curling up with a good book

I am avoiding making any “to do” lists for 2019 in the crafting area.  I’ll just be stitching, crocheting, sewing, knitting etc as the fancy takes me.  However I have decided to share some book titles with you on a more regular basis this year (hoping to make it the 1st Friday of each month).  Quite a few of the blogs I follow include book reviews and I always find it helpful, to discover a new author (not necessarily “new” but unknown to me) or title, and those reviews do encourage me to keep my eyes open at the library or, sometimes to go on-line and treat myself to a new novel.  I used to be an avid reader, but these days reading time is strictly reserved for bed-time reading (or hospital waiting rooms).  Anyway . . .  I want to share two recent reads with you for January.  These two, picked up for 1€ apiece at a local car boot sale.  I read French translations (which explains book titles in photo) but I’ve given the original titles below.

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“I LET YOU GO” – Clare Mackintosh (2014)

(summary from back cover)

In a split-second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare.  Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows, to start afresh.  Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.  Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.  But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating . . .

This book had mixed reviews but I found it totally gripping.  I don’t want to give too much away, but we follow Jenna in her escape from a past life and her attempts to wipe the slate clean and start afresh.   The author doesn’t give away much in the first part, and leaves the reader guessing what happened in Jenna’s past life, trying to piece the puzzle together with what information Jenna shares.  The first part of the novel is written in the first person narrative, from Jenna’s viewpoint.  Where the novel really has you hooked, is in the second part when the author – still in first person narrative – switches to a different character and we find ourselves in the head of the man Jenna ran away from.  Lots of twists and turns.  A very satisfying end . . . and I’ll admit to having gone back and read the first few chapter again (on finishing) because I really didn’t see it coming.

If I’m going to start giving books stars, I’ll give this one 5 stars (out of 5).  It had all the ingredients I look for in an excellent read.  Characters I could become involved with; a police investigation running all the way through; well written narrative & dialogues and beautifully described scenery . . . plus lots of suspense.

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The second novel:

“CHAOS” – Patricia Cornwell (2016)

Now, I’m not even going to bother giving you a summary of this one.  All I can say is: don’t bother!

Such a disappointment!  I read all of Patricia Cornwell’s first Kay Scarpetta novels, and they were excellent.  I picked this one up (24th in the Scarpetta series)  expecting it to be another great crime novel, full of forensic science and autopsies . . . and quite frankly, it was a waste of 1€.  No idea what Patricia Cornwell was playing at with this novel.  Nothing happens.  For over 500 pages.   I did read it from start to finish although I’m darned if I know why I wasted my time.  So bad, I won’t even give it a star.


7 thoughts on “curling up with a good book

  1. This isn’t really the genre I usually read but I did buy a Patricia Cornwall audio book at one of our fundraisers for me and daughter to listen to in the car when I was driving her to work last Summer. After a couple of chapters, I couldn’t bear to continue but I think that was more to do with the narrator’s accent than anything else – I won’t tell you what the accent was lest I upset one of your readers who might have the same one 😉
    I am impressed you read in French. I could probably muddle through a French novel but it would be more of a chore for me than a pleasure so I only every read in English – unless i’m flicking through a magazine in the hairdresser’s or somewhere. Were you fluent before you married your French man?

    • I did a BA in French, Lynn. Met the Husband while on my compulsory year abroad, returned to Lancaster to finish my degree, then moved to France in 1986. So yep I was pretty fluent when married life began and am completely fluent now, although I do still have a slight accent

  2. I gave up on the Scarpetta novels when PC brought whatsisname back from the dead in such a contrived manner. The early ones were great though.
    I completely agree with you about the other book though. I thought it was a brilliant read – really gripping with a great ending.
    I’m currently working my way through a series by Nevada Barr. They’re all set in different American national parks, with the main character being a park ranger. Lots of murder set amongst beautiful scenery for the most part and very well written.

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