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WWW Wednesday (March 26)

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Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading After The Silence by Jake Woodhouse, a police procedural set in Amsterdam, a city I love.

After The Silence

Blurb

A murdered policeman, a dead businessman hanging from a hook, a building burnt to the ground in an arson attack and a missing girl – identity unknown.
It’s up to damaged, world-weary Inspector Jaap Rykel of Amsterdam’s finest to piece it all together. Alongside him he’s got an inexperienced female detective wrestling with the ghosts of her past, and a Sergeant with a drugs habit. And then there’s the internal affairs investigation . . .

I have just finished Sorrow Bound by David Mark, my review of this gritty police procedural set in Yorkshire will follow soon…

Sorrow Bound

Next I am going to finally read Precious Thing by Colette McBeth

Precious Thing

Blurb

Remember the person you sat next to on your first day at school? Still your best friend? Or disappeared from your life for good?
Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last for ever. They met when Rachel was the new girl in class and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under one another’s spell and nothing would be the same again. Now in their late twenties Rachel has the TV career, the flat and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiralling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Clara vanishes. Is it abduction, suicide or something else altogether?
Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it. Goodreads

I’d love to hear what you are reading this week as I am constantly scouring shelves to add to my TBR mountain.

Posted in Book Review, Books I have read, Five Star Reads

The Cry – Helen Fizgerald

Psychological Thriller 5*'s
Psychological Thriller
5*’s

This psychological thriller is a taut engaging novel which seems to ratchet up the tension with each turned page. The revelations are perfectly timed and this book of wrongs peels back the layers of truth brutally and with relish.

This is not a particularly long book at 307 pages, it is very much a tale of our times with facebook stalking, blogs and twitter all making an appearance and judgement on Joanna. This is the story of a woman who believed a man would cherish her forever, a daughter abandoned by her father and a baby that goes missing.

A twenty hour plane journey to visit her boyfriend’s mother is almost more than poor Joanna can bear. Baby Noah is just nine weeks old and is crying incessantly and Joanna has an ear infection, the passengers are annoyed and Alistair has gone to sleep. In short the start of this trip is nothing short of a nightmare. Believe it or not this is only the start of a horrendous chain of events.

This is a book that is entirely too plausible which is why it will resonate with the deep-seated fear of every parent. Helen Fizgerald has accurately captured the feelings that most parents feel but never admit too, the strain that suddenly shines a spot light on a relationship showing up all the dirt that was hidden previously. The scenes with the other characters are also accurate, unlike many books, those around Joanna and Alistair interact in a way entirely consistent with what they know. Each sentence takes the reader further into the nightmare. The power of the writing meant I felt almost complicit in the events with. Sympathy for Joanna vying with horror at what had happened.

I am fascinated how the media can orchestrate the reactions of their readers and this book shows the media at their best as they swing the public opinion in one direction, and then another, as events are revealed.

I struggle to call this an enjoyable read due to the subject matter but one that I simply couldn’t put down in my eagerness to find out the truth. I will be buying the back catalogue from this Australian Author.

Posted in Book Review, Books I have read

Nine Times in Ten – John Foster

Short Stories 3*'s
Short Stories
3*’s

I still can’t decide whether or not I really like short stories as I often feel cheated by the brevity. I think maybe the writer of short stories really has to have a good story to tell, more so than in a novel where many strands intertwining can make for a good read without such a strong plot.

This collection of 21 short stories covers a wide range of subjects and I have dipped in and out of it over the past few weeks enjoying some more than others.

The writing style is a little dry in places and some of the stories just weren’t for me. Some however, and these tended to be the slightly longer ones, are great. I’d buy this as a gift for someone who enjoys the short story format.

Posted in Book Review, Books I have read

The Darker Side of Love – Jessica Ruston

Women's Fiction 4*'s
Women’s Fiction
4*’s

Having enjoyed The Lies You Told Me so much I decided to read a previous book by author Jessica Ruston which was available through Amazon Vine. Although not quite matching the excellence of this later offering it was still a really enjoyable read

The Darker Side of Love spans the years from late 2007 to 2010 telling the tale of a group of middle-classed friends dealing with life. As the title suggests this isn’t a cosy story of how love can conquer all but rather how love can be dangerous when offered to the wrong person. A number of serious issues are covered in the book including, domestic abuse, grief, substance abuse and adultery to name a few.

As the book starts all the couples; Izzy and James, Harriet and Wills and Stella and Jonny are all settled in life. Caroline, James’ sister is single and feels on the edge of the group due to her status. The story unfolds and we see that none of the couples are quite as secure as first impressions suggested and secrets and lies test their relationships. Told in chapters covering the key times when the group are bought together such as New Year’s Eve the reader is left with gaps, this device moves the story along nicely without becoming bogged down with the minutiae of daily life.

This is the perfect book to get lost in, well written with a good mixture of characters and with a bit of a twist in the tail. Jessica Ruston’s next book The Lies You Told Me is even better, clearly an author to watch.