I mentioned on Instagram the other day that I haven’t been posting much on the blog lately as all my attention has been focused on my half marathon training. It feels as though I’ve been living in my sweats and the thought of putting on some make-up and a cute outfit on the weekend, after I’ve just done a long run, doesn’t really appeal to me (more like a Diet Coke and a long lie down!).
What I HAVE been able to do loads of is read! This month I’ve smashed through three (very different) books and have really enjoyed getting back into that weekend reading groove.
Into The Darkest Corner, Elizabeth Haynes
Goodreads says… When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman, she can’t believe her luck. Gorgeous, charismatic, and a bit mysterious, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true.
But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sex transforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee’s dazzling blue eyes and blond good looks hide a dark, violent nature. Disturbed by his increasingly erratic, controlling behaviour, she tries to break it off; turning to her friends for support, she’s stunned to find they don’t believe her. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.
Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—is trying to build a new life in a new city. Though her body has healed, the trauma of the past still haunts her. Then Stuart Richardson, her attractive new neighbour, moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of love and a normal life.
Until the day the phone rings . . .
Rosie says… Once The Girl On The Train hit the bookshelves and caused a worldwide storm it opened up the floodgates for copycats and whodunits everywhere and I’m all for it! There’s nothing I love more than delving into a decent thriller and shitting myself to sleep (not literally, obvs!).
This book was no different and had me gripped from the start. At times when I thought the storyline was predictable it still shocked me and left me wanting to know more. I especially loved/hated reading Cathy’s ordeal with OCD, it really gave me that sense of living in a nightmare.
Under The Banner Of Heaven: A Story Of Violent Faith, Jon Krakauer
Goodreads says… Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders, taking readers inside isolated American communities where some 40,000 Mormon Fundamentalists still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.
At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.
Rosie says… I have to confess that I have been a nut for anything related to Scientology and FLDS (The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) of late and this book fed right into my addiction! This was written a few years ago now but I still think it’s quite relevant and highlights the fine line between faith and religious zealotry. I actually grabbed this book as I’m a fan of Krakauer’s work (Into The Wild was fabulous as was his account of climbing Mt Everest in Into Thin Air) and wasn’t aware of the subject matter until I opened it up and I was so pleasantly surprised!
Read this book… if you’re interested in religious zealots and anything cult related.
The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
Goodreads says… Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.
For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.
A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.
Rosie says… I tore through the first half of this book absolutely in love with Holly Sykes and how her character was woven through the story so cleverly but it then took a weird turn and lost me a little. I loved all the talk of psychic phenomena and the possibility of eternal life etc., but it got a little over my head toward the end and I found I really had to concentrate on the story line to follow along. The ending left me heartbroken and wanting to know what happened next, which is what you want from a book!
Read this book… if you’re not really into sci-fi but want to dip your toe into the water!
Read any good books lately?…