10 May 2014

The year in books: May

Time for another year in books instalment. Yes, I know, so soon! And this one comes pre-scribed ad I am currently in Berlin. Guten Tag!


the farm - tom rob smith (2013)

date finished: 1 May 2014   |   ISBN: 1847375693   |   pages: 400 (Hardcover)

This is the story of a family torn apart after Daniel's parents and either his father has committed terrible crimes, or his mother has developed psychosis, or both. The mystery is quite interesting, and it was an easy and quick read. But apart from that, I am struggling to find much else positive to say about it. The protagonist Daniel was really rather wet, and his weak character laid out by Smith at the beginning of the book doesn't quite match up with Daniel's actions later in the book. The second main character; Daniel's mother Tilde, sets out a need for chronology early on in the book which means it reads almost like a diary, or police statement. I couldn't quite decide if this meant the writing was lazy or in fact had been quite difficult to write. Sadly, it was just rather average if not below. Just two stars I'm afraid.

rating: ★★☆☆☆


This time, I'm not going to make my works' book club book my main book this month. Instead, I have opted for an Amazon bargain (59p!) with what appear to be great reviews (although I've been caught out by that before). It's also quite an interesting topic; splintered fate. May's book is Fractured by Dani Atkins.
What would you do if life gave you a second chance?

The night of the accident changed everything... Now, five years on, Rachel's life is crumbling. She lives alone in a tiny flat, working in a dead-end job, desperate with guilt over her best friend's death. She would give anything to turn back the clock. But life doesn't work like that... Does it? 

The night of the accident was a lucky escape... Now, five years on, Rachel's life is perfect. She has a wonderful fiancé, loving family and friends around her, and the career she always wanted. But why can't Rachel shake the memory of a very different life?

Also read in April...

bad wolf - nele neuhaus (2012)

date finished: 10 May 2014   |   ISBN: 1250043999   |   pages: 413 (Kindle)

This is #6 in a series of German crime novels. Whilst the mystery in each of the books are standalone, the common thread running through them is investigators Oliver von Bodenstein and Pia Kirchoff. Towards the end of last year, I read Snow White Must Die (#4) and loved it. Sadly, the other four have not, as yet, been translated into English. So when I saw this one in English, I was desperate to read it. I was initially put off by the £9.50 price tag but not for long! Having now read both, I would say that you can certainly read either without having read the other. As with #4, Neuhaus breaks the book into parts by date. If dates appear in a book, I have a bad habit of almost ignoring them save for noting that there has been a change in time but I still like the style. I really enjoy Neuhaus' writing, it's very easy to read and the way she creates suspense and 'hooks', means you quickly become absorbed. This time round, I would say I enjoyed the mystery itself slightly less than #4, perhaps due to the subject matter (I won't give anything away!) but maybe also because I made the mistake of reading a review which revealed the mystery. I was still on tenterhooks waiting to see what was around the corner though. On the whole, the end was satisfying too. Highly recommended!

rating: ★★★★☆

Reading now...

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) - James Dashner

What are you reading?


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  1. I'm having a bit of a reading slump at the moment and can't seem to get into anything. Just finished Frog Music by Emma Donoghue, which I quite liked but didn't love, and am about to reread Fangirl, because nothing gets me out of a reading slump like good YA fiction.

    1. I've been having the same problem this month, although I'm being having a bit of an everything-slump, hence the diminshed level of posting on the blog. I finally started reading a book again this morning, and hopefully The Maze Runner will be a quick read as it's YA as well.

  2. I didn't read much last year but have decided to make a bit more of an effort of late. I've just whizzed through two Neil Gaiman novels which I thoroughly enjoyed -Anansi Boys and Neverwhere. They're a bit dark, comic in places and really readable. Just tucking into 'Sepulchre' by Kate Mosse as I read 'Labyrinth' which I thought was great.

    1. Yeah, I decided to make the same effort as well this year; my goal is 20 books and I'm on track I think. I've never. Oh I really enjoyed reading the Kate Mosse books actually, although now I feel a bit embarrassed/guilty as I can't remember how they ended.