April 2022 wrap-up!

Hey guys! It’s time for another reading wrap-up. I read six books in April and it was a pretty good month for me as I enjoyed them all apart from one. Here’s what I read:

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse: I went into this with high hopes because I’ve seen so many people raving about it and saying that they were hooked almost immediately. Imagine my disappointment when I found myself not liking it all that much. The plot was okay and the writing was very good but the characters were just awful. I’m one of those people who can’t enjoy a book if I don’t like the characters. Elin is a terrible detective and I honestly felt like she worked stuff out mostly through sheer luck and not because she was good at her job. Also, she’s treated so horribly by her boyfriend and brother and she just puts to with it. I didn’t get it. I will read more books by this author, just not anymore about Elin.

The Midnight House by Amanda Geard: I adored this book so much and found it to be a very captivating story. It follows Ellie, a disgraced journalist who has moved back home with her mother. Despite telling herself she’s not there as a journalist, she finds herself drawn to a long-buried mystery. In 1940, Lady Charlotte Rathmore was pronounced dead after she disappeared at Blackwater Hall. Told over a dual timeline and following three different women, this beautifully written story reveals what happened to Charlotte. I’m not normally good at keeping track of multiple POVs, but the characters in this story are written so beautifully and the narrative effortlessly flows between them. This is a brilliantly moving story that captured my full attention and my heart. It’s an unforgettable read.

The Hiding Place by Simon Lelic: This is one of my new favourite thrillers and I’ve immediately bought the first book in the series. I didn’t realise this was the second book until after I’d read it, but it’s so easy to read as a standalone. I’ve just bought the first book because I loved it so much and I need more of these characters. It’s such a compelling and suspenseful story. I found it really hard to put down and when I was working all I could think about was picking it back up when I’d finished. It follows Detective Inspector Robin Fleet and Detective Sergeant Nicola Collins who are investigating the murder of a teenage boy after his body is found twenty-two years after he went missing. It alternates between Ben’s point of view in 1997 leading up to his death and Fleet’s investigation. It’s a brilliant read!

Mr Jones by Alex Woolf: I don’t read that many horror books but I couldn’t resist this one. It follows Ben who’s raising his daughter, Imogen, single-handedly after her mother disappeared ten months ago. Imogen claims her mother was taken by a mystery figure known as Mr Jones who wears a grey suit and a panda mask. He haunts the imaginations of the children at Imogen’s school and they are the only ones who can see him. When Imogen starts receiving messages from someone claiming to be her missing mother, Ben is terrified that Mr Jones wants to kidnap his daughter. I don’t want to say anymore about the plot in case I spoil it, but it was such a creepy read and one of the best horror/psychological thrillers I’ve read. The only thing is, I didn’t like the ending. It didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the story and was quite confusing. I loved the rest of the book and found myself questioning literally everything that was happening. I was questioning what was real and what wasn’t. Ben starts off a very confident character but that’s slowly chipped away throughout the book and he becomes quite unstable so I found myself wondering how much of what he saw and said I could trust. It’s a creepy but enjoyable read!

After Dark by Jayne Cowie: This was an interesting read and very thought-provoking. Following a surge in violence against women, the Curfew law is introduced. Men are electronically tagged and are not allowed to leave their homes between the hours of 7pm and 7am. It changed things for the better until a woman is murdered late at night and has male DNA on her body. The police must investigate whether she was murdered by a man and how he was able to bypass the Curfew. I really enjoyed this and will definitely be reading more from this author. I’d really love to debate aspects of this book with someone or discuss it in a book club. It’s a really interesting book and I think you could discuss it for hours! As an example, there’s a house in the book called the Motherhouse, which is a home for women only. I really liked the idea of that and I have seen recently on Twitter that some women want a gym for women only, so I think a lot of people would find the Motherhouse a safe place. There’s so many aspects of this story you could weigh up and it’s kind of scary that this world doesn’t seem that far-fetched now. It’s a very gripping read and one you can easily read in one sitting. I’d definitely recommend it.

Goering’s Gold by Richard O’Rawe: This is a historical thriller, so not my usual read but I found it very entertaining. Gold went missing when WW2 ended and Ructions O’Hare finds a piece of Nazi memorabilia that he thinks will lead him to the gold but the IRA and police are hot on his heels. I don’t read many historical books but I did enjoy this as Ructions is one hilarious character. It was so funny seeing him running rings around everyone and always staying ahead. The hunt for the gold was so interesting too and uncovering all the little clues that led to it’s whereabouts. I’d read another book about this character.

So that’s all the books I read in April. Despite not enjoying The Sanatourium that much, I’m happy with the books I read! I hope you enjoy this post and thank you so much for reading!

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