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Book 17: Camino Island

Book 17 of 2018: Camino Island 🌴 by John Grisham

Well, well, well… I’ve heard a lot about Mr Grisham and his writing but this is the first book of his I’ve read. I can honestly say I wish I hadn’t had so much work to do this week because I didn’t want to put the book down! I’ve been reading at everyone opportunity.

From the first word I was hooked. There are no wasted words, sentences or, more importantly, dialogue. Everything has its place in this story and it weaves together so smoothly you don’t even notice the transitions.

One thing that threw me was the quote on the cover “the best thriller writer alive…” whilst this may be true, this book was not a thriller. It wasn’t even suspenseful. However, it was an un-put-down-able read and I love every word.

I’m using this book for my #popsugarreadingchallenge prompt ‘a story about a heist’ but it could also work for ‘story set in a bookshop’ or ‘problems society faces’ PLUS there’s tonnes of books mentioned in it… so if you read this, you’ll easily be able to chose your next read for ‘book mentioned within another book’.

Join Denny, Mercer, Elaine and Cable on this bizarrely outrageous adventure, full of wine, late nights and lives on the run…

I’m giving it 4/5 stars 🌟 and will probably pass it on to a colleague who I think will enjoy it too!

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Book 14 of 2018: A Gathering Light

I have another confession. I can’t even remember why I bought this book… but I’m glad I did!

Starting it on Monday, I couldn’t quite get into it. I started it thinking I would use it for the Popsugar prompt: True crime, but the story isn’t exactly based on the crime in question.

It is more about the people in the town in which the crime happened.

At page 177, I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down and it took me just a couple of hours to finish it.

A young, best friend duo, Mattie and Weaver, work their way through school, fight battles with outsiders and do everything in their power to help their families, even when the odds are against them.

For me, this story, despite being true, is about family values, determination and the importance of books. The enjoyment Mattie finds in reading, writing and learning new words resonates with me so strongly, and her determination to not let other people’s opinions of her hold her back is inspiring.

I wouldn’t class this book as crime, but it does address some serious issues, including race and infidelity, based in the early 1900s.

I’d rate it 3.5 stars – I enjoyed reading it but it didn’t particularly ‘move’ me.

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Book 11 of 2018 – I Let You Go

First of all, I have a confession to make. I’ve tried twice to read this book, but moved on after a couple of pages each time.

Last Sunday and throughout the week I persevered. Despite only reading a few pages at a time at work, I made a real attempt last night.

11pm until 4am I was fixated on this book.


Oh. My. God.

What a story!

Poor little Jacob loses his life to a hit-and-run accident, the driver flees and a year later the police still have no idea who was involved.

Ray and Kate make a strong detective team and refuse to give up on finding justice for Jacob.

What they do find is more than you can ever imagine. Join these characters on the journey from hell as they battle through family troubles, grief, loss and unsolved crimes…

I’m incredibly envious of the construction of the twists and turns in this novel. I would never have predicted any of them and I simply couldn’t put the book down.

I’m exhausted today but it was totally worth it for the book!

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars 🤩

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Book 10 of 2018: The Body in the Library

This morning I finally wrapped up book 10 of 2018 – I have to admit, I’m feeling really proud of myself right now. This time last year I hadn’t even picked up a single book. I was determined to read one book every day until the 15th of January but my mind’s not been totally with me the last few days.

Despite studying English Literature for at least 6/7 years, I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never paid much interest to Agatha’s Christie’s work and honestly, I have no idea why. I can only assume it’s because her works are so famous. I have this weird thing about not following the crowd.

I read Murder on the Orient Express at the end of last year because I thought the movie would be fantastic (I was wrong, it was awful) but I really enjoyed the book. I realized, among my 200 books I had The Body in the Library, and it fits the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge Prompt: A book that takes place in a library or bookstore.

Now normally I read the real thriller stories. The kind that completely mess with your head and leave your shivering in fear as you hide under the bed covers, but I’m starting to warm to these fairly calm, detective stories.

I’d give this book 4 stars because I absolutely love the way Christie writes. There’s a real old-fashioned elegance in her words and the way she directs your suspicion from person to person without you even questioning her is brilliant.

At least twice I thought, ‘yup! It’s definitely him / her’ and then a few pages later I think, ‘wait, what? Of course it’s not them!’

Great twists in the story, well-rounded characters without wasting time on giving them pointless traits or flaws. I don’t know how she did it, but she’s a real genius!

What Agatha Christie books have you enjoyed?
If you’re in the UK is there any you’d like to book swap with me?
Please let me know your opinions or any recommendations you have.


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Book 8 of 2018 : Hopes and dreams amongst the Northern Lights

Sky Song – by Abi Elphinstone

My oh my! What a truly beautiful piece of art. This book contains so much more than just words. The magic within this book is dreams and love, friendship and bravery, family ties and determination.

Whilst I rarely ever read books like this, because I’m completely obsessed with crime, thriller and gore, I’m so glad I chose this.

As Waterstones’ book of the month, it was placed in piles around the shop and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the cover!

I would recommend this book to anyone with a hopeful heart and someone who enjoys a little magic. Two new friends will take you on a journey to save their divides kingdom, whilst making new friends along the way!

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Book 7 of 2018: A chilling read

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

Wow! What a book!

I bought this on my iPad sometime last year and just never got around to reading it. In all honesty, I don’t like reading on tablets, etc. Real books ftw!

Anyway, from the second page I was hooked! Erika Foster is brought back from her ‘time out’ after a heartbreaking loss, only to be thrown in at the deep end of a nasty murder case.

I read from 8pm until 2am with barely a break. I just could not put this book down! I absolutely loved it. It’s gripping, heart-racingly worrying and quite disturbing in all honesty.

I read some reviews saying Erika Foster was just a stupid character, but let’s face it, it’s fiction and if no body made stupid decisions, bad things wouldn’t happen and we’d have no story? Amirite?! The relationships between some of the characters are warped and disturbing, yet others are heart-warming with their friendship.

If anyone’s read it, please let me know what you think!

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Book 5 of 2018: When the Music’s Over

When the Music’s Over, by Peter Robinson

My mum bought this book on our trip to Taiwan back in June of last year and she’s only just put it down! I know my mum’s too busy for reading, but I thought, ‘that book must’ve been awful if it took her that long to read it!’


When the Music’s Over, by Peter Robinson is the 23rd novel in the DCI Banks series in which Banks has recently been promoted and somewhat enjoying his new power – getting one of the youngsters to drive him home after a few too many beers, overseeing multiple investigations… Unfortunately none of them are pretty, as to be expected from a crime novel, but these really make your stomach churn. The question is, will he ever solve them?

Throughout the book I couldn’t help but see Stephen Tompkinson’s face and hear his voice every time DCI Banks was mentioned in the novel, he plays DCI Banks in the UK TV Series, but I must admit they cast him perfectly. Would I have felt the same if I’d read the book first? I don’t know.

Honestly, it took me about 100(ish) pages to really get into the book, you have to go through the backstory, the nitty gritty details so that the remainder of the novel makes sense, but it’s worth it. I noted on page 246 that I was hooked! Before I knew it, it was 1am…

This book works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel, but personally, I might hunt down the very first one in the series and see how I enjoy it.

Have you read any of Peter Robinson’s books? Let me know!