Monthly Round Up – May 2019

Another cracking month of amazing books and 1 of them went straight into my TOP TEN Books of 2019.  I managed to read 9 books, download 20 and add another 7 to my wishlist!  Here’s a brief summary of the books I read in May:


  1. The Dangerous Kind – Deborah O’Connor – I thoroughly enjoyed this tough, thought-provoking thriller with incredibly plausible characters and an intelligent plot.  Read my full review here
  2. Never Be Broken – Sarah Hilary – Book 6 in this incredible series and “it’s all about NOAH!!”  Read my full review here
  3. Worst Case Scenario – Helen Fitzgerald – Dark and hysterical – full my full review here
  4. Three Hours – Rosamund Lupton – A school siege – every parent’s worst nightmare – thought provoking and heart breaking.  Read my full review here.
  5. I Know Who You Are – Alice Feeney – BOOM Straight into my Top Ten Books of 2019 – Read my full review here
  6. When All is Said – Anne Griffin “This book is a highly emotional, powerfully written, story of love, loss, regret and will stay in my heart and in my head for a long time.” Read my full review here.
  7. Someone is Lying – Jenny Blackhurst – A new standalone psychological thriller – read my full review here
  8. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens “an absolutely BEAUTIFUL book with exceptional character development, magical and atmospheric descriptions and the language was poetic, raw and breathtaking in places.” Read my full review here
  9. Never Have I Ever – Joshilyn Jackson – A dark, dangerous and thrilling psychological thriller. 5 stars from me – here’s my full review


I’ve also recently rekindled my love of audio books and am currently listening to Bear Town by Fredrik Backman.  It normally takes me between 2 and 3 weeks to finish an audio book; but this one is so delicious I hope to finish it sooner.

In a large Swedish forest Beartown hides a dark secret . . .
Cut-off from everywhere else it experiences the kind of isolation that tears people apart.
And each year more and more of the town is swallowed by the forest.
Then the town is offered a bright new future.
But it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act.
It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who’ll risk the future to see justice done.
Who will speak up?
Could you stand by and stay silent?
Or would you risk everything for justice?
Which side would you be on?


Below are a selection of the new book’s I’ve downloaded and can’t wait to read:

  1. Black Summer – MW Craven – Book 2 in the Washington Poe series – published 20th June.
  2. Missing Person – Sarah Lots – The Unputdownable new thriller from the author of The Three. Published 5th September.
  3. The Lies We Tell – Niki Mackay – Book 2 in the brilliant Madisoon Attalee Series and I’m on the #blogtour – published 27th June
  4. Her Last Promise – Kathryn Hughes – a gripping, heartwrenching story of how hope can blossom in the ruins of tragedy and of the redeeming power of love. Published 31 May
  5. The Escape Room – Megan Goldin – One of Lee Child’s favourite books of the year – Enough said!  Published 25th July
  6. The Wayward Girls – Amanda Mason The Girls meets The Little Stranger in this dark and captivating debut about sisterhood, family secrets, and a dangerous game that becomes all too real. Published 5th September
  7. Someone We Know – Shari Lapena – A new standalone psychological thriller from the author of The Couple Next Door. Published 25th July
  8. The Boy in the Photo – Nicole Trope – A heartbreaking, emotional and poignant drama about a family in turmoil. Published 28 June.
  9. Good Girl, Bad Girl – Michael Robotham – an unnerving psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today bestselling author of THE OTHER WIFE and THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS. Published 23 July
  10. Degrees of Guilt – HS Chandler – A gripping, sexy and twisty novel for readers who devoured ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL, APPLE TREE YARD and HE SAID/SHE SAID. Published 5th September
  11. Now You See Me – Chris McGeorge – The new standalone thriller by the author of Guess Who.  Published 13th June
  12. The Poison Garden – Alex Marwood – Shocking, tense and sharply written, The Poison Garden is the gripping new novel from the international bestseller and Edgar award-winning Alex Marwood. Published 25th July

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