Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m a fan of mysteries and thrillers. So, when Piatkus contacted me about taking part in the blog tour for Frances Brody’s latest novel, Death at the Seaside, I jumped at the chance.
I read loads in the first half of August, but towards the end I found myself struggling to concentrate. This has been a recurring theme this year, I find myself in the mood for reading but due to brain fog I can’t focus on the words in front of me.
Of the books I did read, there is a good mix of fiction and non-fiction.
‘Do you think your drinking is a problem? Do you get drunk when you don’t mean to?’ I always mean to.
You can’t be an alcoholic at 17, can you? Nina enjoys a drink; she’s hardly alone in that and her friends are always on hand to fill in any blanks she has from the night before. Nina’s mother is simply being oversensitive because Nina’s father was an alcoholic, right?
Would you leave your baby at home alone while you attended a dinner party next door? That’s exactly what Anne and Marco decide to do with their six month old daughter when their babysitter cancels at short notice.
My reading was up and down in July. There were days I read for hours, but on other days I didn’t pick up a book or my Kindle once. Reading challenge wise, I’m still ahead of schedule so it’s not something to worry about in that regard. It is frustrating, though, when you’re in the mood for reading but your brain can’t focus on the words in front of you.
In a move that will surprise regular readers of this blog mystery/thrillers don’t feature at all this month.
No Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
If smart, funny, poignant and engaging writing is your thing then here are six memoirs you will love. What they all have in common are women who aren’t afraid to be themselves, even if they haven’t always known exactly who that is.
Sugar and Snails by Anne Goodwin. Advance Reader Copy included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
When Anne Goodwin sent me the blurb of her novel, Sugar and Snails, and asked if I would be interested in reviewing it I was intrigued. It deals with issues that are important to me; mental health and LGBTQ* experiences. I enjoyed Sugar and Snails so much I’m pleased to take part in the blog tour to celebrate the first anniversary of its release.
The Museum of You by Carys Bray. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) from the publisher via Netgalley included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
“When you grow up in the saddest chapter of someone else’s story, you’re forever skating on the thin ice of their memories.”
Clover Quinn was raised by her Dad. Her mother died when Clover was a baby and Darren has done his best to be everything his daughter needs. Their relationship is close, but Clover doesn’t want to upset him by asking too many questions about her mother. She has lots of questions. Questions that cut to the heart of who she is and whether her birth really was the pleasant surprise her Dad says it was.
I didn’t get as much reading done in June as I would have liked. Reading challenge wise, I’m still ahead so it’s not something to really worry about. As usual mystery/thrillers make an appearance. Memoirs also feature as I’m working on a post for later in the month.
Sugar and Snails by Anne Goodwin*
A trip to Cairo changed Diana Dodsworth’s life when she was fifteen. A change that has resulted in Diana keeping people at a distance ever since. Things begin to change when she meets Simon Jenkins. He’s heading to Cairo soon and wants Diana to fly out for a visit. Diana doesn’t want to return to Cairo, but she can’t tell Simon the reason why.
I enjoyed Sugar and Snails* so much that I’m taking part in a blog tour later in the month. That’s when I’ll have my full review. Anne Goodwin writes with empathy and insight and Diana Dodsworth is a character that lingers long after you’ve turned the final page.
Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) via Netgalley included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
“My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.”
Now, there’s an opening line that packs a punch and it’s just the beginning. Lydia and Andrew Fitzsimons appear to have it all; good money, a lovely home and son who wants for nothing.
Andrew is a respected judge; a judge who loses the family money and in an effort to avoid bankruptcy agrees to a scheme thought up by his wife. A scheme that leaves them with a body to conceal.