This month I bring you two very different books. One is a murder mystery and the other an inspiring life story, recommended by the Reese Witherspoon Book Club.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE – Matthew Farrell
I had never read this author before, so I was intrigued when I saw it pop up on my Goodreads recommendations. The synopsis, about how far you would go to support a sibling when they have been accused of a terrible crime, intrigued me.
Liam is a police officer called to a murder scene where the victim turns out to be a woman he had an affair with before ending things to work on his marriage. Panicked, he turns to his brother and fellow detective, Sean, for help. He has no memory of the night before and a mounting pile of evidence keeps pointing his way, DNA, phone calls, fingerprints. Convinced he is innocent but unable to explain what happened, Liam and his brother intercept and hide this evidence from fellow investigators while desperately trying to uncover what happened. As events and evidence unfolds and is uncovered, Liam is no longer sure who he can trust. Did he commit these unspeakable acts or is he being framed?
I really enjoyed this book, although, I did find the “big twist” a little predictable. The brothers immediately “go rogue”, and I struggled to fully buy into that. However, the fast pace of the novel keeps you reading, and there is enough intrigue to hold you in suspense – even when things seem resolved there are still exciting twists and turns to come. I will definitely look out for more from Matthew Farrell.
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING – Delia Owens
This was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick – I usually love her suggestions so I was looking forward to reading it, and I am so glad I did, what a lovely book!
Kya grows up alone in the marshes in the sixties, her mother leaves her family as a child and one by one her brothers disappear leaving her with an alcoholic father. Inevitably he leaves too, and she is left to fend for herself with next to nothing. Beautiful, intelligent and resourceful, she learns how to stay alive and make a life for herself despite the judgement and ridicule she faces. As she grows up, two young men take an interest in her with far reaching consequences when a local football hero is found dead. The book switches between time periods but flows very well.
I really enjoyed this sweet and moving story. The characters are lovely, and the book is written in a gorgeous, semi-slow way that you can really sink into. I became so invested in Kya’s story and thought about it long after I finished reading Where The Crawdads Sing. I also loved how she finds professional success despite being uneducated. The ending took me by surprise. This is a wonderful survival story with romance, intrigue, friendship … everything you want in a book!
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