I am a terrible book reader. I mean, I love books and I love reading them, but I suck at it! It takes me ages to finish a book,
unless I really, really love it and I have a whole cupboard full of them.
I want to try and set myself a challenge of reading one book per month and I may even post a monthly book review for you guys.
To kick-start this challenge, I had a rummage through that book cupboard and picked out the books which appealed to me most and have now formed my reading list.
The Whaleboat House by Mark Mills
"Long Island, 1947. The men of Long Island have fished the wild Atlantic waters over the centuries. For Conrad Labarde, recently returned from the Second World War, the nets hold a sinister catch – the body of Lillian Wallace, a beautiful New York socialite.
Is it an accident or murder? Police chief Tom Hollis is convinced the roots of the tragedy lie in the twisted histories of local families. But the enigmatic Labarde insists on pursuing his own investigation. It seems the fisherman may have powerful reasons for wanting answers to the questions surrounding her death. And in this strange place where tradition meets power and riches, the truth is a rare thing indeed…"
Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth
"Life in London's docklands in the 1950's was tough. The brothels of Cable Street, the Kray brothers and gang warfare, the meths drinkers in the bombsites - this was the world that Jennifer Worth entered when she became a midwife at the age of twenty-two. Babies were born in slum conditions, often with no running water.
Jennifer Worth describes the romance and beauty of the great port of London, the bug-infested tenements, the spectre of disease, the sense of community and the incredible resilience of women who bore more than ten children. Funny, disturbing and moving, Call the Midwife brings to life a world that has now changed beyond measure."
The House By The Sea by Santa Montefiore
"Ten-year-old Floriana is captivated by the beauty of the magnificent Tuscan villa just outside her small village and dreams of living there someday. Then one hot afternoon, Dante, the son of the villa’s owner, invites her inside and from that moment on Floriana knows that her destiny is there, with him.
Decades later and hundreds of miles away, a beautiful old country house hotel on England’s Devon coast has fallen on hard times. Its owner, Mariana, hires an artist-in-residence to stay the summer and teach the guests how to paint. The man she finds is charismatic and wise and begins to pacify the discord in her family and transform the fortunes o the hotel. However, it soon becomes clear that he is not who he seems…
From the Italian countryside to the English coast, The House by the Sea is a moving and mysterious tale of love, forgiveness and the past revealed."
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
"Following a childhood haunted by terrifying events at the Overlook Hotel, Danny Torrance has been drifting for decades.
Finally, he settles into a job at a nursing home where he draws on his remnant "shining" power to help people pass on.
The he meets Abra Stone, a young girl with the brightest "shining" ever seen. But her gift is attracting a tribe of paranormals. They may look harmless, old and devoted to their Recreational Vehicles, but The True Knot live off the "steam" that children like Abra produce.
Now Dan must confront his old demons as he battles for Abra's soul and survival..."
The Complete History Of Jack The Ripper by Philip Sugden
"The definitive account of the Ripper killings - a new and revised edition.
The Jack the Ripper murders of 1888-91 constitute the world's most famous murder mystery. On this case, Philip Sugden's highly acclaimed study, here reissued in a revised and updated edition, is regarded as a classic. Combining thrilling detective work with meticulous research, it provides both a compelling narrative and an authoritative reassessment of all the evidence."
Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
"Dolores Claiborne has a story to tell. But it isn't exactly the one the police are expecting to hear.
Suspected of murdering Vera Donovan, the crippled widow for whom she worked as housekeeper and companion, Dolores admits the two women hadn't always got along.
Apparently neglected by her children and eaten up with bitterness despite her wealth, Mrs Donovan had hovered on the brink of madness for years. And when her demons became too strong, Dolores was there to take the punishment. Maybe one day Dolores had just had enough.
But Dolores Claiborne's story is a little different. A little darker, a little stranger - and a lot more horrifying."
Dead Like You by Peter James
"Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching you ...
The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year’s Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims’ shoes are taken by the offender.
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. The perpetrator had been dubbed ‘Shoe Man’ and was believed to have raped four women before murdering his fifth victim and vanishing. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced?
When more women are assaulted, Grace becomes increasingly certain that he is dealing with the same man. And that by delving back into the past - a time in which Grace and his now missing wife Sandy appear happy together - he may find the key to unlocking the current mystery. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a desperate race against the clock to identify and save the life of the new sixth victim..."
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
"High fashion, low cunning – and the boss from hell.
When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She's never heard of the world's most fashionable magazine, or its feared and fawned-over editor, Miranda Priestly – her new boss.
A year later, she knows altogether too much:
That it's a sacking offence to wear anything lower than a three-inch heel to work.
That you can charge cars, manicures, anything at all to the Runway account, but you must never, ever, leave your desk, or let Miranda's coffee get cold.
And that at 3 a.m. on a Sunday, when your boyfriend's dumping you because you're always at work, if Miranda phones, you jump.
But this is Andrea’s big break – it's going to be worth it in the end.
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger
"Life has been good to Andy since she quit the job "a million girls would die for" at Runway magazine. Now, ten years later, she's about to get married and she's running her own successful magazine.
But the night before her wedding, she can't sleep. Is it just normal nerves, or is she having serious second thoughts? Andy why can't she stop thinking about her ex-boss, Miranda - aka, the Devil?
It seems that Andy's efforts to build herself a bright new life have led her directly into the path of the Devil herself, bent on revenge..."
The Witness by Nora Roberts
"Abigail Lowery has a dark and terrifying secret. Aged just sixteen, she witnessed a shocking mafia murder. Narrowly escaping with her life, she was forced to leave her old identity - even her real name - behind for good.
Fifteen years later Abigail is still hiding from the world - a semi-recluse in the quiet, rural town of Bickford, Arkansas. She has convinced herself that this is all she needs: peace, safety... and her faithful guard dog Bert.
But Brooks Gleason, the local chief of police, has other ideas. Abigail intrigues him - and he'd like nothing better than to break through the walls she has built around herself. His persistence and determination to uncover the truth is unsettling, exciting - and dangerous. One way or another, it will change both their lives for ever."
The Swedish Girl by Alex Gray
"When Kirsty Wilson lands a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by Swedish fellow student Eva Magnusson she can't believe her luck. But Kirsty's delight turns to terror when she finds the beautiful Swedish girl lying dead in their home and their male flatmate accused of her murder. Kirsty refuses to accept that he is guilty and, inspired by family friend Detective Superintendent Lorimer, sets out to clear his name.
Meanwhile, Lorimer calls on trusted psychologist Solly Brightman to help unravel the truth behind the enigmatic Eva's life and death. But it is not long until another woman, bearing a marked resemblance to Eva, is brutally murdered. Horrified, Lorimer realises that Kirsty could be right. Is it possible that Glasgow's finest detective has put the wrong man behind bars? And is there a cold-blooded killer out there orchestrating the death of the next innocent victim?"
The Water Clock by Jim Kelly
"In the bleak snowbound landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens, a car is winched from a frozen river. Inside, locked in a block of ice, is a man’s mutilated body. Later, high on Ely Cathedral, a second body is found, grotesquely riding a stone gargoyle. The decaying corpse has been there more than thirty years.
When forensic evidence links both victims to one awful event in 1966, local reporter Philip Dryden knows he’s onto a great story. But as his investigations uncover some disturbing truths they also point towards one terrifying foggy night in the Fens two years ago. A night that changed Dryden’s life for ever"
Once I finally get through that lot, I'd love to get my hands on these three:
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
"Meet the Bird Family. All four children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear them apart.
The years pass and the children become adults and begin to develop their own quite separate lives. Soon it's almost as though they've never been a family at all. Almost. But not quite. Because something has happened that will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago."
The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
"Set in post-war Germany, the international bestseller The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook is a stunning emotional thriller about our fiercest loyalties and our deepest desires. In the bitter winter of 1946, Rachael Morgan arrives with her only remaining son Edmund in the ruins of Hamburg. Here she is reunited with her husband Lewis, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city.
But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an extraordinary decision: they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal."
A Song For The Dying by Stuart Macbride
"He's back...Eight years ago, 'The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just ...disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years.
His family has been destroyed, his career is in tatters, and one of Oldcastle's most vicious criminals is making sure he spends the rest of his life in prison. Now a nurse has turned up dead on a patch of waste ground, a plastic doll buried beneath her skin, and it looks as if Ash might finally get a shot at redemption. At earning his freedom. At revenge."
Do let me know if you've read any of the books listed above and share your thoughts.