Life: Recommended books!

My reading game has been terrible recently. I go through phases where I will read constantly and love being engrossed in other worlds, and then others where my Kindle isn't touched in months. I am hoping to read a few books over my holiday and have downloaded lots of great-sounding titles. Today I wanted to share some books I've read over the past few years and have really stuck with me as being great reads. I am not the best at describing them and don't want to give anything away so have included the blurb for each book!

My book 'taste' is a mixture of light-hearted chick-lit and thriller/mystery type books. I love a twist! Please let me know if you have any recommendations for me.

Broken Dolls by James Carol - "When Detective Inspector Mark Hatcher calls from Scotland Yard about a particularly disturbing case, Winter leaves his native California for the chilly streets of London to help track down a sadistic serial kidnapper. Four victims, all young women, all tortured and then lobotomised. None of them able to tell the police the name of their attacker. None of them able to live normal lives again. Just broken dolls, played with then discarded. When another young woman goes missing, Winter has to race against the clock to identify the attacker and find the latest victim before it's too late." 99p on Kindle or £7.99 for paperback.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty - "Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband's hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death. Curious, she opens it - and time stops. John-Paul's letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others." £4.99 on Kindle or £5.59 for paperback.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - "Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time." £4.99 on Kindle or £3.49 for paperback.

You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane - "Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away. They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend." £2.49 on Kindle or £7.99 for paperback.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - "The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads: Opens at Nightfall, Closes at Dawn. As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears. Le Cirque des RĂªves, The Circus of Dreams." £2.99 on Kindle or £5.59 for paperback.

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh - "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" £4.99 on Kindle or £3.85 for paperback.

Daughter by Jane Shemilt - "Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon. But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. One year later Naomi is still missing. Jenny is a mother on the brink of obsession. The Malcolm family is in pieces. Is finding the truth about Naomi the only way to put them back together? Or is the truth the thing that will finally tear them apart?" £1.99 on Kindle or £7.99 for paperback.

The Woman He Loved Before by Dorothy Koomson - "Libby has a good life with a gorgeous husband and a home by the sea. But over time she is becoming more unsure if Jack has ever loved her - and if he is over the death of Eve, his first wife. When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve. But in doing so she unearths devastating secrets. Frightened by what she finds and the damage it could cause, Libby starts to worry that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved..." £4.99 on Kindle or £7.99 for paperback.

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes - "Catherine has been enjoying single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. But there is a dark side to him and his erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, she plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything..." £3.79 on Kindle or £7.99 for paperback.

1 comment

  1. Great post chick! I find reading these types of posts really motivating. I’ve read Me Before You too, I can’t wait to see the film version. I will definitely take note of some of your recommendations, I fancy reading You Had Me at Hello as I’ve read It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane. I love light hearted chick literature too, they make perfect summer reads. Happy Sunday!! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog


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