I’m often asked what I like to read, the answer is simple – just about anything! My choice does tend to lean towards mysteries and thrillers, but not exclusively so. In the past I have given reviews on various books in newsletters and blogs, but thought it was time that I had a dedicated page for readers to browse, and here it is. At the bottom of this page is a selection of books I’ve read, and to which I will continue to add. They are in no particular order. With authors such as, John Grisham, James Patterson, Agatha Christie, Lynda Le Plant, Patricia Cromwell etc., it’s fair to say I’ve read most of what they have published.
I hope you find something that takes your fancy, simply click on the title or cover and you will be taken to Amazon to check out the blurb, and see if it appeals. If you enjoy a book you have read, please don’t forget to leave a review. It means so much to an author to receive feedback from readers, and it helps make the book more visible on Amazon for others to find. If you would like to recommend something you think I might enjoy, please feel free to comment below.
I am currently reading The Key to Death’s Door, which has me hooked.
Currently in the queue to be read:
Here are my thoughts on those I’ve read recently:
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the individual stories of the women who had so much to hide, and the overall ‘whodunit’ element which wove them all together. I was a little irked that all the women had to put up with troublesome men for one reason and another, but I suppose that’s what a lot of mums do when they have young children. A few reviewers said the found the beginning slow and hard going, but it was a page turner for me. I particularly loved the little twist at the end.
Lock the Door – 3.5*
I enjoyed this book, and I hadn’t worked out who had taken the baby until a few pages before the reveal, which was good as I usually get there much earlier. However, I think what happened immediately after the reveal was over the top, and detracted from the story overall dropping a couple of stars in the process
I read this, the first in the series, having first enjoyed reading the second, The Redemption of Michael Hollister. I wasn’t disappointed, what a great story! Reading them out of order didn’t reduce my enjoyment. I love the concept of having more than one chance at life, and the clever twist that you come back at whatever age you died. In this particular story, Thomas is a fifty-four year old man in a fifteen year old body, and has one goal in mind, not killing his beloved older brother for a second time. Great read, now off to buy the third in the series.
Thoroughly enjoyed this, exciting first chapter, and then it slows a little. Lots of suspense and frustration as Alex Taylor tries to find someone to believe her. I thought I knew ‘whodunit’ but was wrong the first time although I did get there in the end. Some reviews say the story line is unbelievable, and while certainly not a daily occurrence, this is fiction, and most murderers are a little unhinged, so felt they were a little unfair. I enjoyed it and would recommend.
I loved this book. A story about two totally different women, reeling from personal loss, and how they move they move forward. Their lives become interlinked quite by chance and each are rewarded in different ways following that meeting. Lovely storytelling, no fussiness just life. Either of these women could live next door. Highly recommended.
This is a disturbing book, and I liked the twist at the end, but thought Laura’s achievements in removing those who could expose her perhaps a stretch too far. But overall you wanted to know if Laura gets away with it and you keep reading wanting her to be stopped. I was surprised at some of the one-star reviews and wonder if this novel was downloaded without first reading the blurb.
I was drawn in by ‘Spell binding thriller’ tag line, and the blurb hinted at a good read. I read it to the end and the plot was okay, but I found some of the violence and gore unnecessary, the story was disturbing enough without trying that hard to shock.
I read through to the end, despite working out who did it after the second murder. As the body count rose you did try and guess what they had done to deserve their fate. What I didn’t get was what Larry saw in Deborah. The initial challenge in changing her was understandable, but then she became an overweight lazy slob, so what was the attraction? Deborah’s character was boring, selfish and unlikable so found their relationship very confusing. I wasn’t expecting the ending.
Ice Cold Alice by C P Wilson 5* This was my favourite read of 2017 – I was gripped from the first page . My 5*review: I was totally captivated by this story. I felt no guilt at cheering Alice on, as her character is so well written. There is a fabulous twist in the middle, and you totally buy into her motivation. However, I found myself wanting Alice to find some peace for herself, and while there is a promise of that, I feel that it won’t last long. I liked every thing about this novel, particularly liked Alice’s pseudonym, Tequilla Mockingbird, loved the then and now story telling, and the twist which I didn’t see coming. Thoroughly recommended!
I really enjoyed this book. Straight into the point, and then a slow build of tension as everyone close to sixteen-year-old Maggie is murdered. I did work out ‘whodunit’ quite quickly but that didn’t detract for my enjoyment, as I liked Maggie and wanted to see how she coped with the s**t that life was throwing her. Would have been five star if the murderer hadn’t been so obvious.
Having read a series of short stories by Shawn Inmon, when I saw this was due for release and the blurb dragged me in, and I purchased it. This despite my concern about the time-travel element. I needn’t have worried – what a great read! This is the second in the series, and although I haven’t read the first, everything about it worked for me. The difficulties of a man being trapped in a child’s body, and trying to keep on the straight and narrow, despite provocations, keep the pages turning, and the glow of the kindle burning well into the night. Now the others in the series have been added to my ‘to be read’ list!
The Girl with Stars in her Hair 5* This is not a genre I would normally read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the flow of the narrative, which despite the urgency of Cassie’s task, was gentle and coaxing. There were a few areas where I would have liked a little more information, but not enough to affect the enjoyment of reading this tale.
Life is short 5* I was totally hooked by this collection after the first story. My personal favourite was Bull Lick Lodge, and Christmas Town a close second. I had decided to read one each night in bed, but found the next story difficult to resist, so it only took three nights! Enjoyable, sometimes scary, entertaining read.
The Good Widow 3* Although I read through to the end, and I didn’t mind the way the story was written, something was missing for me. I think probably because the author had several opportunities to drop some bomb shells – but nothing. Little suspense and very predictable outcomes which left me a little disappointed.
Phoenix: 5* I bought this book because it was written for a friend of the author who is battling cancer. All proceeds from the sale go to a fund to help her pay for treatment. And I enjoyed it. Beatrix Rose is an assassin, and in this novella we find that she has personal problems she can’t resolve. She takes an assignment in Venezuela, where she teams up with one of author, Mark Dawson’s, other heroes, John Milton. It’s a fast paced and exciting read. What should have been a simple mission suddenly becomes complicated, when the scientist they were supposed to bring back to the UK gets killed and a baby is found. I won’t say more, buy the book by clicking on the cover or the title, and find out what happens. I promise you will enjoy it
Concealment: 4* I liked Amy, I particularly liked little Amy, and will have to read Exposure to see if she is still around. I enjoyed the story, although I would have liked a little more background on some of the other characters which would have explained some of their personality traits. That said, a satisfying read and I will be buying the next in the series.
Everything You Told Me: 3* I enjoyed this book for the first few chapters, an intriguing opening kept me turning the pages. Unfortunately, I worked out ‘who did it’ quite early on, but it was so soon into the book, that I kept reading waiting for the twist. There was one, albeit small, and I felt let down that that was it. For me it was simply an okay read because I expected more.
The Silent Child: 4* I was a little worried when I chose this book, as the subject matter is so emotional. As a parent, you can’t bring yourself to think about being in that situation. As it turned out, other than a natural instinct to want her to protect Aiden once he returned, I found the story was more about Emma, than it was her son, the silent child. I only guessed ‘who did it’ a little before the reveal, which was a nice little twist. I did find parts of the book a little slow. A bit more of life from Aiden’s viewpoint would have been good to increase the tension. But overall an enjoyable read.
And here are some of the others I’ve read in the past: