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My Best Reads of 2018 – Part One

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So first of all I just want to apologise for being MIA for the last year. However I am now back and ready for action, I have read an excessive amounts of books due to my new-found free time. I can’t wait to share them with you, this is why I decided that my first post back should be some of my best reads from last year.

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This is my first 5 coffee cup read of the year which is the first in the Munch and Kruger series. Yes I am rating my books in terms of coffee cups because I love reading with a cup of tea or coffee. Anyway, back to the book, until is followed Abby’s blog Crime By The Book I became intrigued with the genre Nordic Noir. This book was my first dive into the genre and I have never looked back.It begins with a shocking crime, a six-year-old girl is found hanging from a tree with a jump roper around her neck. She is dressed in strange doll’s clothing, around her neck is an airline tag which reads “I’m travelling alone”.
Throughout this book you see the relationship develop between the two investigators, Holger Munch and Mia Kruger. They are very different personalities which makes for an interesting dynamic. Towards the back-end of 2018 I read the second book in this series, The Owl always Hunts at NightA young woman is found dead, however the body is posed and the scene is laboriously set with almost no forensic evidence found. Mia Kruger is not her usual brilliant self and this is made worse when a hacker uncovers something which forces the team to confront the scope of the murderer’s plans for their second victim.
I urge anyone who wishes to get started with this genre to begin with this series, these are both definite 5 cups of coffee out of 5.
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Have you ever stayed awake all night just to finish the book that you have only just started? That’s what happened here, I devoured it on one go. I would just like to start by thanking NetGalley and Legend Press for giving me access to this book.
Luke had only been dead for three days, they came for me just like I knew they would…
Rose’ life is destroyed when her new-born son is rushed to intensive care. Emma has everything that Rose wants, youthful beauty, a loving husband and a healthy son. That is until suddenly there’s a tragedy and the only suspect is Rose.
Rose has been behind bars for almost five years and her freedom is in the hands of her probation officer Cate. Is Rose a threat to society and does she feel remorse for Luke’s death? Cate begins to doubt her own judgement. Where do you draw the line between love and obsession?

I started this book mid afternoon and stayed awake until five in the morning just to finish it. I did not expect this book to draw me in, however the skill of Ruth Dugdall submerging you into this world is ridiculous. With me being a mother myself, this made me imagine how I would react if my little boy had been rushed straight to intensive care, and how I would feel to see my replacement with everything that I lacked.
This book is insanely addictive and definitely worth 5 coffee cups.
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She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her? The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die. Ryan knows that there is something going on after his pregnant wife ends her life hand in hand with a stranger. However he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

I absolutely loved this book, it was all-consuming from the first page. It had to read it in one sitting and stay up the majority of the night just to finish.
When you manage to get your head around this book there is a twist which throws you off guard. The plot was completely original which first drew me in and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The Good Samaritan gets 5 out of 5 cups of coffee from me.
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That is all for today’s post, part 2 will follow in two days. Thank you so much for sticking with me, I hope you enjoy.
If you have read any of these or suggestions for me to review then please comment down below.

Blair

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