Monday, 3 August 2015

July Reading Wrap Up

July was a somewhat slow reading month for me, with a total of three books read. In all honesty, I tend to only read one or two more books than that in a good month but my last read took me a while to get through.

One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits.

Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town's children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother.

As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.


I hadn't read any of Heather Gudenkauf's work until this month, but am glad that I still have two of her books unread on my shelf. I will have a full review of One Breath Away coming up next week.
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Philip Marlowe's on a case: his client, a dried-up husk of a woman, wants him to recover a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband's collection.

That's the simple part. It becomes more complicated when Marlowe finds that everyone who handles the coin suffers a run of very bad luck: they always end up dead. That's also unlucky for a private investigator, because leaving a trail of corpses around LA gets cops' noses out of joint.

If Marlowe doesn't wrap this one up fast, he's going to end up in jail - or worse, in a box in the ground....
  
 
The Philip Marlowe mysteries are some of my favourite crime novels and the third book in the series does not disappoint. Whilst the books do lead on from one another they can also be read as standalones. If you like crime fiction, a good mystery that keeps you on your toes and an assortment of characters then I'd recommend The High Window... Or any of the first three Philip Marlowe mysteries - I can't attest for the rest as I have yet to read them.
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All is not well with the Hurst family. There is gentle teenage daughter Violet, whose experiments with fasting and drugs land her in a psychiatric ward; eight-year-old Will who is smart, funny and caring but has already been labelled autistic and is being home-schooled; and mother Josephine, whose subtly controlling and seemingly innocent manoeuvres may just be the source of everyone else's despair. And then there's Rose, the sister who got away. Tired of Josephine's interferences, Rose ran away from home years earlier and hasn't been heard from since. But as her mother's intentions become more terrifyingly clear, Violet begins to wonder whether something far, far worse happened to her older sister.
 
Let's just say that things are not at all what they seem in the Hurst household. I'll have a review of Mother, Mother up in the coming weeks.
 
What books did you read in the month of July? 
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