Gerald’s Game – Stephen King

Jessie Burlingame was sick of playing her husband Gerald’s bondage games and she tries to tell him but when he decides to ignore her obvious pleas to stop she kicks out violently in an attempt to get him off her. She obviously never meant for him to die, leaving her handcuffed to the bed, vulnerable and alone, and Gerald’s death is really only the start of her problems.

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Dolores Claiborne – Stephen King

Dolores Claiborne has a confession to make, but it’s not the one the Police are expecting and she’s going to take her time and tell the story in her own way so they better be prepared to listen.

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September Round Up

Another month bites the dust! I took part in a reading challenge on bookstagram to read suspenseful books in September and have really enjoyed myself. I read 4 books, totalling 1,437 pages, which isn’t a huge number for me but I’ve loved them all. Here’s how they broke down.

Kisscut – Karin Slaughter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Pine – Francine Toon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fred & Rose West – Howard Sounes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Indelible – Karin Slaughter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It’s been another good month for my shelf control as well, a pre-order arrived but otherwise I’ve been very good. I started the month with a tbr of 59 and I’m ending it with a tbr of 56 so I do feel like I’m getting somewhere.

I’ve decided to do my Kingtober readathon again this year as I loved doing it last year and it really helps with my challenge to read all of King’s books before I turn 40.

My excitement over becoming an Aunty this month turned out to be a bit optimistic but on the plus side, it’ll definitely happen in October! 😂😂

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Indelible – Karin Slaughter

“Indelible” is the fourth book in the Grant County Series and sees a split narrative with us going back 12 years to the start of Sara and Jeffrey’s relationship and a trip back to Jeffrey’s home town that takes a turn when one of his best friends shoots an intruder and Sara has doubts about his version of events. Back in the present, Sara and Jeffrey are caught up in a horrific attack at the Police Station but is it a random attack or is there a link between the two events?

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Fred & Rose – Howard Sounes

To the world outside 25 Cromwell Street, Fred and Rose West appeared to be like a lot of other married couples. Nobody could have ever guessed the true extent of the horrors that occurred within those walls. The Wests were eventually charged with killing 12 people, including their own daughter, but even this may not be an accurate indication of the true number of their victims.

At the time of the Wests’ arrest, Howard Sounes was a Journalist who was involved in breaking several stories about the couple and the “house of horrors” they presided over. Here he tracks the lives of Fred and Rose from childhood up to pretty much the present day.

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Pine – Francine Toon

Lauren and her Father, Niall, live a slightly impoverished life in a rundown cottage in rural Scotland. Lauren’s Mum, Christine, disappeared years before and there are constant rumours about how she lived her life and whether Niall was involved in her disappearance. When Ann-Marie, a troubled local girl who is friends with Lauren, goes missing the rumour mill cranks back up alongside the search. Is Niall involved or is there more to this than people think?

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Kisscut – Karin Slaughter

When Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver is forced to shoot a young girl outside the local skate rink it sets in motion a much larger turn of events involving the children in the town that nobody could ever have foreseen and has Sara Linton questioning her judgement on every child she has seen in her clinic. Can they work together and get to the bottom of what’s going on before anyone else gets hurt?

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August Round Up

August has been a bit of a weird month. I didn’t really feel like I was reading that much but I’ve actually had the best August since 2018. I’ve read 6 books, totalling 1,978 pages and a lot of highly rated ones. I just finished my last book of the month late last night so there’s a star rating for it but full review post will follow. Here’s how they broke down.

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Bombshell: The Night Bobby Kennedy Killed Marilyn Monroe – Detective Mike Rothmiller and Douglas Thompson

Drawing on secret files at the LAPD, including details from Marilyn Monroe’s own diaries and never before published accounts, Rothmiller and Thompson claim this book contains the truth about exactly what happened on 5 August 1962. Including details of Monroe’s tumultuous involvement with both President John Kennedy and his brother, Robert Kennedy.

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Under the Wig – William Clegg QC

William Clegg QC has been involved in some of the most high profile criminal trials of recent times including the acquittals of Colin Stagg and Barry George and the conviction in the case of Joanna Yeates’ murder. In this book he tells the stories behind some of these cases as well as some background into life as a Barrister moving up the ranks and how the criminal justice system works in England.

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