BOOKS READ RECENTLY FEBRUARY TO APRIL

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So this time, continued to get books off my reading list, which meant getting them from the library. Most of my reservations at the library are for new books and I am in the queue for them. I also decided to try and read books from my Kindle that I had not got around too. And the bad heath also meant I did not want to leave my house much. I have over nine hundred books on my kindle, and have read a lot but there are others books that I have just not got round to reading. I recently went through my kindle books, and downloaded over one and twenty hundred to read.

February

This book finally came through the library reservation system. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine? This was a good read. Glad I got it from the library and not paid a premium for it. Pleased it is off my reading list.

Everyone has a story to tell. Kitty Logan has lost her way. As a journalist, she’s spent the past few years chasing the big scoops – no matter the consequences. When she makes a terrible mistake, she finds herself mired in scandal, her career implodes and even her personal relationships are tested to the limit. At a loss, Kitty finds distraction in a list of one hundred names that her late mentor and boss, Constance, has left her. Kitty’s been given one final chance, the most important assignment of her life – to write the story behind the one hundred names as a tribute piece to Constance. As she tracks down the people on the list and tries to work out what connects them, Kitty meets some extraordinary people. Can these strangers’ stories help her finally understand her own? Another lovely read. I just enjoy some of her stories and will see what is available next visit to the library.

Addison Goodheart is not like other people. Addison Goodheart lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from a society which will destroy him if he is ever seen. Books are his refuge and his escape: he embraces the riches they have to offer. By night he leaves his hidden chambers and, through a network of storm drains and service tunnels, makes his way into the central library. And that is where he meets Gwyneth, who, like Addison, also hides her true appearance and struggles to trust anyone. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance – and nothing less than destiny – has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

Detective Harriet Blue is clear about two things. Regan Banks deserves to die. And she’ll be the one to pull the trigger. But Regan – the vicious serial killer responsible for destroying her brother’s life – has gone to ground. Suddenly, her phone rings. It’s him. Regan. ‘Catch me if you can,’ he tells her. Harriet needs to find this killing machine fast, even if the cost is her own life. So she follows him down the Australian south coast with only one thing on her mind. Another good story, can not wait to read the next one. Another library book.

This was recommended to me by a friend. Sera is usually a good girl. (Except for one wild night in the backseat of a stranger’s car!) But what happens when that bad boy turns out to be her new boss? And what happens when he wants more than one night, and he can be very persuasive. I really enjoyed this and did laugh at this. I re read it a couple more times. Then found it for 99p. I brought it and reserved some more of her books from the library.

A box of possessions. A father with no memory. A daughter with just one day to piece together the past. When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s belongings, her seemingly uneventful life suddenly alters and shifts. In the single day she has to search for answers about the man she thought she knew, a man who can no longer remember his own story, Sabrina uncovers far bigger secrets than she could have imagined. And discovers that sometimes it’s the people closest to us that we know the least. This was okay. Glad I got this from the library as I would have disappointed if I had brought this.

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found Flawed. I read this so quickly and really really enjoyed this.

Then straight onto the sequel to Flawed, this is Perfect. Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured, all her freedoms gone. Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret, one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed. Again, I really enjoyed this too. Does not both me they are young adult stories.

One night I could not sleep and read this book. I had brought this in 2015.  The year that changed my life. For Jasmine, losing her job felt like losing everything. The year I found home. With a life built around her career and her beloved sister Heather, suddenly her world becomes the house and garden she has hardly seen and the neighbours she has yet to meet. The year I met you. But being fired is just the beginning for Jasmine. In the year that unfolds she learns more about herself than she could ever imagine – and more about other people than she ever dreamed. Sometimes friendship is found in the most unexpected of places. Glad that I finally read this.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart. Glad I got this from the library, an interesting story. I have added the next books in the four books series to my library list.

On the scale of one to worst idea ever, agreeing to give the toast at her best friend’s engagement party when she’s been in love with him for three years was not Val’s finest decision. Nor was accidentally confessing her love to him in front of all their guests, including his fiancee. Boarding a plane that will take her literally anywhere to get away from the humiliation, Val is pleasantly surprised to find herself on the dazzlingly beautiful island of Reunion where she hopes she can heal her wounded pride, broken heart and bruised knees. When a painful face mask experiment leads her to a fellow broken-hearted traveller, Alex, they decide to give each other a helping hand and follow a foolproof ten-step plan to get over their respective exes. And so begins their crazy adventure. What could possibly go wrong? I did enjoy this and glad I got it from the library.

Another Jo Watson book from the library. Stormy-Rain and Marcus could not be more different: she’s a free-spirited, rainbow-haired hippie; he wears a suit and over-shines his already too-shiny shoes. She believes in auras; he’s governed by logic and doesn’t believe in Fate. But Fate believes in them. So what happens when their worlds collide, and they are forced to embark on an epic road trip to catch a plane to a wedding on the other side of the world? The clock is ticking and they’re seriously ticking each other off. But Stormy and Marcus are about to discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is. This did make me laugh and I am pleased that I read this one too.

In the south-west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, a young woman lives alone, forever secluded from the world, her life a well-kept secret. She possesses an extraordinary talent, the likes of which no-one has seen before: a gift that will earn her the nickname Lyrebird. When Solomon stumbles into Laura’s solitary existence, her life is turned on its head. Pulled from her peaceful landscape to the cacophony of Dublin, she is confronted by a world desperate to understand her. But while Solomon knows the world will embrace Laura, will it free her to spread her wings or will it trap her in a gilded cage? Like all wild birds, she needs to fly free. This was okay, not buying this one.

Eve is like any other teenage girl. Except that the fate of the entire world lies on her shoulders. She’s the first girl born in fifty years. She’s the answer to their prayers. She’s the final hope. Which means she has one function alone. At sixteen, Eve must face her destiny and make a choice. She will choose a man, one out of three carefully selected suitors. But what about Bram? The future of the planet hangs on Eve making the right choice. Will she? So pleased that this has finally come through the library reservation service. Mind you, after reading this, not in a rush to read the next one. A bit too long winded but glad I did not buy this.

I got a new series from the library from my favourite author Dean Koontz. ‘I very much need to be dead’ These are the chilling words left by a man who had everything to live for but took his own life. Now his widow, FBI agent Jane Hawk, is determined to learn the truth, no matter what. People of talent, seemingly happy and sound of mind, have recently been committing suicide in surprising numbers. Jane will give up everything to find out why. Her enemies are devoted enough to exterminate anyone in their way. But Jane is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.

My favourite book series this year. This is book ten and I have been so looking forward to this. She ruined their lives. Now they’re going to destroy hers. ‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life. They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death. Your death.’ On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator. The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago. When the bodies of a middle aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the death of Erica and Keith, the only loving parents Kim had ever known. Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible. Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour. Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent. But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim? This was so so good, I can not recommend this author enough and just love this stories. Not one to ten has disappointed me, I just enjoy this book series so much !

The new JD Robb came through the library reservation quickly. The book was released on the 5th February and I picked it up on the 23rd February and saved myself £15. When recovering drug addict Lyle Pickering is found dead of an overdose, it looks like a tragic accident. But his sister Rochelle knows better, and so does Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Lyle was murdered, and the evidence points directly to his old street gang. As Eve and husband Roarke track the killer through the city’s dive bars, drug dens and strip joints, another body is discovered. With connections growing between the living and the dead, and the body count on the rise, Eve knows she needs to close this case fast, before the killer’s lust for power turns the city’s streets into a bloodbath. This one was not very good. Glad I did not buy this and saved myself £15.

Told through a series of beautifully crafted stories taken from nearly four decades of clinical practice, this book answers the most intimate questions about the process of dying with touching honesty and humanity. Kathryn Mannix makes a compelling case for the therapeutic power of approaching death not with trepidation but with openness, clarity and understanding. With the End in Mind is a book for us all: the grieving and bereaved, ill and healthy. Read this books and you will find stories about people who are like you, and like people you know and love. You will meet Holly, who danced her last day away; Eric, the retired head teacher who, even with Motor Neurone Disease, gets things done; loving, tender-hearted Nelly and Joe, each living a lonely lie to save their beloved from distress; and Sylvie, 19, dying of leukaemia, sewing a cushion for her mum to hug by the fire after she has died. These are just four of the book’s thirty-odd stories of normal humans, dying normal human deaths. They show how the dying embrace living not because they are unusual or brave, but because that’s what humans do. By turns touching, tragic, at times funny and always wise, they offer us illumination, models for action, and hope. Read this book and you’ll be better prepared for life as well as death. It was a lovely book to read and cry with. I am grieving and ill at the moment and I just wanted to read this and glad that I did.

TV adventurer Simon Reeve has journeyed across epic landscapes, dodged bullets on frontlines, walked through minefields and been detained for spying by the KGB. His travels have taken him across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans, and to some of the most beautiful, dangerous and remote regions of the world. In this account of his life Simon gives the full story behind some of his favourite expeditions, and traces his own inspiring personal journey back to leaving school without qualifications, teetering on a bridge, and then overcoming his challenges by climbing to a ‘Lost Valley’ and changing his life step by step. I loved this book, it was good. I then found out his is continuing his book tour and visiting somewhere close to me, so I booked a ticket. I was not going to miss this experience !

March

Being jilted at the altar in front of 500 wedding guests can lead to irrational behaviour, such as going on your honeymoon to Thailand alone. On the way to paradise, symptoms may include getting arrested, setting yourself on fire, turning up on a ‘Missing Poster’ and going viral. Side-effects may include desert island stranding, star gazing and jungle trekking. Recovery will lead to partying the night away at Burning Moon festival and falling in love with the person you least expect. This was not as good as previous stories from Jo Watson. Not buying this one, even though it retails at £1.99.

Annie doesn’t want to dwell on the fact that she walked in on her boyfriend wearing nipple clamps on the day he was meant to propose to her. She just wants to move on cue escaping to a tropical paradise. Life is dreamy on the beaches of Mauritius, until the nightmarish appearance of her ex and the ‘other woman’. Faced with the enemy, Annie refuses to look like the sad, lonely single she actually is. She needs a decoy and fast. Enter Chris, a sexy screenwriter who agrees to play her pretend boyfriend. But as a battle of the exes commences, the white sand, tropical heat and a pina colada (or five) might just be the cocktail for a real romance and the adventure of a lifetime. This was again funny, on the fence if I will buy this one.

Book two in the Jane Hawk series. ‘Do what you were born to do’ These are the words that ring in the mind of a beloved teacher as she drives a car full of burning gasoline into a hotel. The police believe she was insane, but rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk knows the truth. In the wake of many similar inexplicable suicides, including that of her husband, Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of formidable players who are bent on obtaining world power. Now Jane has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them. I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to see where this series goes next.

Glass Sword, book two of the Red Queen saga. If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different. Mare’s blood is red, the colour of common folk, but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court wants to control. Pursued by the vengeful Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red and Silver fighters to join the rebellion. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever? Not overly impressed with this. I do have the last two in the series from the library. Will not be buying this series.

Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has tried hard to put his past behind him. He escaped the violence of his cult upbringing when he was just thirteen, and since then routine and discipline have been his way of making sense of the world. But when a petite blonde woman crashes into his life, he begins to realize that a little bit of chaos might not be so bad. Daisy Dawson has had more than her fair share of pain too – but she’s done being a victim. Daisy’s determined to explore every new experience she can – including getting to know the dark and serious FBI investigator she meets when she fights off a masked attacker one night. It soon becomes clear that Daisy’s attack was just the beginning. Now the bloodied bodies of young women are showing up all over California, and, as Gideon tries to find the killer, it’s clear that Daisy is in more danger than they ever realised. I did enjoy this a lot and will be getting this as a kindle when reduced. Can not wait to see where this series goes.

Book three in the Red Queen saga. Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control over his country and his prisoner. As Mare remains trapped in the palace, the remnants of the Red Rebellion continue organizing and expanding. As they prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows, Cal the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart will stop at nothing to bring her back. Blood will turn on blood and allegiances will be tested on every side. If the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

War Storm, the last book in the Red Queen saga. I am interested to see where this series end. Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart and secure freedom for Reds and new bloods like her. Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all  starting with the crown on Maven’s head. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolish everything and everyone in his path. War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced? I really felt this series could have been written in three books. Not four and I struggled with the last two. Pleased I did not buy them as I just could not get invested with the characters.

With Shadowhunters coming to a close on Netflix. I wanted to go back and see how this book series ended. I had previously read these stories before. But one night when I had trouble sleeping. I downloaded all six kindles that I had brought back between 2012 and 2014. I did enjoy re-reading these. The City Of Bones. When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder, much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.

Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided? Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar? Cecelia Ahern latest book is stories for all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged her Husband, discover thirty touching, often hilarious, stories and meet thirty very different women. Each discovers her strength; each realizes she holds the power to make a change. I was a bit dubious about reading these short stories. But I really enjoyed them. It was just a lovely read.

When New York psychologist Will Hardy’s wife is killed, he and his teenage daughter Bernadette move into Godwin Hall, a dusty, shut-up mansion in the small town of Abbeville, Ohio. Meanwhile, Abbeville Chief of Police Ivy Holgrave is investigating the death of a local girl, convinced this may only be the latest in a long line of murders dating back decades – including her own long-missing sister. But what place does Will’s new home have in the story of the missing girls? And what links the killings to the diary of a young woman written over a century earlier?

Still reading the Mortal Instruments books in the evening well during the early hours of the morning, when I wake up. Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go, especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil and also her father. To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

A serial killer is loose on the streets of Manhattan. His victims appear to be total strangers. The only clue that links the crimes is the playing card left behind at each scene that hints at the next target. The killer, known in the tabloids as The Dealer, is baiting cops into a deadly guessing game that has the city increasingly on edge. Elizabeth Needham, the tenacious cop in charge of the case, turns to an unlikely ally – Dylan Reinhart, a brilliant professor whose book turned up in connection with the murders. As the public frenzy over The Dealer reaches a fever pitch, Dylan and Elizabeth must connect the clues to discover what the victims have in common – before The Dealer runs through his entire deck. I was expecting to love this as I was a fan of other Howard Roughan books with James Patterson. But when I finished this, I was glad that I had not brought this.

‘I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead’ Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk knows she’s living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom and free will of millions. Battling the mysterious epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband has made Jane a wanted fugitive, hunted relentlessly by the secret cabal behind the plot. They are determined to see her dead or make her wish she was. Propelled by her righteous fury, Jane will confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born. This again, was so good. I am really enjoying this series. And two to go.

The Women’s Murder Series I have enjoyed but I am trying before buying. This is book eighteen. Three missing women. Two impossible cases. One determined detective. When three teachers disappear without a trace, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer takes the lead in the investigation. But with no clues and no suspects, the odds of finding the women alive are getting slimmer by the second. Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who’s seen a ghost – a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco. When Joe’s informant disappears, the two investigations collide. It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe and the entire Women’s Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster. This was ok, but will not be buying unless this was 99p.


I have had this new series as a kindle since 2010. I thought when I woke up in the early hours, maybe it is time to read them. I have the first four as kindles. Then I came across six of the series at my local library. So I picked them up. There is now fourteen in the series. All set in different places in the world. Former US Marine Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily – and his staff of investigators use the world’s most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases. In L.A., Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi million dollar gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of eighteen schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend’s wife, Jack’s former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private’s resources to tracking down her killer. And Jack doesn’t have to play by the rules. This was not bad, and I am going to read the other books in the series.

Sometimes when the nightmare ends, the terror is only just beginning. For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles. When Jack Morgan, owner of Private the world’s most exclusive detective agency saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can’t flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again. In central London, young women are being abducted off the street. When the bodies are found, some days later, they have been mutilated in a particularly mysterious way. Dan Carter’s ex-wife, DI Kirsty Webb, is involved in the investigation and it looks likely that the two cases are gruesomely linked. Dan Carter draws on the whole resources of Private International in a desperate race against the odds. But the clock is ticking… Private may be the largest and most technologically advanced detection agency in the world, but the only thing they don’t have is the one thing they need, time. This was okay, nothing special.

The next one in the Private series in this one. The Olympic Games are under attack. Only Private, the world’s most exclusive detective agency, can save them. July 2012: The Games have arrived in London and the stage is set for one of the greatest ever showcases of sporting excellence. When Sir Denton Marshall, a key member of the London Olympic organising committee, is found brutally murdered, Peter Knight, head of Private London, is called to the scene. Private are working with the organising committee on security for the Games, so Denton Marshall was a valuable client. But there is a more personal link: Denton was also the fiance of Knight’s mother. Knight is devastated by Denton’s murder, but it soon becomes clear that this is no isolated incident. The killer is targeting the Games itself, and the lives of everyone involved are under threat. Again nothing special, just glad they are getting off my reading list.

Since former US Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world’s most successful detective agency. But when his former lover is found murdered in Jack’s bed, Jack is instantly the number one suspect. With his team stretched to breaking point and Jack fighting for his life, he finds himself strong-armed by the mob into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals, and Jack realises he is facing his most powerful enemies ever. Again, nothing special. Nothing more to say about this one.

April


I started this third book from Cassandra Clare. One night when I could not sleep. Clary followed by family and Jace Lightwood is in Alicante, the capital of Idris, which stores the last weapon – Mirror of death – for which hunts Valentin. Spaced apart and find peace only one in whose hands is the mirror. In the fight against Valentin Nephilim unite with the werewolves and other undead, and Clary of angel Iturielya hands will receive a new rune, but what does it mean, the girl learns only after the decisive battle. I have read this book before but just enjoy this series. And will never stop reading when I need too.

Book five of the James Patterson Private series, this was taking from the library as is Private Berlin. Tragedy strikes Private’s Berlin office and exposes a hidden past. A history lesson they’ll never forget and neither will you. Mattie Engel is one of the rising stars at Private Berlin, and believes she’s seen the worst of people in her previous life with the Berlin police force. That is until Chris, her colleague and until recently, her fiance is found dead, brutally murdered in an old slaughterhouse outside the city. The slaughterhouse is filled with bodies. But just as Private begin their investigations, the building explodes, wiping out all evidence of the crimes, and nearly killing Mattie and her team. Mattie soon realises that a masked killer is picking off Chris’s childhood friends, one by one, and destroying the trail. But who wants the past buried so badly? What is the truth about that slaughterhouse? And will Mattie become the killer’s next victim? This took me a while to read it. I started a few days before my cat died, then the grief overtook me for weeks. I finally finished it and the story was a horror. As even though this was a fictional story, you know that this actually happened to people. I just do not understand why things like this have to happen.

Then a new book from Harlan Coben, one of my favourite authors. You’ve lost your daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. You haven’t seen her in six months. Then you find her busking in New York’s Central Park. But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is frail, filthy, terrified, and in more trouble than you ever imagined. You don’t stop to think. You approach her. You beg her to come home. She runs. You follow. What choice do you have? And as you descend into the dark, dangerous world she’s lost herself in, you quickly find yourself out of your depths. Down here, no one is safe and now both of you might never make it out alive. Again, another good story. Have not read a bad one yet.

Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help. Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found? It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons–because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago. Not bad, a different type of novel from Kathy Reichs that I would normally read. Glad I found this one at the library.

I also had these eleven books from the library, but I could not finish them. I just am not in the right frame of mind at the moment. I got most of these out at the beginning of March and I took them back just before Easter in the UK, late April. Sometimes, you have to deal with internal things and reading has taken a back seat.

I found this when I took the others back. I have a few of Sarah Knight books and knew I wanted to try before buying. Do you waste time overthinking things you can’t do anything about? Do you freak out when things don’t go to plan? Does anxiety get in the way of you living your best life? When life hands you a big fat f**king lemon, Calm the F**k Down gives you practical ways to manage the situation, not to mention your anxiety about the situation. One hundred per cent practical and zero percent Pollyanna-ish, this is a book that acknowledges all the bad shit that can and probably will happen to you from break ups and breakdowns to floods, family feuds and France running out of butter and shows you what you can realistically do about it so you can get on with your life, stop worrying and wallowing, and start bouncing back. Think of Calm the F**k Down as the friend who, instead of reassuring you that ‘everything’s going to be okay,’ actually shows you how to make it so. I am glad I got it from the library as it did not do anything for me and I will not buying and saving my money.

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