Reading Challenge: 40 books – reviews of books 6-10!

Last year I read 35 books for pleasure. This year I am aiming for 40! After every 5 books I’ll be writing a round-up blog review (without any spoilers!). Books 6-10 (all linked to Goodreads) are as follows:
He Said She Said by Erin Kelly:
I wasn’t immediately struck by this story, but that soon changed as the characters were introduced. The title cleverly refers to the points of view between different sets and combinations of the four main characters and centres around Laura and Kit witnessing a sexual attack during a solar eclipse festival in Cornwall. The aftermath of the incident causes a butterfly effect of consequences which are often unexpected and completely compelling.
Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister:
Every choice has a consequence and Anything You Do Say is the story of Joanna and the possible consequences of a choice she makes one rainy night. I likened this book to ‘Sliding Doors’ – Joanna’s life forks into two different directions based on her actions and decisions after she thinks she is being followed. Which is better/worse for Joanna in the end…conceal or reveal? Despite not actually liking the characters, I thought the duality of the story was interesting, quite tragic in places and very thought-provoking.
I Found You by Lisa Jewell:
I LOVED this book! Ridiculously, I bought I Found You a long time ago and it’s been in my TBR pile for probably months…and now I’m annoyed I didn’t read it sooner! The title refers to a few characters being found – primarily a stranger on a Yorkshire beach being found in a fugue state by protagonist Alice. The mystery (and subsequent unravelling of the mystery) surrounding the stranger is so brilliantly revealed bit by bit, it completely invests you in the characters and the story. It was one of those books I took with me everywhere just in case I got a spare 5 minutes to read more!
Gallery of the Dead by Chris Carter:
Chris Carter is one of my favourite authors and I whizz through all of his books…Gallery of the Dead was no different. This is number 9 in the Robert Hunter series and having read the entire back catalogue so far, it was great to re-enter the grisly world of the LA based Ultra Violent Crime team. As always, Carter’s descriptive yet methodical storytelling perfectly reveals just enough to keep you guessing and desperate to read the next chapter.
This time, genius Detective Hunter and his partner Garcia join forces with the FBI to solve the puzzle of a serial killer who leaves cryptic Latin phrases carved into his victims, amongst other atrocities. It’s the job of Hunter and the team to infiltrate the mind of the murderer and figure out his twisted motives before the killing spree spirals completely out of control.
The Visitor by K. L. Slater:
A mysterious tale which drip feeds hints about the characters’ secrets until the last 15% of the book.
Centred around Holly, a woman with a past, The Visitor was an easy, enjoyable read which intrigued me quickly. Holly’s present is interspersed with memories of her past and how that impacts on her attempts to make a new life for herself whilst staying at Cora’s – a kind old widow who insists Holly is her visitor, not her lodger.
Holly navigates Cora’s endless tales, a spiteful colleague and strange neighbour David during her stay, alongside her suspicions that her past is catching up with her.
I thought the reveals at the end felt a wee bit rushed but didn’t detract too much from how much I liked the story.
Have you read any of these books – tell me what you thought if so!


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