In a Nutshell – Sleep by C.L. Taylor

Seeing as I powered through this in just over 24 hours, I’d say it was one heck of a read! An instant 5 star read, right from the opening page. Nothing was as it seemed AT ALL. I thought I’d gotten something sussed out and then BOOM, curve ball. The story doesn’t let you get comfortable. There’s always something unexpected around the corner; not to mention how crazy atmospheric the whole thing was. Each of the characters had their own depth, layers and plenty of flaws/strong points. Some of them were created to be liked, others were created to be… mysterious? And others were created to simply annoy, confuse and irritate you; just like real life then!

It is a genuine + thrilling page turner. 5 stars from me

In a Nutshell – The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

After seeing so much hype around this, I was PRAYING that it was justified rather than falling prey to the ever present overhype monster that all bookworms dread. But thankfully, this was in fact a super read that I ploughed through extremely quickly. Admittedly I am one of these readers who LOVES the whole mental hospital/asylum etc trope; Shutter Island, for example. So I may be slightly biased. I’d also heard a great deal about the ending. Some readers saying how they didn’t see it coming, others saying how easily predicted it was. I’m pretty in the middle with it. It wasn’t a major surprise ending that left my mouth agape, nor was it something I worked out early on. It was just a solid, twisty ending that didn’t leave me feeling disappointed or cheated

In a Nutshell – The Ice Child by Camilla Lackberg

My first Camilla Lackberg read + it was fairly good. The constant mini cliffhangers were a slight pain though, as well as it jumping from different characters in very short spaces of time. Aside from that, it was a decent thriller

In a Nutshell – Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

A properly creepy read for the first 100 pages or so, as well as being super tense and eery. But after that something just disappeared. The plot itself became even more farfetched (yes I know ghost stories are already fairly unbelievable but you know what I’m getting at) 😂 I found the jumping between reality and flashbacks/dreams to be quite confusing for my fatigue-addled brain, but I grasped most of it eventually. Overall it was an enjoyable read, despite the ending being predictable + the writing/storyline losing its power less than halfway through

In a Nutshell – Naomi’s Room by Jonathan Aycliffe

HOLY S*** SNACKS. That was honestly the creepiest book I have read in a long time. I don’t know why but the haunted house trope always gets me right in the anxiety. But this? This was like a haunted house story but amped up by a thousand. So so insanely gripping, tense and disturbing. The atmosphere throughout was absolutely bang on as well. I finished it in just two sittings in one afternoon as I simply NEEDED to know how it panned out. Cannot recommend it enough for those who love a proper creepy, sleep-with-the-lights-on read. 5 stars!

In a Nutshell – The Reckoning by Jane Casey

My first experience of anything by Jane Casey, although I had heard good things from my Bookstagram friends. It was a great read. A genuinely dark crime thriller that tackles some really complex judicial + social issues head on; making you reflect upon your beliefs + moral alignment. As the book gathers pace, these issues are completely overshadowed by how the story develops; we’re thrown into something that is very much universally disgusting, horrific and tragic.

Wow that was a bit of a deep review for little old me! All true nonetheless. 4 stars.

In a Nutshell – Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

‘You remind me of a little girl I knew years ago. One day, all of a sudden, her head fell off. It was very sad.’ – a line I read about five times because it kept making me chuckle.

Cuckoo Song had a definite Miss Peregrine’s vibe to it; which is great as that happens to be one of my favourite series. However it wasn’t at all what I had expected upon turning to that first page. It was a nice surprise though.

An intriguing read from start to finish. Incredibly imaginative concept. Well written + thoughtfully constructed. 4 stars.