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Summer Reading Wrap Up 2017

Grow through what you go through

Hey Loves! I hope you’re doing well! I’ve been reading a lot of books since last year and I thought it will be interesting to share with you the books I’ve been reading. I’ve already made notes about my favourites books of this year which I’ll obviously upload at the end of this year. I’m more into suspense, mystery, crime and psychological thriller – that’s what I love to read! So if you’re interested to find out what I read this summer then keep on reading!

summer reading wrap up 2017 new lune

The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

There’s trouble in paradise . . .

For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight’s retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy.

It should be paradise. But it’s turned into a nightmare.

Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes.

After everything they’ve been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? And above all – where has her husband gone? [Read more]

When I read the description of this book, I had vibes from Gone Girl or The Girl On The Train but it’s definitely something completely different. The main characters in this book have all done mistakes and i’d say they all face those consequences afterwards in some ways. I couldn’t feel any sadness towards any of those characters for that matter. I’ve read and watched many thriller and horror movies but the end was quite unexpected and shocking, it was literally something I wasn’t expecting at all!

 

Watch Me by Angela Clarke

YOU HAVE SIX SECONDS TO READ THIS MESSAGE…

The body of a 15-year-old is found hours after she sends a desperate message to her friends. It looks like suicide, until a second girl disappears.

This time, the message is sent directly to the Metropolitan Police – and an officer’s younger sister is missing.

DS Nasreen Cudmore and journalist Freddie Venton will stop at nothing to find her. But whoever’s behind the notes is playing a deadly game of hide and seek – and the clock is ticking.

YOU HAVE 24 HOURS TO SAVE THE GIRL’S LIFE. MAKE THEM COUNT. [Read more]

Until I started reading this book, I didn’t know this was the second novel of Angela Clarke’s Social Media Murders series but it was written in a very detailed way that I didn’t need to read the first one to see all the connections between the first and second novel nor to find out all the characters’ relationships with each other. However I wish I had read the first novel.. I loved the connection between Nasreen and Freddie – and I love their personalities as well! Sometimes I was able to relate with Freddie and sometimes with Nas. Obviously this story is pure fiction but it’s something that can definitely happen in this day and age – especially with the use of social media.

 

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make… [Read more]

This another book which the end was quite shocking because I didn’t expect it to finish that way, literally you’ll be in shock until the last page. I love psychological thrillers with a twist because it leaves an impact even after you’ve finished reading the book and this book was definitely one of them! I haven’t watched or read any books/movies with a similar story line so it was new to me and I found it creepy and brilliant.

 

Trust Me by Angela Clarke

YOU SAW IT HAPPEN. DIDN’T YOU?

What do you do if you witness a crime…but no-one believes you?

When Kate sees a horrific attack streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed, Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who attacked her.

Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but the trail has gone cold. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected?

Dark, gripping, and flawlessly paced, Trust Me is the brilliant third novel in the hugely popular social media murderer series. [Read more]

This was the third novel of Angela Clarke’s Social Media Murders series, I didn’t pick up this book on purpose but I read it after I finished Watch Me. I’d say when it comes to the main characters of the book which are Nasreen and Freddie, I sensed that their relationship was different from the previous book. As far as for the story, I love Angela Clarke’s Social Media Murder Series because it shows how dangerous the world of social media is and how things can turn very wrong within seconds.

 

Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg

We were the Family, and Foxlowe was our home.

There was me – my name is Green – and my little sister, Blue. There was October, who we called Toby, and Ellensia, Dylan, Liberty, Pet and Egg. There was Richard, of course, who was one of the Founders. And there was Freya.

We were the Family, but we weren’t just an ordinary family. We were a new, better kind of family.

We didn’t need to go to school, because we had a new, better kind of education. We shared everything. We were close to the ancient way of living and the ancient landscape. We knew the moors, and the standing stones. We celebrated the solstice in the correct way, with honey and fruit and garlands of fresh flowers. We knew the Bad and we knew how to keep it away.

And we had Foxlowe, our home. Where we were free. There really was no reason for anyone to want to leave. [Read more]

All the characters in this book are very creepy, strange and strong in my opinion. The main theme is cults and commutes, which I didn’t like because it’s not really my cup of tea. I was expecting more of a horror theme to be honest by looking at the cover but this had more of a dark theme (which I love by the way but not really in this case).

 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. [Read more]

The only reason I bought this book was because lots of people loved the TV series so I had to read the book! It was well written but I couldn’t make anything out of the end which was the only disappointing thing for me.

 

The Trap by Melanie Raabe

The renowned author Linda Conrads is famous for more than just her bestselling novels. For over eleven years, she has mystified fans by never setting foot outside her home. Far-fetched, sometimes sinister rumors surround the shut-in writer, but they pale in comparison to the chilling truth: Linda is haunted by the unsolved murder of her younger sister, whom she discovered in a pool of blood twelve years ago, and by the face of the man she saw fleeing the scene.

Now plagued by panic attacks, Linda copes with debilitating anxiety by secluding herself in her house, her last safe haven. But the sanctity of this refuge is shattered when her sister’s murderer appears again–this time on her television screen. Empowered with sudden knowledge but hobbled by years of isolation, Linda resolves to use her only means of communication with the outside world–the plot of her next novel–to lay an irresistible trap for the man.

But as the plan is set in motion and the past comes rushing back, Linda’s memories of that traumatic night–and her very sanity–are called into question. Is this man really a heartless killer or merely a helpless victim? [Read more]

The story definitely kept me on edge and I liked the ending! However I was expecting more twists and psychological elements since the description was very gripping but nevertheless it was a good read.

 

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

A few little lies never hurt anyone. Right?

Wrong.

Paul has a plan. He has a vision of a better future, and he’s going to make it happen.

If it means hiding or exaggerating a few things here and there, no harm done.

But when he charms his way on to a family holiday…
And finds himself trapped among tensions and emotions he doesn’t understand…
By the time he starts to realise that however painful the truth is, it’s the lies that cause the real damage…

Well, by then, it might just be too late. [Read more]

There are a lot of shocking twists which I loved, this is one of the books which proves it’s always better to tell the truth no matter what happens – it’s definitely worth a read!

 

PS. The reason I’ve written this post only in English is because I didn’t know if the books I had mentioned were available in French.

PS. La raison pour laquelle j’ai écrit cette publication uniquement en anglais est parce que je ne savais pas si les livres que j’avais mentionnés étaient disponibles en français.

 

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING AT THE MOMENT?

xo N

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35 Comments

  1. Love Handmaid’s Tale; recently reread it because the TV show brought it to front of mind again. Such a compelling story. Right now I’m finishing up The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; also a compelling and engaging read! I would recommend Middlesex and A Little Life if you haven’t already read them. 🙂

    1. So many people loved the TV show and the plot was intriguing too that’s one of the reasons why I picked it to read! The title sounds interesting, I haven’t read them – I’ll definitely check them out! Thank you! ❤️

    2. Warming: A Little Life will make you cry and feel emotions. So will Middlesex but I found it more heartwarming? In a “this is a tragedy/the tale of” kind of way.

    1. I get what you mean, you can find some horror elements in thrillers but it’s completely different when you look at the whole story. You should definitely try them, in my opinion psychological thrillers are the best!

  2. Great! These books will help me to improve my english. Now I’m reading an illustration book story titled Stories For Rainy Days but it’s not available for another country except Indonesia.

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    1. Thank you Jenari! When I moved to the UK, watching movies and reading books helped me a lot to learn English but I was already a movie lover and bookworm so it was easy for me to get into lol! The title sounds good, I love illustration books but that’s a shame they don’t sell anywhere else – I would have loved to check it out! x

    1. Thank you lovely! I stopped reading for a very long time and now that I’m back at it, I can’t even stop! Waterstones is my definition of heaven, if I go in there you would’ve to drag me in order to get me out lol xx

  3. I have also read The Handmaid’s Tale and loved it, it was incredibly gripping and disturbing. This post has given me lot of ideas, I especially want to read I See You by Clare Mackintosh as I’m a big fan of an exciting psychological thiller! Thank you very much for liking a post on my little book review blog, I am very new to this so really appreciate it 🙂

    1. It was the same way for me too, I only found the time recently and I haven’t been able to stop ever since! I literally found my passion for reading again! If you’re into thrillers then you’ll definitely like these, hope you like them as much as I do! x

  4. I currently have a bookmark in the handmaid’s tail. i wanted to read it before I watched the show I was hearing all these great things about but I’m finding it very difficult to really enjoy it. I was hesitant before even picking it up though because I’e read other works by Margot Atwood that also had fantastic reviews but I found myself being the odd man out. And here I stand feeling like the odd man out again. I’m determined to finish it though just not sure as to how long that is going to be.

    1. To be honest I liked the description of the novel that’s the only reason why I picked it. I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favourite books but if you’re into dystopian genre, I’d definitely recommend it! x

    1. I haven’t watched the TV show yet but I heard good reviews about it and it’s slightly different compared to the book. I still had many questions left and that’s the reason why I didn’t really like the ending x

    1. I’ve watched the Divergent movie series but I haven’t read the books, I read Everything Everything and it was good! I haven’t heard the others but I’ll check them out, thanks for the recommendations xx

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