What I've Been Reading Recently #4

Although I haven't read as many books as I would have liked to in the last few weeks, I did have a sneaky holiday away in the sun where I managed to get through these few books!
The Version of Us by Laura Barnett

'Eva and Jim are nineteen, and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog. What happens next will determine the rest of their lives. 

We follow three different versions of their future - together, and apart - as their love story takes on different incarnations and twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day.'  Source

I've seen this book everywhere at the minute and although romances aren't usually my thing, I picked this up for half price at WH Smiths. I had heard so many amazing things about this book, I thought why not give it a chance?! 

As the synopsis explains, the story follows Eva and Jim and the three different versions of their lives. I like this idea, but unfortunately that is all I liked about the book.

The stories were confusing. With the characters being in every chapter but in different circumstances, it became difficult to follow each individual story without the stories becoming mixed up in my mind. There was definitely sometimes when I had to read previous chapters again as I was getting confused, but maybe this is just me! 

I also found that a lot of the chapters were filler chapters. The story spans out over 60 years or so and I felt that some of the chapters wasn't very exciting or got the heart racing. It was slow. I can't say I have an attachment to this book, however it is a best seller, so maybe I'm missing something?! 

RATING: 2/5

If you can buy this book from Amazon from £0.63

The Father by Anton Svensson

'The Father is inspired by the extraordinary true story of three brothers who held Sweden to ransom, committing ten audacious bank robberies over just two years.

None had committed a crime before. All were under 22 years old. All of them would be changed forever.
In this intoxicating, heartbreaking thriller, the fourth brother, who was not involved in the real robberies, tells of three boys who grew from innocent children to become public enemy number one - and of the man who made them that way.' Source 

I had this book for a while until I finally got around to reading it and I'm not sure why I didn't pick it up sooner. Back to the genre I love - a crime/thriller! This is based around a true story of three brothers whom become infamous for numerous bank robberies across Sweden.

Right from the beginning, the story gripped me. The main characters are somewhat likeable and relatable even though  they are committing horrendous crimes and it's pretty non-stop from the get go. It is slightly more of an action/thriller than I thought it would be, but very enjoyable none the less! It's fast paced, exciting with an ending I didn't expect. 

It's a true story, which is my favourite kind of books to read and it's fair to say I've been doing some research on these brothers since I sped through this book. 

RATING: 4.5/5

You can buy this from Amazon from £0.01


Have you read any of these books before? 

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