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Monthly Reads: October 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 October 2020. This month was extremely busy for me and I only managed to read 3 months during this book – I will have to try and improve during November! So, keep reading to discover which books I read last night…

Someone Is Lying by Jenny Blackhurst.

One year after Erica Spencer falls from a treehouse at a lavish Halloween party, the residents of the exclusive gated community where she lived have comes to terms with her death and moved on with their lives.

Until one day, a post on the school’s website announces there will be a podcast to expose what really happened on the night of the accident. Six suspects are named, with the podcaster promising to reveal the murderer by the end of the series.

Everyone in this community has secrets to keep, and one of them is already a killer…

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Having read and enjoyed other novels by Blackhurst, I had high expectations for this one – but I was left feeling pretty disappointed. I was really intrigued by the premise, and I thought the narrative started off very strong; however, I felt that it really lost momentum about halfway through the book and I became more and more disinterested. I didn’t enjoy the ending very much and was left feeling quite unsatisfied. A very average read.

The Friend by Teresa Driscoll.

On a train with her husband, miles from home and their four-year-old son, Ben, Sophie receives a chilling phone call. Two boys are in hospital after a tragic accident. One of them is Ben.

She thought she could trust Emma, her new friend, to look after her little boy. After all, Emma’s a kindred spirit—someone Sophie was sure she could bare her soul to, despite the village rumours. But Sophie can’t shake the feeling that she’s made an unforgivable mistake and now her whole family is in danger.

Because how well does she know Emma, really? Should she have trusted her at all?

Time is running out. Powerless to help her child, still hours from home, Sophie is about to discover the truth. And her life will never be the same.

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After enjoying Driscoll’s debut novel, I had high hopes for this novel – but unfortunately was left feeling pretty unsatisfied. There are two distinct narratives throughout, and I only actually enjoyed one of them. The other narrative simply did not grab my attention and I always wanted to skip past those parts as quickly as possible. I also found the plot a little bit confusing, and there were a couple of instances where I wasn’t really sure what was going on! A disappointing read.

337 by M. Jonathan Lee.

337 follows the life of Samuel Darte whose mother vanished when he was in his teens.

It was his brother, Tom who found her wedding ring on the kitchen table along with the note. While their father pays the price of his mother s disappearance, Sam learns that his long-estranged Gramma is living out her last days in a nursing home nearby.

Keen to learn about what really happened that day and realising the importance of how little time there is, he visits her to finally get the truth. Soon it’ll be too late and the family secrets will be lost forever. Reduced to ashes. But in a story like this, nothing is as it seems.

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(I was sent an ARC by Hideaway Fall.)

I won’t go into too much detail now as I will be reviewing this book in full soon – keep your eyes peeled for that! This isn’t my usual kind of read, but I ended up really enjoying it. It’s much more character-driven than plot – not much actually happens in the book, but the way the characters’ relationships and their individual personalities develop throughout the novel is really lovely and heart-warming. A very worthwhile read!

Happy reading 🙂

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