, there was suspense and tension lacking. I’d say it’s much more character-driven than plot-driven. It’s not my usual kind of read, but having said that I did enjoy it.
The Party by Lisa Hall.
It was just a party. But it turned into a nightmare.
When Rachel wakes up in a strange room, the morning after a neighbour’s party, she has no memory of what happened the night before. Why did her husband leave her alone at the party? Did they row? Why are Rachel’s arms so bruised? And why are her neighbours and friends so vague about what really happened?
Little by little, Rachel pieces together the devastating events that took place in a friend’s house, at a party where she should have been safe. Everyone remembers what happened that night differently, and everyone has something to hide. But someone knows the truth about what happened to Rachel. And she’s determined to find them.
Again, I won’t go into too much detail now, as I’ve already reviewed this in full – you can find that here. I really enjoyed this book, and felt that it was brilliantly written. The main character is really relatable, and I found myself feeling a wide array of emotions towards her. The exploration of sexual assault/rape was fantastically done aswell. My only criticism is that this book is very dark, and it’s difficult to read at times. But if you have a strong stomach, I suggest you give it a go!
The House by Simon Lelic.
The perfect couple. The perfect house.
. . . The perfect crime.
Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.
So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.
Because someone has just been murdered outside their back door.
AND NOW THE POLICE ARE WATCHING THEM.
I’ve just posted a full review of this book – you can find that here. I did enjoy this book, especially at the beginning. It’s very dark, and I felt that it dealt with some difficult themes very well. However, this book is more of a ghost story, which isn’t really my thing. For me, there wasn’t enough suspense and tension, and I did find myself getting bored. But it was still a fairly good read!
Perfect Crime by Helen Fields.
Your darkest moment is your most vulnerable…
Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed…
As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be.
(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 also have a full review coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that! I absolutely loved this book – it’s possibly my favourite in the series so far! I really loved seeing how the protagonists’ relationship developed, and there was some really good character development. My only criticism is that this is uncomfortable to read at times. But I highly recommend it to those of you who enjoy reading Crime!
The Heartland: Finding And Losing Schizophrenia by Nathan Filer.
Schizophrenia: whether it’s the associations it conjures or the people it brings to mind, it is a word we all have a view on. How we perceive it – and how we treat people living with it – is at the core of how we understand mental health.
But what do we really know? How much time do we spend listening? Do we truly comprehend this complex and often contradictory diagnosis?
In The Heartland Nathan Filer, mental health nurse and award winning writer, takes us on a journey into the psychiatric wards he once worked on. He also invites us to spend time with world-leading experts, and with some extraordinary people who share their own stories – true stories – about living with this strange and misunderstood condition.
The Heartland debunks myths, challenges assumptions and offers fresh insight into what it means to be mad.
And what it means to be human.
(I was sent an ARC by Nathan Filer.) Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that Nathan Filer is the author of my favourite ever book, ‘The Shock Of The Fall’. I was lucky enough to attend his event and listen to him speak about ‘The Heartland’ recently – you can read all about that here. This book is very different to his previous: it’s a non-fiction book about Schizophrenia. But I absolutely loved it! If you’re after a good non-fiction book about mental illness, look no further!
Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst.
This book gets 2 stars from me simply due to the fact that I didn’t finish it. For whatever reason, I just couldn’t get into this book at all – and I really did try. I didn’t like any of the characters, and I just wasn’t engaged or hooked from the beginning. Unfortunately, I just didn’t have any reason to want to keep reading. A disappointing read.
While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green.
One, two, three . . . Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to one hundred during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter Ella is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa’s family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn’t a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa’s little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?
I won’t go into too much detail about this book now, as I’ve got a full review coming soon – keep your eyes out for that! This book is absolutely incredible. The characters are fantastically-written, and the plot progresses so well. I felt a great deal of emotions whilst reading this book, and it really was very thought-provoking. I honestly couldn’t fault this book if I tried! I highly recommend it to you all.
Happy reading 🙂