I feel like I haven’t read for such a long time, I’m sure it has probably only been a couple of weeks but I have been more focused on the writing and not the reading. I read recently that you shouldn’t be writing if you don’t have the time to read or something to that effect anyway. With me struggling with the writing side of things I thought I would get back to the reading.
And get back to it I did. Reading 2 books in 2 nights this week. I seem to have taken step away from my recent binge reading of YA fantasy books and have jumped straight over to thrillers and both were complete page turners. Downloaded straight to my phone, which is my reading platform of choice these days. I love how the app tells me how long I have left in the book however, I do tend to forget what the actual time is and get lulled into a false security by the ‘only’ being around 2 hours until I finish the book! 2am bedtimes are a bad habit to get into on a school night, coffee anyone!
The 2 books in 2 nights I read were While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green, which was free when I downloaded it and The Other Child by Lucy Atkins which is currently in the May 99p offer Amazon have got going on this month.
While My Eyes Were Closed.
While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green is described as a nail biting psychological drama for fans of Room. Having never read Room but similar books it sounded like my kind of book but I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy read.
Lisa Dales world is turned upside down when during a game of hide and seek with her 4 year old daughter Ella in the park she disappears. Ella loves hide and seek and while Lisa is counting to 100 behind the tree she finds the ultimate hiding place, or does she? Disappeared without a trace the police, media and Lisa’s family all think they know who has her especially as it is looking more and more likely that the person who took Ella is someone they know. But why and will Lisa ever see her little girl again or will she disappear forever?
Is it wrong to say I really enjoyed this book? Not the theme of the story but the way it was written. Linda Green managed to bring the characters to life effortlessly making them all believable and easy to connect with. You are really rooting for Ella to come back to her family and for them all to heal. I got the impression that Ella’s disappearance was a catalyst for healing from previous family traumas. You get a real sense of Lisa’s anguish and pain at losing Ella on her watch and her struggle to remain mum to her other two children Chloe and Otis. I became invested in all the characters as the story unfolded and found the fact that the story was told from the view point of Lisa looking for her daughter, and the story also following Ella’s journey from the park and her game of hide and seek. Without wanting to give too much away, reading from the view point of the person who has Ella was intriguing. Why would they take her? The reasoning behind it and are they ever planning on giving Ella back?
I also found that the ending worked for me, some people may find it unsatisfactory but for me the story was about Ella being gone and the ending to this situation seemed fitting to me to be how it ends. 9/10 from me on this one.
The Other Child.
The Other Child by Lucy Atkins is gripping read of mistaken identity and buried secrets. You get that feeling that something is too good to be true from the offset. One of those that will have you shouting as you turn the pages like a bad horror movie where the victim always goes to check out the noise on their own. Yeah that! Only this is far from being a horror movie and a bad one at that.
Tess is a single mum to nine year old Joe and a photographer. When she is sent to photograph Greg, a high profile paediatric surgeon, she instantly see something in his eyes she connects with. A vulnerability that draws her to him and after a whirlwind romance Tess finds herself pregnant. Within months Tess and Greg are married and relocating to the States, where Greg is originally from. But things aren’t quite as they seem, Greg becomes distant as the pregnancy progresses and strange things keep happening around the house. Being alone in a new country Tess also has to contend with an unsettled Joe, neighbours with issues and Greg’s job consuming all his time.
Call me a cynic (I know I am) but from the offset I had this unsettling feeling that I could see something in Greg that Tess couldn’t and for the life of me I couldn’t figure why she couldn’t. I got the feeling maybe Tess thought she could save him but I was in no doubt that she loved him deeply. I think what unnerved me was that I was able to put myself in Tess shoe’s. Not that I’m planning on meeting a surgeon and running away to America, but being a single mum and desperately trying to make things work out, doing what you think is the right thing for you and your children.
It’s safe to say this book had me more than a little jumpy as I was reading it. There is someone out there who knows where Greg lives and is making threats against him but Tess has no idea why! They are also inside her home which, when reading in the middle of the night is more disturbing than I liked! The book really kept up the tension and the twists in the story just kept coming, some more predictable than others. Some events I definitely found to be a bit surreal and when Greg’s history started unfolding I knew instantly what the truth was. It wasn’t revealed until right at the end but I knew despite protestations to the contrary. It was somewhat predictable but I really enjoyed seeing how the story unfolded and how far Greg would take it. Again I loved how it ended with Tess really showing her true colours. I can’t wait to read more from this author soon. I give this 9/10 too losing one point for the predictability but still a fabulous read.
What have you been reading lately? Do you have any other recommendations based on these for me to try?
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