It’s book review time again! Here are the four books I read this month. I have to say, the last book, a thriller from Claire Allan, was my highlight, if you pick one, that’s the book to read.
Anne Frank; The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
Anne Frank and her family fled the horrors of Nazi occupation by hiding in the back of a warehouse in Amsterdam for two years with another family and a German dentist. Aged thirteen when she went into the secret annexe, Anne kept a diary. She movingly revealed how the eight people living under these extraordinary conditions coped with hunger, the daily threat of discovery and death and being cut off from the outside world, as well as petty misunderstandings and the unbearable strain of living like prisoners.
This is without question, one of those books everyone should read. I can’t review it other than to say; it is brave, extremely sad, and it touches your heart.
A Gift from the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson
A NetGalley Review
Katie Seddon’s life has been far from idyllic. Growing up in a troubled home, she had her beloved Nan to turn to until she passed away. As her own life starts to follow a familiar path, she takes her son and starts afresh on the Dorset coast.
As Christmas approaches, Katie starts to feel overwhelmed with life. I devoured this in two afternoons following a couple of heavy reads. It was just what I needed, light, easy reading. I’ve read previous Debbie Johnson novels and they always leave me feeling comforted too. I little weekend away in Budbury would be lovely!
Behind A Closed Door by Adele O’ Neill
In Dublin, Jill Ryan is trying her best to keep the secrets of her past hidden. As her past haunts her, it has a huge impact on her relationship with Ben.
In Kilkenny, Heather Martin is living in fear of her husband. She wants to leave the volatile relationship but as she is losing her father to dementia and wishes to be near him she is torn.
Detective Tony Kelly is a colleague of Heather’s husband, his partner Louise is transferred to Dublin where her case there becomes entwined with Tony’s in Kilkenny.
This was a good book, however, I felt the ending was a bit rushed, leaving questions unanswered.
Forget Me Not by Claire Allan
A NetGalley Review
It’s six in the morning during the hottest summer on record when Elizabeth O’Loughlin, out walking her dog, comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific knife attack, clinging onto life at the side of the road.
As Elizabeth sits with Claire in her final moments on that fateful morning, she hears two words from the dying woman, ‘Warn them’
Claire’s family are devasted by her murder, as are her friends, Julie and Rachel. Who would want to harm their friend, and why?
As the investigation progresses, it soon becomes apparent that Julie and Rachel’s lives are also in danger. And Rachel is next in line!
I am reluctant to say any more about ‘Forget Me Not’, it is such a page-turner of a book, I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommend it.
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Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all of the books I mention in these monthly posts are bought and paid for by myself or borrowed from the Library. Anyone can join NetGalley and provide reviews in exchange for books.