Sunday, 10 July 2016

What I Read On Holiday

One of my favourite things to do, whilst on holiday, is read. Because there's nothing more relaxing than soaking up the sun, maybe sipping on a sneaky cocktail, all whilst getting stuck into a good book. I managed to get through 4 books during my week away in Kos, last week. Here's what I read...

The Girls by Lisa Jewell

I borrowed this book from my Mum and finished it on Day 1. It focuses on a group of families who all live on an estate in Hampstead that shares a communal garden. Right at the beginning of the book, a 13 year old girl is found undressed and unconscious in the gardens, following a neighbours party. Half of the book is about the events leading up to this incident, whilst the other half is what happens after. What I like about this book is that it's told from many different viewpoints - some chapters are narrated by parents whilst others are told in the voice of a child. The story is gripping and had me guessing right up until the end about whodunnit and why!

Rating: 3.5/5


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I absolutely loved Gone Girl (despite the ending being a bit blah) so I knew I had to give Gillian Flynn's debut novel a read when I saw it in the hotel lobby! This was my fave book out of the 4 I read on holiday and I think I may actually prefer it to Gone Girl! It's extremely dark. You know when you're reading something and just don't want the worst to happen but it does? That's this book in a nutshell! It's completely unpredictable and I wasn't expecting the ending at all. It's about a journalist, Camille, who's sent back to her hometown in Missouri to report on the disappearance of two little girls and, whilst there, moves back into her family mansion with her distant mother and spoilt half-sister, Amma. The book focuses on Camille trying to unravel the crimes whilst also trying to cope with being back in her family home which holds a lot of unpleasant memories.

Rating: 4/5


Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

Despite being such a well known author, I've actually never read a John Grisham novel before. I picked this up in the airport, on a whim, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's narrated by Sebastian Rudd, a criminal defence lawyer, who's infamous for representing any old scum, basically. The book, to me, feels like more of a collection of short stories as it tells the tale of four different cases Rudd deals with - the main one being the abduction and presumed murder of a 22 year old girl who is the daughter of the assistant chief of police - as well as bringing his home life into the mix, as well. Presumably because of his own law background, Grisham really delves into the corruptness of the criminal justice system in America and it's a really interesting read. 

Rating: 4/5


The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

I'm not a huge fan of 'chick-lit's', usually preferring to opt for thrillers like the other three books, but I thought I'd give this Marian Keyes novel a go as I bought it from Amazon ages ago and it had just been sat gathering dust on my bookshelf. It was probably my least favourite out of the four as it didn't really grip me, like a thriller does. I found this book quite hard to get into but, after persevering with it, it did get better. The book focuses on Stella Sweeney, an Irish author who wrote a best-selling book about a random illness she was struck with that left her unable to speak or move for 6 months. The book is a bit disjointed, in my opinion, as it flits between different parts of the past and the present. Some of the book is set in the present - where Stella now lives back in Ireland and is struggling to write a second novel - whereas the rest is split between Stella being struck down with the illness as well as her time in America when she got the book deal. I found it a bit hard to keep up with what was going on a times and, whilst I liked Stella, I also really disliked some of the other characters. It was fine for a poolside read but it wouldn't be the kind of book I'd dedicate time to whilst at home, if I'm honest.

Rating: 2/5


Do you like the sound of any of these books? Have you read anything good lately? Let me know! :)

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