16 August 2018

Read in July 2018

All I ever seem to manage to post these days is my monthly favourites and what I have been reading. However, I do currently have 2 beauty posts half written but with pictures so they should be up next week. Keep your eyes peeled for some cruelty-free liquid eyeliner recommendations and an updated Dose of Colors liquid lipstick collection post. If there is anything you would like to see please let me know. For now, here is part one of what I read in July as I seem to be on a role with working my way through my TBR pile.

Her Mothers Grave by Lisa Regan

As I mentioned in my Read in June Post, I am a new Lisa Regan fan and I absolutely adore her books. Her Mothers Grave is the 3rd book in the Josie Quinn Series. It could be read as a stand-alone but it definitely works better read in order. You get to see Josie’s development and understand her relationships with other characters so much better. 

I flew through the first 2 books so was so glad to get my hands on this one. I honestly could not pick my favourite out of the 3. After falling in love with Josie and her strength we get to dive into her past and found out what made her who she is today. 

A 30-year-old skeleton of a teenage girl is found by 2 boys behind the trailer park and identified as Belinda Rose. Belinda Rose happens to be Josie's estranged mothers' name. In order to solve the case, Josie has to go back to somewhere she has tried to forget. Her past. 

I could not put this book down. It is both devastating and gripping. It switches between the present and Josie at different ages in the past. Reading about her horrific childhood was just heartbreaking but helps us understand her character so much more. I guessed what one of the twists was a little bit before it was revealed but that doesn’t ruin it at all. The twist is bittersweet for Josie as it gives her answers but also leaves her with a lot of what ifs. The ending was as explosive and dramatic as expected. 

I really hope we will get to see more of Josie Quinn because I need to know what happens to her and I really want to see what happens between her and Noah

Expose by Danielle Girard

I would just like to start this review by saying how dare you end a book like that? Why would you do that to me? I need to next instalment right now. I honestly don’t know how I am going to wait a whole year.

Expose is the 3rd book in the Dr Anna Schwartzman series and I would definitely recommend reading them in order due to events that take place in Schwartzman’s personal life regarding her abusive ex. You can check out my review on the first two here.

Schwartzman is a medical examiner and works closely with Detective Hal Harris. I love their chemistry together and they are both such loveable characters. There are quite a lot of scientific explanations and terms which can be a bit long winded but I like that kind of stuff. Expose is a bit of a slow starter but it soon picked up speed and kept me hooked.  

There is the main crime involving the murder of a Muslim lady and a black man which are seemingly unconnected and have very limited clues. This then runs alongside events in Schwartzman's personal life. Both storylines work well together and are well balanced. 

The story is told mainly from Schwartzman and Hal’s point of view but there’s also a woman called Tabitha, Bitty for short. I struggled with Bitty as I wasn’t a massive fan of her character and nothing she did seemed to make sense. It did all come together in the end though, especially with the suspense created around the mysterious Bengal. 

If you love forensic science and crime thriller series then I definitely recommend this one.  


* I was sent a free copy for the purpose of review, however, it does not affect my views and the opinions expressed in this review are independent and my own

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