So, I’ve been wanting to unhaul so more books that I don’t think I will ever get around to reading. However, I worry that the ones that I haven’t read I may regret unhauling (I’m looking at you Sleeping Giants).
So to try and prevent this I decided to pick 5 books that I will be reading the first chapter of to see if they interest me enough to stay on my bookcase.
As you can see below there is a link to a video on my YouTube channel where I vlogged my full thoughts while reading through these chapters.
Let’s just jump right in…
iBoy by Kevin Brooks
What can he do with his new powers — and what are they doing to him?
Before the attack, Tom Harvey was just an average teen. But a head-on collision with high technology has turned him into an actualised App. Fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain. And they’re having an extraordinary effect on his every thought.
Because now Tom knows, sees, and can do more than any normal boy ever could. But with his new powers comes a choice: To avenge Lucy, the girl he loves, will he hunt down the vicious gangsters who hurt her? Will he take the law into his own electric hands and exterminate them from the South London housing projects where, by fear and violence, they rule?
Not even his mental search engine can predict the shocking outcome of iBoy’s actions.
Straight away I will tell you that this book isn’t for me, I think it may be YA which is not a problem at all however the writing comes across a little immature, I didn’t have to think too hard about what I was reading. I believe this chapter was only 6 pages long but I found myself bored reading this and was very happy to put the book down as soon as the chapter ended, not a good sign.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims–a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
This definitely kept me interested enough that I want to carry on with the book. I was a little worried that we would spend too much time at the beginning in her editors office with her explaining all the reasons why she didn’t want to go back to her hometown and especially to her family. Thankfully that was all over in about 5 or 6 pages (the first chapter was 18) so I was definitely happy with the pace of the first chapter, hopefully that continues throughout. There is a dark undertone to this book which I really enjoyed so this is being bumped up my TBR pile.
The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode.
Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered?
With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen—but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?
I really loved this, it’s definitely the book i’m most excited about of the 5! The chapters in this book are super short so I ended up reading 3 which only took me to page 9. I’m not going to say too much about what happened as this is a crime thriller and I think it sets the tone for the rest of the book really well. Fingers crossed I can get to this in November.
The House by Simon Lelic
What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?
Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.
So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake. Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.
And now the police are watching them…
I ended up reading the first 3 chapters of the book (around 20 pages) as it has a super interesting format. Each chapter is an alternate perspective of Jack and Sydney, they seem to be writing in a joint journal which each of them can read before they write their next entry.
This book has definitely intrigued me, I really want to find out what is going on in this house!
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.
Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.
I wasn’t a massive fan of this first chapter, I found that it was filled with teenage drama and the ‘creepy’ egg timer really got on my nerves, if you wanted to creep someone out would you really leave an egg timer on the doorstep? I know that it’s not the choice I would make.
I didn’t even want to carry on with chapter 2 so that just tells me that I’m not bothered about keeping this book.
I really enjoyed doing this, some of these books have been on my bookcase for a while now so it was good to actually give them a shot and see if I would like to actually read them.
I’ve decided to keep 3 of the 5 so I definitely want to be more careful about what books I unhaul in the future that I haven’t read.
Have any of you done the try a chapter tag? I would love to check them out.
See you in the next one…