Hey guys! Today I am sharing my April wrap up and I managed to read five books this month. Even though I am currently behind on my reading challenge, I’m happy with the books I read this month and I think five is a good amount. Here’s what I read:
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
This was the first book I picked up this month and I have no idea why I’ve been sitting on it for so long. It took me a year to finally pick it up and I definitely should have done that sooner because it was such a compelling story. The story follows Pippa Fitz-Amobi, a seventeen-year-old student, who is investigating a shocking murder and suicide that happened five years ago in the small town of Little Kilton. I adored Pip and thought she had such a bubbly personality. She’s smart, caring and also very driven. Nothing puts her off the investigation and she’s determined to get to the truth. She was the perfect lead for this and I’m really looking forward to picking up the next book. The way the story is told is pretty interesting, too. Pip’s investigation is mainly told through interview transcripts and production logs, with the occasional text message or email format interlaced. I thought this was done really well as I became completely immersed in the story and it felt like I was right there alongside Pip, thinking through each clue and piecing together what really happened to Andie Bell and Sal Singh. It felt like a fresh format and it kept me invested in the story and finding out what really happened five years ago.
I Know What I Saw by S.K Sharp
I was really hoping to like this one because it sounded so unique and definitely a plot you could get invested in. Unfortunately, I struggled with it and didn’t find the writing that compelling. It follows Nicola, who has a condition known as hyperthymesia, where an individual can recall personal experiences or events that have happened in their life. When her ex is arrested and charged with the murder of his father who went missing 35 years ago, Nicola must go back over the events of that night to find out what really happened and prove that her ex is innocent. The story flips back and forth between Nicola’s life as a teenager and the present day. I felt it was very dragged out and the middle of the book was difficult to get through, with Nicola continually saying how awful it is having such a vivid memory and her relationship with her ex. I didn’t really care for the ending and I can’t see myself reading this again in the future.
Nighthawking by Russ Thomas
I enjoyed this one and although it’s the second book in the Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler Series, you can definitely read it as a standalone. However, I think you’ll have a better understanding of the characters if you read the first one. This story begins with the discovery of a body in Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens and DS Adam Tyler, DS Guy Daley and Detective Constable Mina Rabbani, who are part of the Cold Case Review Unit, are assigned the case. There’s multiple POVs so if definitely requires your full attention. Also, there’s a lot of subplots happening – the main one is Tyler investigating his father’s suicide. Admittedly, I did get a bit confused at times trying to remember all that had happened but it was still an enjoyable read that ended on a massive cliffhanger. Honestly, it was such a shocking ending and will definitely have you wishing for the third book.
A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay
I was really enjoying this one right up until the ending. I found the ending very disappointing and rather underwhelming. A Noise Downstairs is about college professor Paul Davis who nearly loses his life when he encounters a murderer disposing of two bodies. Although he survived, he struggles with PTSD and depression, and his wife, in a bid to cheer him up, buys him a typewriter. That’s when he starts hearing typing sounds in the middle of the night and wonders if it’s possessed. I was definitely intrigued by this one and I had different theories about who or what could be causing that noise. Unfortunately, I found the real reason so, so disappointing and it really dragged the book down for me. There’s also chapters from Paul’s therapist, Anna White, and I thought she was incredibly unprofessional and negligent. Aside from offering a red herring, I thought her chapters were pointless and could definitely have been cut down.
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
This is the last book I read this month and it had a compelling mystery that had me gripped until the end. Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his new wife, Hannah: protect her. Hannah knows exactly who Owen needs her to protect – his sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. And who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother. Hannah thought she knew her husband pretty well, but after his disappearance, she sets out with Bailey to discover the truth and piece together Owen’s past. Straight away I was hooked by the notes Owen had left and I was eager to find out why he had disappeared. It’s definitely an intriguing mystery to unravel and it was very well done. The writing was excellent and the short chapters had me repeatedly saying “just one more chapter” before bed. I became completely wrapped up in the story and struggled to put it down.
So these are the books I managed to read this month. Have you read any of these? Feel free to leave a comment below. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading.