March Book Haul

I haven't had chance to read a lot recently, but I've definately been enjoying buying a few new books. Here's what I've picked up recently.... 


'My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I'm supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs.
But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I don't say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed.
I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he'd give me a medal for lying.
I wasn't lying. I'm a hunter for lost souls and I'm going to be with my real family. And I'm not going to let Mick stop me.'

This book is completely out of my comfort zone if I'm honest! I don't read a lot of books apart from crime and this one has a more supernatural vibe, but there's something about the bio that completely drew me in. I'm really looking forward to giving this one a read. 

You can buy The Doll Funeral from Amazon for £4.10


It's not often that I'll read a book and have a sudden urge to write about it straight away. But, less than five minutes since I've read the last page of this book, I'm typing away expressing my complete shock and amazement at this book. 

Last year, I wrote a review about another book by Michel Bussi called After The Crash. I quickly became very obsessed with the book, quickly handing it out to my friend so we could obsess over it together. 

I recently noticed another novel by Michel Bussi in WH Smith called Black Water Lillies and I grabbed it straight away with no hesitation. 

'This is the story of thirteen days that begin with one murder and end with another. Jérôme Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet's Water Lilies with the words: Eleven years old. Happy Birthday. 
Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval's corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious, rumored painting of Black Water Lilies?' 
Like Michel Bussi's After The Crash, Black Water Lillies is a crime/mystery novel, but it's also so much more than that. The story is simply reverting as it focuses on three females who are somehow connected to what has happened in the little town. 
There is a lot of art history talk, that frankly I struggled to follow, however, once you get past that the story has so many twists and turns to it that I found gripping. I was constantly guessing why and who murdered Jerome, therefore there's no way I could have guessed the ending. The twist at the end I did not see coming at all and I couldn't help but let out a little gasp when it was revealed. It was honestly one of the best crime twists that I've ever read.

5/5 

You can buy Black Water Lillies from Amazon from £3.29 
Another crime book? Yes, yes it is. 

'A MISSING GIRL 
Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door.
A DESPERATE FAMILY 
Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up.

A DETECTIVE AT BREAKING POINT 
The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing person case becomes a murder investigation?' 


I'm only a few chapters into this one so far, but it's definitely a page turner. there's so much mystery, suspense and I honestly have no idea who to trust right now. 

The story follows Detective Bradshaw as she tried to discover the truth about what happened to the missing girl. 

I've been really enjoying this book so far. It's not overly complicated, it's an easy read, but so far the story is gripping. 

You can buy The Missing Girl by Susue Steiner from Amazon from £0.01

If you enjoyed this post on Samantha Jayne, you might also like the January Reading List

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