Recent Reads, Rapid Reviews – In The Woods, The Chalk Pit and Killing State #MountTBR2020 #20BooksofSummer

Hello friends!

I’ve done a few more reads, and wanted to share my thoughts.

In The Woods, by Tana French


You’re twelve years old. It’s the summer holiday. You’re playing in the woods with your two best friends. Something happens. Something terrible. And the other two are never seen again.

Twenty years on, Rob Ryan – the child who came back – is a detective in the Dublin police force. He’s changed his name. No one knows about his past. Even he has no memory of what happened that day.

Then, a little girl’s body is found at the site of the old tragedy and Rob is drawn back into the mystery. For him and his DI partner, Cassie, every lead comes with its own sinister undercurrents. The victim’s apparently normal family is hiding layers of secrets. Rob’s own private enquiries are taking a toll on his mind. And every trail leads inexorably back…into the woods.

Oh dear. So many people have raved about this book that I felt I had to read it to see what I was missing out on. Unfortunately, this was not really for me. I didn’t take to the characters and was left disappointed by the plot and ending. There was enough to keep me turning the pages, but it was overly long and not a lot happened. I will not be continuing with the series. Overall I gave it 2*. This was from my bookshelf, and was book 12 of the #20BooksofSummer project.

The Chalk Pit, by Elly Griffiths


Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich’s web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they are recent – the boiling not the medieval curiosity she thought – DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands.

Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she’s gone ‘underground’. This might be a figure of speech, but with the discovery of the bones and the rumours both Ruth and the police have heard of a vast network of old chalk-mining tunnels under King’s Lynn, home to a vast community of rough sleepers, the clues point in only one direction. Local academic Martin Kellerman knows all about the tunnels and their history – but can his assertions of cannibalism and ritual killing possibly be true?

As the weather gets hotter, tensions rise. A local woman goes missing and the police are under attack. Ruth and Nelson must unravel the dark secrets of The Underground and discover just what gruesome secrets lurk at its heart – before it claims another victim.

It’s always good to get back to this series. I quite enjoyed this one, although was left a little disappointed by the end. As always, it was a quick and easy read. Overall I gave it 3*. This was borrowed from my in-laws.

Killing State, by Judith O’Reilly


What if the person youโ€™re ordered to kill Is the woman you want to protect? Michael North, assassin and spy-for-hire, is very good at killing bad guys. But what happens when his shadowy bosses at the dark heart of the British government order him to kill a good woman instead?

Rising political star Honor Jones, MP, has started asking dangerous questions about the men running her country. The trouble is, she doesnโ€™t know when to stop. And, now that he’s met her, neither does North.

This is not the sort of book I would normally read, but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. I really liked the characters, however I found the story was a bit long in places. I’m looking forward to the sequel. This was from my bookshelf, and I gave it 4*. This is book 13 of the #20BooksofSummer project.

6 thoughts on “Recent Reads, Rapid Reviews – In The Woods, The Chalk Pit and Killing State #MountTBR2020 #20BooksofSummer

  1. Ha! Add me to the list! I read this Tana French too and while I didn’t hate it, I thought it was far too long and the characters weren’t very believable. I bought the second book but have never been enthusiatic enough to actually read it…

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