Actually this month I have mostly been reading War and Peace but I haven’t finished it yet so it doesn’t officially make it into my mostly been reading pile just yet. Maybe next month.. We’ll have to see.. It is a very big book.. I can’t tell you just how much I am enjoying it though and I’m happily taking my time with it. I shall resist the temptation to bang on too much about it for now but I’m so glad I took the plunge to pick it up. I can hand on heart say that it is the best book I have read in a very long time I’m completely hooked. Anyway, back to what I have actually been reading this month!
First of all we have Trust which is new to hit the shelves I believe. It’s a debut novel from Mike Bullen who was the creator of Cold Feet. I used to love that TV show way back when which is why this caught my eye. I enjoyed this book although there were times when it had me wanting to pull my hair out with frustration with some of the characters. The story shows how a bad decision sent one happy couple into turmoil and turned one unhappy couple into love’s young dream. And then back again. Sort of. It’s basically a complicated tale of modern love (that really didn’t have to be that complicated) and centres around the fact that only trust can keep everything from falling apart. I’ve seen lots of reviews comparing his writing to David Nicholls which I guess is inevitable really although I don’t think it is quite in the same league for me. Good, but not amazingly so.
Next we have The Woman Who Ran by Sam Baker. I can’t tell you just how excited I was to hear about the release of this new book. I am a huge fan of Sam Baker’s work. I mean full on girl crush huge. She’s a brilliant writer. I’ve read quite a few thrillers over the last year or so but this really stood out for me. It was gripping from the word go but also so cleverly pieced together. The story follows the story of Helen Graham, the new arrival in a tiny Yorkshire village. The villagers are intensely curious about this mysterious new woman but what they don’t know is that she herself is desperately trying to piece together the fragments of her past before it can catch up with her. I absolutely loved the pace and it was so atmospheric. The twists and turns really kept me guessing right until the end, I can’t recommend it enough.
So, what have you been reading this month?