I love that this week I been getting back to my old book wormy self. I have dusted the kindle off, well actually charged to be more accurate, and it was bit in dusty too now I think about it. I have spent quite a few hours scrolling through the kindle store looking for my next read now that I have finished Day Four. I really hope there is another one to follow!
My new purchase this week was How I Lost You, the front cover had me hooked and I instantly downloaded the free extract then the whole book. But before I came across this one I read The Half Life of Hannah by Nick Alexander. I know I’m sure I’ve read another of his books before and really enjoyed it but I can’t for the life of me tell you which one? What did shock me was that I ordered this book on my kindle on 28/12/12!!!! That is the year I got my kindle fire for christmas and it has been sat there waiting patiently for over 4 years eek!
The Half Life of Hannah.
I really enjoyed The Half Life of Hannah. I didn’t take me long to read and I read it all at once. The story follows Hannah who is married to Cliff and mum to 11 year old Luke. At 38 years old Hannah has accepted that this is her life now. It doesn’t have the excitement she thought she would have when she was younger but does anyone?
After convincing her husband to join her, her sister Jill and Jill’s gay best friend Tristan to come away for a two week break in a villa in the south of France, things don’t exactly go the way Hannah envisioned it. Why is Cliff so awkward when Tristan regales the group with tales of his love life, Why can’t Jill control her teenage daughter and can Hannah keep her cool when Jill tells her about a phone call that could destroy Hannah’s non eventful life as she knows it? Is Hannah ready to face the heartbreak she experienced 15 years ago?
Nick illustrates the characters really well and you get a feel quickly for who they are and why the four adults have the relationships they do from the sibling jealousy between Hannah and Jill. Resentment from Hannah for what she perceives as Jill’s unwillingness to control her daughter even when it leads an emergency operation for Luke after they recover from the side effects of finding Jill and Tristan’s cannabis stash. As the whole book is set in less than a two week period the characters flaws and unravelling happen really quickly especially Cliff when his estranged brother shows up after having been away for 15 years. Even though things appeared to be happening at a really quick pace it was still easy to follow the story and keept things interesting. Because what’s a family holiday without a bit of drama hey! This is the perfect book for a summer beach read, nothing to heavy or complicated to follow but still a really enjoyable read and I’m thinking of downloading part 2 to see exactly what Hannah does next.
How I Lost You.
How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst had me from seeing the cover. I read the extract and instantly knew I had to finish this book. I have been trying to move away from usual picks and this is far, far away from the book above. Can you imagine being told you killed your child and not even being able to remember it? That’s what happens to Susan Webster. One minute she was a normal new parent to her gorgeous baby son Dylan, the next thing she knows she wakes up to be told she had smothered him with a pillow and he was dead. After being convicted Susan is sent to Oakdale psychiatric institute for 3 years.
When she is released Susan changes her name and moves away to start her new life as Emma Cartwright. Then an envelope turns up. To Susan Webster. With a picture of a toddler inside. A toddler named Dylan. He couldn’t still be alive could he? They wouldn’t of lied to her would they? Why would they do that? Then a stranger turns up and so does Dylan’s blanket. But how? Who would do this to her? Are they trying to convince her she really is mad.
This book really is a psychological thriller that constantly keeps you thinking and guessing the whole way through. I was torn between wanting to flip to the end to find out what the hell was going on, to wanting to never ever stop reading. And I didn’t. I read it in 3 goes the last one a mammoth 4 hours without blinking or breathing! That’s what it felt like. The story takes you back to the ’80’s and 90’s through a series of flashbacks and at first I was confused, what have they got to do with what is going on? I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Every time I thought I had it figured out I was completely wrong! Completely and utterly. The story is woven so well throughout and the ending for me wasn’t predictable at all making me actually shout out loud when it all came together! Despite Susan being a ‘murderer’ you actually find yourself rooting for her. You feel her pain at what she has been told she has done and I desperately wanted it to be all lies I really did. But I’m not ruining the ending at all for you. If you like your books to be gripping, roller coaster rides then I 100% recommend this. Now I know what happened I want to read it again, kind of like The Sixth Sense when you were so busy trying to figure it out you forgot to watch properly!
What have you been reading this week and do you have any good books you can recommend for me to read?