Recently Read #1

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Hi, I’m Daniella and I am addicted to creating blog series.  In my defence, this is a series that is truly needed on this blog; a series that talks about the books I have read recently that have been from my own shelves (or have been lurking on my Kindle…).   Without further ado, let’s begin!

Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister | 4*

During a recent train journey, I couldn’t decide on a book to read.  Looking through my Kindle library, I remembered that I had bought Anything You Do Say after seeing it featured on Jess Hearts Books, and decided to give it a go.  Whilst walking home from a night out with her best friend, Joanna hears footsteps behind her.  Is someone following her?  Will they attack her?  As they get closer to her, Joanna makes a snap decision and pushes the stranger down the stairs.  The story then splits into two – what would happen if Joanna Revealed her crime, and she phoned for help and faced the consequences?  What would happen if Joanna Concealed her crime, and left the stranger in the dark underpass without helping them? Having two stories in one book is ambitious, but in Anything You Do Say, they are seamlessly interwoven and expertly plotted.  Gillian’s knowledge of the law adds an authenticity to the story, and I definitely will be reading more of her books in the future.

Our House by Louise Candlish | 4*

I purchased Our House on a complete whim after seeing it was 99p on Kindle…  and then I forgot about it.  A few months later, after seeing a flurry of praise, and even seeing it crowned Waterstones’ Book of the Month, I couldn’t resist seeing for myself what the fuss was about.  When Fiona Lawson arrives home one day to find strangers in her house, she has no idea what’s gone on.  Who are they, and why are they moving into her house?  She didn’t sell it… but then who did?  Oh my days, this book was ADDICTIVE.  I literally could not put it down and read it any time that I could.  I crowned Our House my book of the month too (maybe not quite as prestigious as one from Waterstones though) because it was just absolutely brilliant.  Louise has taken an original idea, added a “this could really happen” element and produced something really special.   A definite recommend from me.

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen | 4*

I was painfully aware I needed to read more thrillers after reading through my reading resolutions for 2018, and during one cold evening in Edinburgh, I began to read The Surrogate.   Kat and Nick are desperate for a child of their own but unfortunately, they can’t conceive naturally.  When a friend returns from Kat’s past, offering to be their surrogate, it sounds almost too good to be true.  Can she be trusted?  I went into The Surrogate expecting an enjoyable read, as I knew some of my fellow book bloggers were a fan of Louise’s books, but it completely exceeded my expectations.  I was quickly hooked into the story, and I could not put it down. I needed to know what was going to happen!  I’m always on the hunt for a good thriller and this one did not disappoint.  I still can’t get over THAT ending.

What was the last book you read?

Daniella x


17th November 2018
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