7 February 2019

Read in January 2019

January started off as a great month for reading and now I've slowly fizzled out. Hopefully, I can get my mojo back asap so that I can hit my goodreads goal of 60 books this year. I have been loving curling up in bed with Netflix recently though. I accidentally watched the whole of Russian Doll the other night. I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I think I really liked it. Have you seen it yet?

Anyway here's what I read last month.

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 Blood Lines by Angela Marsons book
Blood Lines by Angela Marsons #5 - 4.5/5

Book 1 - Book 2 - Book 3 - Book 4 

Two seemingly unrelated bodies are found with identical stab wounds. Kim knows in her gut that it’s the same killer but can’t find any evidence or a motive. To make things even harder Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath that Kim imprisoned after nearly losing her mind, has decided to taunt her again. Can she survive her a second time?

Angela Marsons is one of my top 5 authors. I absolutely adore the Kim Stone series. If you love a fierce female lead then I highly recommend getting stuck into these. Blood Lines is book 5 and brings back the villain from book 2 so it’s definitely worth reading them in order.

Alex is one of my favourite bad guys because she’s sneaky and underhanded. I did find the main murder was a bit boring and kind of played second place to Alex and Kim’s storyline which is why I dropped half a star. That being said, I still thoroughly enjoyed the whole book and had no idea who the main murderer was. Plus I was way more invested in Alex & Kim than the other plot line. I definitely wasn’t expecting Kim’s stalker to end that way either and the ending was just heartbreaking.

So in conclusion, go get the whole series now.

Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings ebook

Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings* - 2/5

Villanelle is the perfect assassin. A Russian orphan ruthlessly trained and given a new life. Eve Polastri is ex MI5 and makes it her mission to hunt her down.

This isn’t something that happens very often, but the TV series was a hell of a lot better than the book. Neither Villanelle or Eve were particularly well written. There seemed to be a lot of descriptive filler which made it a tad boring and it ended on a pointless cliff hanger. The main plus is that it’s a short read so I got through it pretty quickly. I'd definitely skip the book and just watch the show though if I was you.

Too Close by Natalie Daniels ebook

Too Close by Natalie Daniels* - 4/5

Connie wakes up in a Psychiatric hospital and is told she committed a terrible crime. She says she can’t remember a thing.

The book switches between the past and present and we gradually discover what Connie did. When we know the what we then get to find out the why. It’s packed full of emotion and brings up the question of whether everyone has a breaking point.

Even though Emma, the psychiatrist is extremely unprofessional with a messy personal life, I did enjoy the relationship between her and Connie.

If you go into this expecting a psychological thriller, you might be a tad disappointed. I really enjoyed it, but it definitely isn’t a thriller. I wouldn’t say it’s particularly fast paced either but it did keep me engaged.

The Liars Wife by Samantha Hayes ebook

The Liars Wife by Samantha Hayes* - 4/5

Ella wakes up in hospital after being hit by a van. The nurse tells her that her husband will be back soon. Except Ella doesn’t have any friends let alone a husband. When she recognises the man claiming to be her husband she realises she must do everything in her power to stop her darkest secret getting out, even if that means playing the dutiful wife.

After finding the most anticipated psychological thriller, The Silent Patient, boring and a bit of a let down I was kind of put off psychological thrillers. I haven’t really read a good one in a while. The Liars Wife definitely fixed this and surpassed my low expectations.

This is such a good psychological thriller which is emotional and intense in places. It’s a bit of a slow burner but it definitely kept me engaged. I was desperate to know who this mysterious guy was and what secret was worth all of this. I also needed to know if and how Ella was going to get herself out of this mess when her leg is extremely broken and in a full cast.

Some parts are a tad unbelievable but they didn’t ruin the reading experience. I was convinced that I had it all worked out but I really didn’t. The ending was a bit disappointing though as it was just wrapped up so quickly especially considering the tense build up.

That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone looking for a psychological thriller that keeps you guessing.

As usual, let me know what you've been reading


* I was sent this book via NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are not affected by this 

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