How fast has May gone? I haven’t read as much as normal this month because I’ve been so busy with uni work. But I have still managed to read three books and restarted Harry Potter so not an unsuccessful month by any stretch of the imagination.
Mike and Verity have a special game. The Crave. They play it to prove what they already know: that Verity loves Mike. That she needs Mike. Even though she’s marrying another man. Now Mike knows that the stakes of their private game are rising. This time, someone has to die…
When I started Our Kind of Cruelty, I thought it was great. It was refreshing, a storyline that I hadn’t read before. The concept of The Crave really hooked me and the first half of the book was great. But for me, the second half tailed off a little. I won’t go into the details because spoilers but it just didn’t hold its own throughout which was disappointing.
However, having said that, I do think it’s a really good book, so maybe just not my kind of thing.
Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second. Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable, tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching. Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again. Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.
I don’t know if it’s alright to admit, but missing children storylines are just a bit more exciting than your average thriller aren’t they?
Something about the blurb of this novel really captured and I loved it from start to end. It’s an absolutely perfect gritty family thriller with credible characters and I really hope it’s a Summer success. What I loved most about the book was that it was different. I read so many thriller books where it’s the same old guessable conclusion and even though I had an inkling as to the ending, it wasn’t quite what I thought.
Easily one of my favourite books this year.
Alex South is a high-functioning alcoholic who is teetering on the brink of oblivion. Her career as a television journalist is hanging by a thread since a drunken on-air rant. When a series of murders occur within a couple of miles of her East London home she is given another chance to prove her skill and report the unfolding events. She thinks she can control the drinking, but soon she finds gaping holes in her memory, and wakes to find she’s done things she can’t recall. As the story she’s covering starts to creep into her own life, is Alex a danger only to herself – or to others?
I have a few reservations about this book. Firstly, I’m a little confused about the title, which I still can’t quite work about its relation to the content of the novel. Secondly, a lot of the book is centred around alcoholism, which isn’t a topic that excites me to read about. However, with that out the way, I did really enjoy this book.
We all know I love a thriller and although some plot points were predictable, overall it was a good read that I finished within two days.
I’m a sucker for a good twist and this definitely had a few to keep momentum, but not one of my favourite books this year.
What did you read in May? Let me know your recommendations.