Monthly Round-Ups

My Monthly Round Up – June 2017

I’m not overly competitive, at least I didn’t think I was until I saw a fellow TBC member and Blogger Amy Sullivan had read 31 books in May!  31..!! WTF?  I managed to buy 31 books in May but there was no way I was able to get through a book a day, especially as TBC, real life, my proper full time job, children, husband, diabetic dog get in the way, so sneakily I thought that the only way I can manage to read more this month was to select shorter books (ie novellas or books with less than 400 pages) and that is exactly what I did.  However despite my best intentions, the hot weather, good TV and quite a few book related social events including the book launch of Rowan Coleman’s wonderful The Summer of Impossible Things in Berkhamsted and Crime in the Court where I stalked as many authors as possible without raising too many alarms,  meant that I wasn’t able to read 1 book a day, but I read some absolute “crackers”.

Here’s what I’ve read in June:

  1. A Million Little Pieces – James Frey – A painfully raw account of the author’s time in rehab facing his demons – see my review here
  2. Fierce Kingdom – Gin Phillips – A thriller that questions the lengths a mother will go to to protect her 4 year old son – see my review here
  3. Fear – Dirk Kurbjuweit – A psychological thriller about a family who take extreme action against their stalker – see my review here
  4. Blackwater Lake – Maggie James – A psychological novella full of twists and turns – see my review here
  5. The Cross – Steve Cavanagh – A novella packed full of action – see my review here.
  6. Don’t Wake Up – Liz Lawler – A tension filled psychological thriller – read my review here
  7. The Keeper of Lost Things – Ruth Hogan – A lovely feel good contemporary novel – read my full review here
  8. Girl 99 – Andy Jones – A light hearted rom-com from a man’s point of view – read my full review here
  9. The Detriment – David Videcette – A fast paced gripping thriller for fans of The Theseus Paradox.  Read my full review here.
  10. They All Fall Down – Tammy Cohen – Another superb psychological thriller from one of my favourite authors. Read my full review here
  11. Red Leaves – Thomas H Cook – A family surrounding in lies and suspicion when an 8 year old girl goes missing.  Read my full review here.
  12. Exclusion Zone – JM Hewitt – A highly recommended crime thriller – Read my full review here
  13. The Child – Fiona Barton – A brilliant book by the author of The Widow – Read my full review here
  14. The Ballroom Cafe – Ann O’Loughlin – A wonderful contemporary novel with emotion – Read my full review here
  15. Open Your Eyes – James Carol – The third Novella featuring my favourite crime buster – read my full review here
  16. Every Last Lie – Mary Kubica – A brilliant thriller which keeps me glued to my kindle – Read my full review here
  17. Presumed Guilty – James Carol – The first Jefferson Winter Novella – Read my full review here
  18. The Other Twin – LV Hay – An impressive debut thriller – Read my full review here


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