After Victoria announced a 6 week lockdown I immediately ordered new books. I hadn’t bought any in awhile and was craving some new ones. To be honest, new books were the only thing that I had to look forward to as there is literally nothing else to do (besides work of course).
So here’s what I’ve been reading lately.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelidis. I’d had this book on my radar for quite a while and was so excited to start it. This is one of those fast paced thrillers where you stay up until all hours just to finish it. Theo is a psychologist who takes on the case of Anna. She is an artist who is found guilty of murdering her husband and has not uttered a single word since. Theo makes it his mission to get her to talk and this basically makes up the entire plot. Things then get really interesting and then all is revealed…There was a huge twist and I admit it took me a few moments to work it all out. My brain was scrambling to make sense of it all. If you’ve read The Wife Between Us it is similar to that. Overall I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it however I will reread it again as sometimes I find I enjoy it more the second time around. I will say that the dialogue in the book is really well written and I really enjoyed all of the characters.
Open Book by Jessica Simpson. Wow. This book blew me away. I’ve always been a fan of Jessica Simpson and this book made me love her that much more. She completely opens up about everything; her relationships, her career, her failures. I remember watching Newlyweds with her then husband Nick Lacey years ago and always thought they were the cutest couple. Little did we know what was going on behind the scenes. It was just fascinating to read. There is also a whole lot of juicy tibits about her twisted relationship with John Mayer which was super interesting. I think a lot of people underestimated Jessica and perceived her as this ‘dumb blonde’ (remember the chicken of the sea comment?), yet she was a shrewd businesswomen who has had immense success. If you grew up with the early ’00s pop music I would highly recommend this book. After reading it I found myself YouTubing all of the Newlyweds episodes; you’ll do the same too after you read this book (plus google photos of Jessica and John Mayer).
In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. Full disclaimer: I read this book a few years ago and decided to read it again. Like most of Judy Blume’s books, this is a coming of age story set in the 1950s and it based on actual events. Three planes crash land in Elizabethtown, New Jersey all within a few months of each other. Most of the passengers and crew died and the story explores the impact it had within the community. I loved this book and is the type I could read over and over. If you are a fan of Judy Blume (and who isn’t?) I would highly suggest reading this. She is truly one of the best writers of our time.
The Pact by Robyn Harding. Robyn Harding is one of my favourite authors. She’s written The Party and The Arrangement (both are high up on my favourite reads list) so when The Pact was released I was super excited to read it. Ok this was a really interesting read but the ending was not what I expected. It was actually really creepy and left me feeling a bit off. The plot was really good. Freya is a faded social media superstar turned pottery artist who has moved to a quiet town with her ex athlete (and convicted murderer) husband. Freya holds pottery classes and is where she meets Low, a sad and lonely teenager who soon becomes besotted with her. Throw another couple into the mix, one night of drugs and partner swapping and things soon take a sinister turn. This book kept me up all night reading as I just had to find out how it ended. While the story had me racing to finish it, the ending left me majorly creeped out (it didn’t help that I was alone at midnight with only a faint lamp on). Definitely not a book for the faint hearted! If you’ve read Robyn Harding’s other novel Her Pretty Face it had similar tones to that. Overall I really liked it and absolutely love Robyn’s style of writing. Cannot wait to see what she releases next!
I am so happy to have enjoyed every single book on this list. I am always looking for new recommendations so please share yours!