Alex has always been a keen reader – he even got to share the book that inspired him in The Guardian a few years ago! I have never been such an avid reader, but while in Las Palmas I suddenly found a new found love for reading and read a book every couple of weeks! My run of reading so regularly was thwarted when I couldn’t find books in English at a reasonable price. I wanted to buy from a local shop rather than from the Internet so I spent a long time researching bookshops. In the end I gave up and ordered a book via The Book Depository. I had not used the site before but it was pretty easy to use. Unfortunately my book never arrived so I probably won’t be using them again!
We’ve decided to share the books we have been reading, and hopefully enjoying, as we thought people might find it useful as it can be difficult to choose which book to buy sometimes. If you have any suggestions please let us know in the comments below, and please let us know if you’ve read any of the books we list here and what you thought of them.
Books we’ve been reading:
Book title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Summary: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
Nisha’s rating: 5/5 – a must read!
Alex’s rating: 5/5 – Can’t wait to see the film now too!
Book Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Summary: A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cosy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Nisha’s rating: 5/5 – I struggled to put this book down!
Alex’s rating: 5/5 – Will make any commuter think!
Book Title: The Kind Worth Killing
Author: Peter Swanson
I looked at the pale, freckled hand on the back of the empty bar seat next to me in the business class lounge of Heathrow airport, then up into the stranger’s face.
‘Do I know you?’
Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched – but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it?
Back in Boston, Ted’s wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
Nisha’s rating: 3/5 – Not as good as Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train but I was interested enough to want to know how it will end
Alex’s rating: 3.5/5 – clever concept with some great twists, liked the first half of the book more than the second
Book Title: The House on Cold Hill
Author: Peter James
Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for Ollie and Caro Harcourt and their twelve-year-old daughter Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House – a huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion – Ollie is filled with excitement. Despite the financial strain of the move, he has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child, and he sees Cold Hill House as a paradise for his animal-loving daughter, the perfect base for his web-design business and a terrific long-term investment. Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being separated from her friends.
Within days of moving in, it becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren’t the only residents of the house. As the haunting becomes more malevolent and the house itself begins to turn on the Harcourts, the terrified family discover Cold Hill House’s dark history, and the horrible truth of what it could mean for them . . .
Nisha’s rating: 1/5 – Wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone
Alex’s rating: 1/5 – concept and execution both terrible
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