Books Read in Feb 2017

1 March 2017

As I'm trying to read more I thought I'd do a round up post of books I've read in the month with some mini reviews as I never get round to writing up full reviews. This month has been so damn hectic that I didn't get to read anywhere near as many books as I wanted to but here's what I managed to read in Feb.

crime thriller book review
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

"You’ve been held captive in one room.
You’ve been mentally and physically abused every day since you were sixteen years old.
Then, one night, you realise your captor has left the door to your cell unlocked.
For the first time in eight years you’re free.
This is what happens next."

Technically I read this in January but I wanted to include it anyway (not pictured because my mum is reading it). This follows the aftermath of a girl who has been locked in a room for 8 years escapes. I did find some of her reactions a bit far fetched and she seems to integrate back into normal life pretty quickly but I found it a good read anyway. You really feel for the whole family and how they all coped with the situation as well as learning about the abductor. The one I felt for the most was poor little Sky, the little girl born in captivity who doesn't know any different. I loved so many of the characters and was not expecting the ending. This one also swaps characters with different chapters but it's still a pretty easy read.

My Husbands Wife by Jane Corry

"What if your life was built on a lie?
When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind.

But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who's accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for.
But is he really innocent?
And who is she to judge?"

I really didn't enjoy this book. I forced myself to read it all because I wanted to know what happened and how it ended but it really wasn't worth it. It dragged for ages and I couldn't bring myself to pick it up for days. Every chapter switches between Lily and a young Italian girl, Clara, as well as starting in 2000 and moving onto 2013. It's a really thick book but I just found a lot of it boring. The storyline was okay I just think it was a bit too padded out for my liking. I also struggled to like any of the characters which always makes a book harder to enjoy.

crime thriller book review

Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes

"Ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished without a trace during a family holiday to Greece. When Scarlett is discovered back in her home town after all this time, DCI Louisa Smith is determined to find out what happened to her and why she remained hidden for so long. 
Was she abducted or did she run away?

As Lou and her team delve deeper into Scarlett's past, their investigation throws up more questions than it answers. But as they edge closer to discovering what really went on behind closed doors, the truth is more sinister and disturbing than they had ever imagined."

Another one that tests my concentration by switching character and between the past and present. Why is this so common these days? My poor brain. I did however enjoy this book. I found some of the chapters in the present a bit boring and wanted to get back to the why and how but overall it was a good storyline. Scarlett is such a lovely character and what she goes through is devastating. She can't trust anyone and even her family don't really seem to care where she's been for the last 10 years. I did struggle to keep up with some of the "bad guy" characters as they seem to have similar names but that's probably my poor concentration.

Evil Games by Angela Marsons

"When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work. 

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment. 

Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time - it’s personal."

I finished this book last night just managing to squeeze it onto my books read in Feb list. This was hands down my favourite book this month. I loved it and could not put it down. It kept me gripped until the end and now I just want to go out and buy the rest of the series. Also why do I always end up reading the second book in a series first. Every damn time.

This is the only book I read this month that didn't switch characters and time frame every chapter and I am so happy. I loved Kim as a character and learning about her past is heartbreaking. The murders in this book are different because of the who behind it. I loved the psychological side to the story and the bad guy kept me hooked. There are two storylines running alongside each other which are easy to keep up with but I did find one of them was wrapped up super quickly at the end. I could've done with a bit more info because it's a tad difficult to see how she came to the conclusion. That being said it kept me gripped until the last page and there was not a single chapter I didn't enjoy. It's pretty tense in some parts trying to work out how Kim is ever going to catch the bad guy. I definitely recommend giving this one a go.

I have so many books to read next month. I can't wait to get started.

Beth...x

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