It’s lovely having a 4 day weekend over Easter! I thought I’d get lots of reading done but so far I’ve been so busy with house stuff that I haven’t read as much as I’d like to.
Still, here’s what I’m reading at moment/ have recently finished…!
In The Dark Places- Peter Robinson (publication date: 11 August)
(Note: this seems to be the US title; in the UK it looks like it will actually be called ‘Abattoir Blues‘… Though I can’t find much info about it at the moment!)
Synopsis: It’s a double mystery: Two young men have vanished, and the investigation leads to two troubling clues in two different locations—a scorched van and a peculiar bloodstain in an abandoned airport hangar.
I do love the DCI Banks novels by Peter Robinson, so I was really excited to receive an advance reading copy of this new novel in the series, which I’ve recently finished. First impressions are that its a well written Detective novel, as is always the case with Peter Robinson’s writing, and Banks is always a great character to read about. However in my opinion this is not one of the best in this series- partly because the standard is so damn high! However I’ll be posting a review nearer the publication date so keep an eye out for that!
The Girl Who Just Appeared– Jonathan Harvey
Synopsis: London – the present
Holly Smith has never fitted in. Adopted when just a few months old, she’s always felt she was someone with no history. All she has is the address of where she was born – 32B Gambier Terrace, Liverpool. When Holly discovers that the flat is available to rent, she travels north and moves in. And in the very same flat, under the floorboards, she finds a biscuit tin full of yellowing papers. Could these papers be the key to her past?
Liverpool – 1981
Fifteen-year-old Darren is negotiating life with his errant mother and the younger brother he is raising. When the Toxteth Riots explode around him, Darren finds himself with a moral dilemma that will have consequences for the rest of his life.
Moving between the past and the present, Darren and Holly’s lives become intertwined. Will finding Darren give Holly the answers she craves? Or will she always feel like the girl who just appeared?
Well I’ve almost finished this and I have to say, this is one of the most enjoyable, enthralling books I’ve read in a long time. It’s just so good!
I won’t give anything away here as I’ll be posting a review soon, but – unless the last 20 pages completely let it down – this is one of my favourite books of 2015 so far and one that I will definitely be recommending to everyone I know!
Wild– Cheryl Strayed
Synopsis: At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
This is April’s reading group book, so stay tuned for a review once we’ve met and discussed it!
That’s all for now- what have you been reading over Easter? Any recommendations?