As usual on holiday, I spent a vast amount of time with my nose in a book, so I thought I’d share some mini reviews of the books I read while I was away.
1. Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Jill Mansell
Feel-good chick lit, an enjoyable and entertaining story about the inhabitants of a picturesque village in the Cotswolds. Very easy reading, and a pleasant change from all the psychological thrillers I seem to read these days.
2. The Game – Amanda Prowse
This was my first experience of this author’s writing, and was a short story about a teenage girl who goes missing, and her family’s attempts to find her. I found it quite engaging, though shorter than I’d anticipated, and I am looking forward to trying some of her longer novels soon.
3. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
I’ve had this novel by the author of Gone Girl on my Kindle for ages, so it was about time I got round to reading it. It was very dark – covering such subjects as self-harm and child murder, it was never going to be a light read – but I did enjoy it, even though I guessed the ‘twist’ well before the end. The characters were very believable and well written, I thought.
4. The Lie – C L Taylor
Having read and loved The Accident by the same author earlier this year, I was really excited to start this book – and it didn’t disappoint. I love reading books with a travel element to them, and this is the story of four close female friends who travel to Nepal together for the holiday of a lifetime. All is not as it seems, however, when they arrive at a yoga retreat halfway up a mountain, and things start to go wrong. It was an absolute page-turner and a really interesting insight into the twists and turns of female friendship. Highly recommended.
5. War & Piste – Alex Thomas
This was a bit of light relief, and great fun to read. It’s the memoirs of a ski resort rep in the Austrian alps. Some great laugh out loud moments, as well as a bit of a love story and general feel-good entertainment. It reminded me of my days on the cruise liners.
6. Daughter – Jane Shemilt
Weirdly, this was the second book I read on holiday about a missing teenage girl. The central character is Jenny, a busy GP and mother of three teenagers. When her 15 year old daughter goes missing, her life starts to unravel around her and she discovers that nothing is as she thought it was. It’s a ‘timehop’ book, written in both the past and the present, and I really enjoyed the ‘past’ parts, but not so much the present. I was quite convinced that the ending was going to leave me disappointed, but it actually quite surprised me, and I thought it was a good finish.
Have you read anything good lately?