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Monthly Reads: February 2020

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 February 2020. February was a very busy month for me , mainly due to work commitments – I only managed to read 3 books during February. Keep reading to discover which books I read last month…

 

 


The Holdout by Graham Moore.

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One juror changed the verdict. What if she was wrong?

‘Ten years ago we made a decision together…’

Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, vanishes on her way home from school. Her teacher, Bobby Nock, is the prime suspect. It’s an open and shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed.

Until Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury, persuades the rest of the jurors to vote not guilty: a controversial decision that will change all of their lives forever.

Ten years later, one of the jurors is found dead, and Maya is the prime suspect.

The real killer could be any of the other ten jurors. Is Maya being forced to pay the price for her decision all those years ago?

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(I was sent an ARC by Orion.) I won’t say too much about this book now, as I’ve already reviewed it in full – you can find that here. Wow, this was such an incredible book! The premise is unique and original, and it was executed fantastically. I also really enjoyed reading about the main character, Maya. My only criticism is that the present-day narrative is slightly less interesting than the past narrative. However, I highly recommend this to all of you legal thriller lovers out there!

 

 


I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll.

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What would it take to make you intervene?

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.

A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.

Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.

Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.

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I will be reviewing this book in full soon, so keep your eyes out for that! I really enjoyed this unique take on the standard child-goes-missing plot, in the fact that the story is partly narrated from the eye-witness’ point of view. The characters are fantastic, and there is plenty of suspense and mystery throughout the novel. I didn’t really enjoy the ending, and felt it was a bit messy. However, you may enjoy it more than me! Highly recommended.

 

 


Perfect Kill (D.I. Callanach #6) by Helen Fields.

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He had never heard himself scream before. It was terrifying.

Alone, trapped in the darkness and with no way out, Bart Campbell knows that his chances of being found alive are slim.

Drugged and kidnapped, the realisation soon dawns that he’s been locked inside a shipping container far from his Edinburgh home. But what Bart doesn’t yet know is that he’s now heading for France where his unspeakable fate is already sealed…

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are working on separate cases that soon collide as it becomes clear that the men and women being shipped to France are being traded for women trafficked into Scotland.

With so many lives at stake, they face an impossible task – but there’s no option of failure when Bart and so many others will soon be dead…

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(I was sent an ARC by Avon.) I was sent this book in anticipation of the blog tour – you can read my mini-review here. I will also be reviewing this book in full, so keep your eyes out for that. I absolutely ADORE this series, and this latest addition was incredible. The amount of research that has gone into writing this book is purely astounding, and as usual, the characters have fantastic sub-plots. I was completely addicted to this book! My only criticism is that it is quite gruesome and uncomfortable to read at times. If you love murder mystery/crime novels, you must read this series!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy reading 🙂

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