30 May 2016

Current library loans + a mini review.

I've really been making use of my local library recently to read some of the new releases I'm excited about but have only been published in hardback for the time being.  I'm not so keen on hardbacks and I used to wait for the paperback release to read them, but this way I can read them at the same time as everyone else and avoid spoilers!

The Midnight Watch by David Dyer - Based on the true story of the SS Californian, a ship that saw the distress signals on the night the Titanic sank, but didn't help. I've been strangely fascinated by the Titanic and the history of it from a young age, and I'm really enjoying historical fiction at the moment, so this seemed like it would be just my cup of tea.

The Trap by Melanie Raabe - A thriller that seems like it's been on my radar for months and months, I originally had this brought to my attention when someone (I can't remember who!) tweeted about the concept, which sounds so clever!
Twelve years ago, Linda's sister Anna was murdered. Her killer was never caught, but Linda saw him. Now, all these years on, she's just seen him again. On TV. He has since become a well-known reporter, and Linda - a famous novelist and infamous recluse - knows no one will believe her if she accuses him, so she does the only thing she can think of: she writes a thriller about a woman who is murdered, her killer never caught. When the book is published, she agrees to give just one media interview. At home. To the one person who knows more about the case than she does.
The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish - Another that I've had my eye on for a while; I included this in April's installment of The List.  I'm looking forward to getting around to it!

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman - I've actually just finished reading Girls on Fire this week.  I decided to put my name on the reservation list for it after seeing it quite a lot on social media and I think I'm actually the first person to borrow this from my library - I must have reserved it just as they had it on order as it is a brand new release.  However for me, it didn't quite live up to the hype.  It's not that it's not a good book - it is really gripping and kept me reading until the end but I just didn't really like it.  There's a lot of bad language and some very disturbing scenes in this book and whilst I'm not easily offended and enjoy a dark book as much as anyone, I found it a little too much and at times I wondered if it actually served the plot, or had been thrown in just to create the shock factor the author was obviously going for.  Not a favourite. Rating: ★★★

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