Bill Clinton & James Patterson – The President is Missing

It’s been quite a while since I listened to an audiobook, but over the last week, Cameron and I have been on our anniversary holiday to Scotland which has involved a LOT of driving. Rather than listen to the same music over and over again, we decided that we’d spend the time listening to a book instead, and since this one was on discount (and was one of the hardbacks that Cameron already had on his shelf), why not?! Narrated...

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Jeanne Ryan – Nerve

I’d been eyeing this film up on Netflix for a while, but hadn’t realised it was based on a book, so when I came across it on my library app I was glad I hadn’t already watched it so I could read it first. Now I’ve read it, I’m not quite so sure I want to watch the film. It started off quite thrilling, but not too extreme and I was definitely enjoying the excitement of the online game that Vee had found herself drawn...

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This is Where It Ends - Marieke Nijkamp

Marieke Nijkamp – This is Where It Ends

I went into this book with a certain amount of trepidation as I made the mistake of reading the reviews before I started and there were quite a few terrible reviews. But I’d already checked the book out of the virtual library and it was less than 300 pages, so I figured I might as well give it a go. The average Goodreads rating was 3.63 so there must have been some good to balance out the bad, surely? And actually, I was pleasantly...

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Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train

I can’t believe I’m so far behind the trend on this book. I heard everyone raving about it when it first came out, and I was in the middle of other books so I didn’t read it. Then the film came out, and I still didn’t read it. And by the time I finally got around to reading it, the only covers they had left for the book were the movie-tie-in covers, which I always hate to buy! But cover snobbery aside, I LOVED this book...

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Kate Maruyama – Harrowgate

I’m still undecided what my feelings are towards this book, I can’t really say I loved it, but I didn’t hate it either. I mainly listened to this book as an audio book rather than reading it, which I think added to the experience, it definitely felt like it had more tension. The main character, Michael, left his heavily pregnant wife to go on a work trip completely out of contact with home. He was supposed to be back in time...

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Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl

I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since I found out the film was being released, but other books kept leap-frogging it on my to-read pile, to the point where the film has been and gone and everyone has stopped talking about it and I’ve only just got around to reading it. And now, I really really wish it hadn’t take me so long, as I bet the film was amazing on the big screen! I would imagine if you’re reading this...

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Iain Banks – The Wasp Factory

If I could have one word to describe this book, it would be weird. Two words? Seriously weird. I was recommended this book by someone I used to work with a few years ago, and I just have never got around to reading it, but I’m now seriously questioning the mental health of that colleague, because this book was freaky, and not in a good way. We’re in the mind of Frank, a slightly unconventional 16 year old, if by ‘slightly...

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Claire Kendal – The Book of You

Thrilling,¬†shocking, intense and unrelenting.¬†Once I picked up this book, I couldn’t put it down for fear of not knowing how it would end. Clarissa is a normal 38 year old woman living in Bath. Rafe is not a normal man, he’s got an obsession with Clarissa and he won’t leave her alone. The back-story is deliciously unfolded very slowly throughout the book, in parallel with Clarissa’s current life. She’s been...

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Laura Elliot – Stolen Child

This book was a free kindle book downloaded on a impulse and intended as a break from carrying around heavy books like the last 3 Mistborn books I’ve just read. Although it wouldn’t have mattered too much since I’ve pretty much spent my Saturday chilling out and devouring this book. The subject matter is not too easy to deal with, but the book is so well written that it’s compulsive reading and I couldn’t put it...

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John L. Betcher – The 19th Element

When I added this book to Goodreads and read the description before I started reading, I convinced myself that it wasn’t my kind of book and that I wasn’t going to like it. A book with terrorists in? Not my cup of tea. But as usual, I was wrong, and I found the book plenty thrilling. The book centers around a terrorist plot to blow up a nuclear power plant in Minnesota. The one thing that I never managed to figure out was how the...

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Melissa Foster – Traces of Kara

For about three quarters of this book, I really wasn’t feeling it at all. I hate giving up on books before the end because even if a book is terrible, I need to know how it all ends. Plus, sometimes a book can start off pretty shaky and turn into something amazing. And whereas I wouldn’t say this turned into something amazing, it did grow on me slightly by the end. I think the main reason I didn’t like it was because it was...

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Michael Wallace – The Devil’s Deep

This was book 3 in my ‘9 killer thrillers’ set from Amazon, and it was just as enjoyable as the rest, although unlike anything I’ve read before. The plot was very different to the others in the set, not really having anything to do with the police, and having a very strange set of crimes taking place, none of which seem to fit together until very late in the book. It seemed for a long time that there were two different stories...

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M. J. Rose – The Halo Effect

Morgan Snow is a sex therapist. Cleo is a prostitute, catering for high end clients with a lot of money. Cleo has been seeing Morgan for some time, to try and discuss the problems with the relationship with her fiance, and Morgan has broken the first rule of being a therapist: don’t get personally involved with your clients. When Cleo gives Morgan a copy of her tell-all book manuscript, but then doesn’t turn up for her appointment...

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Samantha Hayes – Until You’re Mine

Heavily pregnant and with twin four year old boys to look after, the last thing Claudia needs is a navy husband about to be deployed on a covert mission. So the couple decide to hire a nanny, in the form of Zoe. She impresses them at her interview and she seems to be great with the boys, but Claudia keeps noticing weird little things and is suspicious about Zoe’s real purpose for being in the house. And so the book begins from there, we...

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Michael F. Stewart – 24 Bones

In the interests of broadening my horizons and reading more out of my comfort zone, I settled on this book downloaded on my kindle as my lunchtime reading last week. And when I say out of my comfort zone, this most certainly was! We start the book seeing a young girl (Samiya) seemingly being abandoned by her mother, and a young boy (David) being branded by his father. Twenty five years later, Sam is sent by the Shemsu Seth to retrieve a...

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