5 Potential 5 Star Reads On My TBR #4

This is the fourth post of this kind here on Chrissi Reads. The original post was inspired by my sister, Beth over at Bibliobeth. She was inspired by one of her favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings .

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. Like Beth, I’m not going to subject you to a video. No-one wants to see me on a video!

Last time I got 0 at 5 stars out of my predictions! I did come very close though. Check out my wrap up post HERE.

Here are the books that I think have potential to get 5 stars from me…

Click on the book image to learn more about the book on Goodreads!

Daisy Jones & The Six- Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones and The Six

After enjoying Evelyn Hugo so much I have high hopes for this one. The reviews seem to be so positive too.

A Very Large Expanse Of Sea- Tahereh Mafi


A Very Large Expanse of Sea

I’m so excited about this one! 🙂

Dead Girls- Abigail Tarttelin


Dead Girls

I really enjoyed Abigail’s book Golden Boy, so I’m very intrigued to see where this one goes.

Dear Evan Hansen- Val Emmich

Dear Evan Hansen

The hype scares me with this book, but I think it could definitely have 5 star potential.

Sleep- C.L. Taylor


Sleep

I pre-ordered this book but I’m yet to get around to it! Hopefully soon. 🙂 I am hoping it’ll be a 5 star read.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know!

The Fear

The Fear

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn’t what he seemed and he left her life in pieces.

Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he’s caused.

But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that she could once again become his prey…

Thoughts:

I have been really enjoying catching up on this author’s books. I believe I am now all caught up! Yay. I was somewhat hesitant to start this book because I had seen some very mixed reviews surrounding it. I can see why it had mixed opinions. Certainly, it’s subject matter is very difficult to read about. As a teacher myself, I find it really hard to read about books that include relationships with young children/teenagers. However, there was something about The Fear that kept me reading.

The Fear centres around Lou Wandsworth who ran away to France with her teacher Mike when she was younger. Mike turned out to be as lovely as he seemed and he shattered Lou’s confidence and left her life in pieces. Now an adult, Lou finds out that Mike is involved with another teenager. She doesn’t want the same thing to happen to young Chloe, so she is determined to confront him. Mike is clever though and it’s not certain that Lou won’t the one being hurt…

There were a few points of view in this story and plenty of twists and turns along the way. I have come to expect a lot of twists when I read a C.L Taylor book and this book certainly does have twists and turns. I did see some coming, but I think that’s because I’m quite familiar with this genre and I’ve come to expect or at least anticipate some twists.

The characters are fantastic, even if Lou does make some very silly choices throughout. You want to reach into the book and tell her to get her act together. I have to say, I think Wendy was my favourite character. She’s not exactly a lovable character, but I thought she was the most interesting!

There were some inaccuracies within this story which is why I dropped half a star for its rating. I agree with other reviewers, that the social media involved in the story wasn’t around when the story was set. Other events described weren’t also around in the time period. I know it’s being really picky commenting on that, but when the story is as good as it is, inaccuracies can be incredibly frustrating. I think, aside from that, I would’ve rated it a 4 stars.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Not an easy book to read, but addictive all the same!

This Week In Books #141

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

The Fear

I’m currently working my way through this book. I haven’t really got into it yet but I think I’ll enjoy it!

THEN

The Alchemist

I have been meaning to get to this book for a while now. Whilst I enjoyed reading it, I wasn’t over blown away. I’ll hopefully get a review within the next week or so.

NEXT

Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread

I’m so intrigued to read this book! It’s the choice for our January edition of Banned Books! 🙂

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Winter TBR 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is our Winter TBR. I’ve decided to read more Christmas/Winter-y themed books this year. I’ve picked 5 winter themed books and then 5 I just want to get to. So here are my picks for December!

The Christmasaurus

After really enjoying The Creakers I wanted to read this book by Tom Fletcher!

A Boy Called Christmas

The Girl Who Saved Christmas

Father Christmas and Me

The Truth Pixie

I am trying to find some perfect Christmas reads to use in class. I can’t this year as I have a Jehovah’s Witness, but it’s always nice to search for some Christmas reads for the future.

I’ve read these 4 already this December! Go me… 🙂 

Before I Let Go

This does have a winter-y vibe but it has been on my TBR forever. I need to finally get around to it.

Friend Request

The Foster Child: 'a sleep-with-the-lights-on thriller'

The Fear

Mine

The last 5 books are books carried over from my Autumn/Fall TBR that I never got around to. Oops! Hopefully this winter! 🙂

I read Mine recently too! 5 crossed off already…. Will this be the Winter that I complete my TBR?

What have you got on your Winter TBR? Let me know!

10 Books On My Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about books we want to get to this Autumn (Fall). I’ve decided to go for some books on my Kindle that I really do need to get around to!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

Missing Pieces

This is a book that I got after reading many reviews, as is the case for most of the books on this list!

Mine

This book has mixed reviews, but I’m still intrigued!

Only Child: An Incredibly Powerful Novel You Won't Be Able to Put Down

I am intrigued by this book which centres around the aftermath of a school shooting.

The Fear

I’m up to date with C.L Taylor’s books after this one!

The Foster Child: 'a sleep-with-the-lights-on thriller'

I remember reading wonderful reviews about this book! 🙂 Looking forward to it!

Where the Missing Go

Ooh I’ve been looking forward to this one!

The Visitor

I’m a big fan of a psychological thriller!

The Innocent Wife

I love that question of the cover. I’m intrigued. Why so scared?

Before I Let Go

I’m so nervous about reading this book because I’ve heard such mixed things.

Friend Request

I have this book waiting to be read for a while, but haven’t yet got around to it! Hopefully in Autumn.

I realise that my list is quite thriller heavy. So I don’t get a reading slump, I’ll be slipping other genres in-between these books. Fingers crossed that I get around to them!

What are you reading this Autumn/Fall? Let me know! Leave me a link and I’ll stop by!

The Escape

The Escape

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Treatment
The Accident
The Lie
The Missing

Synopsis:

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.

The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.

No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

Thoughts:

I’ve come to realise that C.L Taylor’s books are dramatic and can sometimes a little unbelievable but do you know something? I’m totally okay with that. This is the fifth book I’ve read by C.L Taylor and I can confirm that I’m quite a fan of her writing!

The Escape centres around who has been suffering from agoraphobia for many years. However, Jo has learn strategies to cope with her agoraphobia. She’s able to work as long as she keeps to the rules she has set for herself. Unfortunately, one day Jo loosens the rules by giving a lift to a woman she doesn’t know. The woman’s name is Paula and she gives Jo very little chance to refuse. She has one of Elise’s mittens and gives her a very unsettling warning about looking after her daughter. It turns out that Paula knows her, her husband and her daughter. Jo’s worries heighten as you can imagine and this begins the tension. Jo ends up going to Ireland to lie low, but the trouble just follows her…

Jo isn’t the easiest character to like. I don’t know what it was about her really, but I was desperate for her to have a little more fight in her. However, I still found myself wanting things to turn out well for her. I found her husband a little infuriating too, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. There’s something about this author’s writing that I find totally compelling.

C.L Taylor sure has a way of keeping you turning the pages. Her characters are well fleshed out and totally believable, even if sometimes the situations may seem a little exaggerated- it still seems like these could be real people!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

I may not have thought much of these characters, but the story kept me turning the pages!

The Missing

The Missing

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Treatment
The Accident
The Lie

Synopsis:

You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. Or do you…?

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire Wilkinson, blames herself. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinson’s are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.

Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance.

A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it?

Thoughts:

With The Missing, I continue my delve into C.L Taylor’s backlist. I’ve been gradually making my way through her books and certainly enjoying my journey into her writing. I’ve found her to be absolutely brilliant at creating some fascinating characters. Not always one you’ll like. Oh no. But completely fascinating all the same.

In The Missing we find out that 15 year old Billy has gone missing. No one seen him leave and six months later they are still searching for him. It’s come to the point where they’re starting to question whether Billy is still alive. We learn about Billy through the family that he’s left behind. We mainly learn through Claire, but we also get a glimpse of Mark, the father and Jake his older brother. They are all struggling to come to terms with Billy’s disappearance. We also get to know Jake’s girlfriend Kira, who is living with the family after experiencing terrible things in her own family. Each character is hiding something and you really don’t know who to trust as a reader. Claire begins to have amnesic episodes that make you question her reliability as a narrator.

As well as Claire’s narration, we also see messages between two characters on an instant messenger/text message format. These were quite intense and some were quite disturbing with some strong language (so be prepared if you’re offended by that!) I guessed one of the characters but I was completely wrong about another. I had assumed something (don’t want to spoil!) that was completely off the mark. Ha!

The Missing is fast paced and a page turner despite it being nearly 500 pages long. I never felt like it was too long. I just kept turning the pages eager to find out what was going on. It may not be my favourite book by her, but I have really enjoyed C.L Taylor’s plots so far. They’re not always predictable which I really appreciate. All too often, these books are quite similar so you can predict where it’s going. I love it when I’m completely wrong! I am certainly looking forward to reading more from this author, soon! 🙂

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A fast-paced read!