Review: I Thought I Knew You

Jules and Holly have been best friends since university. When Jules’s daughter Saffie accuses Holly’s son Saul of rape, their relationship is pushed to breaking point.

I Thought I Knew You alternates between Jules and Holly’s point of view. Jules believes her daughter, but Holly is convinced that Saul could never do something like this. The story shows the deepening divide between the two characters, as both are desperate to protect their child.

My immediate instinct in this was to believe Saffie, but as the book progressed I began to doubt parts of her story and I wasn’t sure who to believe. There was clearly more to the story and my mind went through several possibilities, as I tried to fit the pieces together.

I wasn’t sure how I felt after finishing this book. It brought up a lot of emotions, but it is definitely a worthwhile read.

My rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Lost Boy

Once I was young, and young forever and always, until I wasn’t. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan.
Peter will tell you that this story isn’t the truth, but Peter lies. I loved him, we all loved him, but he lies, for Peter wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He’ll do anything to be that sun.
Peter will say I’m a villain, that I wronged him, that I was never his friend.
But I told you already. Peter lies.
This is what really happened.

Lost Boy, Christina Henry

I really enjoy story re-tellings from the point of view of the ‘villain’, explaining why they’re really misunderstood. Lost Boy is told from the point of view of Jamie, when he’s one of Peter’s lost boys, explaining how and why he became Peter’s enemy, Captain Hook.

From the very start of this book, it’s obvious that Peter is the real villain of the story. We see how Jamie cares about all of the boys, while Peter sees them as toys, there to entertain him and be discarded. If boys have to die so that Peter can have his fun, Peter can always get more from the other place.

These boys will never grow up because they’ll never have the chance to.

Jamie has been on the island for years with Peter, he was the first lost boy, but throughout the story we see Jamie become slowly disillusioned with Peter and Neverland, ageing as he does. Through Peter’s impulsive actions and indifference to the lives of the boys he ‘rescues’ we see Jamie’s love for Peter slowly turn to hatred and gain an understanding of Captain Hook.

Henry’s version of Peter doesn’t contradict the Peter created by J.M. Barrie, or the version we see in the Disney film. It’s very easy to see Peter’s actions in these as selfish and uncaring, rather than those of the kind hero we thought.

My rating: 4 stars

Book Haul: 13 March 2019

I went to The Works this week and got a huge stack of books. Going to any bookshop is dangerous, as I will leave with at least one book, but The Works is particularly dangerous as it’s so cheap. I got 23 books for a total of £35.30. The fact that some of them will likely sit on a shelf for six months before I get around to reading them is irrelevant.

Chaos Walking – I’ve seen a lot of good things about this trilogy so I’m really excited about reading it. I’m going to try and set aside a weekend to read all three.

Murder Games – I tried watching the TV show and wasn’t a fan. I thought the plot was interesting, but the TV show felt quite rushed, so I’m hoping the book will be better.
James Patterson and Ian Rankin are usually pretty enjoyable mysteries so I almost always buy the books that I haven’t read yet.

We Were Liars – I’ve seen a lot about this and been considering reading it for a while, so I’m glad I can finally add it to my TBR pile.
The other four don’t have many ratings on Goodreads so I’m excited to find some books that I don’t have any expectations for. The Girl in the Green Dress by Cath Staincliffe was one of my favourite reads of 2018 so I’m hoping that The Silence Between Breaths will be almost as good.

The rest are a mix of thrillers and mysteries.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair – I watched the TV adaptation earlier this year and enjoyed it and I’ve been wanting to read the book for a while now.
In Bloom – This is the sequel to Sweetpea which I read a couple of years ago. I wasn’t expecting a sequel so I’m interested to see how this measures up.

What was your most recent book haul like? Do you plan what books you’re going to buy or do you just go to a bookstore and see what takes your fancy?

Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books that Need a Sequel

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I rummaged through my Goodreads shelves trying to find books that I wanted to have a sequel. Since I read a lot of thrillers there are lots of books I’ve read that don’t need sequel as the story is nicely tied up within one book, and a sequel would mean they lost some of that impact.

So here are 5 books that I need a sequel for.

Good Omens – Good Omens is probably going to appear on a lot of these lists, as one of my favourite books. While I’m aware that it is very unlikely that there will ever be a sequel to Good Omens, you can only have one apocalypse, I would gladly read a 500 page book about Crowley and Aziraphale with no other plot. Their friendship is amazing and I need more of it.

Asking For It – This was an amazing, emotional, book. Emma is sexually assaulted and this book deals with the aftermath
The ending of this book was frustrating, but realistic, and I’d love to a sequel set 5/10 years later about how Emma is dealing with the long-term effects.

Sharp Objects – Camille returns to her hometown to cover the murder of two preteen girls, and in doing so must face her neurotic family, and her past. This was a disturbing thriller with a lot of twists.
This is another book where I would like to read about the characters 10 years later, and how they dealt with the revelations of this book.

The Perfect Child – Hannah and Christopher have always wanted a child but were unable to have one. When Christopher treats an abused and abandoned child he thinks she will be the perfect addition to their family. Hannah’s not so sure, but nothing she says will convince him otherwise. Read my full review here.
I’d love to read a sequel with Janie as an adult to see how she’s changed growing up

The Host – okay, this feels like cheating slightly as The Host was supposed to be the first book in a trilogy, but since it has been 10 years since it was published, I feel justified in adding this to the list.

What books do you need a sequel for?

Reading This Week: 11 March 2019

I finished a few audiobooks last week and I’ve already added more to my list for this week.

The Halloween Tree – I have several books by Ray Bradbury on my TBR list, but I haven’t read many. This is a short listen to start off with.
Altered Carbon – This is sci-fi mixed with crime mystery, two of my favourite genres combined, so this should be a really fun listen.
The Dark Web – I read and watch a lot of crime dramas and the dark web is often mentioned so I’m looking forward getting a more detailed picture of what it is.

I’ve also bought several new books for my kindle so I have a few recent releases that I’m looking forward to reading.

What’s on your TBR list this week?

Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Aiden Bishop will relive the day that Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered eight times, each time in the body of a different party guest. If Aiden doesn’t solve the murder by the end of the eighth day he will have to start all over again, with no memory of his previous attempts.

I feel like I’m a bit late to the party with this book, but I finally got a copy from the library.

I’m glad a got a physical copy of this book, rather than an ebook, as I love books with maps inside the cover, and I really liked the pages with the invitations.

As I’d seen quite a bit about this book before reading it, I had some ideas going in of what the story would be. I expected that there would be some kind of build up or explanation to explain how Aiden got there, but there’s no build up and we start with Aiden as one of the party guests, not knowing what is going on. We discover what is happening, and what the rules are, as Aiden does.

The plot is so much more complex than I was expecting. This isn’t a beach read, this is a book that you need to give your full attention to and it quickly sucks you in. There are lots of twists and I never managed to guess the ending.

I think this book would work really well as a TV special, rather than a movie, with one day as one episode (roughly).

My rating: 5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme run by That Artsy Reader Girl.
For my first Top Ten Tuesday I thought I would do my top ten favourite books rather than this weeks list.

Harry Potter

I had to start the list with the Harry Potter series. I was seven when I first read Harry Potter, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire had just been published. These books were a huge part of my childhood and I love them just as much now as when I first read them. I even went to the midnight release of the last two books.

Harry Potter will always be a huge part of my life and I don’t think it’s possible to read them enough.

The Saga of Darren Shan

The Saga of Darren Shan is another series from my childhood. I started reading these not long after Harry Potter when I was seven or eight. This was another series that I had to wait for. I got each book as soon as it was released, and I still have them all fifteen years later. I also have the other series by Darren Shan but The Saga of Darren Shan will always be my favourite. I still remember reading Cirque du Freak and being terrified of going to sleep afterwards.

Good Omens

I don’t think I can put how much I love Good Omens into words. It’s such an amazing book and one that I recommend to everyone. The humour is very British and I adore the relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley. I have multiple copies of this book and I can’t wait for the tv series later this year.

War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds is a classic. I love the book and the musical version, and the audible version that combined them was amazing. It’s such a British response to an alien invasion in that everyone carries on as normal until the aliens are actively attacking them. If aliens are attacking people a couple of miles down the road then it’s fine.

The Book Thief

This is such an emotional book. It’s such a difficult topic but it’s handled so well. While I usually prefer my books to have a happy ending, I think this book would have lost something.

And Then There Were None

I’ve read a few Agatha Christie books, but I don’t think any will measure up to And Then There Were None. This is much more than your typical whodunnit. There are so many books and films that centre around the plot of characters being killed one-by-one for past sins but none manage the plot twists that Agatha Christie created 80 years ago.

Asking For It

This is a wonderful book that reflects a sad truth of our society. It centres around Emma and the responses of her family, friends, and small town after she is raped.

This has one of the most powerful quotes I’ve read in a book:
“They are all innocent until proven guilty. But not me. I am a liar until I am proven honest.”
This really resonates with how rape victims and rapists are often seen by society. I’d recommend this book to anyone, but be aware that it is an uncomfortable read.

The Girl in the Green Dress

The Girl in the Green Dress is such an amazing read. I had to take a break more than once to deal with all the emotions this brought up. This is a massively underrated book that deserves more love.

Allie is a trans girl murdered on her prom night. The book changes perspective between the parents of the murdered girl, and the parents of her murderers.

We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

This is such a fun book and it made me nerd out more than once. There’s the descriptions of the science, planets and space, and so many sci-fi and pop culture references. This is a must read for any science-fiction fans.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

This is a very recent addition to the list. I only read it a week ago, but it quickly became one of my favourites. It was more than I was expecting. There are twists that keep you guessing to the end. This is much more well thought out than your usual mystery/thriller and I’m looking forward to Stuart Turton’s next book