Monday, 30 April 2018

Blogger Book Nook: Murder in the Library

When I saw that this month's Blogger Book Nook was going to be about crime and thriller fiction I was excited. I love a good thriller which is definitely my favourite genre to read and most of the books on my tbr pile are of that genre. I had fun choosing which book I wanted to pick up for my mini review at the end of this post.


1. Who is your favourite fictional detective and why?

I've found this question pretty tricky to answer because  most of the books I read in this genre don't tend to be written in the perspective of a detective. When I do though I like a detective that is reliable, has a back story and is motivated in his role.

2. Do you enjoy being able to solve the mystery in a book before the characters do, or do you like to be kept guessing until the end?

A bit of both really. I love a good gripping read that keeps me guessing however I do love working it out and seeing if I am right. I don't like working it out too early in the book or if there is a twist in the end that makes no sense though.

3.Murders, missing people, or heists and thefts: Which do you find most compelling?

Murders and missing people definitely.  I find them to be more exciting than heists and thefts. 

4. What keeps you most engaged in a crime plot? Intriguing characters? Mysterious settings? Or a whole lot of action?

The suspense! The characters for me along with the plot keep me engaged. If the characters are boring than I find it hard to continue reading. 


5. Crime is a popular theme for novels, TV shows and video games: Which is your favourite way of experiencing the genre?

It's definitely a tie between novels and tv shows! With novels it gives me the chance to use my imagination about the crime, what the characters are like etc however with tv shows I tend to focus more on the plot.

Now for the review:  Close to home by Cara Hunter

Close to Home is part of the Richard and Judy book club and I can see why they chose it. Close to Home features many twists and turns along the way and is a gripping novel. Eight year old Daisy Mason goes missing at a family party, no one saw anything- well that's what they are saying. DI Adam Fawley tries to keep an open mind but knows 9 times out of 10 it's someone the victim knew. That means someone is lying. This fast paced read is definitely my favourite read this month and I loved the twist at the end when we find out what really happened to Daisy.
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37 comments

  1. I have to admit I don't read many crime or thriller books as I'm so easily freaked out!

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  2. I hate finding out who did it before the end of the book, although I have been known to cheat and read the end first. I always regret that though. Murders are my fav. Not so interested in heists and thefts.

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  3. I also love crime books and tv shows - it's an interesting question as to whether they are preferred as a book or tv. I think for me I prefer tv shows, though they scare me!

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  4. Oh wow, this sounds right up my street...I now want to know what happened to Daisy!! Think I'm going to have to get this for my summer reading :)

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  5. I do like mystery books in which you can read about a thriller story of a missing person. Trying to piece up the puzzles it's always fun. I never cheat and go to the end first. :)

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  6. Hands up I love a good mystery, I love trying to solve it but I adore it when I can't when it takes a twist and your like WHAT NO WAY! That is a the best.

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  7. It sounds intriguing although I much prefer a romance. Hubby loves books like this so I will be sure to tell him x

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  8. I love reading a good thriller too as it keeps me on my toes and I won't put the book down until I have finished reading it.

    Yeah Lifestyle

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  9. Love books like this as in to crime and murders such as this always good to read on a night .

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  10. I also love reading a crime novel that keeps you guessing until the end! I've never read Close to Home so I'll have to give it a try next

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  11. Great reading find. My mummy loves crime thrillers and her favourites are around a Bristol detective DCI Banks based on Mo Hayders books. We love sinister twists and gruesome details x

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  12. I don' really tend to read crime or thriller books so this would be totally new for me x

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  13. I have to agree with you, I like to be kept in surprise until the end of the book so I don't like plot spoilers aha. And missing people are definitely more gripping than theft.

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  14. This sounds like a gripping read. Maybe one to take on my holiday.

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  15. Crime novels can be really great reads. Although, I want to be told who did it at the end of the book who did it to keep the degree of suspense and mystery.

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  16. I would love to read Close to Home. It sounds interesting.

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  17. I would like to read Close to Home. It sounds good.

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  18. I would love to read Close to Home. It sounds like a good book.

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  19. I too prefer murders and missing people than heists because I feel like I need to watch a heist not read about it. Interesting questions

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  20. Even from your mini-snippet, this sounds like one to add to my list #readwithme

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  21. I'm quite partial to a bit of crime and thriller to read at the moment!! My step mum actually writes crime novels :) thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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  22. I love a good crime book. I need something that is going to keep me hooked from the first page.

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  23. I love a good crime or thriller book, I think they are my favourite. I love how on edge they can have you x

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  24. I love crime and thriller books. I definitely agree, murders and missing people are much more gripping. I've been reading a lot of Robert Harris recently and highly recommend his books.

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  25. Sounds like an interesting book - I love a good twist. I read a lot of crime books - it's nice to stay with the same characters for a series so you really get to know them and their quirks. Rachel

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  26. I love reading crime books and thrillers too. My current favourite detective is Erika Foster from the Robert Brenda books. Close to Home sounds just my cup of tea!
    Popping over from Read With Me.

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  27. Ooh I love a good crime or thriller book! I'm a big Stephen King fan and love a bit of John Grisham. What is it that is so intriguing about murder?! Makes us sound crazy, doesn't it? I'm not sure who my favourite detective would be either...!

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  28. I love crime novels this sounds perfect for me to read as well :) I also love the idea of book clubs :) will definitely be purchasing this to read over the next few weeks

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  29. I haven't read many thrillers lately but I'm getting right in to Agatha Christie! And I've not heard of the blogger book nook before - is it a link up? #readwithme

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  30. I love crime thrillers, they draw you in and you can never put them down.

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  31. Ooh this looks like my kind of book! I love a murder mystery or a thriller, it's great when you just cant stop turning the page!

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  32. This looks great and definitely something that I would enjoy! Will have a read!

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  33. I absolutely love crime and thriller books and films. This looks such a good read. Kaz

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  34. I much prefer watching crime to reading it as I prefer to read other genres but recently I've been picking up some detective stories and they are chilling!

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  35. Oooh, I love crime and Thriller - in fact they are my favourite. I'll definitely be giving this one a go. :D

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  36. Angela Ricardo Bethea8 May 2018 at 02:22

    This looks like an interesting book to read. I love reading book like this. and I will definitely check this out.

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  37. I love a good mystery, thriller book too! And like you, I much prefer murders and missing people over theft and heists. Makes me sound like a bit of a psychopath haha, I assure you I'm not x

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