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"Truthfully, I don't think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing."

I downloaded this book because it was set in Boston and we were heading on holiday there, but I am so glad that I found it.

The story starts with a man and woman, Ted and Lily, having a drink in an airport lounge in London. Ted has just found out his wife, Miranda, is having an affair with the man Ted has employed to build his beach house. By the end of the (boozy) plane ride back to Boston, Ted has had the seed of murdering his wife planted in his head by Lily. And it’s an idea he can’t get rid of!

So Ted calls up Lily and they hatch a plan. But because this is a book, and it can’t be that simple, it gets pretty complicated. Miranda has a plan of her own, the police get a bit too involved and well, Lily has had a bit more of a past than she is letting on about. Basically killers become victims...victims become killers!
The novel switches between characters POV’s through the chapters and we see their past too which is really effective as when you feel you’re missing some details from one story, they’re revealed in the next.
Definitely worth a download if you like suspense filled novels with lots of twists and turns. Read this!

"I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don't know the colour of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will."

Another holiday read I’ve not got round to writing about (Jet lag leave you with a LOT of time for reading)
When Mia Dennett doesn’t turn up for work at the school she teaches at, her family, her Dad, James, a powerful Judge, and her meek mum, Eve, start looking into her disappearance.

On the night she disappeared Mia had gone to meet her boyfriend, who cancelled at the last minute, and had drunkenly ended up going home with a man she meets in the bar, Colin. Unfortunately she gets far more than just a one-night stand as Colin had been paid to abduct her and deliver her to a notorious criminal, who had planned to hold her for ransom. However, Colin decides to not go through with the original plan and he takes Mia to a woodland cabin where the two of them hide from the men who had paid Colin to abduct Mia. Whilst at home her parents, and the detective assigned to their case, Gabe, try to figure out what has happened to Mia.

Again, this is a book that shifts not only between the perspectives of characters in the book, but also between the present day and the events that lead up to Mia going missing. And there are a lot of twists and turns in the book that leave you wondering what is going on. Just a heads up, I didn’t see the ending coming at all!  It’s definitely worth a read if you like this kind of book!
“In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can back scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold for family of five... In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it.

In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.”
So, I’ve not read a Jodi Picult book before, and I thought they were girly trashy books so reading this I was surprised that it wasn’t. Especially as the cover is a bit pastel-ly too!

The story follows a group of teenagers trying to come to terms with a shooting massacre in their school, by one of their fellow classmates. Ten students are killed and another nine are injured.

The book switches between the story of Josie Cormier, who was found after the shooting in a pool of blood and Peter, the killer, the one who did the shooting.

From Josie’s point of view, she was found in pool of blood in the gym, with no memory of what happened, but knows that some of the blood she was found in was that of her boyfriend, Matt. She witnessed the killings, but she can’t remember what happened and her mother Lacy is trying to reconnect with her teenaged daughter and help her remember what went on in the gym.

On the other side we see the story from the side of Peter and his family. We see the destruction that was caused by his actions and what has lead him to the point of turning a gun on his classmates.

Given I thought that it was going to be a romancey, girlie novel, (based soley on the cover and chosen as a break from the suspense novel I seem to be reading) I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be another mystery sort of book.

“And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out.”

I read this as I’d missed the month that we read it in book club and the general consensus was that I should read it.  


I don’t think I am giving anything away to say that this book is about zombies. But we’re not talking zombies in the Walking Dead sense, these zombies are a little bit different. And the book is a little bit different in how it portrays the zombies. Here we get the story from the perspective of a zombie child – a caring, intelligent zombie child, Melanie.  

As the book unfolds we learn Melanie is in a facility, a school almost, with other zombie children who are there, learning and being studied, in the hope that the scientists studying them can find a cure for the disease. And as the most intelligent of these kids, Melanie is not only the prize possession for the staff in the lab, but she has a special place in the heart of her teacher, Miss Justineau, too.  

As the story unfolds it becomes less about the fact there are zombies, and more about what it means to be human, or alive. And the fact that being human might not automatically make you better than a zombie.

It’s described as a thriller, but I am so glad that this book was far more than a thriller. It was sweet and thoughtful and interesting and there was some suspense, but it was more about human emotion than action. I loved it. 

What have you been reading lately? Anything I should add to my must read list? 

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