January Books

January Books

January has been and gone. My yearly goal is to read 52 books, or a book a week. I managed to read 6 books. 5 mysteries and 1 mental health autobiography. A mixed bag of books, some great some pretty much comfortable.

Pieces of Her

Could you imagine if everything you thought you knew about your Mum turned out to be entirely wrong. Andrea has just that. During a seemingly random attack at a cafe, Andrea’s Mum, Laura starts fighting with the culprit without blinking an eye. Andrea does not recognise her Mum’s behaviour and apparent strength. Turns out the attack was anything but random, meant to provoke Laura. The secrets and twists come thick and fast in this book. A fascinating look into a whole different world. I wish I could explain what that world is, but that would give it away!

Rating – 5*

You

Chances are you have heard of You, the new Netflix series that has everyone creeped out. If you watched Gossip Girl, Dan Humphrey is essentially back just creepier than ever. Joe works at a book shop and at first you think he’s just a down on his luck kind of guy until you start to understand just how disturbed he is. He starts to stalk Genevieve and things escalate until he is stalking his own girlfriend. If the series gave you the chills, the book is even worse.

Note the book and the series are vastly different.

Rating – 5*

Hidden Bodies

Hidden Bodies is the sequel to You. Again, this does not follow the same plot line as the series. Joe’s character continues to evolve into someone extremely manipulative and dangerous. Again stalking females and obsessing over them. I don’t want to give too much away but another must read.

Rating – 5*

Mad Girl

OCD is not something I am familiar with, admittedly only ever thinking of the wrong cliches about wanting stuff in order. In fact it’s more about having thoughts about the worst case for every scenario and having an unbalanced views of causation of events. Bryony’s autobiography goes into the detail of how her OCD and anxiety affects her life, from when she was a child to in the work place. A thought provoking book that highlights a potentially debilitating condition.

Your parents warn you about the monsters you might encounter in dark alleyways, but they never warn you about the monsters you might find in your own mind, the ones that taunt and trouble you, and make you question yourself to your very core.

Rating – 5*

He Said She Said

The moon and the sun, something we all look up at every now and again. Certainly, I love a full moon and really stopping to take a moment to examine it. He Said, She Said takes places at every solar eclipse over the last 20 years with narration from both Kit and Laura throughout. In Cornwall, Laura believes she witnesses a rape and the book follows the subsequent trial and the lies that both Kit and Laura get caught up in. I could not put this book down and loved that you as the reader never quite knew who to trust.

Rating – 5*

In a dark, dark wood

The premise of this looked really good on paper. Nora gets invited to Clare’s hen do despite not having been in touch for 10 years. There was always a massive elephant in the room with Nora leaving school suddenly and not explaining why all those years ago. I found the book to be rushed in places yet boring in others. The only part I could relate to was Nora’s need to get out and run most days!

Rating – 3*