Hello and welcome to the blog on this autumnal Sunday. It’s day 22 of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 and today I’m delighted to welcome one of my favourite people in the book world to share three of their top 2020 picks with us. It’s my #blogbestie and all-round fabulous person, Jo of My Chestnut Reading Tree. If you don’t already subscribe to Jo’s blog then that must change (right now!). You won’t regret it!
So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers 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 2020. 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 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉
Here are the three books Jo recommends…
The Silent Daughter by Emma Christie
This book totally blew me away! The Edinburgh setting and the themes of family, forgiveness and identity delivered a tale of multiple twists and turns with one of the most unexpected endings I’ve come across recently. I’ve not stopped thinking about this beautifully crafted book since I finished it.
Jo’s Review of The Silent Daughter
She Lies Close by Sharon Doering
I’ve always been drawn to a missing child mystery but this psychological thriller is a much darker themed novel than it initially appeared. The theme of obsession features strongly throughout the narrative and challenges our ideas of motherhood and how far would you go to protect the ones you love. Brilliant characterisation for this fabulous debut novel really made it a 5 star read for me.
Jo’s Review of She Lies Close
Someone’s Listening by Seraphina Nova Glass
Another debut psychological thriller that I absolutely loved. It had a unique feel to the storyline with an unlikable and unreliable narrator and some truly shocking twists. It’s an unputdownable and compulsive read that picks you up in its whirlwind of a plot and spins you around till it spits you back out again, breathless and full of awe for such a cleverly complex read.
Jo’s Review of Someone’s Listening
Thanks so much, Jo. All three of your picks are going straight on the wishlist! Plus, very exciting, this is the second time we’ve seen She Lies Close by Sharon Doering so we have a leader!
If Jo has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:
I’m a psychological thriller loving Nana who loves blogging about the books I have read. My Chestnut Reading Tree was 4 years old this year and although my circumstances have changed and I now work full time as a Teaching Assistant, I still love sharing my thoughts about the best twisty books on the market!
If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer 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/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)