18 May 2018

Read in April 2018

So my week of actually being productive and posting didn't last long. Why am I like this? If anyone has any energy or tips for being motivated to write please send them my way. 

Once again my What I read... is a tad late. April bought a new psychological thriller series into my life and I also got around to reading the first Isabelle Grey book. It was definitely an enjoyable reading month. 

Good Girls Don't Die by Isabelle Grey
Good Girls Don't Die by Isabelle Grey

"You'd know if someone close to you was capable of lethal violence, right? Dead wrong.

Accused of grassing up a fellow officer and driven brutally out of home and job, Grace Fisher is thankful to survive some dark times and find haven with the Major Investigation Team in Essex.

One female student is missing, last seen at a popular bar in Colchester. When a second student, also out drinking, is murdered and left grotesquely posed, the case becomes headline news.

Someone is leaking disturbing details to a tabloid crime reporter. Is it the killer? Or a detective close to the case?

With another victim, and under siege by the media, the murder inquiry hits a dead end. The review team brought in to shake things up is headed by Grace's old DCI. Who is going to listen to her now?"

Having accidentally read the third book of this series first I would definitely recommend reading them in order (why does this always happen to me?). I mean the third book made sense without the rest but it definitely helps you to understand Grace and her background as well as her friendship with Ivo (one of my favourite characters).

A female student goes missing and then the body of a different girl turns up. Grace has the job of solving a murder and trying to decide if it is linked to the missing girl. Disturbing details of the murder are then leaked to the press and Grace has to decide who can be trusted.

I really enjoyed getting to know Grace and seeing her at the beginning of her new job. With regards to the murderer I suspected a few people and did guess the murderer but I still really enjoyed reading until the end. One of the deaths was so devastating. I really was not expecting that and it definitely broke my heart a little bit. If you love a good who done it then I definitely recommend Isabelle Grey and I need to get the second book asap.

Exhume by Danielle Girard

Exhume by Danielle Girard

"Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman has finally found a place to belong. As the medical examiner for the San Francisco Police Department, working alongside homicide detective Hal Harris, she uncovers the tales the dead can’t tell about their final moments. It is a job that gives her purpose—and a safe haven from her former life at the hands of an abusive husband. Although it’s been seven years since she escaped that ordeal, she still checks over her shoulder to make sure no one is behind her.

Schwartzman’s latest case is deeply troubling: the victim bears an eerie resemblance to herself. What’s more, a shocking piece of evidence suggests that the killer’s business is far from over—and that Schwartzman may be in danger."

I feel like I should get a gold star or something because I actually read the first book first. I think this was on Prime reading or something like that so I downloaded it because the blurb sounded interesting and it was free. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately found and downloaded the second book (which also happened to be free).

I do love a medical examiner book. Growing up I always wanted to be a medical examiner, unfortunately my health put a stop to that but it has left me fascinated. I really enjoyed that this book follows both the pathology and police investigation. I'm also a huge fan of Hal and loved the friendship between him and Schwartzman.

Schwartzman escaped an abusive husband 7 years ago and has slowly been rebuilding her life. But when a murder victim resembles her she is thrown back into her past. The author really captures the fear that follows Schwartzman and my heart broke for her. Trying to work out if the ex is behind it and how the hell he could have done it kept me hooked.

 This is definitely a great book to read if you love psychological thrillers. I ended up questioning everything.

Excise by Danielle Girard

Excise by Danielle Girard

Medical examiner Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman was not meant to be idle, which is why she’s back at a murder scene even while reeling from recent chemotherapy treatments. Having undergone a double mastectomy, all she wants to do is dive back into her medical examiner job. It’s a gruesome world, yet Schwartzman takes comfort in its science and precision.

But the crime she’s dealing with brings her right back to the cancer ward: the victim is her own oncologist, dead from ingesting the very chemical used to fight her disease. Now, Schwartzman and homicide inspector Hal Harris must figure out why and stop the culprit before he can act again.

For Schwartzman, the case becomes even more personal. Her abusive ex, Spencer, who’s in prison and seemingly out of the picture, is never far from Annabelle’s mind. But to solve the mystery behind the death of the doctor who saved her life, she’s got to put aside everything else.

I'm so glad I actually read these books in order because it would definitely have been ruined if I had read them the wrong way round. Excise follows on pretty quickly from Exhume with all the characters you got to know in the first book.

I definitely enjoyed the first book more but this is still a good read. Spencer is still a major part of this story. Schwartzmans Oncologist is murdered and they have to try and decide whether it is just a coincidence or if Spencer has managed to get to her again. It definitely kept me guessing and I wasn't really expecting the twist with regards to the motive. It also ends with a cliff hanger and I will definitely be picking up the next one when it comes out because I need to know what happens.

If you love thrillers but fancy an easier read then this series is definitely one to check out.

What have you been reading? I need some inspiration on what to read next because I am struggling to get into anything at the moment


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