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What I read in February

February has been a great reading month for me, as I have read some amazing books, as well as discovering a new author, whom I am mildly obsessed with. 

What I read in February

So far my reading challenge of 50 books this year, is on target as I added 5 books this month taking my total so far to 12 books this year, which I am happy with.

What I read in February

All the Rage - Cara Hunter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the 4th book in Hunter's DI Fawley series, but my introduction to the characters. The story works well as a stand alone read, without the need to of read the earlier read books. The story follows Di Fawley and his team and their investigation, after a teenage girl is found wandering dazed and confused on the outskirts of Oxford, it appears she's been subject of a vicious attack! yet she refuses to press charges, why? what's she hiding? and why does DI Fawley feel like he's seen this crime before?
OMG I loved this book, it had twists and turns right from the start, with things turning out to not be all they seem. If you love detective thrillers you will love this book. In fact I loved it so much, I have gone back to the start of the series, as I was so thirsty for more.

The Orphan's Tale - Pam Jenoff ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Some of my favourite ever books are historical novels set during WW2, The Orphan's Tale has been added to that list. Although it's a difficult subject, the stories of the atrocities carried out by the Nazi's are important stories to be heard. The book follows two extraordinary women, both for different reasons find themselves hidden amongst the men and women of a German travelling circus. Right under the nose of the Nazi's but if found face certain death.
This book is very powerful and beautifully written. Everytime I read a novel set during the war I learn new aspects of the stories of ordinary people trying to stay alive against the odds.

When the Music's over - Peter Robinson ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is another police detective story, this time Superintendent Alan Banks, alongside DI Annie Cabbot and the rest of the squad investigate a brutal murder of a 15 year old girl, found beaten to death on a country lane, as well as an historical claim of child sex abuse by a well  known TV personality. Both investigations run alongside each other, dipping between the two crimes and the investigations. I really enjoyed this book and will know doubt visit more of the Alan Banks stories.

Close to Home - Cara Hunter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I told you I had become obsessed with an author, well that author is Cara Hunter, after reading All the Rage, I decided to start with the first book in the DI Fawley series, and it is another belter, I read this book in a day, as I just had to know what was going to happen next. 

How can a child go missing without a trace?
Daisy Mason has disappeared from a family party, right under the nose of her family and neighbours, and know one saw a thing, or so they say. There's not much to go on and Daisy's time is running out, someone has to be lying!

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have wanted to read this book since watching the TV adaption His Dark Materials that was on TV before Christmas.

Lyra and her animal daemon Pan, live amongst the Oxford scholars, charged with caring for her in the absence of any parents. She lives half wild always playing and getting into trouble with the local children, that is until her destiny unfolds and takes her away from Oxford on an adventure to the frozen north, where she meets gyptions, bears and witches on a journey, that unbeknown to Lyra every human depends on her to complete.

For me this book was a little slow to start with and took a while to get into, but once you immerse yourself in Lyra's world, this book is magical.

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What have you been reading this month? I'm always looking for recommendations. 

Check out what I read last month - What I read in January

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  1. When the music's over sounds like an interesting read!! Can definitely feel you are going to hit/smash your goal!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

  2. I'm always on the hunt for something new to read, I really like the sound of all these xo

    Makeup Muddle

  3. I've never read police detective style books before but it's my favourite kind of show to binge watch! I might add these to my 'to-read' list!

    Perri |


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