I've lowered my reading goal this year to 60 books and so far I've made a great start with 5 books read this month. Let's jump in to what I've read this month.

The Winter Killer by Alex Pine
I started off the new year with the third book in the DI James Walker series. I like that each book can be read as a stand alone if u want to. The author is really great at throwing red herrings into the mix so that you can't guess who done it.

Christmas has arrived in Cumbria, and wedding bells are ringing.
But an ice-cold killer is waiting in the fells…

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, DI James Walker receives a phone call that puts paid to his Christmas break. During the wedding of the year at a lakeside hotel, the bride’s sister has vanished.Before the wedding night is out, the lake is being searched for a body.

Girl A by Abigail Dean
Having been meaning to read Girl A for awhile I was unfortunately disappointed with this read. I felt that it wasn't as gripping and thrilling as I would've liked.

Girl A,' she said. ‘The girl who escaped. If anyone was going to make it, it was going to be you.’

Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family. She doesn’t want to think about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors. And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped. When her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can’t run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the House of Horrors into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her six siblings – and with the childhood they shared.

Tall Bones by Anna Bailey 
Really enjoyed Tall Bones. I liked that it was gripping from near enough the get go.
When seventeen-year-old Emma leaves her best friend Abi at a party in the woods, she believes, like most girls her age, that their lives are just beginning. Many things will happen that night, but Emma will never see her friend again. 

Abi's disappearance cracks open the façade of the small town of Whistling Ridge, its intimate history of long-held grudges and resentment. Even within Abi's family, there are questions to be asked

Her Last  Holiday by C.L.Taylor
Written in various points of view personally isn't my cup of tea as it gets a bit confusing however it was still a good read. The second half of the book I enjoyed more.

Two years ago, Fran’s sister Jenna disappeared on a wellness retreat in Gozo that went terribly wrong. Tom Wade has just been released from prison after serving his sentence for the deaths of two people. But he has never let on what happened to the third victim: Jenna. Determined to find out the truth, Fran books herself onto his upcoming retreat 

Hostage by Clare Mackintosh 
Absolutely loved the dual storylines in Hostage. You have Mina and what is happening on board the plane and then you have her husband Adam at home looking after their adopted daughter Sophia when it comes apparent that they are in a horrid situation including Mina's flight being taken over by terrorists.

You can save hundreds of lives.
Or the one that matters most . . .

The atmosphere on board the inaugural non-stop flight from London to Sydney is electric.Mina is one of the team of flight attendants chosen for the landmark journey. She's trying to focus on the task in hand, and not worry about her  five-year-old daughter back at home with her husband. Or the problems in her marriage.

But the plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling note from an anonymous passenger, someone intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination. Someone who needs Mina's assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply.

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