Being recently on holiday I thought I’d tear through the books I brought along with me but that wasn’t the case. I’m used to spending hours of my vacay in airports or on planes devouring books and relishing all that downtime. This time around most of the travelling was done by car with me as the driver, which doesn’t leave much time to pour over fabulous new characters or crazy plotlines.
I barely made it through half a book which would usually NEVER happen but I figure I was having way too good a time so that can’t be all bad.
The Girl With All The Gifts, M. R. Carey
Goodreads says… Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
Rosie says… I absolutely loved the first half of this book as Carey weaves a brilliant tale of eerie Armageddon. I started reading it while on my hols and it gripped me from the beginning but I soon found my interest wavering. I’m not sure if it was because I was too busy drinking cocktails and working on my tan or the actual book!
Spoiler alert: this isn’t regularly my kind of genre but this unusual tale of a zombie apocalypse had me questioning whether I should be watching The Walking Dead (should I?!). I sadistically enjoyed how characters interacted with each other and found myself rooting for them all to survive.
Read this book… if you’re into BRAAAAAAAAAINS!
The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson
Goodreads says… On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.
But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . .
Back in Boston, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda’s demise. But there are a few things about Lily’s past that she hasn’t shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.
Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive . . . with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.
Rosie says… Ever see that old movie Strangers On A Train? The opening of this book reminded me so much of the Hitchcock classic that I knew I would really enjoy this twisted tale of murder. What starts of as a “simple” plan (I mean is it ever simple?! Ummm not that I know from experience or anything!) to assassinate Ted’s adulterous wife soon goes wrong.
There are so many twists and turns in this that I found myself gasping out loud, especially after the first twist that I didn’t see coming! I don’t know why I love thrillers so much as predicably there’s always a plot loop and nothing ever goes to plan but damn it I do love people getting their comeuppance (love that word!) and The Kind Worth Killing is no different.
Read this book… if you love a page turning thriller.
Read any good books lately?…