I’ve read a few more books I don’t have much to say about – here’s my roundup!
Good Wives, by Louisa May Alcott
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy have grown up together in Orchard House with their friend Laurie next door, and now it’s time for them to go out and find their places in the big wide world; to do the great and marvelous things they’ve dreamed of and discover their “castles in the air.” They each find themselves tested, and fall in love, but when tragedy strikes they find their best comfort is in each other, and home.
I got both this and “Little Women” soon after the latest BBC adaptation (Christmas 2017) , as I really enjoyed it. It was nice to be back with the sisters and complete the televised storyline, although I’m not convinced I will continue with the series. This was a book from my own shelves. I gave it 3*.
Missing, Presumed (DS Manon Bradshaw #1), by Susie Steiner
Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace.
Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body. And as soon as she sees a picture of Edith Hind, a Cambridge post-graduate from a well-connected family, she knows this case will be big.
Is Edith alive or dead? Was her ‘complex love life’ at the heart of her disappearance, as a senior officer tells the increasingly hungry press? And when a body is found, is it the end or only the beginning?
I was surprised that this is put as a DS Manon case, as the book was written from several different points of view. Whilst I enjoyed it, I found the ending less than satisfactory. I will not be continuing with the series. I gave it 3*. This book is from my own shelves.
The Lying Game, by Ruth Ware
“I need you.” Three small words that change everything.
Isa Wilde knows something terrible has happened when she receives this text from an old friend. Why else would Kate summon her and their two friends to the seaside town where they attended The Salten House boarding school together seventeen years ago? The four friends bonded over The Lying Game – a risky contest that involved tricking fellow boarders and faculty with their lies. Now reunited, Isa, Kate, Thea, and Fatima discover that their past lies had far-reaching implications that threaten them all. To protect their reputations, and their friendship, they must uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.
Atmospheric and twisty, The Lying Game will have readers at the edge of their seats, not knowing who can be trusted in this tangled web of lies.
I downloaded this from NetGalley as I’ve read and enjoyed both of Ruth Ware’s previous novels. This is my least favourite of the 3 that I have read so far. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, and the plot was very disappointing. I gave it 2*.
Have you read anything good recently?