2021 READING CHALLENGE | WHAT I'VE READ IN APRIL

This month I managed to get through five books. I'm hoping to pick up the pace next month and try and do it that I read 6/7 books each month so that I can meet my goal of 75 for the year.


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
As a child I enjoyed the film and always thought the idea of a secret garden being so magical. I'd never read the book before until now. The story tells of Mary Lenox a 10 year old girl who is sent to live in Yorkshire, with an uncle she has never met after the death of her parents. Initially Mary is seen as a rude, aggressive and selfish child. She dislikes her new home and the people living in it.In exploring the grounds Mary finds the key to the locked garden which is neglected and overrun with weeds. She sets her mind to bringing it back to life. In doing so, Mary finds a purpose and an excitement in her lonely existence. However, apart from the garden, there are other secrets to be revealed at Misselthwaite Manor such as the strange cries in the night and the identity of Colin, a disabled boy, whom she discovers in the hidden bedroom.




The Book Club By C.J. Cooper 
Everyone is hiding a secret. One of them is murder.
Can you trust the woman next door? The book club was her idea, of course. Alice's.It was her way into the group. A chance to get close.  Lucy knew from the day she arrived that she couldn't be trusted.And she was right.Because Alice didn't come to the village for peace and quiet.She came for revenge. I honestly loved this one, a great gripping read that had me hooked.


The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown 
In this memoir, Amanda reveals the stories, the patients and the cases that have shaped a career helping those most of us would rather forget behind bars. I must admit I didn't enjoy this one as much as I had hoped. It's still worth a read though.




The Guest List By Lucy Fole
It's the wedding of the year. But someone won't survive it.
This isn't my first read by this author I loved The Hunting Party which I read last year, but The guest list is much better. On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate the wedding of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. It's not long after the cake is cut and the champagne popped that resentments and petty jealousies come out. Worse yet, the latest barometer reading shows the weather has shifted from FAIR to CHANGEABLE, and dark clouds are looming overhead.Everyone on the island has a secret. Everyone has a motive. And someone won't leave this wedding alive...




We Know/ You Know by Erin Kelly
A gripping thriller that has kept me in suspense.

A lifetime ago, a patient escaped Nazareth mental asylum. They covered their tracks carefully. Or so they thought.

Thirty years ago, Marianne Smy committed a crime then fled from her home to leave the past behind. Or so she thought.

Now, Marianne has been forced to return. Nazareth asylum has been converted to luxury flats, but its terrible hold on her is still strong. A successful academic, a loving mother and a loyal wife, she fears her secret being revealed and her world shattering.

She is right to be scared.