What I Read In May

I managed to get a fair bit of reading done in May, including two, yes TWO, Stephen King books. I think I deserve a pat on the back if I may say so myself. I won’t be writing any in depth reviews on here as I don’t want to spoil anything, however I will be sharing what I rated them as well as a little summary of the storyline!

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Four strangers are missing. Left behind are birthday cards that read: Your gift is the game. Dare to play?

Gone by Leona Deakin

GONE by Leona Deakin

We follow Dr Augusta Bloom, a psychologist and private detective, who makes it her mission to figure out where these four strangers have disappeared to and, more importantly, what links them together. These strangers seem very different to each other at first glance but, as Dr Bloom does some digging, she discovers that the strangers aren’t the ones in danger. They are the dangerous ones.

Read my review here.

The Dinner Party by R.J. Parker

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A group of eight friends gather together for a dinner party, expecting to have a fun evening, until they start to play the game…

The Dinner Party by R.J. Parker

It only took me a little over 5 hours to read this book and, despite this, I actually found it to be a good way to pass the day. This book follows four couples who attend a dinner party together. They start playing a trust game, where each person writes a secret in an envelope and gives it to their partner, who is expected to burn it and tell them they forgive them without knowing what it is. The next morning, one of the women is found dead and Ted, our main character, begins to unravel the mystery.

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A family lose their beloved cat when he gets hit by a lorry on a busy road. Just up the road is the pet sematary, it is here where the story starts.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Dr Louis Creed and his family move to Ludlow, Maine when he is offered a job at the University. Their elderly neighbour, Jud, forms a close friendship with Louis and, after the family’s cat is tragically killed by a truck, Jud helps Louis bury him in the pet sematary. Unknown to Louis, anything buried here will come back to life, sort of, and as another tragedy strikes the family, Louis must decide whether another visit to the pet sematary is needed.

The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

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For eager adoptive parents, getting what they always wanted has chilling consequences.

The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

Christopher and Hannah, a married couple, have been trying for a baby for years. When a little girl is brought into the hospital they both work at, Christopher instantly falls in love and, after convincing Hannah, the pair adopt her. Little Janie isn’t what she seems. She is angry and uncontrollable, directing all of her rage at Hannah. As Janie’s behaviour gets worse, the truth about her past is unveiled.

Read my review here.


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Lexie’s got the perfect life. And someone else wants it.

Through the Wall by Caroline Corcoran

Through the Wall by Caroline Corcoran

Lexie and Harriet are neighbours, though they have never met. Lexie feels safe and loved in her home, which she shares with her boyfriend, Tom, although she is struggling with her own issues. The two girls often listen through the wall to each other, catching glimpses of conversation and both wishing they had the other’s life. The book is from both Harriet and Lexie’s point of view, which makes it such an interesting read.

Read my review here.

IT by Stephen King

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In the sewers and storm-drains beneath the streets, in the canals and wastelands beyond them, something is lurking…

IT by Stephen King

Set in 1958 and and 1985, IT follows the story of seven young children who live in the small town of Derry in Maine. There is a creature, IT, that appears every 27 years and kills the young children of Derry. These children set out to destroy IT once and for all, returning again in 1985 as adults when they discover that they didn’t kill IT the first time around.

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