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Monthly Reads: December 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 December 2019. December was a really busy month for me – work was really busy, followed by lots of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. I didn’t get to read as much as I’d have liked – I only managed 4 books during December. Keep reading to discover which books I read last month…

 

 


Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks.

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Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it?

After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three.

And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.

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I won’t go into too much detail here as I have a full book review coming soon – keep your eyes peeled for that! I absolutely adored this book. It is jam-packed full of suspense and mystery, and contains so many twists and turns. The characters are fantastically written and the ending is just sensational. I couldn’t fault this book if I tried!

 

 


Hold Your Tongue (DI Eve Hunter #1) by Deborah Masson.

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In the run up to Christmas, a serial killer stalks the streets of Aberdeen . . .

A brutal murder.
A young woman’s body is discovered with horrifying injuries, a recent newspaper cutting pinned to her clothing.
A detective with everything to prove.
This is her only chance to redeem herself.
A serial killer with nothing to lose.
He’s waited years, and his reign of terror has only just begun . . .

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(I was sent an ARC by Avon). Again, I won’t say too much about this book now as I have a full review coming soon! I really enjoyed this debut crime novel – after just one book, I can already tell that this is going to be one of my favourite crime series. I absolutely love the characterisation of the detective, DI Eve Hunter. Highly recommended!

 

 


The Doctor by Lisa Stone.

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How much do you know about the couple next door?

When Emily and Ben move in next door to Dr Burman and his wife Alisha, they are keen to get to know their new neighbours. Outgoing and sociable, Emily tries to befriend the doctor’s wife, but Alisha is strangely subdued, barely leaving the house, and terrified of answering the phone.

When Emily goes missing a few weeks later, Ben is plunged into a panic. His wife has left him a note, but can she really have abandoned him for another man? Or has Emily’s curiosity about the couple next door led her straight into danger?

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I am giving this book two stars simply because I didn’t finish it. After loving Lisa Stone’s first two novels, I was really excited to read her latest release – but was left feeling bitterly disappointed. Almost as soon as I picked up this book, I knew I wouldn’t enjoy it because it was far too scientific/medical for my liking. It just really wasn’t my thing!

 

 


The Dilemma by B.A. Paris.

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It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited – and the guests are about to arrive.

The Dilemma – how far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?

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(I was sent an ARC by HQ). I was lucky enough to take part in the blog tour for this book – you can find that post here. I do have a full review coming soon too, so keep your eyes peeled for that! I devoured this book in just two days, and absolutely adored it. It’s the perfect domestic psychological thriller, with a really interesting “dilemma” at the heart of the novel. A fantastic read that I highly recommend to you all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy reading 🙂

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