Another great month for reading. I've not managed to reach my goal for the year of 70 books but I've read 58 which I'm happy with. This month I've managed to get through 6 books. I'm looking forward to a fresh new year and I've got some great sounding reads on my to be read pile.  Let's get onto what I have read this month.

Magpie by Elizabeth Day
Marisa and Jake are a perfect couple, and Kate, their new lodger, is the perfect roommate.  Except no one is perfect. Sure, Kate doesn’t seem to care much about personal boundaries and can occasionally seem overly familiar with Jake, but Marisa doesn’t let it concern her. Kate will soon be gone, and it will just be her, Jake, and their future baby. The twist was unexpected and I like that it touches on infertility and mental health. 

The Maid by Nita Prose
Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by. Since her Gran died a few months ago, Molly has been navigating life’s complexities all by herself. But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of Charles Black, only to find Mr. Black dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this one as much as I had hoped. I found it to be slow and it didn't have the tension I like from a crime/thriller read.

The Twig Man by Sana Rasoul
Beware the Twig Man, the Twig Man's hex. Beware the Twig Man, or you'll be NEXT! It's been a year since nearly-twelve-year-old Ari’s older sister, Lana, ran away. Except Ari knows what really happened. She was taken by the Twig Man, the creepy monster that's haunted the woods for one hundred years. No one else will listen, so it's down to Ari to save his sister. But he had better hurry, as Ari finds himself next on The Twig Man's list... 
Although a children's book, I did enjoy this one. Was a fun and easy read. 

The Stealing by S.A. Sutila 
She chose to die.
Now she chooses to live. And love.
I really enjoyed this read and loved the gothic undertone with romance thrown in.

The Christmas Killer by Alex Pine 
As the snow begins to fall, the body count begins to climb…
DI James Walker is ready for a quiet family Christmas. But when he opens an early Christmas present left on his doorstep, he soon realises it is no gift. Inside is a gruesome surprise, and a promise – twelve days, twelve murders. Not long after, the first body is found, half frozen in the snow. This was quite gripping and easy crime/thriller set around the Christmas season.

The Killer in the snow by Alex Pine
The second book in the DI James Walker series.
A year has passed since DI James Walker cracked his biggest case yet, and he’s hoping for peace and quiet this festive season. But across the fells, a local farmer returns home on Christmas Eve to find footsteps in the fresh snow that lead down to his unused basement – and no footsteps leading away. Days later, his body is found, alongside those of his wife and daughter.Without a neighbour for miles, there are no witnesses and little evidence. And the crime scene has strange echoes of another terrible murder committed at the farmhouse, twenty years earlier…


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amy bondoc said...

these all sound right up my street do love a good book!