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The Book Wrap Up : Vol IV

Guys you are not even ready for this book wrap up, seriously. I have read so many good books this year and I swear they just keep getting better. After a slow start to the year, I feel like I am finally back in love with reading and am actually wanting to pick up books rather than watch Netflix (CRAZY TALK I KNOW!)

So lets jump straight into the wrap up. Lots of new releases this month as I have been very fortunate to receive lot of early release copies of books recently and the ones I have read have been AMAZING!

The Ex : Nicola Moriarty*

Girl meets boy. They fall in love. There's just one problem...

She wants him back. She wants you gone.

Luke is The One. After everything she's been through, Georgia knows she deserves someone like him, to make her feel loved. Safe. The only problem is his ex-girlfriend. Luke says Cadence is having trouble moving on. She texts Luke all the time and leaves aggressive notes on Georgia's car. Georgia starts to feel afraid. But she decides to confront Cadence ... and that's when things get interesting.

Nicola strikes again and KILLS IT! Another amazing books from her. Once you start, you will not want to put this book down, especially from Part 2! It keeps you on edge, that you need to know what happens. It will give you the creeps and make you feel so uncomfortable, but will also shock you. I had a feeling it would turn on the way it did, but I still couldn't believe it when it happened. Cannot recommend this book enough!!

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD

Normal People : Sally Rooney

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular, star of the school soccer team, while she’s lonely, proud and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her cleaning job at Marianne’s house, a strange connection grows between the two. Throughout their years in college, this connection continues to circle the two, straying towards other people, but always getting pulled back together.

I don’t know how to describe this book....I really enjoyed it, however, I can’t say it was anything amazing. It was simply written, easy to follow, but not your typical love story that ends with the typically happy ending. It doesn’t follow your typical love story pattern, which real life ups and downs getting in the way. You watch both Connell and Marianne grow and develop as adults, realising some of their youthful mistakes, but also continue to make some. It’s a book about normal people (suitably titled I guess!). With all the hype and talk around the book, I expected big and amazing things, which I can’t say I got, but I also have given it four stars?

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD  

The Woman in Darkness : Charlie Donlea

In the summer of 1979, give Chicago women went missing. The predator, nicknamed The Thief, left no bodies and no clues, until police received a package from a mysterious woman name Angela Mitchell. But before police could question her, she disappeared.

Finding a cryptic file in her father’s office, Rory is left handling The Thief as he enters parole. Soon Rory is hopelessly tangled in the enigma of Angela Mitchell. But not even Rory is prepared for the terrifying secrets about to emerge.

I could not put this book down. It was absolutely fantastic. Laced with drama, mystery and thrills. Jumping from present day to past, between different characters of the story. I love that Charlie Donlea has created characters who have OCD and anxiety and are down to earth real people. It just kind of breaks your heart and adds to the drama. It’s wonderfully written, giving you insights into the past as you try to work out what went down. Even if you know what’s coming, you’ll still be shocked. I was left wanting more at the end, but not in a bad way. If you’re into crime and thriller I would 10/10 recommend!

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD 

Somewhere Close to Happy : Lia Louis*

Lizzie James is happy. She has a steady office job (with a steady stream of tray bakes), has had the same best friend since secondary school, and she sees her family every Thursday night for take-away and TV. On the whole she's happy. Or somewhere close to it, anyway. Until a letter arrives one day from her best friend, Roman. A letter dated 12 years ago, the exact day he went missing. Who sent her the letter, and what happened to Roman?

SUCH A GOOD BOOK! I honestly could not put this book down I was enjoying it so much. It's mystery crossed with a love story from the past. The book bounces from present day to stories from Lizzie's teenage years, giving you insights into her relationship with Roman. You will honestly get invested in everyone's life (including mean Aunty Shall....OMG SHE'S AWFUL!) I was a little disappointed by the ending, but only because it's not necessarily your traditional ending in many ways (that's all I'll ay without giving away too much). Tackling mental health, drugs and a whole lot of family stress, it's so raw and real that it is the perfect modern day book.

If you're looking for a new book to read that mixes love and a bit of mystery, on an adventure to reconnect with a long lost love, then this is the next book for you!

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD 


As Happy as Here : Jane Godwin*

Three teenage girls from very different backgrounds find themselves sharing a hospital ward. When they witness a crime in the park below their window, they bond over trying to solve the crime and each one undergoes a profound change.

This is a book that I wish I'd read growing up. It is a lovely, coming-of-age story of three young girls who find themselves in a hospital room together. Then they witness a crime. As they band together to solve the crime, they learn to overcome each others differences and challenges to help each other grow and blossom. Such a lovely, unique voice with a hint of mystery!

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD 

The Guilty Party : Mel McGrath

One a night out, four friends witness a stranger in trouble. The next morning a body washes up in the Thames. Did ignoring the woman leave blood on their hands? And who is really responsible?

Look, this book had me hooked from page one. You start with the stranger in trouble and it honestly grabs you. The opening of this book is amazing!!! What follows is the story told from the end to the start. It was such a creative way to do it. You hear the end and then slowly piece together what happened on the day, while Cassie is left feeling like she is going crazy in present day.

However, I honestly hated the ending. It just happened quickly and randomly and was just unexpected. I was left feeling like it had been a bit of anti climax.

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD 

Whisper Network : Chandler Baker*

Sloane, Ardie, Grace and Rosalita have worked at Truviv Inc. for years. With the sudden death of the CEO, Ames is set to get up in the top position within the company. Each of the women have had a different relationship Ames, who has been surrounded by whispers of how he treats women. Those whispers have been swept under the rug. Until now. They’ve decided enough is enough. Sloane and her colleagues decide its time to take a stand and let the lies be uncovered.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Following on from the #metoo movement, it opens up the discussion around abuse of trust and power from men in the workplace. I would say that, at times, the book is very heavily anti-men, which is why it wasn’t a five star rating for me. It does implicate almost all men for being involved in this kind of behaviour at times, implying that there are no good men anymore (which, from personal experience, I strongly disagree with). However, I did love seeing all the women come together and build up the confidence to take a stand, despite push back after push back. Definitely a powerful female voice in today’s climate!

Book Depository | Dymocks (it is the Dymocks book of the month, and you get a free tote bag when you purchase the book!) | QBD

The Whisper Man : Alex North

After the death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes that a fresh start would be best for him and his son Jake. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. But the new town has a dark secret. Twenty years ago, a resident abducted and murdered five children. Until he was caught, Frank Carter was known as “The Whsiper Man” because each child would hear whispering before being lured out of their rooms.

Jake heard voices. But Tom thinks it’s fine. Until the whispers become too much.

Bloody brilliant. No other way to describe it. I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller. I feel like I’ve been reading lots of very predictable thrillers, and while this one makes sense and the ending makes sense, there were surprises throughout to throw me and keep me guessing. I honestly couldn’t put it down, despite it giving me chills as I read it late at night. Even in the end, I wasn’t read for it to be over. I wanted to know more!! Written so well and with 10/10 creeps (maybe because it involves children?) I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good thriller!!!!

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD 

You'll Never See Me Again : Lesley Pearse*

When her husband returns shell-shocked and broken from the Great War and his mother makes her life a misery, Betty Wellow discovers how bitter and hard life can truly be. But it is not until a devastating storm sweeps through their small fishing village and endangers her life, that she sees her chance to escape – and takes it.

Fleeing to Bristol, changing her name to Mabel Brook and taking a job as a maid, she has started a new life. But sometimes we can’t escape our past...

OH MY GOD YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! I was a bit apprehensive when I picked it up, but I loved it so much. It is so beautiful written - taking the past but writing it in such an accessible way. It makes you fall in love, breaks your heart, makes you laugh and cry and everything in between. It takes a dive into the past, exploring the hardship of World War II, and the struggles of women left behind. It takes history, war and love and combines it into such a beautiful story. Whether you love historic fiction, romance novels or contemporary, this book is for you! I absolutely loved it! 

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD


Have you read any good books lately? Let me know your latest book recommendations in the comments below. If you can't wait for my next Book Wrap Up, make sure you head over to Goodreads and follow me so you can keep up with every book I read.  

*DISCLAIMER – Products with * have been sent for trial/review purposes. Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.
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