What a wonderful booky month it’s been for me (and my first full month as a fully fledged blogger). I’m already rather addicted to this blogging malarkey and have to keep reminding myself that I can’t read ALL the time….can I?
I started February by reading Follow Me by Angela Clarke. A fast paced serial killer thriller investigated by two old school pals – one now a detective, the other a journalist. A killer is using social media to taunt the police. I enjoyed Follow Me and gave it four and a half stars out of five.
Keeping with the ‘follow’ theme I then moved onto Follow You Home by Mark Edwards. A chilling story about a couple taking a trip of a lifetime to Europe before settling down. As with all good psychological thrillers, things don’t go quite as planned. I gave this book four stars out of five and look forward to reading more from Mark soon.
Next up was Dust and Desire by Conrad Williams which introduced me to my new favourite PI, Joel Sorrell. Not only is this book full of action but it’s also quite witty, which I found refreshing. Looking forward to the next Joel Sorrell adventure so please don’t leave me waiting too long Mr Williams. Five out of five stars.
My second NetGalley read of the month was The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft. Simone and Matt’s 6 month old daughter, Helena, is snatched whilst in the care of her grandmother. Helena is never found but one day Grace appears in Simone’s life. Who is Grace and what does she know about the missing Helena? Four out of five stars.
I decided that I needed some familiarity at that point so turned to a well known and much loved series, DI Sean Corrigan. I read the 4th book in the series The Jackdaw by Luke Delaney which I enjoyed. It’s a series that keeps getting better and better, but I still don’t like Sean (sorry Luke Delaney!). Four out of five stars.
Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama was my third NetGalley read of the month. I love Japanese crime fiction so jumped at the chance to review this. There are 600+ pages to this book and it is a bit slow going at times. That said, the story was a good one and I gave it three out of five stars. Due for publication in the UK on 3rd March.
I volunteered to read Beyond Evidence by Emma L Clapperton as part of THE Book Club on Facebook. It’s not my usual cup of tea (a medium assists the police in their hunt for a serial killer) but it was a good read and I would recommend to fans of the paranormal. I gave this book three out of five stars.
Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris is receiving a lot of hype at the moment and it deserves every inch of praise. It’s fantastic. Turns out the perfect couple might not be so perfect after all. This book is very creepy and at times it made my skin crawl. I still haven’t forgiven the postman! Five out of five stars.
HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt is a book I still want to read! I had seen this advertised and was quite desperate for it. I have a request in with the publishers on NetGalley but I was able to find the first 10 chapters so instead of waiting for the whole thing, I made a start there and then! A wonderful horror novel which I am desperate to get my paws on. Four out of five stars for the first 10 chapters.
And this is my current read, Little Boy Blue by M J Arlidge which I am enjoying as much as all of the previous Helen Grace novels. I love Helen Grace and I was thrilled to be approved to review this via NetGalley. My review will be published as soon as I have finished. Little Boy Blue will be published in the UK on 10th March 2016.
So there you have it, my 8 and a half reads of February. I hope to expand the blog a little over the next few months; maybe become involved in a blog tour or do an author Q&A. If you’re a fellow blogger I would appreciate any advice on how I go about doing this (as I’m quite clueless really!).
Happy reading everyone.