Wednesday, 5 May 2021

What I Read in April + Mini Reviews

Books, books books! This year is flying by - I feel like I say that all the time but a new month means a quick refresh on what I've been reading over the last month. I only managed four books this month as I've been suffering badly from vertigo due to my pregnancy which made reading difficult but I'm feeling much better and have found my groove again.

My TBR pile is never-ending and I'm a nightmare for continually adding to it so I've placed a ban on myself until I've worked through what I have at home - not including 99p Kindle offers, oops!

I have four mini-reviews for you today and if you want to keep up with what I'm reading then you can follow me on Goodreads too - Alice Spake // Goodreads.

The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce 
The Lies You Told had been sat on my Kindle for a while but I kept putting it off because I loved Blood Orange by the same author so much I was worried I was going to be disappointed by this one - so silly but the mind works in strange ways! Thankfully... I LOVED The Lies You Told and it was just as gripping as Blood Orange. It focuses on scorned school gate mums and is full of drama and shocking twists making it a perfectly dark and addictive read. Tyce has a way with her writing that just completely sucks you and makes you not want to stop reading. 

There is quite a cast of totally twisted and unforgettable characters who you definitely wouldn't ever want to meet again, given their awful behaviour. They all have quite complex and disturbed personalities, with emotional baggage to spare that just makes you stop for a moment and go huh!? It's a brilliant read - I was totally immersed and couldn't get enough. 

Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
This was a recommendation by Helen at The Hels Project and one I thoroughly enjoyed. Her warning was to put my disbelief to one side as it's quite unbelievable in parts verging on a little silly but oh my I adored it so much. Finlay Donovan is a struggling author who is recently seperated from her terrible ex-husband when she gets mistaken for a contract killer and offered $50K to a kill a target - wild right? 

Well it just gets better, the plot is totally original and I couldn't put it down. It is FULL of witty banter, naughty shenigans and laugh out loud moments with a mix of crime, comedy and hilarious characters. I really didn't expect to love it as much as I did but you can bet I'll be recommending this to everyone now. 

The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood
I read The Thursday Murder Club last month and this one kept coming up in comparison so I downloaded it on Kindle and dived in. I thought one might be better than the other but I kinda loved them both equally, as much as there are similarites, they're also very differnt and both deserve the rave reviews they've received. 

The Marlow Murder Club follows Judith Potts, a seventy-seven year old who lives on her own in a faded mansion just outside Marlow, there's no man in her life to tell her what to do or how much whisky to drink, and to keep herself busy she sets crosswords for The Times newspaper. Bliss right? That is until witnesses a brutal murder and gets to work to solve the case with her unlikely sidekicks. 

It's totally charming, enjoyable and some of their antics had me laughing out loud. I thoroughly enjoyed the book even with the predictable plot line and would absolutely recommend the book for those looking for a fun, cozy mystery to curl up with. 

Beach Read by Emily Henry
Beach Read is about a romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut so they engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. This one lured me in by masquerading as feel-good chick-lit but it ended up being anything but - I was mega disappointed and felt that the story felt lacking and monotonous. 

The characters were unlikeable, desperately needed therapy and the story did nothing to guide or help that - it felt like a very unfortunate car crash waiting to happen. The story itself felt dragged out, a lot of focus was put on creating the current novels and it was just a bit blah, I felt kinda empty by the last page. It has rave reviews so maybe I just didn't get it? I don't know - I feel like I need to be like reader - it was not a beach read!

Three out of four books isn't bad, right? Maybe I need to be a bit braver and start putting books down that I'm not enjoying anymore. 

What have you been reading lately?



  1. I'll add The Lies You Told to my reading list x


  2. I love the sound of The Marlow Murder Club, I’m currently reading The Thursday Murder Club which I’m loving x

  3. I very much like the sound of The Marlow Murder Club - I've just bought my nonagenarian aunt The Thursday Murder Club so if she likes that, I'll get her this one too. And if not, I can keep it! x

  4. These also sound like great reads, I really want to read Finlay Donovan is killing it! It sounds right up my street.
    Also - the linens in your pictures are too cute! x

  5. Definitely adding these to my reading list when I ever get to reading books again.

  6. I haven't read a book for ages, and I used to really enjoy it! I need to get back into it

  7. I'm with you on Beach Read - it wasn't for me either! x

  8. Hi Alice. The Marlow Murder Club sounds as though it may appeal to me. I'm quite a slow reader so I'll mention the others to my wife - she reads a book a day!

  9. Although these are mini reviews, they actually contained enough information to give you a good idea about what the books are about

  10. It's a shame that Beach Read didn't live up to it's supposed hype, it's horrible reading a book when you don't like the main characters! x

    Lucy |

  11. Oooh I need to read The Lies You Told! I've added it to my to purchase list!

  12. My sister is currently reading The Marlow Murder Club and won't stop talking about it. I've already bugsied it for next! Can't wait to read it in the garden under the sun


  13. I love the sound of The Lies You Told. It's a shame Beach Read didn't quite do it for you. I know what you mean about having to finish a book. I'm not a huge reader, however if I have started reading a book that I haven't quite liked, I've had to finish it. I don't know what it is. X

  14. It's a shame Beach Read wasn't any good - the premise had promise!

    Jasmine xx

  15. I have said this before regarding reading books but I wish I had the time to sit and read, I barely have time to do the usual jobs hah! The curse of three children, however Marlows murder club sounds like something I could read!


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