What I’ve Been Reading Lately…

I can’t even remember the last time I switched my TV on to watch Netflix. For someone who’s watched more series than had hot dinners, this is a big thing for me. I do feel slightly guilty for not watching the new series of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ yet, but I can’t seem to put down my iPad and stop reading. I’ve written a few ‘What I’ve Been Reading Lately‘ posts in the past, so I thought it was time that I did another one. There’s definitely a strong theme to the books I read – murder, crime and thriller being the faves – so if you have any other book recommendations, please let me know in the comments!

What I’ve Been Reading Lately…

 

What I've Been Reading Lately...The Next Girl – Carla Kovach

“She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong.

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again….

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results.

The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.”

This was one of the first books I started reading after my reading hiatus. I mentioned this in my May 2018 Favourites post and said how there were so many twists and turns to the book. Little did I know that there would be even more twists and turns to come. The end literally had my heart beating so fast. Usually, books like this seem to have a happy(ish) ending, and with a chapters left, I didn’t know if this was going to give me the happy ending I wanted. I’m still shocked how Carla Kovach managed to think of all the heart stopping moments, but she definitely deserves some sort of reward for this book.

The Child Next Door – Shalini Boland

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her newborn, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor saying, “Let’s take the child – and go.”

Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

In the bedroom, her daughter is safe asleep in her cot. Is the voice coming from a nearby house? But there aren’t any other children living on her quiet country road….

The police don’t believe her. And neither does her husband.

Kirstie knows something isn’t right. She thought she could trust her neighbours; now she isn’t sure. As she unravels the secrets of the people living on her street, Kirstie’s perfect life begins to fall apart.

Because someone is hiding a terrible lie. And they will do anything to stop Kirstie uncovering the truth. But is the danger closer to home than she thinks?

Whilst I did enjoy the start of this book, I found it did waffle on a bit too much, and the ending was such a let down for me. I had no idea who the baby was, but once it was relieved, I was so disappointed. If you’re after an easy read, pick it up, but don’t expect to be gripped to this.

You Were Gone – Tim Weaver

Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband.

She says she’s my wife.

When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There’s just one problem: Raker’s wife has been dead for eight years.

My wife died…didn’t she?

The woman tells the police that Raker had a breakdown. A respected doctor backs up her account. Items are missing that prove Raker’s side of the story – and, worst of all, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a disappearance.

Either she’s a liar – or I am.

Could Raker have imagined their whole marriage? Is he delusional? Is this really the woman he loved and grieved for? Hunted by the police, Raker will have to find out the truth before it costs him everything – his memories, his sanity, his life….

‘You Were Gone’ was a little difficult for me to read. It had so many characters that I found it hard to keep up with who was who, and what person did what. I think the whole idea of the book was really interesting, but it wasn’t overly believable. I love a creepy, crime book, but the ending just made me think that this would never happen in real life.

The Ex Wife – Jess Ryder

You’ve got everything she wants …

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone …

Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen. But can she trust her? And do either of them really know the man they married?

This was one of my favourites. My heart really went out for Natasha. She definitely goes on an emotional rollercoaster throughout the book, and you join her for the ride. Without giving much away, I did see the big twist coming, however, I was not expecting the second twist!

Her Name Was Rose – Claire Allan

Her name was Rose. You watched her die. And her death has created a vacancy.

When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines that split second will change her life. But after Emily watches a car plough into the young mother – killing her instantly – she finds herself unable to move on.

And then she makes a decision she can never take back.

Because Rose had everything Emily had ever dreamed of. A beautiful, loving family, a great job and a stunning home. And now Rose’s husband misses his wife, and their son needs a mother. Why couldn’t Emily fill that space?

But as Emily is about to discover, no one’s life is perfect … and not everything is as it seems.

This one took me a while to get into, but I’m really glad I stuck with it. There’s a lot of twists (especially at the end!) which made me wonder how the hell this book was going to end. This is the perfect mix between a romantic (kind of?!) and murder mystery.

Now You See Her – Heidi Perks

Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.

Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.

Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.

Someone is hiding the truth about what really happened to Alice.

Heidi Perks book was the last I finished. At the start, I was thinking ‘how are they even going to end this?!’. I did find the ending a little unrealistic which made the last 10 chapters hard to get through. It wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, but it also wasn’t my favourite either.

Are there any books in my ‘What I’ve Been Reading Lately’ post that you fancy reading?

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