Friday 6 October 2017

What I Read September

A new month, October already! And that can only mean one thing, time to tell you about the books that I managed to read in September. My pace slowed down a little bit again last month, I was trying to get back to doing coursework although I struggled a bit on that front too, but that's another story for another day.

I Know Where She Is by S B Caves

On the tenth anniversary of her daughter Autumn's abduction, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words: I KNOW WHERE SHE IS

When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke.

But the stranger knows things that only Autumn would know.

It soon becomes clear that Francine must go to dark places in order to learn the truth about her child’s kidnapping.

She will discover that danger comes from unexpected sources. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of.

But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?

This was a debut book for the author and I have to say I was quite good although I'll admit the first half was more entertaining than the second half.

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land


Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother's daughter.

I was fascinated by this novel, so many twists and turns, very clever red herrings that kept me guessing until the end.

Never Let You Go by Katy Regnery

In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, thirteen-year-old foster children Griselda and Holden escape from their abductor after three years of brutal captivity, and try to cross the Shenandoah River on foot. Tragically, one of them makes it to safety, but the other is left behind. 

Ten years later, Griselda's boyfriend drags her to a fight club grudge match, and her world is turned upside down when she watches Holden step into the ring. 

Though the connection between them is fierce, bitter regret, simmering rage, and a tangle of physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the white water of the Shenandoah. 

Never Let You Go is a story of fear and hope, defeat and survival, and two people--once profoundly broken--who discover that love is the only thing that can make them whole again. 

This story had a lot of potential but for some reason the writing style just didn't resinate with me, in the end I felt it was ok, but just ok.

The Betrayals by Fiona Neill

When Rosie Rankin's best friend has an affair with her husband, the consequences reverberate down through the lives of two families.

Relationships are torn apart. Friendships shattered. And childish innocence destroyed.

Her daughter Daisy's fragile hold on reality begins to unravel when a letter arrives that opens up all the old wounds. Rosie's teenage son Max blames himself for everything which happened that long hot summer. And her brittle ex-husband Nick has his own version of events.

As long-repressed memories bubble to the surface, the past has never seemed more present and the truth more murky.

Sometimes there are four sides to every story.

Who do you believe?

I managed to get a copy of this to read from Netgalley, you can read my full review on goodreads. Definitely one to look out for.

Heart of Marley by T K Leigh

To the moon and back…

From the stars to the ocean…

That was Marley and Cameron Bowen’s secret code.

Twins born just five minutes apart, they have the perfect life… Until tragedy strikes just weeks after their eighth birthday and their father is killed by a drunk driver. Having trouble coping with the loss of her soul mate, their mother tries to find comfort in drugs and alcohol… And an abusive man with a penchant for underage girls.

No longer able to stand listening to his sister’s screams and cries every night for nearly three years, Cam takes matters into his own hands and they’re finally able to escape the nightmare.

They’re finally able to start over…

But the nightmare still haunts Marley. The years go on and she is forced to put on a smile, making everyone think that she is the perfect, well-adjusted teenager that she is supposed to be… Until she is faced with a painful reminder of her past during her senior year of high school and she’s no longer able to keep on the mask that she has been compelled to wear.

This is one of those stories that just has all the emotion, all of the feels, I was left feeling like I wanted to read it again!

So that's my list for the month, tell me, what have you been reading, what's your recommendations for the month?


  1. I've added Good Me Bad Me, to my TBR list. I don't know if I could read Heart of Marley. It sounds like it would distress me too much.

  2. A couple of those sound just like my sort of book - the two that Michelle has mentioned! I think Michelle and I have very similar tastes in books.
    My favourite recently has been The Girls and I'm now close to finishing Blood Sisters, which is another really good one.

  3. My reading list is so long already, but I feel that I could add all these titles. Thank you


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