Mini Book Reviews: The Thursday Murder Club | True Story | Watch Over You | Precious You

I’m sharing some more mine reviews today of books that I’ve read over the last couple of months.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

This was one of my most anticipated books of last year so I was thrilled when I got a copy for Christmas and I devoured it in one sitting! Needless to say I completely and utterly loved it! The novel follows four people in a retirement village who meet up every Thursday to look at old murder cases to try and solve them. So when a murder happens to someone connected to their home they can’t resist investigating the case. I loved the wonderful mix of characters in this novel, and I just found it such an engaging and warm read. I already can’t wait for the next book in the series to be published!

True Story by Kate Reed Petty

I read this novel a couple of weeks ago now and to be honest I’m still not sure what I thought of it so this mini review is rather hard to write! The novel is billed as the story of the aftermath of a sexual assault and is told in different genres – the first part is correct but I’m not sure that the different genres were really that different from each other. Having said that I did read this novel in one sitting and was intrigued by the strange paths it took me down as it went along. True Story is about a teenage girl who may or may not have been sexually assaulted on her way home from a party. She can’t remember what happened but it hugely affects her that men could have done this to her when she wasn’t conscious. We also follows the young men involved and see the story from their side and what happens to them as a result. I must admit that I didn’t know where this novel was going and the ending initially left me feeling angry and confused but the more it sits with me the more I feel like it makes sense. I still don’t know whether I enjoyed this book or not but it’s staying with me and I kind of want to re-read it a year or so from now to see how I feel then.

Watch Over You by M. J. Ford

This is the third book in a series and as I had really enjoyed the first two books I was keen to read this one and I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed it. This novel follows DS Josie Masters as she attends a murder scene and discovers the deceased is a former colleague of hers. As she looks around the house she realises her friend must have had someone staying with him and now the police urgently need to find this person. And this is only the beginning, Josie needs to work fast to find the killer before they strike again. I found this novel really hard to put down. I loved that we follow Josie as she gets back to work following the birth of her baby, and we also follow the killer but we’re still trying to join the dots along with Josie and her team. This is fast-paced, gripping read and I recommend it! I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar

This novel follows Katherine as she meets her new intern Lily. Initially Katherine likes Lily but soon doubts start to creep in but Katherine can’t put her finger on what is making her distrust Lily. Lily seems like a perfect young intern doing all she can to fit in and learn so no one wants to hear what Katherine thinks. What follows is a fascinating and disturbing novel about how far a rivalry can go and what one woman is prepared to do to destroy another. I couldn’t put this book down once I started it, I just had to know what was going to happen. There were moments where I wanted to look away but I couldn’t stop myself reading more. I recommend this one!

19 thoughts on “Mini Book Reviews: The Thursday Murder Club | True Story | Watch Over You | Precious You

  1. Wonderful reviews, Hayley. I like the idea of mini-reviews. I am intrigued by ‘True Story’ though it does sound like quite a heavy read due to the subject matter.

    • Thank you! I seem to write more mini reviews than anything at the moment as I’m trying to catch up on everything so it’s good to know you like them. ๐Ÿ™‚ True Story was a really interesting read and the more distance I have from it the more I appreciate what it was doing. I’d recommend it but it is quite heavy going at times so I’d say to read it when you’re in the right place for it. x

  2. I really liked True Story, I thought it was an excellent read, but I agree with the point you make about the genres not being that different. For some people the genres were a big thing, but for me it was just part of the story.

    • I’m finding that True Story is a book that is really staying with me and the more distance I have from it the more I appreciate what it was doing. I still don’t see how the genres were such a big deal but I loved how different it felt to read a story told in the way this one was (if that make sense). I’m glad you found it to be an excellent read – I’ll definitely be looking out for more from the author in the future.

  3. I’m glad you liked the Thursday Murder Club – my husband and I plan to read it together when I can find a copy in a local charity shop (I’m bound to!). Something small to look forward to!

  4. I can’t tell you how glad I am that you enjoyed The Thursday Murder Club, Hayley! I’m reading it right now, and I agree with you that it’s thoroughly enjoyable. The rest of what you’ve been reading looks quite good, too. I hope your mojo’s coming back.

    • I hope you enjoyed the rest of The Thursday Murder Club. I loved it and can’t wait for the next book to be out! My reading mojo is still a bit hit and miss but this week has been a good reading week so fingers crossed that I’m getting back on track. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Very interesting reviews, Hayley. I didn’t like The Thursday Murder Club and didn’t finish it. But I think I’m the only person in the world to say so.

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