The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his motivations.
I did not expect the twist at the end! I found it so hard to put this book down, I would recommend to anyone who loves a book with a twist, no wonder this was the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller.
She Lies In Wait – Gytha Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★
Six friends. One Killer. Who do you trust? Seven friends went down to the woods, but one of them never came home. 30 years later, a body is discovered. DCI Sheens already knows what’s waiting for him – Aurora Jackson found at last. They all claim to be innocent, but one of them must be lying.
This book had me gripped for the whole way through trying to think about who it could be, who was the killer. It was a little slow in places, and typically, you had a good one in six chance of guessing who killed her.
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – J.K. Rowling
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
I don’t think this could come as a shock that this is a five-star review. I have never read ANY of the Harry Potter books (I know) and I am already in love with them, this is so much better than the film, so many tiny details that they miss out. I cannot wait to get stuck into the next book.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone. Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.
I am finding it so hard to put these books down. I don’t understand how it has taken me 23 years to start reading these books. All I will say is that you need to read them.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem.
While reading these books, parts of me feel like I am reading them for the first time. I mean, technically I am, but after watching the films, you feel like you know everything and yet there are so many untold things.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Halloween, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!
This is my favourite film of the series and the book did not disappoint. J.K. Rowling is an amazing writer and I am very impressed with myself that I have managed to read four out of he seven books within February.
The Whisper Man – Alex North
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank. But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night. Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumours that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man. And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window.
This was the first book that I listened to on Audible and I am hooked. I will continue using Audible and if you don’t, you should give it a go. This book was narrated by Christopher Eccleston and he did an amazing job. It sent shivers down my spine.
If you have any book suggestions then please let me know in the comments below, I am open to any suggestions, definitely trying to broaden my reading circle. Thank you so much for reading, until next time my lovelies.