Kate’s 2020 Reading Challenge – Update 3

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas –

PLEASE NOTE THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!

If the rest of the books that I read so far this year were the warm up act, this is the main event! At 799 number of pages long this is a big meaty book which I wished I purchased on kindle as well as carrying this in my bag and reading in public was not easy to do. After concluding her Throne of Glass series over a year ago this is Maas next trilogy, and her first adult one at that, Crescent City House of Earth and Blood. Now I am a HUGE Maas fan, and if Corona hadn’t happened, would have been in Birmingham to see her on tour a few weeks back, so it pains me a little to say that so far – this book didn’t quite do it for me.

For starters, it was too long. I love big books – but this was overly long for the amount of story that happened in it. I get that Maas is building a new world here and she’s trying to get back story, personal history and political alliances in but oh lordy sometimes I was reading it and felt as though the story hadn’t actually developed.

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Faithless – Karin Slaughter

Faithless – Karin Slaughter

I love this book.

It is the fifth in the Grant Series, following Dr Sara Linton and her husband, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver. This book starts with Sara and Jeffrey arguing (as usual) in the forest behind Sara’s parent’s house around the lake. Jeffrey’s past is catching up with him again, as he hears devastating news from the woman he cheated on Sara with. Whilst arguing, the pair come across a body buried in the ground beneath them.

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Haze – Rebecca Crunden

Haze – Rebecca Crunden

Haze is the story of Erik and Eliza, and their enduring love for one another through many ups and downs over a period of 10 years or so, written by Rebecca Crunden. It was originally released in 2018, and I very much enjoyed reading this.


There are some supernatural elements and plenty of mystery and suspense in this book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and give it a solid 3.5 stars – rounded up to 4!

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Our Five Favourite Books Of All Time

Everyone has a list of their favourite books of all time. Well maybe not a physical list, but definitely an idea floating around in their subconscious, of the books that they could read again and again, or that only needed reading once, but packed a massive punch. For those of us who have a passion for reading, the list of all time favourite reads can get a little long. But if you had to pick a top… 5… What would they be..? Here are our top 5 reads each and why we love them so much. Do you agree? What are your favourites? Let us know.

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Mini reviews: A Mixed Bag. The trapped girl – Robert Dugoni 3*. Violet – SJI Holliday 5*. The Night Stalker – Robert Bryndza 5*.

The trapped girl by Robert Dugoni

Goodreads synopsis

When a woman’s body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD’s Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?

After evidence surfaces that their Jane Doe may be a woman who suspiciously disappeared months earlier, Tracy is once again haunted by the memory of her sister’s unsolved murder. Dredging up details from the woman’s past leads to conflicting clues that only seem to muddy the investigation. As Tracy begins to uncover a twisted tale of brutal betrayal and desperate greed, she’ll find herself risking everything to confront a killer who won’t go down without a deadly fight. Once again, New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni delivers a taut, riveting thriller in the fourth installment of his acclaimed Tracy Crosswhite series.

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Indelible – Karin Slaughter

Indelible – Karin Slaughter

Indelible – Grant county series No. 4 – by Karin Slaughter.

This is a good place to start if you don’t start at the beginning of the series. (I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to read them all in order though, they are all so fab!) It is kind of the origin story for Sara and Jeffrey and tells of the very early part of their relationship and how that has shaped the dynamic of their future relationship. Once you’ve read this, you can understand more about the present day Sara and Jeffrey.

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