Poorly baby this month so lots of sitting up in the night with her reading.
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Celia Fitzpatrick has the perfect life. Doting husband, 3 beautiful girls and a booming tupperware business. Things couldn't be better. Until one day she finds an envelope in a dusty shoe box in her loft with the message 'For my Wife - to be opened only in the event of my death' on the front and her whole world is turned upside down.
I absolutely loved this book. It isn't a masterpiece of literature but the storyline is perfectly crafted and even in the last few chapters I had no idea how the storylines were going to pull together for an ending. But they do in spectacularly heartbreaking style and the final few pages looking back at what could have been are a real triumph. Definitely one I'll be recommending.
Bite by Nick Loath
When his girlfriend, Erica, disappears into the night Max Carver is desperate to find her and becomes tangled in a plot to unleash a deadly epidemic on the developed world. Criminal activity, revenge and the politics of the pharmaceutical trade all set the scene for a shocking revelation in Erica's diary, linking her to the conspiracy and worse.
I am a bit of a medical thriller fan and enjoyed a good Michael Crichton or Robin Cook book growing up. This book had the same pace and style to the writing. I liked the diary entry style flashbacks which built the backstory hinting at who may be behind the outbreak without giving the game away too early in the book. The story moved along very fast keeping me turning the pages and eager to read just one more chapter before putting it down. Always an indicator of a good read.
Make my wish come true by Fiona Harper
Juliet and Gemma. Two sisters who ouldn't be more different. Juliet a divorced single mum of four with a compulsion for routine and perfection. Gemma, a free spirit who won't be tied down with a job that takes her round the world. So when Juliet finally buckles under her misson to plan the perfect Christmas, Gemma offers her the chance to swap lives for 2 weeks. And both sisters discover their perception of the other is not what they imagined.
Oh and this is a Mills & Boon so there is a dash of romance along the way!
I like to read a good chick flick now and then to mix up my reading and this was very easy to read. Unlike a lot of romance novels the female protagonists were actually very believeable and likeable. The romance wasn't too heavy either.
Soulless the third book in The Girl in the Box series by Robert
Sienna Nolan is 17 and hasn't left her house since she was 5. Her mother has kept her prisoner, locking her in a metal box when she steps out of line. One day her mother leaves for work and doesn't return. Two men break into the house and Sienna discovers she has extraordinary powers. She escapes but is pursued by more than one agency whose motives are not clear. She discovers she is a sucumbus who can drain the peoples' souls through touch. She needs to find her mother to get answers and find out who the other agencies chasing her are and what they want from her.
These books are pretty short and I read the third installment even quick than the first two. Sienna has managed to control the trapped souls in her mind through the use of drugs but she still needs to find her mother to find out how to control them herself. In the meantime her estranged Aunt has shown up and revealed herself as a sucumbus but with fewer morals than Sienna. As the Directorare send her on her first mission as an agent Sienna and her new friends need to prove they can be trusted alone.
The story has picked up a bit in this book taking the action outside the Directorate and introducing new characters. There are a lot of books in this series so I think I'll have a break and pick up again in a few weeks time
For Book Club we are reading my choice of book The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
On my kindle app I am reading The Half Life of Hannah by Nick Alexander