On My Bookshelf in October
It’s been a good month for books. I’ve read 2 corkers, discovered an easy read series and tried my hand at an audiobook. Here’s a little round up.
Where the Missing Go by Emma Rowley
This is one that I borrowed from the library. Chosen simply because I liked the cover and the blurb.
It follows Kate whose daughter ran away 2 years earlier, and who now volunteers at helpline which lets runaways safely reach out to their families to let them know they are safe. Her own life changes once again when one night, her own daughter calls into the centre. What Kate hears in her baby’s voice is fear. Knowing something is not right, Kate desperately tries to get people to listen to her fears. The police, her family, even her GP. It seems though that everyone wants to move on with their lives, including her husband.
I loved this book. The story grips you from the start and the pace keeps you gripped through every page. I tried to guess the twists – as I always do – but I have to admit that I didn’t see this one until I was staring straight at it.
Sound good? You can see my full review here.
Beneath This Ink by Meghan March
A quick, easy, flirty read, Beneath This Ink follows Con and Vanessa who have unfinished business. A typical “rich girl” meets “tattooed boy” story, Con is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who is adopted into wealth and Vanessa is heir to a charity fund. Fast forward and their lives clash once again, things heat up both in drama and in passion.
With an alpha male, a strong woman, a plot full of drama and a few twists and not to mention plenty of spice. Beneath This Ink is great for readers who like a little heat and drama in their pages.
Fancy something that’s quick and easy to read and a little bit steamy? You can read my full review here.
In Too Deep by Samantha Hayes
This one missed the mark a little for me. Told from two perspectives: Gina and Hannah, the wife and daughter of Rick who has been missing for the past 4 months. Neither are coping well but for very different reasons. Needing a break, Gina and Hannah take up a break which was booked by Rick before his disappearance. Or was it? Slowly the lies are uncovered and truth about what really happened to Rick is discovered.
I liked the plot as the story was interesting – albeit predictable. However, I didn’t particularly like any of the characters as all were pretty weak. It’s is an okay read. A good story but let down by a slow pace and weak characters. However, there was enough substance to keep me reading to see if my guess at the plot twists were correct (they were).
Want to know a little more to make up your own mind? Then you can read my full review here.
The Other Wife by Michael Robtham
This one is a little harder to review as I listened to it on audiobook. An experience I didn’t get along with and something that I won’t be repeating. It means that I didn’t always follow the plot fully but what I did hear, I was intrigued by.
Joseph O’Loughlin receives a phone call to say that is father is in hospital and is in a medically induced coma. When he arrives at the hospital he finds a woman by his bedside. A woman who is not his mother. It seems that Joe’s father not only has another life, but another wife. Excluded from the investigation by the police, Joe starts to uncover the layers of his father’s deception.
I did enjoy this and wish I read it in book form rather than audio. I’ve since found out that this is book 9 in the series, so I’m tempted to go back to the beginning where it all started.
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
I’ve ended the month how I started it. With a book that I loved!
The Good Daughter is told from the perspective of two sisters – Charlie and Sam – both lived through the most traumatic experience of their lives. 28 years later, Charlie finds herself in the middle of another traumatic event when she witnesses a school shooting.
As a series of events bring the sisters back together, the truth starts to slowly unfold. The truth not only about the shooting which doesn’t seem as straight forward as it initially seemed, but also the truth about that night 28 years ago. Gripping, emotional and intense. The Good Daughter keeps you turning page after page. By far my favourite Karin Slaughter book that I’ve read to date.
If this sounds like your kind of book, then you can read my full review here.
And that’s it!
If I had to recommend just one book this month, then it would have to be The Good Daughter. I loved the pace, the story and the characters. Well written, it kept me turning page after page. However, this month it would be closely followed by Where The Missing Go. Which one sounds like your kind of book?