Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all well. Today I’m posting my Monthly Reads for November 2019. This is my first Monthly Reads post since my return to blogging after taking a hiatus for a few months. I went on holiday for 2 weeks at the start of November, so managed to get 6 books read last month! Keep reading to discover which books I read in the month of November…
The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer.
‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’
There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.
There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.
There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.
The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.
I won’t go into too much detail here as I’ve just reviewed this book in full – you can find that here. This is actually my all-time favourite book. I read it for the third time whilst I was away on holiday, and loved it more than ever. The characters and plot are fantastic, and Filer expertly addresses the theme of mental health in this book. Highly recommended!
THE MISSING by C.L. Taylor.
You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them.
But should you…?
When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, blames herself. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.
Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance.
A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it?
Sometimes those closest to us are the ones with the most to hide…
I won’t say too much about this book now, as I’ve already reviewed it in full here. I’ve read all of Taylor’s adult psychological thrillers now and have really enjoyed them all. With fantastic characters, plenty of suspense and tension throughout, and a killer twist – what more could you want?! My only criticism is that some of the characters could have been better developed – but other than that, it’s a truly fantastic thriller.
The Night You Left by Emma Curtis.
IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT TO UNRAVEL A PERFECT LIFE . . .
When Grace’s fiancé vanishes without a trace the night after proposing, her life is turned upside down. But has Nick walked out on her, or is he in danger?
As Grace desperately searches for answers, it soon becomes clear that Nick wasn’t the uncomplicated man she thought she knew. And when she uncovers a hidden tragedy from his childhood, she realises an awful truth: that you can run from your past – but your secrets will always catch up with you . . .
I’ll be posting a full review of this book soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that! I really enjoyed this book – it’s a fantastic domestic drama/psychological thriller, all about secrets and lies. The story had me gripped throughout, and I really enjoyed the clever narration. My only criticism is that, at times, I got a little bit lost with the narrative – but it was still a brilliant read.
Degrees Of Guilt by H.S. Chandler.
When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale.
Maria is on trial for attempted murder.
She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.
Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.
She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.
You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.
You will be wrong.
I won’t go into too much detail now as I’ve already reviewed this book in full (you can find that here). This is one of the best courtroom dramas/legal thrillers that I’ve ever read. I was truly gripped throughout, and felt that the plot was excellently paced. There were plenty of twists and turns, and I was truly addicted whilst reading this! My only criticism is that some of the scenes are very explicit and uncomfortable to read – but if you can get past that, I’d highly recommend this book.
I, Witness by Niki Mackay.
They say I’m a murderer.
Six years ago, Kate Reynolds was found holding the body of her best friend; covered in blood, and clutching the knife that killed her.
I plead guilty.
Kate has been in prison ever since, but now her sentence is up. She is being released.
But the truth is, I didn’t do it.
There’s only one person who can help: Private Investigator Madison Attallee, the first officer on the scene all those years ago.
But uncovering the truth means catching a killer.
This book started off really well, but sadly it fell flat for me towards the end. The private investigator character is fantastically written, and I really enjoyed discovering more about her. The plot started off strong – but towards the end of the book, I found myself getting confused and losing interest. I have very mixed feelings towards this book, as it left me feeling slightly disappointed.
The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan.
You never know who’s watching…
Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.
But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…
How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?
This book gets 2 stars simply for the fact that I didn’t finish it. I really tried to get into this book and read a good 100 pages before putting it down – but unfortunately, I just couldn’t relate to any of the characters or any aspect of the narrative. I feel like this kind of story is a bit overdone now, and it didn’t excite me at all. A disappointing read.
Happy reading 🙂