The Echo Killing – Christi Daugherty
The Echo Killing is the first book in the Harper McClain series. It begins with Harper, a journalist reporting on a murder scene that looks identical to her mother’s murder 15 years earlier. The premise is great and I really enjoyed the twists and turns in the story. However, the book falls a little short with its one-dimensional character portrayals.
All in all, a good read but I won’t be following the rest of the series.
Clean – Juno Dawson
I really struggled with this book to start with. At the beginning of this year my aim was to read more YA fiction and I’ve really enjoyed the few YA books that I’ve read so far this year. Clean centres around Lexi Volkov, a teen socialite with a drug problem. The start of the novel felt a little forced and stereotypical of rich kids but the themes of drugs, relapse and identity really made the book a worthwhile read. I love that YA fiction is talking about the hard topics in a way that’s accessible and by the end of the book I was really rooting for Lexi.
Only Child – Rhiannon Nevin
Wow. This novel is easily in my top reads so far this year. I’m a sucker for books written from the perspective of a child. Room and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close are some of my favourites, and now I’ll be adding Only Child to that list.
6-year-old Zach hides in the cloakroom while a shooter guns down his schoolmates. It sounds like a tragic read, and it is, but it’s also funny and moving and just a beautiful way of viewing loss from a child’s eyes.
I’m not usually a teary-eyed reader but Only Child really broke me and I loved it.
This month I’m aiming to read Oliver Loving, Census and Our Kind of Cruelty. Let me know if you’ve read and loved any!