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Recent Reading #2

As you may have gathered by now, I read a lot of books and as my last book recommendation post went down well I thought I’d give an update on what I’ve been reading recently.

 

How I Lost You – Jenny Blackhurst

If I’m honest I bought this because it was 99p and in the Bestseller list on the Kindle Store, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this is a well-written, fast-moving thriller. Basic intro storyline: Susan Webster is trying to build a new life having been released on early parole for killing her son – despite not remembering anything of the crime. Slowly, Susan begins to realise things may not be as she was told. Is her son alive? .. For a debut novel, the writing is really quite accomplished and kept my interest peaked throughout. I’m looking forward to the next from this promising newcomer.

 

The Back Road; Only the Innocent; Sleep Tight; Stranger Child – Rachel Abbott

Rachel Abbott has quickly become one of my new favourite crime writers. Each one of these books deserves the high ratings they have from Amazon users – though I think my favourite was Stranger Child. DCI Tom Douglas is a intriguing character and the more you learn about him through the series, the more you want to learn! Each book is absorbing, with twists and turns but still always credible. Definitely worth a read – then you’ll be recommending them too!

 

The Roy Grace Series – Peter James

I was a bit late to the party when it comes to Peter James and in fact I read #8 in the series, Not Dead Yet, before any of the others – I enjoyed it, so recently started at #1 with Dead Simple and #2, Looking Good Dead. If you want classic British crime, this is the series you should pick up. Gripping, with very different themes in each. My only criticism comes from the problem of reading two books in the series one after the other which is obviously not going to affect many people. But. I’m all for reiterating the setting, the character etc, but the descriptions (particularly of his office) are almost identical between the first two books, so much so that you could probably copy/paste one into the other. Like I said, if you were reading these as they were released – or at the very least with a fair gap in between – it wouldn’t be a problem, but if I like an author I tend to read a few (have you noticed?) and it was just something that annoyed me.

 

You Had Me At Hello; Here’s Looking At You; It’s Not Me, It’s You – Mhairi McFarlane

I think I’ve probably tweeted Mhairi while reading each of her books to tell her how distractingly brilliant they are. I even nearly missed my stop on the train while reading Here’s Looking At You! To be honest you just have to have a glance at Mhairi’s Twitter feed to get an idea of just how witty and entertaining these books would be. The lead female characters are so believable, so honest, that I’ve lost count of the times I’ve thought, “Dear God, that sounds like something I would say…!” It’s just so refreshing to read a rom-com that is realistic with likeable protagonists. I eagerly await each new book – fingers crossed the next won’t be too far away..

 

The Black Echo – Michael Connelly

And now to one I didn’t enjoy so much. I bought a selection of Michael Connelly books having never read them, and I took #1, The Black Echo, on holiday with me. I love crime books obviously but this time it just didn’t click. I didn’t connect with Bosch, and I found the writing style stilted at times. This series has masses of fans around the world, so maybe it’s just me… I’m going to give the next book in the series a go and hope it’s just the mark of a debut – plus it was written over 20 years ago, so I might also try a more recent book in the series too to see if the writing style has evolved.

 

Have you got any recommendations for me?

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