Mini Book Reviews – A Catch Up

In a feeble attempt to go into the New Year with a clean slate and no outstanding book reviews, I’ve rounded up my most recently read books:

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

The third instalment in the Cormoran Strike detective series is a cracking read despite the often gruesome scenes, being a tad bit too long and scattered with what I’d call pompous words that I just felt were not needed in this kind of novel.  I know this sounds like I didn’t enjoy it but I really did – particularly the developing relationship between Strike and Robin.  Having inadvertently read the last sentence I thought I knew what was going to happen but yet again I still got it all wrong!  Am looking forward to the next instalment of the BBC drama as it should be the best one yet in this much more personal case.

Book links: Goodreads | Waterstones | Amazon 

 

 

 


The Dying Game by Asa Avdic

This was our latest book club read which promised us a mix of The Hunger Games meets And Then There Were None with some Big Brother thrown in for good measure – therefore mahoosive expectations….what a let down!  This book had so much promise even though it felt somewhat a rip off of those previously mentioned books but unfortunately just didn’t deliver.  I, and the group, felt that there were too many unanswered questions and that none of the characters were really that likeable so we didn’t give two hoots when things happened to them.  There were also issues with the writing; whether that be the translation or the actual text, who knows.  What a shame…

Book links: Goodreads | Waterstones | Amazon

 

 


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

An unusual quick Christmas re-read for me in that I very rarely re-read books as there’s so many others to read but I was given this edition last Christmas.  I actually enjoyed reading this more the second time around as I felt I understood the story better.  This really is a lovely version with black inside papers and a gorgeous cover.

 

 

 

Book links: Goodreads | Waterstones | Amazon

 


Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

Along with catching up on reviews, I’m also trying to reduce the backlog of advanced reader copies I have outstanding and here’s one from that list – the fourth instalment in the DCI Erika Foster series.  This is the only series that I’ve read from the start and would recommend to anyone who’s not yet started them.  Fast paced, gripping with thoroughly vile villains and a team of realistic likeable detectives on the hunt for them.  These books should be on every crime thriller fan’s reading list and this one doesn’t disappoint either.  Onwards to number 5 which is also waiting on my Kindle!

 

Book links: Goodreads | Waterstones | Amazon

 

 


So that’s me all caught up for now.  Have you read any of these books or are they are on your reading list? Do let me know.

I’m hoping to get back into my blogging properly next year and make a real effort.

4 Comments

  1. 30th December 2017 / 10:23 am

    I haven’t read any Galbraith novels because the reviews were decidedly mixed but I did really enjoy the TV show so maybe I should reconsider. Does the show follow the books quite closely?

    I do love Bryndza’s books but I am starting to have a few doubts. They are beginning to feel a little rushed leading to little errors that irritate me. It does seem to be just me on this though.

    • 1st January 2018 / 5:40 pm

      I read the first one, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and the TV drama followed it very closely. It was a very good adaptation. I’ve not read the second one to be honest so I don’t know.

      Ahhh that’s a shame. There are little things that grate on me too but I do really enjoy them.

  2. 30th December 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Your mini review of Career of Evil reminded me I have the second book to read on my shelf! I am looking forward to meeting Robin again 🙂

    • 1st January 2018 / 5:39 pm

      Strangely enough, I read the first and third but not the second. Having watched them on the TV I’m not really inclined to neither. The third one is best so far 🙂

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