Monthly Wrap Up

-| Wrapping Up April 2022 |-

I wasn’t going to do a wrap up this month as I’ve only finished two books, I seemed to have picked up and started quite a lot of books just not finished many of them. However I really enjoyed the two books that I did finish and wanted to share them with you.
Let’s jump in…

Beast (Six Stories #4) by Matt Wesolowski

Elusive online journalist Scott King examines the chilling case of a young vlogger found frozen to death in the legendary local ‘vampire tower’, in another explosive episode of Six Stories…
In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as ‘The Vampire Tower’, where she was later found frozen to death.
Three young men, part of an alleged ‘cult’, were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a ‘prank gone wrong’. However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the three convicted youths were even responsible.
Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses – people who knew both the victim and the three killers – to peer beneath the surface of the case. He uncovers whispers of a shocking online craze that held the young of Ergarth in its thrall and drove them to escalate a series of pranks in the name of internet fame. He hears of an abattoir on the edge of town, which held more than simple slaughter behind its walls, the tragic and chilling legend of the ‘Ergarth Vampire’…

I’ve been listening to all of the books in this series on audio and I’ve just been devouring them. I love the structure and plots, each book is different with our same main character Scott King. I do have to say that this isn’t my favourite but that’s only by a very fine margin. I do think audio is the best way to consume this series as it is set up like a true crime podcast and the narrators do a fantastic job in bringing this book to life. I definitely recommend this series if you enjoy true crime podcasts as I just can’t get enough of them.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rabbit Hole by Mark Billingham

Alice Armitage is a police officer. Or she was. Or perhaps she just imagines she was.
Whatever the truth is, following a debilitating bout of PTSD, self-medication with drink and drugs, and a psychotic breakdown, Alice is now a long-term patient in an acute psychiatric ward.
When one of her fellow patients is murdered, Alice becomes convinced that she has identified the killer and that she can catch them. Ignored by the police, she begins her own investigation. But when her prime suspect becomes the second victim, Alice’s life begins to unravel still further as she realizes that she cannot trust anyone, least of all herself.

I had been so excited to read this book for a little while and I did really enjoy it but I just wasn’t wowed. There were times that I felt like I was having to push myself to keep reading as it was dragging a little, I don’t think the pacing worked for me. We were given little breadcrumbs of Alice’s life before she arrived in the psychiatric ward which I really enjoyed. I did guess the biggest twist at the end pretty early on but I enjoy doing that to see if I’m right. Overall this was a great thriller and I will be reading more from this author.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So this month hasn’t been my best in terms of reading but I have started quite a few so fingers crossed I will finish more in May.
What books did you enjoy in April?
See you in the next one…


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