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 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 – Gravity by Tess Gerritsen

I’ve read a number of Gerritsen novels over the years; predominantly the Rizzoli + Isles series. Gravity was quite a jump from those, what with it being in space and all. At first I wasn’t so sure how I’d connect with it as it’s not my usual kind of setting for a read. HOWEVER, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The claustrophobia element of it had me feeling genuinely tense throughout, not to mention the detailed + downright disgusting (love it!!) descriptions of the symptoms, disease progression etc. The only slight issue was, whilst I admire the research, the use of a number of NASA terminology. There is a glossary at the back but I found myself not bothering going backwards + forwards to look up abbreviations. Still a definite 4 star read though, without a doubt

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.