I've been reading a lot more recently. I used to buy magazines to read for my 4 bus journey to work and back, until I realised how much I was spending on magazines in a week just to read the same article about some celebrity again and again. I told myself that I had to stop and purchased a few books to keep my occupied for the journey to work. These are some of my favourites....
'When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.
Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .' (source)
My gran had been recommending me this book for a while before I decided to give it ago, I think it was because it's actually a book by JK Rowling and I wasn't sure if I'd like a crime book written by her. I will hold my hands up and say I was completely wrong. I absolutely flew through this book. I just love everything about it, the story was gripping and very tense, the characters were interesting and it has a brilliant easy to follow writing style.
'When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.
And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . . '(source)
I loved the first Cormoran Strike book so I picked up the second in the series the next chance I could. Once again I flew through it, although I didn't find it quite as gripping. I think the first reason was that there was a lot of characters in the publishing industry I was finding it difficult to keep up with who they were and why they were relevant to the story. The second reason was the novelist Owen Quine who eventually gets murdered was not a very likeable character and I found it hard to 'care' and be pulled into the mystery on who murdered him. However, it was still a very enjoyable easy read.
'Atlanta, 1974. As a brutal killing and a furious manhunt rock the city, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the police force will also be her last. For life is anything but easy in the male-dominated world of the Atlanta Police Department, where even the other female cops have little mercy for the new girl.
Kate isn’t the only woman on the force who is finding things tough. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When Maggie and Kate become partners, and are sidelined in the search for the city’s cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach boiling point.
With the killer poised to strike again, will Kate and Maggie have the courage to pursue their own line of investigation? And are they prepared to risk everything as they venture into the city’s darkest heart?' Source
This book follows around Maggie Lawson and Kate Murphy, two female officers in a male dominated world, they are underestimated as they try and track down the cities cop killer. I liked this book, but I didn't love it. It was an interesting story and explored a few different themes that was relevant to the era. I found the ending very disappointing as everyone loves a good twist and an exciting ending, however when the murderer was revealed I found myself saying 'who?!'.
'That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made him a household name. Quebert is the only suspect.
Marcus Goldman - Quebert's most gifted protégé - throws off his writer's block to clear his mentor's name. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon merge into one. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of 'The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America'.
But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems.' Source
It's been a good few months since I read this book, but I remember absolutely falling in love with it from the first few pages. The story is gripping and I didn't see it as the typical murder mystery. The ending is something that I never saw coming and I was absolutely taken back by the twist.
Have you read any of these books? What have you been reading recently?