My heart was literally hurting at the ending of Nobody’s Wife by Laura Pearson. So immaculately written covering a topic often seen in real life, intertwined with a message for every reader to take away.
If you’re interested in the rise of feminism, interlaced with themes of friendship, secrets, loss and love, Crossing the Line by Laura Wilkinson might be the book for you… Continue reading “Crossing the Line, Laura Wilkinson: Book Review”
I’m a big fan of dark novels, so when I saw The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell haunting me on my Amazon wish-list, I knew I had to read it straight away.
If you’re looking for a book which dives into relationships and how a tragedy affects different people and to different levels, I’d highly recommend Missing Pieces by Laura Pearson.
Mystery, suspense and historical fiction from the Second World War? Sign yourself up for an amazing and well-told story by Kjell Ola Dahl, The Courier.
Get ready for a book with lots of depth, mixed with literature and incredible writing. Let me introduce you to The Last Words of Madeleine Anderson by Helen Kitson.
Now, I thought I loved historical fiction, but The Blameless Dead by Gary Haynes incorporates an era I find very interesting, a little bit of horror and has that thriller edge, and now I’ve realised that I REALLY love historical fiction.
The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath is by all means, my definition of a psychological thriller at its finest.
Laced with manipulation and secrets, making you question your own thoughts and how far someone can be pushed and why, this book is a treat from the start, right down to those last two sentences which will stay with me.
This book really has me in a stump. I loved hating the characters and the message, but there were just a few things which didn’t sit right with me. Without further ado, the review of A Version of the Truth by B. P. Walter…
I have never read a book like Home by Amanda Berriman. It’s pure, captivating, heart-rending but providing an important message with an extraordinary voice. A must read.
Although not my usual type of read, The Belle Hotel by Craig Melvin did not disappoint with its heart-warming, roller coaster story. I appreciated every second of reading this.
For someone who reads so much crime fiction and thrillers, I’m honestly still baffled how a book can shock me as much as Inborn by Thomas Enger did.
Imagine if, as a woman, every day you were limited to 100 words. And if you didn’t, there would be consequences…
Let me introduce you to the brilliant, thought-provoking story of Vox by Christina Dalcher.
Foam on the Crest of Waves by Silke Stein is different to my usual type of reads and I’m honestly so glad I’ve read this book, because it’s just so beautiful.
I’m calling it: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is the next best book you’ll read. You’ll be buying it at the end of this review, and if you don’t, why??
A story full of twists and turns, lies and deceit: get ready for In Safe Hands by J. P. Carter.
The first book in a new series that you’ll not want to miss…
Ready for a dark thriller? Let me introduce you to The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven…
I read this in quite a few sittings because I’ve been in a bit of a slump, and I’m genuinely annoyed at myself because if I knew what the ending held, I would’ve read it in one.
CHANGELING BY MATT WESOLOWSKI. WHAT A BOOK. I AM SO EXCITED TO TELL YOU ABOUT THIS ONE, I HONESTLY CANNOT COPE. WHAT A TWIST. WHAT A DELIGHT. MIND BLOWN. HELLA GOOD. HELLLLAAAAAAAAAA!
These, ladies and gentlemen, were my thoughts as soon as I finished the book. I’ve given it a week before writing the full review, so I could give you my thoughts once I’d calmed down. The verdict? STILL HELLA GOOD.
Looking for your next thriller to read? Close to Home by Cara Hunter is the book for you.
This is the first book in the DI Adam Fawley series, and I’ve read the second and it’s just as good. Get ready for your next obsession…
The Cold War? A female police officer in 1952? A missing man? What on EARTH is going on in Käärmela?
If this sounds like your cup of tea, get ready for Evil Things by Katja Ivar.
Recently, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton won the Costa First Novel Award.
And I’m genuinely not even surprised.
There are just so many amazing things to mention in this book, but it’s probably easier to find faults. NONE. You’re welcome. Review over.
Honestly. What a beautiful story. A book which tackles the history of women, and how one woman can make her dreams come true.
But in an era where women are degraded, and can only speak when spoken to, The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna- Marie Crowhurst provides an unforgettable message.
Are you ready for a nail-biting journey which you will not want to put down? If so, let me introduce you to Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb…
It’s my first review of 2019, and we’re starting it off with a good’un. In case you missed it, Becoming the Supervet: Listening to the Animals by Noel Fitzpatrick made it into my Top Reads of 2018 list.
You may have watched the TV programme, The Supervet, or have heard of the man who works wonders with animals. Becoming the Supervet goes behind the scenes, and takes you on Fitzpatrick’s journey from his upbringing, to where he is now.
Heck, I can’t believe it’s that time of year again. It feels like only yesterday (ok maybe like 2 months ago), that I was writing Bookmark That’s Top Reads of 2017, and now here we are – 2018!
I just want to say a big thank you to you, for joining me along my reading this year. It’s been full of laughs, tears, shocks and lots of wishing that I didn’t read horror at night – but that’s the fun about books! Every story is different and takes you on a different journey and thank you for reading along with me.
As much as the next book lover, I find myself reading 300/400 pages books and then being a bit lost with what to do next. Since becoming a book blogger, I’ve found some absolute gems which are short books, so I thought I’d compile them all here in one handy place.
Short books: A) help you get out of a reading slump, B) fill in some time between reads, or C) bring enjoyment and themes in only a few pages (and that takes some skill!).
Are you ready for this entirely unpredictable crime fiction/ thriller? I DON’T THINK SO!
But get ready for it, because it’s a good’un… Into the Night by Sarah Bailey. Continue reading “Into the Night, Sarah Bailey: Book Review”
It’s the 1st December! Which means it’s now “acceptable” to discuss Christmas (although I’ve totally been doing this for the past two months).
As Christmas Day is getting closer, you may be worrying what to get your favourite bookworm, but don’t worry, because Bookmark That have you covered with a variety of gift ideas ranging in price (affordable, though) – there’s something here for everyone.
This is the second book in the Alex Ripley Mystery series. It provides no spoilers of the first book, so you can read on. But if you’d like to hear my thoughts of the first book, check it out here.
A Hollow Sky by M. Sean Coleman makes a wonderful, chilling addition to the series and after reading this, I can’t wait to see more from the author.
Honestly, The Lingering by SJI Holliday is an absolute treat from start to finish.
With a strong, rich story and a page-turner to keep you awake at night, this is a definite 5/5 stars.
I attended a Young Writer of the Year Award event on Saturday 17 November, and thought I’d share with you some more information about the award itself, and the shortlisted authors and their books!
With a mix of genres and an array of content to get your emotions going, you’re in for a treat with this shortlist…
You can’t beat fully immersing yourself into a crime fiction and following a journey with the police – and The Fourth Victim by John Mead is great for you to delve into.
Looking for a romance/ contemporary fiction which will fill your heart with so much warmth? Get ready for Another Cup of Coffee by Jenny Kane.
The Burden of a Daughter by Megan A. Clancy deserves to be read by everyone.
I’m so glad to be bringing such an amazing book to you.
Wooooooooooooow. If I could summarise Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker in one word, it would be: wow.
That is all. (Joke, read on for the full review.)
In Your Defence by Sarah Langford is a non-fiction book which really makes you think. A genuine treat.
I’m a big fiction gal as I’d rather live in a world of make-believe, and it takes something special for me to pick up a non-fiction book. When I saw this book on an advert on the tube, I knew it was going to be a real game changer.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been in the Halloween spirit since October 1st and preparing myself with lots of sweets and attempting to find a good Halloween costume.
But whether you’re working and treating yourself to the discounted Halloween sweets, out trick or treating, or spending a quite night in, here are 6 books to give you a fright this Halloween…
Little by Edward Carey is just something else. A real special book.
I felt so much when reading Little, I honestly just can’t put into words how amazing this book is from cover to cover. But here goes…
Perfect Liars by Rebecca Reid builds a story which is different to usual thrillers, so if you’re looking for tension which you can cut with a knife, look no further.
Moving away from spies and suspense, The Naïve and Sentimental Lover was one of John le Carré’s first books that can be seen as non-genre.
Read on for my thoughts, and also a special announcement at the end!
After He Died by Michael J Malone is so wonderfully written that you question whether this is a thriller, or whether it could actually be true…
The Lion Tamer who Lost by Louise Beech is a real special book. You’ll thank me later for reviewing this one soooooo highly that you’ll have to pick it up next.
The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden is crafted so beautifully, you’ll find yourself questioning your own mysteries in this wonderful noir fiction.
Overkill by Vanda Symon is one of those books where you’re just sat reading, minding your own business, and then all of a sudden you’ve read 130 pages and wondering where the time has gone.
When I was at a book launch back in May, I was talking to someone who had read this book earlier in the year, and she said this was her most anticipated book of the year so far and she loved it. She’d set the expectation so high for Overkill, and trust me, I was NOT disappointed.
This book is everything. When I finished reading Awakened by James Murray and Darren Wearmouth, I just closed the book and just sat there for what felt like an eternity.
Highly engrossing and one of the BEST stories imaginable.
For me, The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo really sets the scene for what could be a very good series.
If you are looking for a dystopian to sink your teeth into, win a copy of The Gathering! Details at the bottom of the page…
Originally, I really liked the concept of Duck Egg Blues by Martin Ungless– it was different, and maybe that’s why it ended up not being my cup of tea…
Root of the Tudor Rose by Mari Griffith has honestly made me fall in love with historical fiction all over again.
I used to read quite a lot of historical fiction when I was younger, but then I just fell out of it for years. But I am so so so so so (x infinity) glad this book has entered my life.
This review does not include any spoilers of any book in The Sentinel Trilogy by Joshua Winning. You are A-Okay to read on.
This series has honestly left me in a daze. I’m struck by how a book could come together in such a way and leaves you with chills all the time.
If you’re looking for a book which is not only gripping and complicated with a rich story, look no futher. Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman is the book for you.
I honestly adored this book. I haven’t seen the film, as apparently it is entirely different to the read and that is not my vibe, so this review will focus solely on the book, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
The characters, the concept, and the way the book is so gripping, you’ll feel like you’re inside the OASIS.
The eighth story. Nineteen years later.
So I read the story when it first came out in 2016, and managed to get tickets in 2017 for a show in 2018. I wanted to wait until I saw the stage production before giving you the full review. As of Wednesday 6 June, I am all Harry Potter’ed up.
This review contains no spoilers of neither the play nor book of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, however the story itself does contain spoilers of the previous 7 Harry Potter books.
Want to get out of your reading slump? Or want a fast-paced book with a good story line? Sin in the Big Easy by Elizabeth McCourt is the book for you.
This book only came out in March 2018, so you KNOW that I’m counting down the days until I can get my hands on the next book in the series.
If you’re looking for a good murder mystery, The TV Detective by Simon Hall will not disappoint.
I read this book in one sitting and got so into it, I completely lost track of time and ended up missing breakfast AND lunch. No regrets, though.
The Moor by Sam Haysom is something else. If I could insert fire emojis* into this post, I totally would.
For me, this book ticks all the boxes. It’s got the thrills, the chapters that make your skin crawl, and is so wonderfully written. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. No. Joke.
I genuinely think about War Changes Everything by Melanie Hughes all the time. It really is a wonderful piece of literature.
Historical fiction isn’t normally my thaaang unless it’s related to WW2 or the Tudor period, but I adored this.
Oh boy, if you’re going to pick a book for your next read, make sure Vicious Rumer by Joshua Winning is the one.
I feel like Joshua’s surname is appropriate, because he is totally winning as the author of such an incredible book.
This. BOOK. I’m honestly so obsessed with The Development by Jackie Kabler. The characters. The story. The TENSION.
I didn’t have time to read this all in one sitting, but there were many occasions when I couldn’t stop thinking about this book, so had to make time to read a chapter. I even took it with me when cooking so I could read a page – although, I wouldn’t recommend this, as you’ll be too engrossed that you’ll burn your food (OPPS!).
So, I’m late to the party but I’ve finally read The Green Mile by Stephen King and I was amazed and devastated in equal measure – seriously, it took me nearly a week to pick up another book. This book is so incredibly well written and whilst it is a quick read, I could not read this book in one sitting because I just couldn’t take that much heartbreak in one go. Normally, I don’t get choked up when reading books but there were so many points in this book that brought me close!
Boooooooooooy if you’ve yet to pick up The Fear by C.L. Taylor, you are in for a TREAT.
This book is everything a psychological thriller should be; obsession, twists, gripping and disturbing, and totally unputdownable.
Fantasy Fiction isn’t normally for me, but I may have to rethink my whole life after reading The Hazel Wood.
This book has really left a mark on me. I can honestly read this time and time again (and I WILL) and not be disappointed. Genuinely obsessed.
*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS OF PREQUEL*
Hangman, Daniel Cole is the second book in this trilogy. Whilst you can read this as a stand-alone book, it does contain references to Ragdoll, intertwining and connecting. To make the most out of this book, I recommend reading Ragdoll first.
The Five People you meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom is one of those books everyone should read in their life. From life lessons, to rich, detailed scenes, it is a book you can’t – and won’t want to – put down. I felt like I was beside the protagonist which came with all the feels.
This book made it into my Top Reads of 2017 list, so I had to share this one with you.
Not sure if The House, Simon Lelic was that good or whether the creepiness kept me awake all night reading this. Either way, this is one of those books definitely worth losing sleep over.
Upon finishing The House, I just really wanted to shake Lelic’s hand. For me, this book is exactly what a psychological thriller should be.
How to Stop Time is a genuine masterpiece and one that is going to be spoken about for years to come (most likely by me).
This book is a beautiful, interesting read with messages about losing and finding yourself and learning how to live. Matt Haig has really outdone himself here.
Whenever I went into my local Waterstones (basically twice weekly), I would pick Good Me Bad Me up and then put it back down.
One week, a lady in front of me picked it up as I was putting it down for the umpteenth time and saw she was purchasing it. Got huge FOMO (fear of missing out) and finally bought it.
My only regret is not purchasing Good Me Bad Me the first time around, because booooy is this a good book.
John Green is one of those authors you know you can rely on when you want a quick, easy read which will hit you right in the feels.
And Turtles all the Way Down is no exception; focusing on mental health and who we really are, and how this obsession can affect us. It hit the feels, but just didn’t quite do it for me.
Wouldn’t be lying if I said I read this all in one night, pals. Maybe because I was scared and just over-whelmed: who knows?
I’d heard such high praise for Clare Mackintosh, I knew I had to read this and give you the low-down. I was slightly worried, because some of my thriller recommendations end up being very predictable, but nope, not this one. Booooooooooooooy, are you guys in for a treat. Without further ado, I See You, Clare Mackintosh:
I’ve seen lots of ‘top reads: 2017’ posts and found them really useful… now my ‘to be read’ list is too long for one to fathom. I thought I’d reflect back and contribute to your lists with my top six (which was super difficult when you’ve read hundreds). So without further ado, Bookmark That’s Top Reads of 2017!
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016
I know I’m pretty late jumping on the band wagon here, but Hot Milk is a powerful, must-read novel. Better late than never, right?
Once you establish this isn’t a thriller, but in fact a story of truth, identity and realism, you will not be surprised why Hot Milk made the shortlist.
I was actually due to upload another review this week, but had to push it back because I needed to share Ragdoll, Daniel Cole with you as soon as possible.
Big shout-out to the tube again for providing me with top notch book ideas with their top notch marketing (I promise I’m not an affiliate for TFL).
I closed Let Me Tell You a Story and probably shouted ‘maaaaaaaaate’ about 10 times: I then had to stop myself from emailing Katie Miller asking her if we could be best friends.
Ladies (this is definitely not one for the men), we’ve all been there.
As soon as I saw the trailer for Murder on the Orient Express, I KNEW I had to review the book and comment on the film too. I looked everywhere online to find out a simple answer to my question: The book first or the film?
Not finding this answer, I am going to make it super clear to you:
*CONTAINS SPOILERS OF PREQUEL*
Hide and Seek follows on from Little Boy Blue in M. J. Arlidge’s series of the DI Helen Grace novels. If you’ve yet to read Little Boy Blue (why?), please stop reading now otherwise SPOILERS.
I posted a review of Little Boy Blue three weeks ago, hopefully giving you enough time to read and get sucked in to everything DI Helen Grace.
You know when you’ve read one too many thrillers/ horrors in a row and need a tear-jerker to break up your ‘who killed who?’ streak? Jodi Picoult never disappoints.
I could honestly feel the stress spots starting to break out on my face when reading Nineteen Minutes. I couldn’t put it down.
Continue reading “Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult”
Paula Hawkins, the author of bestseller The Girl on the Train brought Into the Water into our lives with high expectations that this stand alone novel was going to have everything a thriller needs.
If I were you, I wouldn’t go into this book with the prejudice that it’s going to be as good as The Girl on the Train, because it’s not.
Ladies and Gentleman, if you are to read one thriller this year, it. is. this. one. Little Boy Blue, M.J. Arlidge.
Arlidge has now completely sold all of his past and future novels to me. You may think I’m over-exaggerating (it happens), but MY GOODNESS this and the sequel really changed my expectations of thrillers.
When I finished this book, I’d written a 3-page review, so here’s the condensed(ish) version.
It is official. Matt Haig is definitely in my top 3 authors (I can’t decide the order, so don’t question me).
You know what I hear a lot? “I wish I could read more but I just don’t have time” (insert eye roll emoji here).
Here’s some tips which have worked for me, and will hopefully work for you…
Thank you Transport for London for introducing me to Not Working, Lisa Owens with their first class advertisements.
It was sitting on my bookshelf for maybe 6 months before I decided to read this, and gosh, I wish I had read it sooner.
The Couple Next Door, Shari Lapena came as a recommendation to me and I just have to pass it on to you. When it comes to thrillers and recommendations, count me in. Where there’s a thriller, there’s a Nicole.
The Sense of an Ending: Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2011 (for good reasoning)
Before writing this post, I looked back at some of the comments I’d noted when I finished this book, and it basically goes as follows: ‘what, wow, I am in awe, baffling, beautiful’ (that’s all Nicole can produce at 2:42am, apparently).
“It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.” – The infamous first line of 1984, a dystopian novella focusing on complete control of a nation by an ominous ruler, Big Brother.