Recent Reads

Recent Reads

The last month has been pretty good for reading, thanks to long train rides and night shifts. As usual they’re all thriller/mystery novels but I’m already thinking that 2019 might have to be the year I branch out from my favourite genre and try something new.

All The Hidden Truths – Claire Askew

This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed thirteen women, then himself.

But no one can say why.

The question is one that cries out to be answered – by Ryan’s mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families’ secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame… the truth seems to vanish.

I read this in the same week that a shooting took place at a video game tournament in Florida. This book had me hooked from the start. I really enjoyed the different narrative perspectives throughout the novel, particularly that of the shooter’s mother, a voice which is so often quashed.

Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager

Have you ever played two truths and a lie?

Emma has. Her first summer away from home, she learned how to play the game. And she learned how to lie.

Then three of her new friends went into the woods and never returned . . .

Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really she’s returning to the scene of a crime.

Because Emma’s innocence might be the biggest lie of all…

Camp stories always give me the creeps and Last Time I Lied had the most eerie vibe to it. I read so many thriller novels that often books fall by the wayside as soon as I’ve read them but this story is so clear in my head even a month after I read it. The characters were really well written, the tension was palpable and the ending was so thrilling.

If you like Pretty Little Liars, Last Time I Lied will definitely be up your street.

The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker – Kerry Wilkinson

Seventeen-year-old Eleanor Parker wakes up cold and alone in the river that twists through her quiet village. She has no memory of how she got there. But she does know that another girl was drowned in the same river the summer before, held under the water by an unknown killer…

Determined to unlock the mystery of what really happened to her, Eleanor can’t escape the feeling that something awful links her to the previous summer’s murder. But will she find out the truth before it’s too late?

Supernatural fiction doesn’t normally appeal to me but I did enjoy this. If you can suspend your belief far enough to get past the premise then it’s a really deep and quite chilling novel. I liked the narrative voice and the main characters and the ending was just as good as the rest of the novel, an aspect that I think sometimes falls a little flat in young adult fiction.

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