Humber Boy B

imageHumber Boy B is a book that at times I really struggled up carry on reading. I knew that I would be reading about children killing a child but combined with a tale of child neglect, child cruelty and ‘Ben’ trying to make friends and rebuild his life outside prison made it, for me, a very difficult book at times.
I did carry on reading and finished it, whilst I did find it harrowing I wanted to know the ending. Not really for me but I did think it was very well done.
Thanks to the publisher and the author for the copy via netgalley

Little Black Lies

imageOne of the reasons I love Sharon Bolton’s writing is the way she can describe an area so well. What little I knew about the Falklands was about the war, I knew nothing about the island, its inhabitants or its wildlife and I loved learning about it.
Little Black Lies takes place in 1994, twelve years after the war and three years after the death of Catrin’s two sons. When a young boy, a visitor to the island goes missing the islanders join in the search for him.
The novel is split into three parts and each one is narrated by one of the main characters. Catrin, Callum and Rachel. Initially I struggled to warm to Catrin but as I got further into the book I understood her more. Parts of the novel are harrowing, Callum’s flashbacks are very convincing but other parts of the novel were amusing, I loved Rachel’s chats with her horse!
I was surprised by the ending it was one I really wasn’t prepared for.
There was one minor character that I would like to make a crossover into the novels featuring Lacey Flint. I think that would make interesting reading.
A fantastic stand alone novel from one of my favourite authors.
Thanks to the publisher and the author for the copy via netgalley

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

imageFollow You Home is only the second book that I have read by Mark Edwards and it’s a sharp reminder that I need to read more of his work. Two backpackers are enjoying their trip around Europe but when they board a night train the events that occur change their lives dramatically. It’s very intense, at times I found it quite scary and not just because of houses in the middle of nowhere! There were so many twists and turns, the pace of this novel is relentless and I really struggled at times to put it down. I have read a few novels where some characters are weaker than others but not this one. All of them are convincing, especially the ‘bad guys’. Released on 30th June, thanks to the publisher and the author for my copy via net galley and Liz for doing her usual.

Captain Hawk

imageI enjoy historical fiction so was looking forward to reading this novel that takes place in Singapore in 1823.
Nathaniel Hawk has reluctantly travelled to Singapore to spend Christmas with his father. He would much rather be in the gambling dens in London rather than in the Singapore heat. He doesn’t share his father’s enthusiasm for life at sea but has no choice when tragedy occurs.
Murder, piracy and romance all feature throughout the novel but for me the romantic aspect didn’t work. I didn’t really care for any of the female characters. However the descriptions of live in Singapore, alongside the main story of live out at sea with the terror facing the ‘ghost ship was very good.
The ending felt a little abrupt but the sequel is due in Nov 2015. With thanks to THE book club on Facebook for the copy received.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

imageIn a Dark, Dark Wood is definitely going to be a strong contender for my favourite book of the year. It wasn’t a book that took me a while to get into, from chapter two I was hooked.
Nora is invited to a school friends hen party, she hasn’t had any contact with the bride to be for ten years. Bewildered at the invitation she reluctantly decides to go with another friend from school. As soon as they arrive at the glass house in the middle of a wood in Northumberland in winter she regrets it.
All of the party, especially the organiser are on edge and struggle to relax. Flo, the organiser is very controlling and gets overly upset if things don’t go exactly to her plan for the weekend. Events do go disastrously wrong and the details are revealed in a series of flashbacks. Parts of the novel are quite scary, I was wary of reading it just before sleep but I needed to know what happened next. I had an idea of who was responsible but did change my mind a few times. I never guessed at the reasons why though.
I thought this novel was very well written and would definitely recommend to readers who love this genre.
Released on the 30th July.

Thanks to the publisher and the author for the copy via netgalley.