What I read in June.

I love to read, REALLY love to read, but sometimes my time with my book gets overshadowed by real life. But this month I haven’t let that happen. I’ve left the dishwasher, I’m not getting sucked into the box sets as easily (except OITNB obvs), and who needs to earn money anyway? Not when you can get lost in somebody else’s life.

So what have I read this month?

Precious Thing– Colette McBeth


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My friend recommended Colette’s book to me. She said it was an amazing debut novel and she was a bit jealous that it was so good. Reading some of the reviews I wasn’t so sure, “if you’re a fan of Gone Girl, you’ll love this.” I bloody hated Gone Girl. I fell asleep in it so many times I resorted to the audiobook (which also failed) and then finally the movie, which I made it through thinking “meh” the entire time.

So with mixed feelings I downloaded it in preparation for my few nights away without the kids.

Remember the person you sat next to on your first day at school? Still your best friend? Or disappeared from your life for good?

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last for ever.

They met when Rachel was the new girl in class and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Now in their late twenties Rachel has everything while Clara’s life is spiralling further out of control. Then Clara vanishes.

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

Stupidly I started reading this book a few days before we left for holiday. I was instantly sucked in, Colette’s writing was absorbing, and for the first time in a long time I was so wrapped up in the story I didn’t even start trying to work out the ending (I’m a bugger for that – I like to guess before I’m told. Impatient some might call it).

The end was also quite satisfying. Usually with thrillers I find myself frustrated at many an anticlimax of an ending (Girl on the Train anyone? Why didn’t the end it one chapter earlier when it all kicked off?!).

If I did rankings it would totally get five out of five gins.

I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh

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I quickly downloaded this book as my second read of the month, and while I could tell it was probably going to be amazing, I couldn’t read it.

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?

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 . . .

I really wanted to read it. The reviews, the recommendations, I had a feeling it would be a fantastic read, but after the first few chapters, perhaps it was that niggling feeling of being away from the boys, but I found it too upsetting.

It’s still on my Nook, and hopefully when I’m a bit less emotionally charged (Summer holidays when I’ve had the little bug…angels for 8 weeks I will be less bothered).

Dark Winter – David Mark.

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I’ve been following and chatting to David on Twitter for a while, and when I found out he was speaking in Lincoln about a month ago I totally rocked on up to stalk him. Him, and another author (Nick Quantrill whose book is next on my to-read list) were great speakers and after they both read extracts of their latest novels I was keen to read the actual series.

DS Aector McAvoy is a man with a troubled past. His unwavering belief in justice has made him an outsider in the police force he serves. When three seemingly unconnected people are brutally murdered in the weeks before Christmas, the police must work quickly to stop more deaths. It is only McAvoy who can see the connection between the victims. A killer is playing God – and McAvoy must find a way to stop the deadly game.

Crime stuff that’s a bit close to home often freaks me out a bit. I have an over-active imagination and start to get a bit paranoid that something is going to happen…

ANYWAY. Aside from me being weird I really enjoyed the book, and came away pleased it was part of a series as I’ll be reading more over the summer.

Four gins out of five. Only knocking one off because I’m too scared to read them in the dark.

The House We Grew Up In – Lisa Jewell

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I’m a huge fan of Lisa, and her books are usually on the pricey side so when this came up on offer I downloaded it instantly, even though I must admit I felt the blurb was a bit “meh”.

When a tragedy breaks a family apart, what can bring it back together?

The Birds seem to be the perfect family: mother, father, four children, a picture-book cottage in the country.

But when something happens one Easter weekend, it is so unexpected, so devastating, that no one can talk about it.

The family shatters, seemingly for ever.

Until they are forced to return to the house they grew up in. And to confront what really took place all those years ago.

However, as always, to me Lisa can do no wrong. The book was just *does that happy sigh thing you do when you have an amazing book*. I loved how issues were tackled, showing how little quirks can become serious issues. The whole book left me feeling a bit empty when it was finished, and made coming home from Malaga less painful because at least I had the entire plane journey to read. FIVE GINS WITH AN EXTRA DASH!

I’m currently reading Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary, and after that I’m very excited about Nick Quantrill’s The Crooked Beat. I’ll let you know what I think next month.

Always up for recommendations though – any genre – as long as I can laugh or think I’m on it. I don’t like crying too much though – always embarrassing if you read in public.


  1. (Mostly) Yummy Mummy

    I totally get why you had to put I Let You Go down but I’d definitely recommend that you go back to it at some point. I honestly didn’t think that I’d be able to read it after that intro but you soon realise that all is not as it seems *taps nose* and quickly get sucked in to what really is an amazing thriller! It’s one of my favourite books so far this year! I loved the Lisa Jewell one too although I found it terribly sad. Will have to look out for the others, I’m always looking for recommendations!

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      Really? Do you promise it won’t break me??? Before you answer, I’m not allowed to watch Ghost or Armageddon anymore due to snot!

  2. Angela Zemp

    I can highly recommend Anti-Social Media (Kate Beth Heywood). Funny and hilariously brutal take on the social media world. Loved it! Can’t wait for her next book.

    Secondly, The One Plus One (Jojo Moyes) for a almost realistic rocky road to love and happy families! I cried at this one, so that’s always a good sign for me!!

    Thanks for your great reviews! Very useful.

    Happy reading, Aimee! Angela x

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