The Christmas Wedding Guest – Susan Mallery

TheChristmasWeddingGuest|SusanMallery|MillsAndBoon|30/09/2021

The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallery was published last week, 30/09/2021 and already it has made a pretty impressive mark on the Christmas reading market. We were lucky enough to be sent a copy of this one by the publishers and are proud to be part of the blog tour TODAY! (Head on over to Instagram (link here) to check out what Mills and Boon and the other bloggers on the tour thought of this one!)

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Say Goodbye by Karen Rose

FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR. This was fantastic. I urge you to get a copy of this when it is released in August 2021.

I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the third book in the Sacramento series, and I am so happy that I was given a chance to read this one before pub day.

Karen Rose is an absolute favourite of mine and I have all her books and have re-read them many times. Each year it’s torture waiting for the next instalment – I need to know what is going on with my favourite fictional family!

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False Witness – Karin Slaughter

Published June 24th 2021|HarperCollins|ISBN0008303509

Now, this was a standalone from Ms Slaughter and I must say I have been waiting for this for a long time.

I, of course, need another Will and Sara in my life, but her standalones are just so gripping that I wait with just as much anticipation for them as I do the series’.

False Witness was amazing. Should I stop there? This review will generally just gush so be warned!!

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The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

This was great. Easily one of my favourite reads of the year so far. I couldn’t have been happier with this book.

I picked it up after seeing a recommendation online, and then hearing about it everywhere! I was on a book buying ban at the time so I had to wait to actually get my hands on a copy and that wait was terrible 🙂 But I got the book and I’m really glad I did. It was fantastic. Pick this one up for a thrilling read that will keep you guessing until the end.

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The Dark Iceland Series by Ragnor Jonasson . Books 1 & 2

Snow Blind

This has to be one of my favourite books of last year (2020). I had some really good reads last year, and this one is up there.

Ari Thor Arason has just taken a posting up in Siglufjodur as his first job as a fully trained police officer. It’s a small cut off fishing village in Northern Iceland, where everyone knows everyone else, NOTHING ever happens, and if you’re not from the village you are an outsider to be wary of.

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Eeny Meeny – MJ Arlidge

Published May 8th 2014 by Penguin UK| ISBN1405914874 (ISBN13: 9781405914871)

I was blown away by this one. I kept stopping reading to make it last longer.

My favourite books are thrillers – and my favourite sub genre of this, is a good police procedural. I love a gritty nuanced detective to get to know and a difficult case to solve, preferably with a serial killer at the helm. Eeny Meeny had this, and more!

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Jolabokaflod – The Icelandic book-giving Christmas tradition, and some recommendations for festive reads!

This year (2020) has been pretty pants, let’s be honest. We’ve all been challenged in more ways than we could’ve imagined going into this year. But hopefully, with 2021 in sight, we can start to breath easier knowing that we’ve got Christmas just around the corner, then New Years Eve, when we can press reset and hopefully (fingers crossed) have a fabulous new year.

It may be a time for us to think about new traditions and resolutions, and one that Kate and I have been doing for the last few years is the Icelandic Christmas eve tradition of JOLABOKAFLOD. (Loosely translated as YULE BOOK FLOOD.)

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The Crucifix Killer – Chris Carter

Simon & Schuster Ltd|ISBN1471128210|2009

Chris Carter was a new author to me when I bought this book. I bought it based on the blurb and the cover. I am NEVER ashamed to say that I buy a book based on it’s cover, and I generally find that I can’t go wrong if I have been drawn in this way.

I like to read a series from the start, so if I know that I am likely to enjoy a book then I won’t read it until I can start from the beginning. Luckily for me, this one was number one, so I was all set to go!

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The Butterfly Garden – Dot Hutchinson

Thomas and Mercer/ISBN-13: 9781503934719/ISBN-10: 1503934713/2016

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson was a harrowing read. It had a unique writing style and a disturbing plot. Once I’d finished this one, it took me a little while to articulate my thoughts enough to write a proper review, but I think I managed it. 🙂 If you pick this one up, you won’t put it down, and you’ll be captivated from start to finish.

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