I’ve been getting back into reading lately, having failed for quite a while on my earlier resolution to read 40 books this year. On suggestion of some other bloggers, I signed up for NetGalley, and as a result have been lucky enough to receive advance review copies of books. These make up a substantial amount of the books I’ve read lately – and my to-read list grows ever longer, as I’ve gotten a bit request-happy! Here’s a look at what I’ve been reading lately.
The Lying Game*
Ruth Ware’s third novel revolves around four girls, friends from boarding school, with a terrible secret they’ve held for 17 years. We soon learn that their days in Salten aren’t exactly a sequel to Malory Towers. When a bone is discovered in the Reach in Salten, a message is sent from Kate to the other three saying “I Need You”. Knowing what this means, they come running, leaving their lives behind. We soon see that this is not a happy reunion, and there are deep dark secrets held back in their day to day lives. Told through the viewpoint of Isa, a new mother and one of the four who have held back this secret all these years, The Lying Game is full of twists and turns until the last minute. I was genuinely left guessing until the very end, although I definitely had a lot of conspiracy theories along the way. I’d definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a gripping thriller. Get it here for Kindle/Paperback, or use a free trial of Audible for the audiobook version here.
Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony
The trial of Casey Anthony for the murder of her daughter Caylee Anthony in 2008 gripped the world. This book, written and read by the prosecutor for the state in the case, telling the intricate details of the case from the beginning to the end. I’d not read up much on this case before listening to it, I knew OF the case but it wasn’t something I’d paid close attention to at the time. The story of how this mother repeatedly lied to law enforcement and everyone else about what she said happened to her daughter, and her cold callous nature throughout, makes the ending even more confusing, as she was acquitted. The book has definitely left me with a deep understanding of the case, and definitely questioning the good of the court system in cases like these. Get it here for Kindle/Paperback, or use a free trial of Audible for the audiobook version here.
The Marriage Pact*
“Newlyweds Jake and Alice are offered membership of a club which promises members will never divorce. Signing The Pact seems the ideal start to their marriage. Until one of them breaks the rules. Because The Pact is for life.And its members will go to any lengths to ensure nobody leaves….”
The blurb definitely drew me into this thrilling novel from Michelle Redmond which looked at just how much marriage really is a contract deal, and what happens when you don’t pay attention to the terms and conditions. It’s dark and a little slow in parts, and I felt that the ending lacked a certain oomph that I was expecting, but if you liked Gone Girl, it’s likely you’ll like this one. Get it for Kindle/Paperback here, or over on Audible.
The Girl Who Came Back*
“When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village? Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been – and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon? If she’s an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why? Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried.”
Having read a lot about true cases of missing children who have come home after many years, and some about imposters faking identity to assume that of the missing person, I found the concept of this fascinating.The use of the dual voices throughout makes for an interesting twist, as we learn just how these two are related. While the ending is somewhat predictable from the middle of the book, Kerry Wilkinson’s latest was still a good read and one I’d recommend for others. Get it for Kindle/Paperback here, or over on Audible.
Adnan’s Story: The Search For Truth
I’ve written before about my love for the podcast Serial, and how it intrigued me to hear about the case of Adnan Syed, and the murder of Hae Min Lee. This book, written by friend of Adnan and campaigner for his release, Rabia Chaudry, details the case in much more detail than put out in Serial. While obviously coming from a place of bias, it definitely does lead to asking more questions about the case and the way that it was carried out. Having listened to some of the podcasts in Undisclosed, on the same topic from Rabia, I was somewhat prepared for what it would be like to listen along (I downloaded this on Audible), and was happy to find it easy to listen to as I was getting on with my day. The book definitely reignited my interest in the case, as the court proceedings are still to complete in deciding as to whether or not he has been unfairly convicted. Definitely one for anyone who loved Serial and wanted to know more, or true crime fans. Get it here.
I’m still not doing particularly well with my quest to read 40 books – currently on 14 according to GoodReads, but I’m hoping to improve on this over the next few months. Have you read any of the above, or got any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments, or over on Facebook or Twitter.
Titles marked with an asterisk (*) are ARC copies which I was very kindly granted by publishers.
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