WHAT I READ // JULY

It is August already, how did that happen? Another month is over, so time for another round up of what I have been reading. July was a month dedicated to female authors, so read on to see what I read and what I thought…

 

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The Girl Who Lied by Sue Fortin

For ten years, Erin has been keeping a secret. She left her home in Ireland for a new life in London, with no intention of ever going back. However, her father becomes critically injured, meaning Erin has to go back home and face her past. Roisin was once Erin’s friend, but a tragic accident changed it all, now Roisin is holding the secret over Erin and her family. Erin will do anything to protect her family, but how far will she go?

I am really loving psychological thrillers right now so couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one. What I liked about this was the sense of mystery created from page one. It starts with an email from Roisin to Erin, hinting at the big secret that Erin has been hiding for the past ten years. There is nothing better than a book that keeps you guessing right up until the very end. I couldn’t put this down until I knew what the big secret was. It is a wonderfully written and gripping story of family, love and friendships. So if you love twists and turns on every page, I would totally recommend this book. Can’t wait to read Sue Fortin’s next book.

4/5

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Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

I am not going to lie, I have a huge crush on Anna Kendrick. She is by far one of my favourite actresses so I had to read her book. I may be slightly biased, but I loved it. She was so open and honest about her life and has some incredibly funny stories to share. I was really shocked at how good her writing style was, that wasn’t something I was expecting.

There isn’t too much to give away on this one, she just tells her story. Not some glamorous version of what we think life in Hollywood is really like. She is honest about the struggles she went through growing up and establishing her career. A definite must read if you are looking for something funny and easy to read.

4.5/5

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How Not To Disappear by Clare Furniss

I am totally loving YA right now, so had to pick this one up after it repeatedly popped up on my Amazon recommendations.

It is the story of Hattie and her Great Aunt Gloria. It is the summer holidays and Hattie has been left on her own. Her two best friends are off on adventures while she is stuck home working at the Happy Diner and babysitting her younger siblings. Then out of nowhere, her long lost Great Aunt comes into her life. Gloria is in the early stages of dementia and is determined to tell her story before she forgets it all. So together, Hattie and Gloria set off on a road trip of discovery. Hattie is faced with huge choices that determine her future while Gloria confronts her difficult past.

This was a truly moving and emotional story, and I found myself crying more than once. The story is beautifully written, with characters that feel so real that you can’t help but want the best for them. Gloria and Hattie are an unlikely pair, but are just so loveable and are completely perfect for each other. This has become a firm favourite of mine, Clare Furniss is one talented author!

4.5/5

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Perfect Prey by Helen Fields

This is the second book in the D.I. Callanach series, and I couldn’t be more excited about this series if I tried. Helen Fields is totally killing it right now!

Perfect Prey is definitely more gory than Perfect Remains was, but is as equally gripping. It sees Edinburgh become the murder capital of Europe as a spree of killings happen across the city. The murders start in the middle of a concert. A young charity worker is sliced across the stomach and dies as his killer disappears unseen. A week later a second murder is committed. Ava and Luc have no leads on either murder and no motives until graffiti starts appearing across Edinburgh that describes each victim. As the murders continue, Luc and Ava are against the clock to save the next victim and stop the murderers.

This is by far the most dark and twisted book I have ever read, and I bloody loved it! Helen Fields has an incredible talent for crime writing and has you hooked from beginning to end. The fact this is a series has allowed for the characters of Luc Callanach and Ava Turner to be developed in a way that isn’t possible in just one book. Reading this book I felt much more a connection to Luc and deeper understanding of who he is and his development as he gets used to life in Scotland. If you haven’t already, read Perfect Remains (you can see my review here) before reading this. I am hooked and sitting patiently waiting for book number 3!

5/5

 

So, that is all for July. August is going to be a fun month as it is the Edinburgh International Book festival, so I am sure I will come back with a huge pile of new books to make my way through.

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