When you realise it’s almost the middle of June and you’ve still not published your May book round up! I am blaming the fact that the past two weeks have contained far too much sickness from two tiny humans than I care to mention. Moving on though, May was a pretty
quiet month with regards to what I managed to read. There just seemed that there was so much to do, that I didn’t get much time to pick up a book. I did however manage two and a little bit of a third. Sadly, I didn’t finish that third because it just wasn’t for me and gone are the days that I keep reading a book that I am just not enjoying. There just simply aren’t enough hours in the day for things like that!! Here’s what I did manage to read though:
Finding Stevie by Cathy Glass
This was recommended to me by my book club as a gripping read and it wasn’t wrong. As the blurb says, Finding Stevie is a dark and poignant true story that highlights the dangers lurking online. I’m new to the Cathy Glass fan club and I l
This would be a great book for teenagers who need to learn the danger of living a life online, as well as for anyone who is considering being a foster carer. This is an interesting look into the care system from the carers perspective. What Finding Stevie lacks in writing finesse, it makes up for in reality and heart.
The Porpoise by Mark Haddon (eARC via NetGalley)
This Little Dark Place by A. S. Hatch (eARC via NetGalley)
I really enjoyed this book. Told in the first person throughout as Daniel writes to the mysterious Lucy to tell his side of the story, you are immediately hooked. Wanting to understand what that story is and where it will take you. I’m not usally one for this kind of reminiscent first person look back as a narrative, but it’s incredibly effective in This Little Dark Place. Although by its nature it’s an untrustworthy narrative, Daniels recollection has a reflective quality to it, giving us an insight not only how he felt at the time, but also how he has come to feel about it now. Although I am sure both Vic and Ruby would have a different version of events if asked.
I found This Little Dark Place to be a uncomfortable exploration of what can happen when relationship turn toxic, when communication breaks down and when mental health takes over.
A really great holiday read which I have no doubt people will whizz through. I read this in two sittings which is pretty much unheard of for a mama with 2 kids and 2 jobs! Not out until October, this is worth putting on your pre-order wish list!