June Reads

With it being 3 days into July now I thought I'd share my June reads. So here is a more in depth round up on what i have been reading this month. Reading wise June has been a really good month with 6 books and a magazine. I've actually started having trouble with sleep again so have been reading until the early hours. I also managed to get some reading done whilst we were on holiday.

The Lying Game By Ruth Ware
This was my first read of June if you read my monthly posts you know I  love a good thriller. I was introduced to Ruth Ware by another blogger and have now read 3 out of her 4 books and so far have to say I enjoyed this book the most. The Lying Game has some mixed reviews and if I had to rate the book I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars. The reason being although I enjoyed this book there are many more thrillers that I have read over time which are so much better. 

Four girls were best friends at a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

The child by Fiona Barton
This book is one of those that you just can't put down. I found myself finishing this book within 24 hours as it was that gripping. The story centres around a missing child and coming to light about a long buried secret. 

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.
For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Fear By C.L.Taylor
An intense thriller that kept me gripped.  Lou who was groomed by her karate teacher when she was 14 and now years later she finds him doing the same to 13 year old chloe meadows. She is determined to stop him from ruining Chloe's life like he did with hers. Unfortunately Mike is a lot more dangerous than she realised and once again she could become his prey. If you love psychological thrillers you may enjoy this one.

When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn’t what he seemed and he left her life in pieces.
Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he’s caused. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that she could once again become his prey…

Keep you safe By Melissa Hill
Keep you safe is an issue driven book exploring the "to vaccinate or not"debate and the tragic consequences of one mother's decision on another. I like how the book shows that there is always two sides to a story. That both sets of people have reasons behind their choices and decisions and that no one can really be blamed. I love that the book is a contrevertional topic I wouldn't normally think to read about as its so thought provoking.

Single mom Kate O'Donnell is living her worst nightmare. Her young daughter, Clara, who has a medical condition that doesn't allow her to be vaccinated, becomes critically ill when one of her classmates, Lauren-whose family chose not to vaccinate-contracts and spreads the virus. While Lauren has no trouble recovering from the disease, Clara's condition worsens. With time spent by her daughter's bedside, Kate loses her job and slides deeper into medical debt. But when another school parent points the blame at Lauren's mother, Lucy, and the media begins an attack, we see two very different views on parenting and how badly things can spin out of control when all either of these two women wanted was to keep their daughters safe.

It's always the husband by Michelle Campbell
I found the second half of the book to be more better than the first half. The book had the potential to be a good thriller unfortunately it just isnt for me. I did unfortunately find i  just didnt like the charcters in this book as couldn't relate to any of the 3 friends at all. It's definitely a slow burner which when it comes to thrillers for me I like a fast paced read.

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump. 

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

Breathe Magazine Issue 13 

As usual the Magazine is packed with relatable and interesting features and the art work as beautiful as ever.In issue 13 some of my favourite features include:  How to leave the past behind, summer reads, Turn back the clock and Are you a kindrovert? I love th a Breathe Magazine is all about mindfulness and taking out time for yourself.

 The summer of impossible things by Rowan Coleman
My last read from June and one of my favourites. I have no words to say other than its beautifully written and a magical read. 

If you could change the past, would you?

Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death.

Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977.

At first Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

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