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Richard and Judy Spring Reads 2014

Published January 4, 2014 by bibliobeth

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Richard and Judy’s book club is back again for Spring 2014, and it looks like there are some good choices with some interesting reading to be had! Here are the eight titles:

The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult

Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty

A Commonplace Killing – Sian Busby

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

The Never List – Koethi Zan

Sisterland – Curtis Sittenfeld

Longbourn – Jo Baker

Rage Against The Dying – Becky Masterman

A few of these books have been on my radar for a while – namely Apple Tree Yard, The Rosie Project and Longbourn, and I have already read and reviewed The Never List which was excellent and I highly recommend. As for the rest, I’m looking forward to reading and discovering some great new stories.

As always, feel free to comment and read along with me!

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Talking about Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver with Chrissi

Published November 20, 2013 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

It was supposed to be the start of a big night out. But when Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie’s house, she finds the front door unlocked and no one inside. Dinner’s cooking, the TV’s on. Carrie, her husband and their two daughters are gone.

When the police draw a blank, Emily asks missing persons investigator David Raker to find them. It’s clear someone doesn’t want the family found.

But as he gets closer to the truth, Raker begins to uncover evidence of a sinister cover-up, spanning decades and costing countless lives. And worse, in trying to find Emily’s missing family, he might just have made himself the next target …

What did WE think?:

CHRISSI: Were you immediately gripped by the story or did it take you a while to get into?

BETH: I wasn’t immediately gripped to be honest although I did appreciate the quality of the author’s writing. It didn’t really seem to “kick off” for me until the middle of the book, but I do occasionally appreciate the slow-burner, as you know! Once it got going, it was intriguing and I did want to read until the end to find out what had happened to Carrie and her family.

BETH: What did you think of David Raker as a character?

CHRISSI: I didn’t really connect with any of the characters in this book. I did find them believable. David was likeable enough, I just didn’t immediately connect with him. This of course, would be very different if I had read the previous books in the series.

CHRISSI: Did you have any idea what had happened to Carrie and her family?

BETH: No, I had no idea and the author didn’t provide many clues which was good for me, as I tend to like to try and work out things for myself rather than being led into it. When we do eventually find out what has gone on, it was incredibly complex with a lot of twists and turns which I appreciated.

BETH: We don’t learn much about Raker’s friend Healy in the novel but he features quite prominently especially at the beginning. Why do you think this is? Would you like to have read more about him?

CHRISSI: I actually found Healy really intriguing. I’m not sure why we didn’t hear more about him. I don’t know if he previously turned up in the books before these. It’s awkward to read a book mid-series, you don’t know what you’ve missed!

CHRISSI: Did you find the use of flashbacks effective?

BETH: The flashbacks were probably one of my favourite parts of the book. They gave you just enough information to keep you interested about what has happened in the past, without giving too much away. On starting the next chapter though, I often had to think back and remind myself what had happened in the “present” time to avoid confusion!

BETH: Did you enjoy the plot of this novel generally speaking?

CHRISSI: I’m sad to say, I didn’t! I thought it was going to be interesting at the start. It felt quite promising, and then I began to lose interest. I think it’s because I felt a bit lost at the beginning with the change of narrators. Again, I don’t know if it’s because I’m reading this book mid series. I don’t usually do that. Overall, for me, it was an okay plot, but seemed a bit dragged out. There are flashbacks to get your head around, (again, might be easier if you’re not reading mid-series with no previous knowledge) and plenty of twists and turns. They kept me interested enough to keep reading though.

CHRISSI: Would you read another book by this author?

BETH: Yes, I probably would. I’m quite interested to read the rest of the books in the series before this one, as I think this one is the fourth? I don’t normally like reading books in the middle of series, but as this was a Richard and Judy book club pick, I relaxed my rules 🙂 I do think David Raker is an interesting character and I would like to read more about his sad life prior to this book.

BETH: What did you think of the ending?

CHRISSI: I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that hasn’t read it, but I did find the ending slightly disappointing. With the story being so complex, I think I was expecting more. I wasn’t expecting the big twist which was a lovely surprise!

Would WE recommend it?:

BETH: Probably!

CHRISSI: Yes! (If you’ve read the others in the series. It personally doesn’t work for me as a standalone but I can see that people would really enjoy it. It’s well written!)

BETH’s Star Rating (out of 5):

3-5-stars

CHRISSI’s Star Rating (out of 5):

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Richard and Judy Announce Their Autumn Reads 2013

Published September 1, 2013 by bibliobeth

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Richard and Judy are back for the Autumn with eight new titles for the Book Club. I always enjoy seeing what they have to offer, and again there’s a great selection:

The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes

Snow White Must Die – Nele Neuhaus

The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

The Twins – Saskia Sarginson

The Last Runaway – Tracy Chevalier

Never Coming Back – Tim Weaver

Heartbreak Hotel – Deborah Moggach

Instructions For A Heatwave – Maggie O’Farrell

Looking forward to digging into these, if anyone wants to join me for a read-along, they are more than welcome!

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Published January 16, 2013 by bibliobeth

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Whats it all about?:

What are you thinking, Amy?’ The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: ‘What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?’ Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war…

What did I think?:

Well….wow. I haven’t been this excited about a book since old Harold Fry went on his pilgrimage! (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce). We see both Nick and Amy’s point of view about the events leading up to her disappearance (in Amy this takes the form of diary entries. Gillian Flynn weaves a fascinating and intriguing tale and I have to say, it kept me gripped and glued to my Kindle as the story played out. This is also the second book on the Richard and Judy Spring Reads 2013 so it was a must read for me.

I am definitely not one for spoilers, so I don’t want to say too much about what happens in the book, but I guarantee a brilliant story and a jaw dropping ending.

Gillian Flynn, my new favourite author!

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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