It’s that time again! I participated in #BooksOfSummer last year and it was a nice way to keep track of what I’m reading and follow other readers in the books they chose.The original idea of this 10, 15 or 20 books of summer came from Cathy at 746books. You can read her post HERE!
The idea is that you choose 10, 15 or 20 books that you think you will read over the summer, between June and September. I have chosen 10 that I would like to read. I am a mood reader so these may or may not change. I have added a variety so I still have lots of choice. Of course this may also change if I get offered to read something that just sounds to amazing to wait until after summer for.
I have read a few of this Author’s books and all have been brilliant. I expect this will not disappoint.
The final book in this list will be one that I will look through a lot over the summer. This is a book that has been talked a lot about on Twitter and the author has drawn lots of heart warming pictures and words that are appropriate for this time.
I was given this book by my brother and sister in law last Christmas. I have read it, but it is a book that is worth reading, re reading and flicking through.
The Boy, The Fox, The Mole and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy. Goodreads
I hope you all have a happy and safe summer of reading.
If you have read any of these let me know your thoughts.
Thank you very much to Author Amanda Brooke and Publishers HarperCollins for my copy of Don’t Turn Around.
She died. You’re next. Now he’s coming for you Ten years ago, Jen’s cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship.Now, Meg’s ex is back and Jen’s domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg – details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have known… As Jen starts to uncover the past, someone is determined to stop her. Can she save this young woman from Meg’s fate? Or is history about to repeat itself?
Published by Harper Collins January 2019.
Potential Trigger Warnings:
Contains details of suicide, death of a child and grief.
This is the first book I have read by Author Amanda Brooke. I was intrigued by both the cover and the description.
The story is told from.the perspective of Ruth ( Meg’s Mum) and Jen ( Meg’s cousin and best friend).
Meg committed suicide ten years ago. Since then understandably the family have not gotten over her death and the way it happened. They believe that she was abused by her boyfriend Lewis but with no proof, nothing could be done.
In attempt to help others and themselves Ruth and Jen set up a helpline to try to help other people who feel they may be in vulnerable relationships.
The book is a domestic thriller, which kept me intrigued and attached the whole way through. The Author did a great job of describing how I imagine the grief would feel like for Meg’s family. Everyone deals with grief differently and this was shown by the people who knew Meg.
I read the second half of the book a lot faster than the first half as I had more inklings of what may happen as the pages turned at this point.
Don’t Turn Around is very well written. In the acknowledgements at the back the author thanks Alder Grief Centre for their help and support, which sounds like an amazing and such a supportive group of people. There should be many more of these types of helplines.
Although the plotlines and trigger warnings imply this is a difficult book to read, it is a suspense thriller which got me gripped and rooting for Jen and Ruth to find a life that they could be content with. Whether or not this happens you will need to read to find out. But things are not as they first seem. And that is what makes a good thriller and a good author for me.
Highly recommended book. And as I now know there are many more books written by Amanda Brooke.
If you have read this or any other book by Amanda Brooke, feel free to recommend your favourites.
I was recently contacted by Author Ana Franco. Ana has written a mythological book called ‘Down theWormhole’. I wanted to share with you all that this book is available for FREE at the moment. I have downloaded the book myself and am looking forward to reading it.
My review will follow soon, but in the meantime, see the links and information below and grab this book while you can.
Medusa is a nice girl, Aphrodite is empowering, Loki vanished on thin air, Isis doesn’t have a memory and Anubis is the only sane one. Join them all in an adventure that mixes the styles of ABC’s Once Upon A Time and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson. What this can possibly mean? Why, chaos, of course!
I also received ‘Close of Play’ through the post. There was no note with this, so I’m not sure where it came from??? I feel bad about this, as I like to thank people for my book post. I’m sure I will enjoy reading though.
I got two books myself, actually I didn’t buy them, they were free on Amazon. I really enjoy short stories at the moment, and these two look great.
I’m really enjoying short stories at the moment and this creepy read looks fantastic. I hope it will be.
I also got this one from publishers: Choc Lit Publishers. Thank you. Anything with ‘Wedding’ and ‘Cake’ in the title sounds good to me.
These are some books that I have been gifted from authors, in exchange for an honest review. I am particularly looking forward to reading ‘If I Could’ by Rene Schultz, as it has been so highly recommended by my good bookblogger friend AJ fromajbookreviewclub.wordpress.com
I also received ‘You’ll Be Thinking Of Me’ by Densie Webb. This book sounds amazing. I have so many fantastic books to read and just not enough time.
I received ‘Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me‘ from Caroline James, I was gifted this after writing a great review of her other book, ‘So, You Think You’re A Celebrity….Chef’. You can see my review of that book here: http://wp.me/p4CHeD-fK I really loved it, so have high hopes for this book too.
I won another prize from Jenny from www.jennyinneverland.com. This is a book by Aven Ellis, ‘Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista‘. The cover of this looks great, so I’m also looking forward to reading this. I have heard great things about Aven’s books, but have yet to read one.
So, that’s my book haul for this month. What a load of great books to read.
Have you read any of them? Any great recommendations or reviews that you have written on any of these books?