Monday, 27 February 2017

Read & Reviewed #4


I'm back again reviewing the books I've read recently, my Read & Reviewed #4! I loved both the books included in this post and so I'm really excited to share them with you. Keep reading to find out what I thought of these two books - no spoilers included!

Small Great Things - by Jodi Picoult: 5/5

Ruth Jefferson is a labour and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Small Great Things has to be one of the best books I've ever read and it deals with the subject of race and prejudice at the worst level in modern day America. If you've read my other 'Read & Reviewed' posts then you know I've read a lot of books by Jodi Picoult; I feel this is the book that has hit me hardest. It was very well written, gripping and easy to follow the alternating points of view from the very well-developed characters. I can tell how much research went into this book. There is a life lesson in every book she writes; I  learnt so much from the moment I started reading the book, it has been on my mind ever since. I think Small Great Things is an important book and I highly recommend it.

The Missing - by C.L. Taylor: 4/5

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, is distraught, blaming herself. She's not the only one. There isn't a single member of Billy's family who doesn't feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that isn't until six months later, when an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the terrifying truth begins to surface. Claire is sure of two things: Billy is still alive and her family has nothing to do with his disappearance.

The Missing is more than just a thriller about the search for a missing teenager. The book really examines how much we don't know about what goes through the minds of our children in the digital age and the fact that everyone has their secrets, big or small. It was a fast paced thriller (even when not much was happening as you kept finding out more about the disappearance). It was also well plotted and kept me gripped until the ending. The best part was how believable the story was, the characters could have been real people and nothing seemed far-fetched; it was one of the few thrillers that I really didn't see the ending coming.

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? Thanks for reading,

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