Friday, 13 January 2017

Read & Reviewed #1

Being the bookworm that I am, one of the first things I did in 2017 was to set myself another reading challenge on Goodreads. Last year I set it at 52 books which I achieved, so I thought I'd challenge myself further and go for 60 this year. As reading is such a big part of my life, I thought it'd be nice to start a series of posts where I review books that I've recently finished - no spoilers included!

Sharp Objects - by Gillian Flynn: 4/5

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims - a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story - and survive this homecoming.

This is the third book that I've read by Gillian Flynn; similarly to the other two (Gone Girl and Dark Places) this book only took me a day to read due to it's freaky and twisted storyline. It was faced-paced, with a lot of interesting female characters, which is rare to find in books these days. There was just something about the feel of the book and it's surprises that gave me chills. If you are a fan of dark and twisted thrillers, then this is one that you have to read.

The Guilty Plea - by Robert Rotenberg: 2/5

On the morning that his headline-grabbing divorce trial is set to begin, Terrance Wyler, youngest son of the Wyler Food dynasty, is found stabbed to death in the kitchen of his million-dollar home. Detective Ari Greene arrives minutes before the press and finds Wyler's four-year-old son asleep upstairs. When Wyler's ex-wife, a strange beauty named Samantha, shows up at her lawyer's office with a bloody knife, it looks as if the case is over. But Greene soon discovers the Wyler family has secrets they'd like to keep hidden, and they're not the only ones. If there's one thing Greene knows, it's that the truth is never simple.

I am a fairly big fan of thriller books and legal stories, but I felt this one was a bit lacking, especially in it's characters who didn't seem to come to life for me. Personally, I didn't really felt emotionally invested in them and I did struggle at times to keep track of who was who. But I did enjoy its quick pace and I liked its short chapters that kept me wanting to read more.

Handle with Care - by Jodi Picoult: 5/5

When Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, her parents are devastated - she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain. Every expectant parent will tell you that they don't want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they'd been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of "luckier" parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But it's all worth it because Willow is, funny as it seems, perfect. She's smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five-year-old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom. Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health.

Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What is Charlotte had known earlier of Willow's illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life?

Even though Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors (so I'm probably slightly biased), this book was definitely one of the best books I have ever read. The amount of love and dedication expressed in this book is beyond measures; it's beautifully heartbreaking with crazy twists that will shatter you. Picoult is able to handle personal, ethical, moral and social topics making them feel incredible real. She makes you understand both sides of the story and you are left thinking about the book weeks after. I fell in love with each and every character and their backstory, due to the ease in which that she brought each one to life. No-one can tell a story like Jodi Picoult can and I couldn't recommend this book more.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing what I've recently finished reading; even found a new book or two to get stuck into! What have you recently read? Thank you for reading,

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