I didn’t quite catch up on reviewing the books that I read in 2018 before the end of the year so here is another mini book review post 🙂
A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay
I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of Barclay’s previous novels but A Noise Downstairs is by far my favourite of his to date. It was creepy and unnerving, and even when I was on the edge of my seat I simply couldn’t put this book down because I had to know how it was going to end. I do enjoy books where the premise could be that there is someone setting someone up to think they’re going mad, or the person could actually be losing their grip on reality and this book does this so well. I did find I had to suspend disbelief with some aspects of this novel but it didn’t make it any less enjoyable, and the end when it comes is shocking and disturbing. I definitely recommend it!
The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah
This is the first of Sophie Hannah’s takes on Agatha Christie that I’ve read and I did really enjoy it. My favourite thing about Christie is the puzzle element, her novels don’t always feel grounded in reality for me but the puzzle is always brilliant and I think Hannah did a good job with this. This book’s mystery was one that I managed to figure out elements of but not the whole thing, something that’s rare for me with Poirot but I liked feeling like I had a chance of solving the crime. I’ll definitely be picking up more of Sophie Hannah’s Poirot books and I’m really looking forward to reading them.
All the Hidden Truths by Claire Askew
This is a stunning novel about the aftermath of a college shooting. It follows three characters as they are forced to face up to what has happened in their community. One is the mother of the shooter, then there is the mother of the first girl to be shot, and the third is the detective in charge of the investigation. The novel actually starts the day before and the build up is so tense because you know what’s going to happen but you’re not sure how or when. The three viewpoints make this such a heartbreaking read as we learn more about these women and their lives, and how the devastation has affected them. I highly recommend this novel.
Bluebird Bluebird by Attica Locke
This is a beautifully written but also devastating novel looking at a community dealing with the aftermath of two apparent murders – one of a black man and the other of a white woman. The racial tensions within the town play a large part in how each person views everyone else. It felt quite claustrophobic at times, like I was right there in the town and seeing this situation unfold with my own eyes. I found this book so unsettling, and yet really hard to put down. This is an excellent, prescient and really important read. I definitely need to read more of Attica Locke’s work this year.
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A Noise Downstairs is on my TBR. It was great to see how much you enjoyed it, and I’m even more excited to read it now!
The Sophie Hannah book sounds like one I need to get in my life!!
Loved All The Hidden Truths. On my top reads list for 2018!
You have just reminded me that I have Bluebird on my tbr, I was hoping to read that one last summer and didn’t get to it 😔
All the Hidden Truths by Claire Askew sounds brilliant and emotional! x
So glad you enjoyed Bluebird, Bluebird, Hayley. It’s a powerful book, isn’t it? And the others look great, too. I’m glad that the end of 2018 brought you such good reading.
Wonderful reviews, Hayley! I’ve been curious Bluebird Bluebird and the Sophie Hannah/Agatha Christie books. Happy to know you enjoyed both.
These all sound really good. I have the Linwood Barclay one to read and review, but I might add a few others to my TBR.
Nice review! I’m really intrigued by The Mystery of Three Quarters, I may have to bump it up my list now!
Ooh yay, I’m glad you said you really enjoyed A Noise Downstairs! I’ve been wanting to read that one for ages so I’m glad you liked it!
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