I started off this month where I left off last month, with a couple of great crime thrillers. I enjoyed the first one so much, I immediately bought another by he same author – Tim Weaver. I started with Never Coming Back, featuring journalist turned missing persons investigator David Raker. He is on the hunt to find out what has happened to a whole family who disappeared leaving their dinner on the table, and a life abandoned with no warning. As he searches for clues, he discovers a sinister cover-up, spanning years and may have just made himself the next target of a conspiracy that has already cost many lives. Totally gripping, I barely put it down, and when it finished I moved straight onto another novel from the series- Chasing The Dead. Again featuring David Raker, and following a similar format- this time investigating a the case missing 17 year old. As he discovers more, it turns out she is one of a string of missing women with similar descriptions. What is the connection with Russian crime, and a century long dead serial killer? Another totally brilliant thriller, and I look forward to reading the rest of the Raker books soon.
After some sad news in the family I felt I needed something a bit more uplifting or with a few more laughs, so I started with the new Bridget Jones novel – Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding. This book received pretty average reviews in the press, which I feel is unfair. These are not world changing books, nor are they designed to be, more they are reflections and reassurances that we are not the only ones who screw things up and fall on our arses. I like Bridget, and this book sees her as a mother, and I recognise the chocolate and vomit covered portrayal of single parenthood from personal experience. If you liked the original, you will like this. It is fun, funny, and light hearted.
Staying with a positive and light theme, I have read several of Cecelia Ahern‘s novels, and knew this would be an easy, pleasurable read with an uplifting feel. This didn’t disappoint. One Hundred Names sees journalist Kitty Logan on a mission to honour her recently deceased friend and colleague, Constance, by writing her final story in her memory. All she has to go on is a list of 100 names that Constance left behind, and she has a short time to find the link, and write the article. A wonderful look at the beautiful tales to be found in ordinary lives.
And finally on my journey to try and lift my mood via reading, I finished the month with Miranda’s book – Is It Just Me?. If you like the TV series you will like this book. It has the same turns of phrase and feeling as the sitcom. Written as a guide to life, it’s chapters cover all aspects of life- work, pets, family, childhood etc. I like her, so I enjoyed this, and it did make me giggle in places. The perfect antidote to a very sad week.
That sees me hitting 39 books for the year. I doubt very much I will read 11 in the next 8 or so weeks, but you never know! Do you have any good recommendations?