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What I’ve Been Reading // May
I’ve got a feeling my What I’ve Been Reading Posts are going to have to be split in to 2 posts soon, it’s only the beginning of June and I’ve already read one book and started another.. I’ll try and keep them short though, but I do get a little bit over excited about it all and then I can’t stop rambling, which is exactly what I’m doing right now.. So, May, I read 6 books! 2 of them being a bit disappointing but I’m going to share them anyway and the other 4 absolutely blew my mind.
The Couple Next Door // ★★★
I saw this book everywhere, literally everyone was talking about it so I gave in. But, it had been hyped up that much that I was left quite disappointed. The story was good, not the same as anything I’ve read before but it became a little predictable near the end which kind of ruined the ‘twist’ but the worst thing, that really let me down, was how slow it was, I expected so much more, I wanted it to be fast paced and ‘unputdownable’ like so many people have said, but it just wasn’t. Just a 3 star for this one.
The Promise // ★★★
Another pretty disappointing book unfortunately, I’d not seen anything about it anywhere, I just bought it on the off chance a while ago, so I didn’t know what to expect, but I did expect a little more. Again it was a bit slow, the story wasn’t all that exciting, admittedly, some bits I was hooked, but then the story would drop and it would be back to wanting to skip pages. It’s a shame really because I actually own some of the other books in the ‘Goodhew’ series, but hopefully they’ll be a bit better, if I end up picking them up.
Strangers // ★★★★★
Now this was a good book, I mean amazing, incredible, addictive, all the good words you can think of for books this was. I looooved it! definitely my favourite read of the month and it looks like this was the first in the series too so I’m really looking forward to another one. “Strangers is an action packed British police procedural, packed with surprising twists and turns–led by a likeable, flawed hero” The story turns in a way you would never expect, completely filled with action from one page to the next that you just can’t help but read. I’m not giving away the slightest spoiler for this one, but honestly, if you love crime/thrillers, you need to read this, seriously.
Blue Monday, Tuesdays Gone, Waiting For Wednesday // ★★★★★
If you saw my Aprils What I’ve Been Reading, you’ll see that I was a bit daft and read Saturday Requiem, which is the 6th book in the Freida Klein series, I didn’t know when I was reading it that is was part of a series, but half way through, I kinda’ clicked on, I finished it anyway and I plan to re-read it too. Luckily, it kind of worked as a stand alone and didn’t give too much away about the previous books, the main plot of all the books was kind of given away, but not everything, so of course I started the series.
Blue Monday is the first in the series, so it mainly focuses on getting to know the characters, who I am now completely attached too but ofc there’s a big story line, and not what I expected at all. The story line from this book carries on all the way through the rest, it’s a case that Frieda, a Psychotherapist, accidentally get’s involved in through a patient that she’s seeing and she starts to unravel the truth, 23 years ago, a girl was taken, 23 years later, a little boy has been taken, but things happen that she, or I never expected and it was a complete twist, like massively.
Tuesday’s Gone is that same, Frieda ends up wrapped in a new case that she wasn’t planning on getting involved in but she can’t drop it, and she knows somethings not right, she stops at nothing to find out the truth. It’s even hard to explain the plot without giving anything away because it’s so detailed, but a body has been found in a mental health patients house and they need to found out who killed him and why. There’s another twist at the end of the book, that I did not see coming, I knew something was going to happen like it, but the way it all unravelled was so clever and I got to a point in the book where I couldn’t stop reading until I found out what happened.
Waiting For Wednesday was a little slower than the rest of the series, but the story was just as good, and I honestly can’t choose out of the 3 which was the best and the back story also got more exciting. This book was a little confusing though, there’s way too many new people to remember and 2 main story lines to follow as well as keeping up with the back story so it did get a bit frustrating, but I loved it though. One story follows Frieda searching for something, but she’s not even sure what, she just had an inclin that something wasn’t right and she get’s a lot more than she bargained for, and the other story follows the police working out who killed the lady found dead in her home. It was full of suspense and so unpredictable, I had no idea ‘whodunnit’ until it slapped me in the face, so if that’s not a good book I don’t know what is. If you’re looking to start a crime/thriller series, I insist that you give this one a go, I’ve already read 1 more of the series, and I can tell you, it’s amazing!
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