May Book Reviews

Welcome back to my monthly book reviews. At the start of the year I set myself a target to read a total of twenty four books. That was two books a month which I felt was more that manageable, however I wanted the target to keep me on track. Now, at the end of May beginning of June, I have already read twenty books. I even discovered that Goodreads has a great way of summarising my statistics: So far I have read 7,126 pages across 20 books. That is over double what I read in total last year. I really quite like that stat and can’t wait to see my end of year one.

I am always on the look out for new books so any recommendations you would like to send my way are always welcome. Just comment below or message me on Instagram.

I had an excellent reading month this month so I can’t wait to share all the books with you. They were all crime thrillers this month, so if thats not your ‘thang’ then I apologise.

Read my January Reviews, February, March and April Reviews to see what else I have been reading.

Wolfhunter River (Rachel Caine) 5*

Honestly, I was a little concerned about reading this one. As the third in a series I was worried that the story may have lost momentum, mostly because I already knew that it was only slightly linked to the story of the first two books. However, that said, you absolutely do need to have read the first two books to read this one. Yes there is a past summery and most of the previous plots are covered. But I feel that the empathy I have for the main characters is greatly due to the journey I have already followed them on.

So, the synopsis? Well, in this third book we leave Stillhouse Lake once again. This time everyone goes. The family go on a short journey across Tennessee to help a young girl in trouble. No one really knows what the trouble is or how it has come about but as Gwen and her children really need to get out of their home for a while it seems like a well timed excuse.

“I recognize that Melvin’s ghost has never stopped haunting either one of us. Dead doesn’t mean gone.” 

If you have read the other two books you will find is as no surprise that they all cheat death at every corner and various faceless people seem to be out to kill them all. There are a few storylines along the way, many that seem individual strands and unrelated, however, they do all meet in the middle at the end tied up in a neat little bow.

This is probably my least favourite book in the series but I don’t want that to detract from the fact that it is still an incredible crime thriller book.

  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • ISBN-10: 1503902307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503902305


Stillhouse Lake, Killman Creek, Wolfhunter River.

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My Lovely Wife (Samantha Downing) 4*

This was billed as Mr and Mrs Smith meets Dexter. And in many ways that is exactly what this is. In others it isn’t and that is why it only got 4* from me. I guess I wanted more of the Dexter but those details were in short supply. But then I am particularly morbid in my tastes. Despite that this book is both addictive and disturbing in all the best ways.

As told from the perspective of the husband you learn how a couple can go from your average American family. A family that seems to have it all in balance, a family you would want as your neighbours and friends, to a husband and wife team who hunt and kill women for fun.

“We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.”

This thing that makes this book work so well is that the character development throughout the story allows for you to completely buy into their situation. You can see how the husband, who’s name we never actually learn, relishes in the hunt and making his wife happy. You can see the torment when other aspects effect his family and inner turmoil between right and wrong. As for the wife, Millicent, whilst her perspective is never told you get the sense of her hunger and drive through her husbands observations, through her interactions with her children. Of course, not all is as it seems.

Be careful starting this one. You may struggle to put it down.

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph
  • ISBN-10: 0241368480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241368480

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Before She Knew Him (Peter Swanson) 5*

The moment I saw this book I wanted to give it a read. A few years ago I read another thriller by Peter Swanson and it was one of the best books I had read back then; The Kind Worth Killing.

Well this one didn’t disappoint although it was an odd book to read. To clarify I mean it did not go where I thought it was going at all and that very quickly became apparent. For a while I was worried that with all the truths and secrets we learn early on in the book there would be no suspense and minimal drama. However, I need not have worried because there was plenty. And the twist at the end had me kicking myself for not seeing it coming sooner.

“They had a secret, the two of them, and there was no better way to start a friendship than with a secret.”

Because this didn’t go how I thought it would it actually took me a while to get into it. I was initially completely hooked and then the adjustment in expectations through me off a little. It didn’t take me long to get back on track. This is a great book for anyone who sometimes finds crime thrillers a little far fetched. The characters are believable, sometimes disturbingly so and the plots all come back to centre.

Far from being a who-dun-it this is crime writing at a gifted level. We know exactly who the murderer is and yet we feel compelled to see the story through.

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 Mar. 2019)
  • ISBN-10: 0571340644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571340644

The Dark Bones (Loreth Anne White) 5*

Oh how I have missed Thee, Loreth Anne White. It has been far too long since I picked up one of your books. Now my most read author.

The Dark Bones is the second in a series and whilst you can absolutely read this one without reading A Dark Lure I highly recommend you don’t. Because, quite frankly, the first book in the series in Incredible! Reading the first will give you a greater insight to some of the characters in the Dark Bones, which take a plot line back seat in this book, and also the wider community and scenery we get to revisit.

“He’d always harboured a fear that she still lay there. Her dark bones in wait. To rise. To get them.” 

The Dark Bones, like all of the other books I have read by White, is a gripping, thrilling, suspecnse filled romance. And not your usual soppy romance where the guy recues the girl. Nope. It is dirty, gritty and ultimately leaves you wanting so much more. Not from lack of satisfaction but perhaps from too much. Whilst the damsel may be in distress there is equal rescuing needed and both men and women are portrayed as complex and strong. I applaud you Loreth Anne White.

Not only are the characters deep in ways so many author fail to achieve but the scenery is equally as complex and alive. It is impossible not to be completely lost in the scenery, able to feel every leaf flutter in the wind and hear every brunch creak under the weight of snow. The scenery sets the tone and becomes a character in it’s own right. One with both modern and ancient belief complexities. Despite the ominous plot line and oppressively described forests, there is a sense of invitation that you can not help but accept. I may be talking in riddles but it is hard to put into words. Never have I read a book with murders in it and yet so desperate wanted to be in this place it is set. To be surrounded by the characters, their lives and the nature they live alongside. And this is not just in The Dark Lure but in every book I have so far read by Loreth Anne White.

My obsession with her books started with the Angie Pallorino Series and I would highly recommend you start there too.

Honestly, 5* just isn’t enough for this book or the first in it’s series. It is definitely not one I forget in a while and it certainly isn’t one I recommend reading on your own at night. Peril lurks at every page.

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
  • ISBN-10: 1542091543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1542091541
May book reviews: My Lovely Wife, The Dark Bones, Before She Knew Him, Wolfhunter River

1 comment

  1. Oh this is great progress! I’ve found Goodreads so helpful with keeping track of books that I’ve read, and finding new ones as well.

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