Total books finished: 9
Favourite:The View on the Way Down – Rebecca Wait
Most disappointing: The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena
“Hollytree was the place you were sent if Hell was having a spring clean.”
I love this series. This is the 7th book, and the characters still feel fresh, and the plots still continue to grip me. I’ve read a lot (probably too many) thriller/suspense/police procedural books, so I’m really fussy. But this series still continues to be a winner for me. The first book in a while I’ve found difficult to put down.
Crazy Rich Asians
“Just because some people actually work for their money doesn’t mean they are beneath you.”
This is basically chick-lit, which I haven’t read for a looong time. It’s being made into a film so I thought I’d give it a go. It was nice to read something light-hearted, but I still like my books with more grit. I got a little lost in all the descriptions of opulence, and eventually found myself skimming over in depth descriptions of outfits, houses etc. Still not sure if I’ll try the next one in the series.
“Mother Nature had made an appalling error of judgement.”
This obviously gets bonus points for being set in Iceland. (I literally shouted to my partner whilst in the bath because they set some of the book in a hotel we’ve been to…) Other than that, it’s a great book, and despite it’s gory plot, it made me laugh plenty of times. Looking forward to reading more in the series. I’ve taken a star off because some of the historical references were overlong and too in depth to hold my interest.
The Couple Next Door
“…nobody makes that much money without taking advantage of somebody. It’s much easier to make money if you don’t care who you hurt. If you have scruples, it’s much harder to get rich.”
Can you tell I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers this month? I was really disappointed in this book. The sticker on the front had the audacity to declare it “the most talked about book of the year” or some nonsense. Erm… what are people discussing here? It’s a super basic thriller imo, I guessed the ending very quickly, and all the characters were ‘meh.’ Also, the author used too many short, staccato sentences. These are generally used for impact and emphasis, but when used too often they make the writing appear … crap? I don’t normally notice things like this, so it must have been excessive.
Louise May Alcott
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
Ok, so I wish I’d read this when I was younger. It’s nice and readable, but kinda… cheesy? The writing was great, I liked the characters but I still cringed every time I read the word “Marmee.” I took a long time to read this, as it’s not much of a page turner, and it’s quite long. I don’t regret reading it, but I wouldn’t really recommend it either. (Jo’s my fav though. Isn’t she everybody’s?)
Luckiest Girl Alive
“I thought that by twenty-eight I could stop trying to prove myself and relax already. But this fight just gets bloodier with age.”
I liked how dark this book is. Sometimes you just want to read something where the author holds no bars and just describes some really fucked up shit, yknow? So, entertainment wise it’s great. It does feel a bit disconnected at times (the telling of the present and the past) but overall it’s enjoyable. It’s slightly too long, though.
Little Boy Found
(I couldn’t find a quote for this one, and also deleted the ebook so can’t pick my own, sorry!) I read a review before I started reading that claimed it was really easy to guess the twist. I didn’t find it easy to guess at all. Finding out how the two characters stories finally tied together definitely kept me reading. Recommended if you like a twisty thriller. (Although, all the characters are unlikable.)
The View on the Way Down
Again, I’m lacking a quote, but will be back to put one in. Easily my favourite book of January, I read this in 2 days. My favourite books are those that really provoke real emotions, and The View on the Way Down did just that. There is very little happiness in this book, all the characters are suffering in their own way, and I found myself empathising with all of them. It’s beautifully written, it pulled at my heart strings, and I really recommend people read it.