My Summer Holiday Reads

I have not long come back from a glorious two-week holiday to the Greek island of Crete where I managed to get stuck into a little bit of reading whilst my girls were at kid’s club.  The rest of the time I spent either getting soaked in the kid’s splash pool or napping with two very tired girlies.  It was the perfect holiday.

Now that I am recovering from the dreaded post-holiday blues, what I want to share with you is what books I packed away in my suitcase and managed to read.  I made a decision not to do any reviewing whilst away, as I didn’t want to be sat at my sun bed with a pen and notebook scribbling away snippets of what I loved (or hated!) and any character analysis.  I just wanted to enjoy each book for what it was.  So all I will be doing now is giving a little rating out of 5 and detailing what each read is about which can usually be found on the sleeve of the book, Amazon or Goodreads.  Hopefully you might see something that will take your fancy!?

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

How well do you know your husband?

My Darling Cecilia
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died.

Happily married and the mother of beautiful children, Cecilia has the perfect life… until she finds the envelope.  Written in her husband’s hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death.  Curious, she opens it – and time stops.  John-Paul’s letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others.  Cecilia – betrayed, angry and distraught – wants to do the right thing, but right for who? If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will destroy her. But if she reveals her husband’s secret, she will hurt those she loves most…

The Husband’s Secret is about the things we know, the things we don’t, and whether or not we ever get to choose. Above all, though, it’s about how we must live with the consequences of our actions – whether we like it or not.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

This was meant to be the perfect trip.  The Northern Lights.  A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.  A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse.

Except things don’t go as planned.  Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake – either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer…

Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi 

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This is the story of a mystery, of thirteen days that begin with one murder and end with another.  Jérôme Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens at Giverny, where Monet did his famous paintings.  In Jérôme’s pocket is a postcard of Monet’s Water Lilies with the words: Eleven years old.  Happy Birthday.

Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream.  All three of them share a secret.  But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval’s corpse?  And what is the connection to the mysterious Black Water Lilies, a rumoured masterpiece by Monet that has never been found…

The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

When life feels like a puzzle, sometimes it’s the small pieces that make up the bigger picture… Join Bridget on a journey to put her world back together.

A successful travel journalist, Bridget has ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog about the missing pieces of her heart into a book.  But after a spate of rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition.

Nicole Dupré died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel.  Tasked with finishing the book, Bridget is thankful to have her foot in the publishing door, even if it means relocating to Cornwall for the summer and answering to Nicole’s grieving husband, Charlie.

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

1997.  Scarclaw Fell.  The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre.  Verdict?  Misadventure.  But not everyone is convinced.  And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby.

2017.  Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure.  In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame…  As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth.

A chilling, unpredictable and startling thriller, Six Stories is also a classic murder mystery with a modern twist, and a devastating ending.

The Unmumsy Mum Diary by Sarah Turner

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

She’s back!  The Unmumsy Mum has put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard!) once more to bring you the next instalment of her life as mum to two young boys, documenting motherhood exactly as she finds it.  Her words have made mums, dads and grandparents everywhere laugh and cry in equal measure.

In The Unmumsy Mum Diary Sarah shares with us a year in her life as a mum, wife, blogger and bestselling author.  With her trademark candour and wit, she documents the good days and the bad days, the giggles and the tantrums.  She’ll also share poignant, life-changing moments from her year, such as her older son heading off through the school gates for the first time.

The Unmumsy Mum Diary is as honest as it is hilarious and a peek into Sarah’s innermost thoughts will leave you in no doubt that, on those days when you feel you are not quite cut out for the job, you are most definitely not alone.

 

Happy reading!

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