Hello and welcome to damppebbles for day thirty-four of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. Today it is my great pleasure to welcome my #blogbestie to share the book love with us, the fabulous Jo Robertson of My Chestnut Reading Tree. I expect you’re already following Jo’s blog and if you’re not then you and I will be having words! Jo’s blog is one of my favourites, chock full of brilliant, insightful reviews.
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. 😉
Let’s find out which three books Jo chose…
Lock Me In by Kate Simants
This is a brilliant debut novel with a unique storyline and a highly addictive narrative about a girl who is such a danger to herself and others that she has to be locked away in her room every night by her mother. The characters in the book are intriguing and strangely likeable and left me wanting far more from them especially the detective in charge of the case of Ellie’s missing boyfriend. This was one of my most favourite twisty reads of the year!
A Place to Lie by Rebecca Griffiths
A Place to Lie is a wonderfully intriguing and beautifully crafted book from start to finish. There was a darkness here that I felt was reminiscent of those childhood nightmares brought on by grisly folklore tales told by children trying to scare the living daylights out of their friends! The woodland setting and the small village mentality were perfectly brought to life with a creepy atmosphere, so much so that I began to dread having to flashback to that Summer of 1990! The tension built slowly but I was kept thoroughly engaged by this coming of age journey. This was a brilliant read that could have gone down a more traditional path but instead took the twistier journey keeping me in the dark till that spectacular denouement.
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher
This is one of the best books that I’ve ever read. I took a chance on it as it isn’t my usual genre but I bought it to take away on my holiday (for my daughter’s wedding!) and I just couldn’t put it down! It’s stunning with a wonderfully crafted storyline and characters that felt as real to me as my own family. It was a journey that took me far away from my comfort zone and made me cry along the way with some unexpected twists. And it gave me the biggest book hangover ever!!!
Thanks so much, Jo. I love the sound of all three books you’ve chosen so they are going straight on the wishlist!
If Jo has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:
I’ve been reading every day since I was able to and set up My Chestnut Reading Tree 3 years ago as a way to keep track of the hundreds of books I read every year. I love recommending books to other readers! My biggest love is psychological thrillers but if a book has a good book or a great twist I’m easy about genre. In my alter ego I am a mum, nana and teaching assistant with an unnatural eBay addiction and a passion for twiglets.
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)