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Monthly Reads: April 2021

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 April 2021. I managed to read 4 books during April, which isn’t too bad considering how busy April has been! So, keep reading to discover which books I read last month…

Her Last Holiday by C.L. Taylor.

You come to Soul Shrink to be healed. You don’t expect to die.

Two years ago, Fran’s sister Jenna disappeared on a wellness retreat in Gozo that went terribly wrong.

Tom Wade, the now infamous man behind Soul Shrink Retreats, has just been released from prison after serving his sentence for the deaths of two people. But he has never let on what happened to the third victim: Jenna.

Determined to find out the truth, Fran books herself onto his upcoming retreat – the first since his release – and finds herself face to face with the man who might hold the key to her sister’s disappearance. The only question is, will she escape the retreat alive? Or does someone out there want Jenna’s secrets to stay hidden?

(I was sent an ARC by Avon.)

I won’t say too much about this book now as I’ve already reviewed it in full – you can find that here. Taylor is one of my all-time favourite authors and I really enjoyed her latest thriller. It’s very different from anything she’s ever written before, and the premise was so intriguing. I thought that the main characters were very well-written, and there was plenty of mystery and suspense throughout. I don’t think this is Taylor’s greatest work; but it’s still definitely worth a read.

Forget Me Not by Claire Allan.

I disappeared on a Tuesday afternoon. I was there one minute and the next I was gone. They’ve never found my body…

It’s six in the morning during the hottest summer on record when Elizabeth O’Loughlin, out walking her dog, comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific knife attack, clinging onto life at the side of the road.

Clare dies minutes later, but not before whispering her haunting last words to Elizabeth.

When it becomes clear that Clare’s killer has more than one murder on his mind, Elizabeth has to take drastic action or face losing everything.

But what if she can’t stop a killer determined never to be forgotten?

I won’t go into too much detail here as I will be reviewing this book in full – keep your eyes peeled for that. I had no idea what to expect going into this book, but I ended up absolutely loving it! The story is unique and interesting, the characters are fantastically-written, and there is plenty of mystery and suspense throughout. My only criticism is that I didn’t like the ending very much – but this was still an extremely gripping read that I highly recommend to you all.

You Were Gone (David Raker #9) by Tim Weaver.

I buried you.

I mourned you.

But now you’re back . . .

A woman walks into a police station.

She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper that reads ‘David Raker’.

She says she’s his wife.

She looks just like her.

She knows everything about him.

But David buried his wife eight years ago.

Is this really the woman he loved? Did he really say goodbye?

Or is he losing his mind?

Raker needs to find out the truth before it’s too late, because he is now the prime suspect in her disappearance . . .

This book gets 2 stars simply due to the fact that I did not finish it. I really wanted to enjoy this book and I gave it a really good go, but sadly it just wasn’t for me. The story didn’t grip me whatsoever and I couldn’t relate to the protagonist at all – I found him to be quite annoying. I didn’t actually realise this was part of a series, so perhaps that plays into my opinions about it. To summarise, I just wasn’t invested in the slightest and decided to put it down after about 100 pages. A disappointing read.

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher.

The Wives. You’re not the only one…

You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, you see your husband only one day a week. Thursday. But you don’t care, you love him that much. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself…

And then, one day it all changes.

You thought you were fine with this, with only having a fraction of a husband. But you can’t help yourself, you start to dig. You begin tracking them down, the other days… Who is Monday and why does she have bruises on her arms? Is she being abused? By who? Her husband? Your husband?

What else is he keeping from you? And who is he, really?

I had really high expectations going into this book, but sadly I was left feeling pretty disappointed. The first 2/3rds of the book were fantastic – the story was engaging and interesting, the characters were very well-written and there was lots of mystery surrounding the “other wives”. However, the last 1/3rd of the book was absolutely ridiculous. The story took a bizarre turn and went in a very strange direction. The ending was so outrageous and over the top, I really couldn’t get on board with it. I’m so disappointed that the ending ruined this book!

Happy reading 🙂

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