It’s time for another Recently Read post! In this instalment, I am sharing my thoughts on some of the thrillers I have read recently.
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall | 4*
After going through my blog post drafts, I realised I had a half-finished review of Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. Rather than attempt a full review, I thought I would share my thoughts in a Recently Read post. Verity loves Mike. Mike loves Verity. They have a special game called the Crave; they will both go to the same bar and Verity will pretend to be single and invite attention from other men. When other men approach her, Mike will intervene and whisk her away. *raises eyebrows* Different strokes for different folks and all that. When Mike is sent to America for his job, the distance is too much and Mike and Verity split up. However, Mike is adamant that it is only temporary. Even when Verity announces her engagement to another man, Mike is insistent it’s just a bigger game of Crave. Isn’t it? Oh wow, it is no exaggeration to say I was absolutely addicted to this novel, and in any spare moment I got, I was reading it. I found myself constantly guessing throughout. Is it a game? Is it not a game? IS IT A GAME? It drove me wild (in a good way!). The story was told from the perspective of Mike, and it was interesting to pick up subtle clues from his interactions with other people. Mike was an engaging narrator and in fact, he reminded me of Joe in You by Caroline Kepnes, so if you enjoyed that book you should consider picking this one up too. I rated Our Kind of Cruelty 4* as I desperately wanted Verity’s version of events, even if it was just a short epilogue.
The Rumour by Lesley Kara | 4*
On the train to London earlier on in the week, I wanted to read a book that wouldn’t require me to write a full review afterwards, as I wanted to give my brain a break. I decided to read The Rumour by Lesley Kara as I had heard plenty of good things, and you know me, I can never resist a thriller. When Joanna hears a rumour that convicted child killer SallyMcGowan is living in her hometown under a new identity, she can’t help but pass it on to her fellow mums at book club. However, the rumour spreads like wildfire throughout the town, and before long, the residents of Flinstead are suspecting their neighbours of being Sally. Oh my gosh, this book was SO good. I raced through it in a matter of hours, and I couldn’t put it down – it was that addictive! It is hard to believe that The Rumour is a debut, as it was THAT good. With so many delicious twists and turns, the book’s biggest strength is how it captures the small town mentality and the subsequent modern day witch hunt. I know I said that I didn’t want to write a full review but it would be criminal if I didn’t share my thoughts in some manner. I would definitely recommend The Rumour to anyone looking for their next read and in particular, it would make a good choice for a book club. I already can’t wait for Lesley’s next book.
Trust Her by Jess Vallance | 2*
My last thriller to round up this post is Trust Her by Jessica Vallance (why yes, the same Jess Vallance who wrote You Only Live Once). When Charlotte finds Luke unconscious and bleeding in an alley, she rings the ambulance and stays by his side at the hospital. When his parents arrive, she lies and says that she is his girlfriend. Before long, she becomes addicted to spending time with Luke’s parents, finding them to be the parents she wishes she had. However, there is one family member who she doesn’t like spending time with – Luke’s sister Rebecca. Rebecca doesn’t like Charlotte and makes it clear that she doesn’t trust her either. Rebecca has some secrets of her own, and in a bid to cover her own lies, Charlotte sets out to uncover them. Trust Her was easy enough to read and the story didn’t require a great deal of energy to keep up with. However, I have to say that the reveals got a bit silly, and I didn’t care about any of the characters. Overall I found the story rather lacking in tension and suspense and I probably should have DNF’d it rather than continuing with it. Even though Trust Her is not a book I would recommend to others, I will still be picking up more books by Jess in the future.
What was the last book you read?