This is another instalment of “Recent Reads”, where I wrap up 3 books that I don’t have a lot to say about!
Perfect People, by Peter James
John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they realize the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high.
Then they hear about geneticist Dr Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease.
At his clinic is where their nightmare begins.
They should have realized something was wrong when they saw the list. Choices of eye colour, hair, sporting abilities. They can literally design their child. Now it’s too late to turn back. Naomi is pregnant and already something is badly wrong . . .
As some of you will be aware, I’m one of a small minority of bookworms who have a fear of long books. At 567 pages, it’s been one of the longest books on my bookshelves, and it’s been there gathering dust. Unfortunately this book proved why I have a fear of long books. It took forever to really get going, and when it did there were far too many plot ideas thrown at it. It could have been much shorter. It didn’t really work for me, so I only gave it 2*.
Autumn, All The Cats Return, by Philippe Georget
Inspector Sebag is a policeman in the South of France with an unparalleled sixth sense, who excels at slipping into the skin of killers and hunting them down. However, when a retired French Algerian cop is discovered in his apartment with the symbol OAS left near his body and few indications who killed him or why, Sebag’s skills are put to the test. Days later, when a controversial monument is destroyed and another French Algerian is shot down, Sebag begins to put the pieces together. Bringing to light the horrors, hopes, and treasons committed during the war in Algeria fifteen years ago, in this sequel to Georget’s Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored, Lieutenant Gilles Sebag discovers more than just a killer, but an entire secret history that not everyone wants revealed.
In keeping with my seasonal reading, I had to get to this before the end of Autumn! I did quite enjoy this, but found the pacing a bit slow. This was borrowed from my in-laws, and I gave it 3*.
Wintersong, by S. Jae-Jones
The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride…
All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.
But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds―and the mysterious man who rules it―she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.
Dark, romantic, and powerful, S. Jae-Jones’s Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.
Oh dear. I picked this book up originally as when it first came out as it was billed as a retelling of “Labyrinth”, the David Bowie film of the 1980’s, which I love. Therefore I was expecting it to be a fantasy adventure, with a touch of romance. Unfortunately, it bore no resemblance to the film, and was a fantasy romance, so I was bitterly disappointed. I gave it 1*. At least it got it off my TBR mountain!