A Selection of Crime Fiction Mini #BookReviews!


I’ve got really behind on reviewing books recently as I seem to be reading way faster than I can write up a review so I’ve decided to do some mini reviews of books that I read a little while ago so that I can catch up a bit.


You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood

I really enjoyed this novel; it’s very different from crime novels that I’ve read before and so it was refreshing. This is a book about a young man who is in court charged with murder. The entire book is set in the courtroom and is told entirely from the defendant’s perspective. I had an ARC of this to read but I ended up buying the audio book and it works so brilliantly on audio as it made me feel like I was right there in the courtroom listening along with the jury to this man’s story. I listened to the whole book in one sitting as I just wanted to know how he ended up here. The ending is one that will divide readers but I loved it! I recommend this one.


Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

I requested this novel based entirely on the fact that I loved the author’s previous novel All is not Forgotten (you can read my review of that here if you’d like to). I’ll be honest and say that Emma in the Night wasn’t as good but it was still an engrossing read. The novel is about two sisters who disappeared and now one of them is back. She tells where she has been and what happened but it doesn’t add up so a psychiatrist is trying to see through Cass’s story to try and work out the truth of where Emma is. I did get hooked on this story and didn’t fully work out what had happened, I enjoyed the slow reveal. 


Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

This is a very prescient novel and also a very good read! It’s about Sophie, a woman whose husband James has been accused of rape. Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute him. It’s a novel where you don’t know who’s telling the truth until later on so are seeing the story unfold trying to decide who the victim is. It’s a very believable novel and one for our times! It’s a gripping, emotionally resonant novel and I highly recommend it.


The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

I was really drawn to the premise of this novel -Samantha begins writing to a prisoner on death row and as they exchange letters she feels herself falling in love with him. She goes to America to join the campaign to free him as she, and others, believe he’s innocent. The first half of the book is better than the second for me because it felt much more believable; the second half, and in particular the ending, felt a bit rushed. Having said that I found I couldn’t put the book down at any point because I simply had to know what was going to happen!





14 thoughts on “A Selection of Crime Fiction Mini #BookReviews!

  1. These all sound quite good, Hayley. You Don’t Know Me sounds especially good. There’s just something about that courtroom setting that can be really gripping!

  2. I love courtroom dramas so You Don’t Know Me goes on my list! I still have to read All Is Not Forgotten… I need more time, haha! And I SO need Anatomy of a Scandal! Ah, this post makes me want to read them all!! xxx

    • You Don’t Know Me was really good, I especially enjoyed it as an audio book. It was intriguing to have a book told from just one character’s view point. All is Not Forgotten is a brilliant book, it’s one that’s never fully let go of me so I definitely recommend it. So many books, too little time… xx

  3. I can’t help but chuckle since I have to force myself to sit down and write my reviews most days because if it were up to me I’d much rather just keep reading.

  4. I’ve read ‘You Don’t Know Me’ and ‘The Innocent wife’. The innocent wife reminds me of making a murderer and I really loved it. I started to read ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ but I just couldn’t get into it.

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