15 October 2019

Read in September 2019 Part 2

Will I ever get these What I read posts out on time? Probably not. Anyway here's part 2 of all the books I read in September including one of the best Crime books I have read this month. You can check out Part 1 to read about the cutest YA book with my favourite plus size character I've ever read, a book celebrating fat creators as well as my usual crime reads. 

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Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler*

Kindle fire shows the cover of Degrees of Guilt next to a pink chunky knit blanket, leaves and roses. The cover shows a photo of a woman torn down the middle. The left side is red and the right side is a mug shot

Maria is on trial for attempted murder. She confessed to the crime and admits she wanted him dead. But was it self defence? Lottie is on the jury and in charge of Maria's fate when she embarks on an illicit affair. You think you know who is guilty and who is innocent but you’re probably wrong.

I absolutely loved this book. It's definitely one of my favourite books this year. I was hooked until the very end. It manages to cover the stages of a trial without being dull and I couldn’t put it down. It’s such a clever premise and is written extremely well. I wasn’t a massive fan of some of the characters but that just added to the story. I questioned pretty much everything except the main thing I was supposed to. Did not see that coming.

The author manages to tackle some difficult topics extremely well but TW for domestic abuse and rape.

For anyone who is a fan of psychological thrillers and legal/courtroom dramas I highly recommend checking this book out. Also for crime thriller fans, this is written by Helen Fields under a different name so if you love her work definitely check it out.


Kindle fire shows the cover of The essence of evil next to a pink chunky knit blanket, leaves and roses. The cover shows a pair of legs at the top of a set of stairs

It’s Dani’s first day back after a horrendous attack that nearly killed her. With dead bodies piling up and with no obvious connections or leads Dani needs help to understand the killer. She reluctantly turns to her murderous twin brother to get some insight.

I struggled with this one. It is such a slow starter and then when you think it’s getting good it just blows straight past gripping to ridiculous and over the top. I was not a fan of the ending. However, the who/why was a surprise.

I also thought the chapters from Steven Grant made some parts too obvious. He had to be important otherwise we wouldn’t be reading from his POV. I struggled with the main characters as well and didn’t really care about either Dani or Jason which was a shame.

All in all it’s an okay crime thriller but definitely didn’t wow me.


Kindle fire shows the cover of we have always been here next to a pink chunky knit blanket, leaves and roses. The cover ha the title written in white over a multicoloured tiled background

Samra’s story starts with leaving Pakistan due to being part of a threatened minority sect. We then follow her life growing up as a refugee in Canada, escaping an arranged marriage at 16, realising she was queer and discovering that she can be Muslim and queer.

We have always been here is a powerful and moving memoir. It gives an insight into what it’s like to be queer and religious as well as having to fight against your family and their beliefs. It’s an important read for anyone who has ever felt alone and even if you don’t struggle with the same issues that Samra has faced I definitely recommend giving it a read. It’s a short read and it does jump around a bit but it is truly insightful.  

What are you looking forward to reading next?


* 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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