September was a busy month; both from a reading and personal perspective. It was the month where I overstretched myself as I underestimated the impact of my daughter starting school both in terms of available time and emotionally! I’m thrilled that she has settled in well, we are settling into our new routine and I’ve learnt a valuable lesson 🙂
- Untainted Blood – Liz Mistry
- Final Girls – Riley Sager
- The Girl Who Came Back – Kerry Wilkinson
- The Missing Girls – Carol Wyer
- Maria In The Moon – Louise Beech
- The Kindred Killers – Graham Smith
- Dangerous Crossing – Rachel Rhys
- Cause of Death– Peter Ritchie
- Death Parts Us – Alex Walters
- Sister, Psychopath – Maggie James
This month I’m choosing two books which are both very different so it was impossible to decide between them 🙂
First up is Louise Beech’s Maria in the Moon – Beech’s writing is exquisite, she has such a beautiful way with her prose which draws you in from the very start and makes you experience all the emotions alongside the characters through to the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and towards the end I was conflicted between wanting to know what happens and the disappointment that the book was nearly over. This is a beautiful read combining aspects of family drama, romance and mystery that will make you both empathise and laugh with the characters.
My second choice is Graham Smith’s The Kindred Killers. There is so much action in this book that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.
The crimes in this book are absolutely horrific however Graham Smith has handled this sensitively and without gratuity. There is enough build up leading up to the deaths and detail shared postmortem to truly portray the horrendous death that the victims have experienced but without all the actual gory details.
This is only the second outing for Jake Boulder, but it has all the hallmarks of a great, long-running series. I’m hoping that there is a book three very soon!
A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he’s dying. What is more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him. Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful rollercoaster journey full of unusual characters, bizarre situations and unexpected twists. With a nod to Fargo and the best elements of the Scandinavian noir tradition, The Man Who Died is a page-turning thriller brimming with the blackest comedy surrounding life and death, and love and betrayal, marking a stunning new departure for the King of Helsinki Noir.