My Book of the Month for November 2014

I have only read four books this month but I enjoyed them all, giving 5 star reviews to each of them on Goodreads. However I have to choose one, and the book that I became most involved with was I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.
My review is here.



I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. Read November 2014.

I loved this book! That just about sums it up but is not quite enough, even for my short reviews, so I’ll try and do it justice below.
“In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.”
Right from the start, with a tragic incident, this book grabs the reader and won’t let go.
The author’s experience of police procedure stands out and gives authenticity to the plot, which races along and left me breathless at times.
And here’s a thing I don’t remember happening before – the book has lots of ‘sliding doors’ moments and I found myself drifting off imagining what would have happened to the characters with each option. It probably trebled the time it took to read but I really enjoyed it.
I look forward to reading more by Clare Mackintosh and recommend this debut to all crime and psychological thriller fans.
Thank you to the publisher for my copy which was a competition prize.


Long Way Home by Eva Dolan. Read November 2014.

Harrowing, thrilling, depressing, menacing – but most of all a fabulous and gripping read.
“A man is burnt alive in a shed. No witnesses, no fingerprints – only a positive ID of the victim as an immigrant with a long list of enemies. Detectives Zigic and Ferreira are called in from the Hate Crimes Unit to track the killer, and are met with silence in a Fenland community ruled by slum racketeers, people-trafficking gangs and fear.”
Like most people I’ve seen reports on the news about people trafficking and slave labour conditions endured by immigrant workers, and shrugged them off as someone else’s problem. This book opened my eyes and changed my attitude. Some of the events are truly horrific but it’s impossible to put the book aside or pretend such things couldn’t happen.
I enjoyed the writing style, flipping from action packed scenes to descriptions in minute detail. Even minor characters are given shape and believability which contributes to a satisfying reading experience.
I would recommend Long Way Home to fans of gritty crime fiction, who enjoy strong characters and a well developed plot.
My copy was purchased from Amazon Kindle Store.


The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth. Read November 2014.

Having enjoyed the author’s debut novel (Precious Thing) so much I had high expectations of this book. I’m happy to report that it didn’t disappoint.
“I’m the only one who knows the secrets her friends have hidden, the mistakes the police have made.
I’m the only one who can warn her she’s still in danger.
I know exactly who attacked her.
He’s the same man who killed me.”
The voice of Eve is one of the most compelling I’ve ever read and will haunt me long after finishing this book. Her narration of the events following her murder and the flashbacks to events six years earlier, gradually unravel a complex mystery that is cleverly plotted.
I spotted the killer quite early on but the twists and turns in the story were enough to make me doubt my theory several times which made for a satisfying read.
I recommend this book to psychological thriller fans who like some depth and believability to the characters.
Thank you to the publisher, via Netgalley, for the advance copy e-book.


Watching You by Michael Robotham. Read November 2014.

This latest instalment in the Joseph O’Loughlin series weaves an intricate plot and kept me guessing right to the end.
“Marnie Logan often feels like she’s being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on — a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye — and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin.”
This is the seventh book featuring Joe O’Loughlin and there are no signs of the series becoming stale. There was less focus on Joe’s family and personal situation this time, and having followed the development of these recurring characters I missed them, but there wasn’t much room for them in this complex story. Victor Ruiz features again and has Joe’s back when the going gets rough.
This was a gripping read with all the twists and suspense I expect from Michael Robotham’s books, but there was an added element this time with some horrific events that reminded me of the writing style of Mo Hayder. I would recommend this book to psychological thriller fans and I think it could be read as a standalone but would be more enjoyable if you have read the previous books in the series.
My copy was borrowed from Blackburn with Darwen libraries.