The Central Park Five – Sarah Burns

“The Central Park Five” is a true crime book about the huge miscarriage of justice surrounding the convictions of five boys, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise and Yusef Salaam, for the rape and brutal assault of a jogger, Tricia Meili, in Central Park in 1989.

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Make It Up To You – Lucy Keeling

“Make It Up To You” is the debut novel by romance author, Lucy Keeling. Sophie is a make up blogger with aspirations of becoming a social media superstar but when she posts the wrong video by mistake her numbers take a hit. Marcus is a Gardener who could do with more exposure for his business. The two areas shouldn’t work together but somehow they do and Sophie’s audience clearly love Marcus, unfortunately for Sophie she starts to feel the same way!

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Postscript – Cecelia Ahern

“Postscript” is the sequel to Cecelia Ahern’s debut novel “P.S. I Love You” and we return to Holly Kennedy 6 years after she opened the last of the letters from her late husband, Gerry. When her sister, Ciara, asks her to talk about Gerry’s letters on her podcast it opens Holly’s life up to a group called the P.S. I Love You Club who want Holly to help them with their own letters to their loved ones.

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I’m Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want To Come – Jessica Pan

“I’m Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want To Come” is the true story of what happened when self-confessed shy introvert (or shintrovert), Jessica Pan, decides to change her life by acting more like an extrovert for a year.

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Flatshare – Beth O’Leary

“Flatshare” is the debut novel by Beth O’Leary and tells the story of Tiffy and Leon who have a slightly unconventional flatsharing arrangement. Leon works nights and Tiffy works days so they share the same bed without ever actually seeing each other, communicating mainly via notes they leave in the flat.

This book was everywhere on bookstagram when it was first released and I kept thinking about getting it and then leaving it as I don’t often buy hardbacks. When I saw it was on the Amazon sale when I was getting my Kindle stocked up for my holiday it was an obvious choice.

I’m so glad I tried it. O’Leary’s writing style is witty and very easy to read. The book is written with a split narrative, part from Tiffy’s point of view and part from Leon’s, which works really well. There are also sections detailing the notes back and forth between them, which start off dealing with practical things and gradually get more personal as time goes on. The book is also divided into months so we can see how much time has passed.

I loved Tiffy and Leon, I wish I could be friends with them both. O’Leary’s characterisation is excellent and the supporting characters also felt very well-rounded. If Leon’s brother, Richie, existed he sounds like he’d be just my type!! 😍 Also, I wish I had Tiffy’s job!

O’Leary has also chosen to deal with the very relevant topic of coercive control within a relationship, often referred to as “gaslighting”. She handles the subject really well and if it can help just one person to realise that the relationship they are in isn’t healthy and they need to get out then it will have made a massive difference.

I really enjoyed it and it was definitely a perfect holiday read, not too taxing on the old brain cells and the writing hooked me in and kept me wanting to read more, which I love. I would say some of it was a little predictable and schmaltzy for me but that’s to be expected from this type of book and didn’t greatly take away from my enjoyment.

I’d definitely recommend this for lovers of the rom-com genre as it is a bit of a new take on a common theme.

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Akin – Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue’s latest book, “Akin”, tells the story of Noah and Michael. Noah is an 80 year old widower who is about to embark on his first trip back to Nice, where he lived as a child. Michael is his 11 year old great-nephew who he has never met and who now needs a temporary guardian. Can the two put aside their differences and learn to get along?

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In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” is the original true crime book and details the horrific murder of 4 members of the Clutter family in the small farming community of Holcomb in Kansas as well as the hunt for and eventual capture of the killers, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith.

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