18 May 2019

Read in April 2019

April was a terrible month for reading and May has been a terrible month for writing blog posts. I only managed to finish 2 books. I don't know what got into me. I struggled to get into one of them which didn't encourage me to pick it up. I also got hooked on Bones again and finally finished the series. I'm not sure how to feel now that I don't have that in my life anymore. However, I have recently bought the Rizzoli & Isles boxset as I missed a lot of episodes the first time around. I have nearly finished series 1 already so who knows if I'll get through more books in May.

- Review of Books #7 Helen Grace Book #8

A kindle fire is pictured on a white wooden backdrop next to some roses with a chunky knit pink blanket. The cover for A gift for dying is shown on the screen.
15-year-old Kassie claims she can see how and when people will die just by looking into their eyes. Adam is a forensic psychologist who knows in his head that Kassie must be suffering from mental health issues. However, when a serial killer hits and Kassie knows who the next target is she becomes chief suspect. Except, despite all of his training, Adam believes her.

I absolutely adore M.J Arlidge’s Helen Grace series. It is one of my favourite crime series. I think that’s why I felt a bit let down by this stand alone.

It started with a gruesome murder and ended with a lot of devastation, heartbreak and drama. The middle was just a bit flat and slow going. I thought all the characters were well written though and I loved Kassie. I just wanted to give her a big hug.

I’m not normally a fan of all things supernatural and psychic but once I got used to that element it wasn’t too bad. I found Adams actions all just seemed highly unprofessional and a bit far fetched and the way his character changes was a bit much.

That being said, Arlidge is a fantastic writer and if you enjoy supernatural elements and grizzly murders then maybe check this one out. Don’t expect it to be like the Helen Grace series though because you will be left disappointed.

The Bones She Buried by Lisa Regan** - #5 Josie Quinn - 4/5

- Reviews of - Book 1 + 2 - Book 3 - Book 4 -

A kindle fire is pictured on a white wooden backdrop next to some roses with a chunky knit pink blanket. The cover forThe bones she buried is shown on the screen.

Josie & Noah find Noah's mum murdered in her own garden. When they search the house they find an item relating to a man that went missing years ago. As they try to connect the dots and find the link between the 2 cases another murder occurs and only adds more questions. How are these people linked and what is the murderer trying to keep hidden by killing anyone remotely involved?

I love the Josie Quinn series so much. I think the first and third books are my favourites. This one didn’t quite grip me as much as those two. However, it is still a great read that kept me guessing the whole time.

Lisa Regan really knows how to write a gripping storyline. I honestly had no idea where it was going and who had done it. The last plot twist was a bit much though and I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

I find Noah and Josie's relationship a bit odd and Noah is a bit of a knob in this book but I’m definitely still rooting for them. I also love all the other background characters and getting to know them more. The characters are all so well written and the mood is set perfectly. You just get sucked in.

I highly recommend reading the series in order as it definitely packs more of a punch that way but they can be read as stand alones. I recommend checking them out though. Definitely a firm favourite of mine.

What have you been reading?


* This book was gifted via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, however, it does not affect my views and the opinions expressed in this post are independent and my own

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