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Book Reviews feat. Becky Masterman

What a shitty reading month! Unfortunately, September was another of those months where I only got round to reading one book in four weeks and annoyingly it wasn't even a particularly good one. I feel quite disappointed in myself because it was the last month for a while where I could really enjoy reading for pleasure but what's done is done. I'm not entirely sure what these review posts will look like over the next few months as university will be dictating what I read but I'm sure I'll continue to document my reading regardless. You'll just probably see a lot of different texts to what you usually would so it can only be a good thing, I guess! If you're at school, college or uni, feel free to let me know what's on your TBR for the next few months. Alternatively, let me know what your favourite book you've ever studied was. 

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rage against the dying by becky masterman (2012)
fiNISHED: 08/O9/14 | ISBN: 1409126935 PAGES: 400
Remains found. Confession secured. Case closed. Or at least that's what the FBI believe. But Brigid Quinn - a retired agent with a bloody secret of her own - doesn't think so. They've got the wrong man. Which leaves only one question: what would make you confess to a murder you didn't commit?  

A lacklustre debut thriller that I'm probably going to forget about. Regrettably. 

As a 59 year old retired agent, Brigid Quinn was a really refreshing protagonist to follow. I haven't read many books from the perspective of an older woman so I found it interesting. However, I felt like her character was at times inconsistent. There were a couple of occasions where I found myself thinking 'Brigid wouldn't do that' and I think that really jarred the narrative for me. 

The writing was well informed and not bad by any sense of the word but at times the plot felt a little weak and a little too tv-murder-mystery-on-a-Sunday afternoon for my liking. Although, having said that, there was some traumatic content. I think I felt disappointed by this novel because I have other works to compare it to that I really really enjoyed, such as the works of Gillian Flynn. Flynn's thrillers are a lot more engaging and original, in my opinion.

I wouldn't say don't read this book because it wasn't terrible and it was definitely worth the £1 that I paid for it. It's just not something that I'll be shouting from the rooftops about or re-reading.   


What have you been reading this month? Anyone else experiencing a bit of a reading slump? Leave your thoughts, recommendations and rants below and everyone can check them out! 

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  1. I've really been pushing myself to read regularly; I tend to hit a slump after reaching my yearly target and I can start to slack off if I'm not careful.. a couple of days ago I finished a few books and just couldn't decide what to read - you know when you just can't get into anything you pick up?

    But I just finished 'The Girl with All the Gifts' and I really enjoyed it. I totally didn't expect to either; I thought the story was fresh and new, it was well written with a good pace that kept you gripped, and the ending had me nodding and thinking "it couldn't have ended better any other way."

    SO GOOD.

  2. I'm having a bit of a slump too - read six books in quick succession when on holiday at the end of August but haven't really managed to keep up since. Sophie mentions The Girl with all the Gifts above and I agree, it was a really good read and I'd happily read more from the author! I also read the City's Son by Tom Pollock which was a fairly good YA novel. Next on my list are the Miniaturist and the Husband's Secret which I picked up when on offer but are still sitting on my coffee table waiting for me to take the time to dive in...


  3. Same here!! Some months I will read truck loads of books and then another month I'll struggle to read a quicky read :) Tbf I think it boils down to how busy I am, and what's going on in my life at that time :)

  4. I'm sorry you had a rubbish reading month - settling back in at uni is the worst! I've been really pushing myself with my reading lately, and managed to get through nine-and-a-bit books this month, so I'm very pleased with that!
    I've actually borrowed your idea and written a September Reading Round Up post, reviewing each of the books. I love reading your mini review posts and wanted to have a go myself - I hope you don't mind!

  5. I know the feeling! School induced book apathy (SIBA? haha) is the pits >.>
    Definitely my favorite book I have ever studied is To Kill a Mockingbird, a few years back -- one of those classics I never approached until I was convinced by a particularly wonderful and animated (read: insane) English teacher.



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