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June Books-2019

It has been a month for escaping into books. Here we go…

Camilla Way- Watching Edie- An innocent school girl friendship between Edie and Heather falters when Edie meets Connor,  leading to a terrifying end. Sixteen years later Heather makes contact with Edie at a time Edie needs a friend. Themes of love, loss, friendship. bullying, domestic violence, motherhood and remorse. A very good psychological thriller with an expected but unexpected ending. If that makes sense. It was a good read, but I found it rather unsettling.

Jane Harper- The Dry-A very good thriller set in Australia during a drought which has lasted two years. Who killed the Hadler family and is it linked to the death of a teenage girl years ago? Scrublands is a novel I had read also set in the drought in Australia, which gave for me a much better impression of what extreme prolonged heat feels like. I did like The Dry because this book demonstrated the knock on effect of failing farms on the local community and the desperation and hopelessness emotions that take hold, with tempers frayed and fights likely to happen. Lots of twists and a real page turner.

Donna Tartt- The Secret History- I really enjoyed this book. Richard Papen is a young man from an ordinary family who goes to college in New England. He enrolls in a small class of Ancient Greek classicists. The first part of the book details what sounds like an idyylic time for him, amongst clever interesting people, they have money and he enters a world of wealth and entitlement. There is an atmosphere of brooding menace, and towards the end of part one there is Trouble. Part two deals with the crumbling of that world as the protagonists move towards the ultimate conclusion. At times I wondered if the author was trying to make the book comic as the lives of everyone came crashing down, it certainly had moements of being ludicrous. On the whole I think it wasn’t meant to be amusing! Just me. A good read and the characters are likeable enough that you get drawn into their world and wish them well even when they deserve not to be happy.

Love to know what you thought if you had read this one. I prefer it to her Goldfinch.

Denise Mina- Garnethill- mmm don’t know quite what to say about this book. Set in Glasgow, a woman awakes from a drunken sleep to find her married boyfriend dead in her sitting room. She turns detective to clear herself and then to bring justice to the murderer. The basic plot was fine but I found the style clunky and either I missed bits or some aspects just got missed by the author. I almost gave up on it at the start, then got caught up in the middle section but found the end disappointing. Val McDermid gives her a wonderful introduction, and I don’t like Val McDermid’s writing, so maybe it’s down to personal taste. Please disagreee with me…

Jojo Moyes- after you- the sequel to “me before you”. I loved it. It made me laugh and cry. Theme is grief and moving on. Highly recommend it but you must be familiar with “me before you.”

Danya Kukafka- Girl in Snow- A who dun it. The who is revealed slowly through three narrators all linked to the victim or to each other. A nice steady pace, and not gruesome.

Erin Kelly- The Burning Air-This is a very good psychological thriller, although the library has classified it as Crime. An extended family go to Devon to their holiday home. The youngest son brings along a new girlfriend, who offers to babysit a sister’s baby, so she can go out with her sons to a village event. On the families return there is no sign of the girlfriend or the baby. The plot unfolds from the perspective of different people. A frightening story of delusion and revenge. Thanks to whoever recommended this one to me, it’s a good one.

Is that really seven books this month? No wonder the knitting and sewing has taken a back seat. Have you read any of these, what did you think? Have you read anything good in June? Love to hear from everyone. Now where is my book, the weather is set for very hot, so my book under a tree sounds perfect.

Comments on: "June Books-2019" (25)

  1. You have certainly been busy this month.
    I have read a few of these books but I will be on the lookout for Burning Air and Girl in Snow. I have read Garnet Hill and I enjoy Denise Mina’s books. As you say we all have different favourites.

  2. Haven’t read any of these ones though I just read Remarkable Creatures which you reviewed in a past post. I remember thinking it sounded fascinating, I loved it. 🙂

  3. Interesting list of reads! I am very interested in Donna Tartt – The Secret History. I read the Goldfinch (which I saw they made a movie of) and it was okay but not as good as the hype that was made of it. The Secret History sounds interesting!

  4. Another batch of intriguing books! I too, have been more inclined to read than sew or knit this month, maybe it’s just summer?

    • Certainly hot weather saps my desire to be creative. Can’t beat a good book and the release of being in a different world created by the author.

  5. Having been very ‘into’ Australian outback TV dramas last year such as ‘Goldstone’, ‘The Dry’ sounds very interesting. I shall look out for it.

    Have read a couple of good and quite different books so far this month: ‘Light’ by Margaret Elphinstone about a female lighthouse keeper, her sister-in-law and family on an island just off the Isle of Man in the early 19th century. Their lives get turned upside down when surveyors from the Northern Lighthouse board come to visit. It’s a slow burner but it stayed with me after I finished it.

    Am currently in the middle of ‘The Grand Complication’ by Allen Kurzweil – a rather faster-paced story of an American librarian helping an eccentric older chap discover the mystery of a missing watch; most enjoyable and witty.

    • Those sound like two very good and interesting books. I shall put them on my list. Since I started to ask for recommendations I have had some really good books to read.

  6. I read The Dry and Harper’s second book, Force of Nature. I liked both quite a lot. You’ve been reading so much! I hope your escapism reading is helping your escape whatever needs to be escaped from!

    • I am looking forward to reading more from Harper. My current book is far more refined, I don’t expect any dead bodies in it. Yes the reading material has helped me through June, a very difficult time, but it has passed., thankfully. Onto the next dramas!

  7. Wow you read a lot of psychological thrillers this month! Are you sleeping with the lights on?
    I liked the me before you series:)

  8. Haven’t read any of these, Cathy, except “The Dry” but if
    either of her other two books are available as audio, you might give them a go. I thought the reader really communicated so much of the feelings involved, and gave me a better sense of the silence of the Outback and how that affects the people who live there.

  9. I read ‘The Secret HIstory’ years ago so don’t remember much about it except that I liked it very much.
    I’m probably the only person alive who didn’t like ‘Me Before You’ although I cried at the end and made a fool of myself when I saw the film at the cinema with my daughter (who also made a fool of herself but then so did almost everybody else!).
    I’ve recently started listening to books in my workroom, in the car and, when I come over to the U.K. in a couple of weeks time, I’ll be listening on the plane and on the National Express coach. It’s great for me when travelling as I get travel sick on coaches so can’t read or look at a screen or anything so it will keep me entertained.

    • We can’t all like everything! Sometimes I find I have not liked something because I read it at a “wrong time”, try again a few years later and I like it.
      Good idea to listen if you can’t read on journeys. I get travel sick if I try to read in a car. Pk on trains and buses. I wonder why?
      Travel safely, I hope you have some good ones lined up.

  10. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    I didn’t know there was a sequel to ‘me after you’. Will have to look out for that. Thank you for other recommendations too.

  11. I haven’t read any of these Cathy 🙂 I’ve read two books and listened to three more while crocheting or drawing though. Really loved Miriam Margolyes reading ‘Bleak House’.

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