What I’ve Recently Finished Reading

I’m one of those people who usually always has a book on the go and I read pretty rapidly, so I can get through quite a few books in a short space of time. I thought I’d share with you the latest books that I’ve reached the end of.

In no particular order…

The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans, Headline Publishing Group, 2019

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is an absolutely scrumptious book in which the past and the present collide. The novel moves between narratives from both ends of the twentieth century, and this brings a beautiful contrast between the lives lived in the house at the centre of the story. Secrets lurk in almost every corner, and the passing of time reveals the mysteries of those secrets that are shrouded by love, obsession and the consequence of transgression.

I found this book intriguing and engrossing almost from the very start and therefore struggled to put it down as I wanted to know what happened to the families next. It’s a beautifully written story.

I read The Garden of Lost and Found on Apple Books.

Derailed by Mary Keliikoa, Epicenter Press, 2020

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Derailed is Mary Keliikoa’s debut novel and the first book in the Kelly Pruett mystery series. Mary says, “the book features a single mom who inherits her father’s PI business and sets out to prove that a young woman’s death by train is not an accident, putting her on a crash course with her complicated family and a killer determined to keep the truth hidden.”

I’ll admit I found the story a little slow to get going but, given time, the writing starts to come alive and the story is gripping. If you’re a fan of the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton then you’ll fall in love with Kelly Pruett too. Kelly is a compelling protagonist, dealing with the tribulations of being a single mum to a deaf daughter, and the demands of a job that suddenly takes a different turn to normal. The crime she investigates takes many twist and unexpected turns and keeps you guessing to the end. I’m certainly looking forward to finding out where Kelly’s life and career goes next.

I read Derailed on Kindle.

Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes, Penguin Books, 2012

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jojo Moyes is one of my favourite authors after I fell in love with “Me Before You” (who didn’t?) and I stumbled on Silver Bay completely by accident when searching through Apple Books.

Silver Bay provides a sanctuary for Liza and her daughter Hannah but when Mike arrives as a guest in the hotel the peace of the Bay is shattered and Liza fears for her safety fearing everything she has worked so hard to protect will be destroyed.

As usual, Jojo tells the story in such a beautiful way I was hooked from the start and hardly put the book down until I’d got to the end. I also admit that I keep coming back to the story in my head and thinking of parts of it – things that happened, or were said, or the descriptive way parts were written. An absolute gem of a book and highly recommended to any Jojo fans who’ve not yet read Silver Bay.

I read Silver Bay on Apple Books.

The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson, Bookouture, 2017

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is another book I stumbled on my accident and I absolutely loved it.

I read my first Kerry Wilkinson novel when I saw it on my Mum’s bookcase some years ago. It was one of the DS Jessica Daniel series and I really enjoyed it, so I read more of those over the time since, and I’ve really enjoyed them all. So, when I came across The Girl Who Came Back ,I was looking forward to giving it a go.

The Girl Who Came Back is a gripping psychological thriller with a genuinely unexpected plot twist. Unsurprisingly, the story is about a girl who mysteriously disappeared from the garden of her home when she was six years old, and some thirteen years later, just as mysteriously reappears. Not everyone is convinced she is the same girl and some believe she is an imposter. The story unfolds well through the novel and I was hooked by the characters and the plot development and I didn’t know what the outcome would be. Other online reviews give this book some very different ratings, so I think it’s one of those ‘marmite’ type books that you either love or hate! For me though, it was a definite love.

I read The Girl Who Came Back on Apple Books.

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!

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