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1 August 2019

Read in July 2019 Part 1

I am on a roll with reading at the moment, not so much with the blog post writing. Will this month be the one that I get my shit together? Who knows. Last month was great for reading. I managed to read 7 books (you can see them here in part 1 & part 2). This month I managed to beat that by reading 8. I haven't read this much in a long time and it feels so good. I have also taken a load of photos today so hopefully, I will have some actual content other than what I have been reading this month. 

Expire by Danielle Girard*
#4 Dr Anna Schwartzman 
4/5
- Book 1 & Book 2 - Book 3 -

Kindle fire screen showing the cover for Expire next to a chunky knit pink blanket and some roses. The cover has the title in red writing and a key on an icy blue background

Annabelle Shwartzman is being held prisoner in an isolated cabin. Having spent 8 years being stalked by her abusive ex she’s expecting it to be Spencer but when she hears a familiar voice in the dark it isn’t his. Hal is convinced Spencer is behind it but tracking his every move isn’t helping him get any closer to Anna.

This is book 4 in the series and picks up exactly where Expose finishes. I would definitely recommend reading these in order otherwise you might miss out on how horrendous Spencer is. I liked how this one tied everything up but I preferred the other 3. I think it was because this one lacked the crime-solving element. They added in a secondary crime to distract Hal but we didn’t get much information on it and it was all tied up pretty quick.

It was a bit slow in places as well, especially with how much detail and time was spent on Anna finding drug free water. It got a bit repetitive and dull.

That being said it was a good finale. I absolutely adore Anna and Hal and they are such an adorable couple. The suspense of wondering if and how Anna was going to escape and if Hal was going to be able to find her in time made it an exciting read. The ending was the explosive and dramatic ending I needed.

I would love to get to see Anna fighting crime without the threat of Spencer. If you love crime books featuring a medical examiner then I highly recommend this series. They are written so well and have some lovable characters.

2/5


Kindle fire screen showing the cover for The Kille you know next to a chunky knit pink blanket and some roses. The cover has 4 people in the distance walking on a railway track and the title written in yellow

18 years ago Will joked about becoming a serial killer. Fast forward to a reunion of the old gang where Will is a no show. The topic of conversation soon gets onto his murder spree and the jokes seem less funny when they find 2 recent deaths that match Wills plans. As they try to hunt Will down and discover the truth things get deadly.

The synopsis of this book sounded pretty interesting but oh wow was it boring. I was way longer than it needed to be and it just dragged. None of the characters were that interesting or likeable which made caring about their story impossible.

I guessed how it was all going to end because it was so obvious. The author basically had a big arrow saying this is the bad guy. I was hoping that because it was made so obvious there would be an added dramatic twist but unfortunately, there wasn’t.

Not one I would recommend. There are much better thrillers out there.


#6 Josie Quinn 
5/5

Kindle fire screen showing the cover for Her silent cry next to a chunky knit pink blanket and some roses. The cover shows a red bridge over river

7-year-old Lucy disappears from the park. When a note is found telling the parents to answer their phone or Lucy will die they realise that this is more sinister than a child just wandering off. The kidnapper phones them from the babysitter's house and the police race round to catch him but they’re too late. The kidnapper is nowhere to be found and all he left behind was a body. With more phone calls and more bodies coming in the pressure is on. Josie is convinced that the answer lies in the family's past but they are keeping quiet.

This is the 6th book in the Josie Quinn series and even though this could be read as a standalone I highly recommend reading them in order. Not only do you get more out of the book if you know the characters' histories, but it is also one of my absolute favourite series and not one of the books disappoints.

I love the fact that we get to really know Josie throughout the series. We get a look into her personal life without it being tedious or overshadowing the main storyline. I also enjoy getting to know the lovable secondary characters like Noah, Trinity, Misty and Gretchen. We also get to find out how Noah & Josie are coping after the trauma from the last book and find out what happened on that fateful night with Luke.

With regards to the kidnapping storyline, I was absolutely hooked. The tension kept me guessing and totally engrossed. I could not put it down. I thought it was such a clever yet devastating back story. Most of the book is from Josies POV with a few chapters from a mystery person. I did find these chapters a little bit confusing at first but it is all explained in the end and adds to the emotions running through the book.


1/5

Kindle fire screen showing the cover for Those people next to a chunky knit pink blanket and some roses. The cover shows a house with the silhouettes of two people in a patio door

Lowland Way is a suburban paradise with friendly neighbours and children playing in the street. Everything changes when Darren and Jodie move in and shatter the peace. When a horrific crime takes place the neighbours close ranks and all agree that it was the newcomers. However, the police don’t believe them and won't stop looking until they get to the bottom of it.

This book was not for me. The blurb sounded interesting but I just found it boring. It is an extremely slow-paced read and it failed to hold my attention. It didn’t help that I didn’t care about any of the characters. They were either unbelievable or just extremely unlikable. I was holding out for a major plot twist and exciting ending but it never came. The book just faded out with an equally boring ending.

Beth...x

* 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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