Hey Everyone, Wow February Was a good reading month for me. I’ve read 📖 12 books. My Goodreads reading challenge is 25 books for this year.. And I have read 16 so far. Which means I have £32 is my book money tin.
Soo many amazing books that I’ve read this month and so many amazing books that have come out or coming out. 2019 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for us readers, bloggers & Reviewers.
So on that, not my February haul list is quite big.. I said to myself I would put myself on a book ban after this and then I evily laughed knowing that wasn’t going to happen. Unless authors stop bringing such awesome new books.
Anyway, let’s start with the first six books I have bought this month…
This is going to hurt by Adam Kay
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.
Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.
Body Double By Tess Gerritsen
IT’S MY BODY THERE ON THE TABLE
‘A rip-roaring plot with scares and bumps on every page . . . A first-class modern thriller’ Guardian
Pathologist Maura Isles has dissected her fair share of corpses. But this time it’s different, because the victim looks exactly like her.
Detective Jane Rizzoli is assigned to investigate, and finds herself tracking a twisted killer across the country. To catch him, Maura is forced to delve into a dark and dangerous family history – her own.
Blood ties are the hardest to escape . . .
Vanish By Tess Gerritsen
STARE DEATH IN THE FACE
Forensic Pathologist Maura Islesunzips a body bag and gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes. The woman is rushed to hospital, where she murders a guard and siezes hostages, including a heavily pregnant Detective Jane Rizzoli.
No one knows who this woman is, or what she wants. Only Jane, trapped with the madwoman, can solve the mystery.
If she survives the night . . .
The Last Temptation By Val McDermid
A twisted killer targeting psychologists has left a grisly trail across Europe.
Dr Tony Hill, expert at mapping the minds of murderers, is reluctant to get involved. But then the next victim is much closer to home…
Meanwhile, his former partner DCI Carol Jordan is working undercover in Berlin, on a dangerous operation to trap a millionaire trafficker. When the game turns nasty, Tony is the only person she can call on for help.
Confronting a cruelty that has its roots in Nazi atrocities, Tony and Carol are thrown together in a world of violence and corruption, where they have no one to trust but each other.
The Hunted By Kerry Barnes
Having spent her life watching her father run his East London firm, Zara Ezra has learnt a thing or two about being a gangster, and she’s ready to take over when the time comes.
Mike Regan, a blast from Zara’s past, is the head of his own firm, but when his son is kidnapped in the middle of a gangland feud, Mike has no choice but to accept help from the Ezras to get his little boy back alive.
With a rival firm playing increasingly dirty, murder moves to the top of the agenda and Zara has some big choices to make. It seems that the only way to come out on top is to play them at their own game…
But will she become The Hunter or The Hunted?
The Rules By Kerry Barnes
The second instalment of Kerry Barnes’ explosive new series!
Do you live by the rules, or die by them?
Holed up in prison, Mike Regan is offered a deal – his freedom in exchange for his firm taking down the gang that is supplying a new dangerous drug that has hit the streets. What starts as a game soon becomes a shocking revelation with devastating consequences.
Meanwhile, Mike’s fiancé, Zara Ezra, has her own firm to run. But when the so-called Governor is out to take her down, she has her own decision to make – either fight, run, or write her own rule book…
And now for the next six…
The Jars Of Hearts By Jennifer Hillier
Five years ago, Geo’s first love was revealed as a terrifying serial killer.
But he escaped custody and went on the run.
Now, bodies have started turning up, killed in exactly the same way as before.
The message is clear: he’s making his way to her, one murder at a time…
If Only I Could Tell by Hannah Beckerman
Audrey’s family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected.
As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other?
I Owe You One By Sophie Kinsella
Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all.
she’s used to and the future she deserves.
So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course, Fixie never intends to call in the favour.
That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time.
Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants?
The Sting By Kimberly Chambers
TWO CHILDHOOD FRIENDS
Best friends Tommy Boyle and Scratch always had each other’s backs. Dragged up in care, and cruelly betrayed by everyone they trusted, they made a pact to fight their way out of the gutter – together.
TWO SIDES OF THE LAW
Old loyalties die hard on the streets of London. Tommy throws his lot in with the notorious Darling family – even if it means leaving Scratch to the wolves. She’s destined for a different path, reinventing herself as copper Kim Regan.
ONE DEADLY SHOWDOWN
Now they’re on opposite sides of the law. Running Operation Sting, Kim will rip the heart out of the Darling’s empire – and only her old pal Tommy stands in her way
Finding Stevie By Cathy Glass
Finding Stevie is a dark and poignant true story that highlights the dangers lurking on online.
When Stevie’s social worker tells Cathy, an experienced foster carer, that Stevie, 14, is gender fluid she isn’t sure what that term means and looks it up.
Stevie, together with his younger brother and sister, have been brought up by their grandparents as their mother is in prison. But the grandparents can no longer cope with Stevie’s behaviour so they place him in care.
Stevie is exploring his gender identity, and like many young people he spends time online. Cathy warns him about the dangers of talking to strangers online and advises him how to stay safe. When his younger siblings tell their grandmother that they have a secret they can’t tell, Cathy is worried. However, nothing could have prepared her for the truth when Stevie finally breaks down and confesses what he’s done.
Blood Orange By Harriet Tyce
Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…
Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.
Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.
I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.
Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.
I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.
But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything….
Plus a bonus..
The Handmaid’s Tale
I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.’
Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means ‘of Fred’. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.
Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction.
04/02/2019 – Book Review: Unnatural Causes By Dr.Richard Shepherd
09/02/2019 – Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell.
14/02/2019 – You Belong To Me By Mark Tilbury
15/02/2019 – The Silent Patient By Alex Michaelides
16/02/2019 – The Puppet Show By M.W.Craven
23/02/2019 – I Owe You One By Sophie Kinsella
25/02/2019 – On My Life by Angela Clarke
27/02/2019 – My Mother The Psychopath By Olivia Rayne.
Well erm this so so so hard and awkward because I LOVED so many of these books this month and each author completely knocked it out of the park.. but if I HAD to choose I would go with with…
** The Spare Room By Dreda Say Mitchell **
Tess Gerritsen – Body Double
Cathy Glass – Finding Stevie
Only Daughter By Sarah A Denzil ( Netgalley Review)
No Fourth River by Christine Clayfield ( Review Request from author)
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