Hello and welcome to the blog today. I’m very glad to see you because I have another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post to share. I am delighted to welcome Chris McDonald who is not only a fantastic blogger over at Mac Reviews Books, he’s also a debut author who is on the brink of publishing his first novel, A Wash of Black, with Red Dog Press. I, for one, can’t wait to read it early next year.
So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.
Here are the three books Chris recommends…
Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
I thought this book was fantastically plotted with some very interesting characters. The chapters were quite short and they really catapulted you into the next. It was exciting and tense! I’ve been a fan of Shari’s since her debut and I think this is her best one yet.
Chris’ Review of Someone We Know
The Killer in Me (Dublin Crime Bureau #2) by Olivia Kiernan
I saw Olivia last year promoting her brilliant debut, Too Close To Breathe. When I decided to start a book blog, her agent sent me an advance copy of this. It was my first ever book post! The book itself is fantastic and once again follows DCS Frankie Sheehan as she investigates two murders. It’s an original plot and really shows how good of a writer Olivia is. I’m pleased to know she has a third book on the way!
Chris’ Review of The Killer in Me
Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen
I was always going to include an Orenda Books title in this list, and it could’ve been one of many that I’ve read this year; Breakers, Call Me Star Girl or Worst Case Scenario to name but a few. But I’ve recently finished Little Siberia and was blown away by how unique the writing style was and how brilliant the story was. It’s funny and dark at the same time. Antti, in my opinion, is an absolute genius and this book deserves all the plaudits!
Chris’ Review of Little Siberia
Excellent choices, thanks Chris. I want to read all three of your choices so have added them to the wishlist.
If Chris has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he recommends, please see the following links:
My name is Chris and I am a 31-year-old primary school teacher. I live in South Manchester with my wife and two children.
If you’re a book blogger or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)