Monthly Wrap Up – May Edition!

Hello! Well May was not my best month for getting reviews done – I decided to catch up on some reading purely for fun, as I like not always having to review everything I read. A lot of May has involved blog tours which are always great to be a part of, so check them all out below:

The Swap by Fiona Mitchell was my first review of May and it was a brilliant read. It was an extremely emotional and touching look into what family can mean, with two brilliantly written main female characters.

I next reviewed Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan which was a very intriguing mystery, a very unusual motive and some really fascinating insights into the mind of the criminal. It also offered a very in-depth look into the main character Claire, so it’s definitely something a bit different to read.

They Call Me The Cat Lady by Amy Miller was the most fun I had reviewing a novel this month. This was such a touching, personal and lovely read, with a beautiful exploration into the growth of the main character. The descriptions in this book are truly gorgeous, and it’s a really heart wrenching read.

I then read The Manhatten Project by Paul McNeive, and this is genuinely quite a terrifying read, if only because of the stark reality it forces the reader to face. This is a very detailed book, showing the psychological consequences of events from our history in a fascinating political thriller with a terrorist plot.

Heartlands by Kerry Watts had some great characters and an emotional crime, but was slightly confusing at times. I found the vast amount of characters didn’t allow enough time to be spent on developing all of them, but it was still a good read with a great lead detective.

I next took part in a blog tour by Bookouture for Fierce Girl by Emma Tallon which has absolutely hooked me into this series. The main couple is completely awesome, totally badass, and I loved it. This was fast-paced, intriguing and really well written.

Finally is my review for the blog tour by Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers for The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor which is a completely emotional, fascinating and relevant story, with plenty of plot twists and a really emotive thread throughout. This book is pure brilliance, and I’d definitely recommend reading it.

Book of the Month
Okay, this month I’ve been seriously torn. I loved both The Swap and They Call Me The Cat Lady, but my absolute favourite was The Dangerous Kind. The whole story, the brilliantly written characters, the plot twist and the emotionally satisfying ending – it’s all amazing. I’ll be recommending this to everyone!

Freefall by Jessica Barry

*minor spoilers*

Surviving the plane crash is only the beginning for Allison. The life that she’s built for herself – her perfect fiancé, their world of luxury – has disappeared in the blink of an eye. Now she must run, not only to escape the dark secrets in her past, but to outwit the man who is stalking her every move. On the other side of the country, Allison’s mother is told that her daughter is dead. Maggie refuses to accept this and sets out to discover the truth. Mother and daughter must fight – for survival and to find their way through a dark web of lies and back to one another, before it’s too late…

This brilliantly suspenseful novel is a slow burn into one of the best endings I’ve read in a while.

I loved the central characters, especially Allison, as she was quite hard to read. I was really intrigued by her motivations, and thought she was a wonderfully multi-layered character. Jessica Barry really built the suspense with the brief glimpses into the character of The Man, and Allison’s relationship with him was hard to figure out. The sense of being unable to trust anyone was quite intense, and made the book really fast paced.

Maggie was another brilliant character, and showed both grief and resilience in what she believed was a terrible situation. I loved the brief glimpses into the previous lives of Maggie and Allison, as it really showed them to be human and relatable throughout a pretty obscure story.

I did find that there was perhaps too much focus on the suspicious characters of Sam and Tony – it was almost a bit too obvious for me, and in the end I did predict the ‘villain’. Having said this, the ending was fantastic – it was sinister, exciting and super tense. The whole build up to the end was brilliant as well – Allison moving through the forest coincided marvellously with the movement of the novel, so it really maxed out the suspense and drama of the whole story.

I thought this was a great story, fast paced and intense, with brilliant characters.

Jessica Barry
Vintage Digital – 28th Feb