May was a very wet month, so I spent a lot of time reading!
Books I have read:
The first book I finished in May was The Escape, by C.L. Taylor. I really enjoyed both the plot and the characters. It was really gripping and I finished it very quickly. A 5* start to the month!
Then I read Who Saw Her Die? by Patricia Moyes. This was another gripping plot with some memorable characters. I was fascinated to learn it was based on a true story. Overall 4*.
The next book I finished was a short story collection. Bloody Scotland, by various authors was the first disappointment of the month. I thought there were a couple of strong stories, but most were just ok. Overall a 2*.
I then picked up a memoir – Admissions, by Henry Marsh. Having really enjoyed his first memoir, I was looking forward to more of the same. Disappointingly, there were very few stories about brain surgery. It was more a look at his personal memoirs. Not for me. Overall 2*.
The next book I read was No Escape, by NJ Cooper. I thought this was an interesting fictional look at Forensic Psychology. The plot was really gripping and I liked the characters. This was the first in a series, and I plan to carry on reading the rest eventually! Overall 4*.
Next up was The Silence Between Breaths, by Cath Staincliffe. This was another book I raced through! It had me turning the pages very quickly, desperate to know what would happen next! A very twisty plot. Overall a 4*.
Then I read Long Way Home, by Eva Dolan. This was the start of another series I plan to carry on with! It was a really difficult to read story as it covers modern slavery, but it was still really gripping. I liked the characters too. Another 5*.
My next read was Killing Kate, by Alex Lake. I liked the idea behind the story, but thought it was let down by a predictable ending. Overall a 3*.
I then picked up Arabesk, by Barbara Nadel. This was my book group pick for the month. I thought the plot was interesting and very clever, and I liked the characters. Overall a 4*.
My penultimate read of the month was Anne’s House of Dreams, by L M Montgomery. I really enjoyed this episode of Anne’s adventures, and liked all the new characters that were introduced. Overall a 4*.
The last book I finished in the month of May was another short story collection. The Return of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle. No stand out stories – an ok collection. Overall 3*.
My book of the month was:
Books I have bought/won:
Don’t Turn Around, by Jessica Barry – A competition prize from the publishers
Arabesk, by Barbara Nadel – Bought (and read) for book group
Sleepless, by Romy Hausmann – Another competition prize from the publishers