Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Holiday Reading Material

Holiday Reading Material
One of my new years resolutions, this year, was to read a book a week. Sounds a bit crazy, right? But for the first 3-4 months of the year, I actually managed to achieve this quite easily. But from April onwards? I failed. Mainly due to lack of time, laziness and swapping books for social media - so 21st century. So, when I went on holiday for a week - and didn't have wifi on tap - I spent a lot of my days with my nose in a book as the sun shone down on me. Bliss. Here's a mini review on each of the books I read...
Deep Blue Sea by Tasmina Perry


Deep Blue Sea by Tasmina Perry

I actually bought this book way back in January but was purposely saving it for my summer holiday due to the title. Because noone wants to read a book about sun, sea and sand when it's 0 degrees outside. 
I absolutely love Tasmina Perry's books - they're the perfect beach-y read as nearly all of them involve a bit of sunshine mixed in with glitz & glamour and, usually, some kind of murder/crime mystery. Deep Blue Sea definitely disappoint as I was obsessed with this from the get go.
We are thrown straight into the plotline with this novel as the story begins with the glamorous, & very wealthy, Diana Denver finding her husband, Julian, dead in their cellar following a party at their own house. He appears to have killed himself but Diana is convinced there's more to his death than meets the eye. Despite not speaking to her sister, Rachel, for years following a bitter betrayal, she reaches out to her to help her uncover exactly what - or who - really caused Julian's death. 
Former journalist Rachel is now living in Thailand but decides to come back to the UK to help her sister and put her former investigative, journalistic skills to use. Deep Blue Sea is filled with twists and turns and kept me guessing right until the very end. Exactly what I want from a murder mystery. 
I also loved the characters of Diana and Rachel, too,  and was routing for them to rekindle their relationship throughout. As always, Tasmina Perry's novels never really let me down and this may be my favourite one of hers yet!
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

This was a last minute purchase as I actually bought this book in the airport. I was drawn towards it as I previously read The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (review here) and enjoyed it, but wasn't completely thrilled, so I wanted to give her latest novel a read to see if it wow me. 
Now, I did really like this book. But I feel that the mysterious synopsis kind of big's it up to be something it isn't. I was allured into thinking this would be a thriller but it wasn't, really. Instead the book is much more focused on the relationships between the three main characters - who are all 
Mum's with children beginning school at the time - and how their lives begin to intertwine. 
What I loved about this book is that all three characters - Jane, Celeste and Madeleine - are very different but you can relate to them all and Moriarty really works on developing their characters as much as possible so you can really get to know them. The book also shows how peoples lives can be seemingly perfect on the outside, to others, but they can be concealing and covering up a lot more than they'd like you to know. 
An air of mystery is apparent from the beginning as, throughout the book, we are given snippets of information from other Mum's at the school as they are interviewed by the police following a death which will eventually take place right at the end of the novel. I feel like this death is built up from the beginning but sort of falls flat when it is finally revealed who has died and the circumstances 
surrounding it. 
Overall, I wasn't wowed but I still enjoyed Big Little Liars and wouldn't hesitate to recommend if you are after an easy, beach read. Just don't go into it expecting a jumpy, thrilling page turner as it's definitely not that kind of book.
Fractured by Dani Atkins

I read Fractured in the airport as we had a bit of a delay coming home and, as it's less than 300 pages, I managed to get through it pretty quickly and it made the delay fly by. I didn't really have any preconceptions of this book with it being Atkins debut novel so I was just expecting a bit of a fluffy chick-lit (don't judge a book by it's cover, right?) - but I actually ended up really loving it.
Fractured begins with lead character, Rachel, and her friends, having a farewell meal in a quaint, cliff top restaurant as they're all set to go their separate ways at university. Unfortunately, the night ends in tragedy as a car spirals out of control and slams into the restaurant resulting in the death of Rachel's best friend, Jimmy, who dies saving Rachel. 
The book jumps forward 5 years and a 23 year old Rachel is still struggling to come to terms with the loss of her best friend and has chosen to live a solitary life in order to cope with her grief. She also suffers from headaches and is scarred from the accident. 
Fractured then takes a mysterious turn as, after a fall next to Jimmy's grave, Rachel wakes up in hospital - after apparently being mugged - and is confronted with a completely different life. Jimmy is alive and well. Rachel is engaged and has a successful job and her Dad, who previously had cancer, has no signs of illness whatsoever. The car crash at the restaurant still happened but didn't end in tragedy like she previously remembered.
Whilst this life may be seemingly better, Rachel is adamant that the life she remembers - one in which everything went downhill since the accident - is her real life and is determined to understand what has happened to her, whilst everyone around her is convinced she is just suffering from amnesia.
I won't give anymore away as, obviously, there wouldn't be much point in you reading it if I did. But this is definitely worth a read (especially since it's only £1.99 on Amazon!) as it's cleverly written and really makes you wonder.

Have you read any of these books? What will you be reading on holiday?
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