Each month, I publish a “What I’ve Recently Finished Reading” post, so here’s a review of the latest books I’ve read.
As always, in no particular order…
A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon, Hodder & Stoughton, 2014
I’ve read a few of Lucy’s books in the past but this one had totally passed me by. I discovered it quite by accident but boy am I glad I found it! I absolutely adored it! I was captivated by Gina right from the start as well as her story and her plan. There were so many interesting threads to the story that were both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I wanted to get to the end to see what happened but also to savour every moment of the story, which is a rare thing to find in a book.
I have no shame in admitting that I sobbed at the end. A lot of things in the book also resonated with me and it’s been a very emotional time personally for me, so the end just really got me in the “feels”. I had to tweet Lucy as soon as I put the book down to tell her how it made me feel. I’d highly recommend you reading Gina’s story, this is certainly a book I will be reading again.
Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith, Sphere, 2020
Troubled Blood is the highly anticipated fifth book in the Strike detective series, I’ve read all of the earlier books and have followed the story of the main characters from the beginning. However, Troubled Blood can be read in isolation without needing to have read the previous books as enough background is given for new readers to understand the back story.
I very rarely purchase books on their release date and I have never pre ordered a book before. However, I had pre ordered this and was super excited when it downloaded to my iPad on the day of publication. It has however taken me a few weeks to read it, partly as it’s a long book and partly due to what’s been going on in my life giving me less “me” time. Despite it’s length, I didn’t find the story dragging or padded out etc, it all flowed and told the story at just the right pace.
As is usual with the Strike books, the story follows one main case, a couple of side cases and the personal stories of Strike and his business partner Robin. The main case was complex but the threads of the story were expertly woven together, building to the crescendo as the case is solved. The progression and development of the relationship between Strike and Robin added a superb under layer to the story.
As you can tell, I wasn’t disappointed by the latest instalment and I thoroughly enjoyed Troubled Blood. I looked forward to being able to find five minutes to snuggle up and read a bit more. My only negative is the length of the chapters as I one of those people who can’t stop mid-chapter and sometimes the chapters were a bit long when I only had time for a short read. But that’s a personal thing and in no way a criticism of the book!
What have you been reading recently? Please do let me have your recommendations in the comments below, as I’m always on the lookout for something new to read!