#5Books: Book recs and hate reading. And enjoying it.

#5Books for the week ending 3 march 2019

Alright, so technically hate reading is too strong a phrase. I think. So there’s a book, and it’s… not good.

Not bad, but I think opinions will differ on that. The MC is somewhat cliched, and smug. Oh so smug. But he’s also the charming sort of smug. The kind you’ll (read: me) will find appealing and maybe when he goes away, you’ll shake your head and wonder about him.

It’s weird. Really weird. The cliches kind of  make the whole thing comfortable too because you’ll know what’s coming and for someone who is having trouble getting their head into a book recently, that sort of helps.

Have you ever not hate-read  but disliked-read? couldn’t-believe-you-were-reading-this-and-liking it read? Somewhere inbetween the two?

In other news, here are some books that will hopefully not be hate-dislike-reading.

Blood River 

Three women. A city in fear. And a killer who will alter them all.

If you love the atmosphere of SCRUBLANDS, the mystery of NOWHERE CHILD and the storytelling of THE BROKEN SHORE you will love BLOOD RIVER!

Brisbane 1999. It’s hot. Stormy. Dangerous. The waters of the Brisbane River are rising. The rains won’t stop. People’s nerves are on edge. And then . . .
A body is found.
And then another.
And another.

A string of seemingly ritualised but gruesome murders. All the victims are men. Affluent. Guys with nice houses, wives and kids at private schools. All have had their throats cut. Tabloid headlines shout, THE VAMPIRE KILLER STRIKES AGAIN!

Detective Constable Lara Ocean knows the look. The ‘my-life-will-never-be-the-same-again look’. She’s seen it too many times on too many faces. Telling a wife her husband won’t be coming home. Ever again. Telling her the brutal way he was murdered. That’s a look you never get used to.

Telling a mother you need her daughter to come to the station for questioning. That’s another look she doesn’t want to see again.

And staring into the eyes of a murderer, yet doubting you’ve got it right. That’s the worst look of all – the one you see in the mirror. Get it right, you’re a hero and the city is a safer place. Get it wrong and you destroy a life. And a killer remains free. Twenty years down the track, Lara Ocean will know the truth.

So The Vampire Killer Strikes Again is not what I expected to find in a mystery/thriller blurb to say the least. Now besides the Vampire Killer bit, it’s in Brisbane, and with a cop out to find if she caught the right killer years ago. … Okay, it’s the Brisbane bit mostly. I am loving the Aussie crime and thrillers I’m finding recently. 

If You Want to Make God Laugh

From the author of the beloved Hum if You Don’t Know the Wordscomes a rich, unforgettable story of three unique women in post-Apartheid South Africa who are brought together in their darkest time, and discover the ways that love can transcend the strictest of boundaries.

In a squatter camp on the outskirts of Johannesburg, seventeen-year-old Zodwa lives in desperate poverty, under the shadowy threat of a civil war and a growing AIDS epidemic. Eight months pregnant, Zodwa carefully guards secrets that jeopardize her life.

Across the country, wealthy socialite Ruth appears to have everything her heart desires, but it’s what she can’t have that leads to her breakdown. Meanwhile, in Zaire, a disgraced former nun, Delilah, grapples with a past that refuses to stay buried. When these personal crises send both middle-aged women back to their rural hometown to lick their wounds, the discovery of an abandoned newborn baby upends everything, challenging their lifelong beliefs about race, motherhood, and the power of the past.

As the mystery surrounding the infant grows, the complicated lives of Zodwa, Ruth, and Delilah become inextricably linked. What follows is a mesmerizing look at family and identity that asks: How far will the human heart go to protect itself and the ones it loves?

Oh my this story! post-apartheid South Africa and lord, this story is going to break my heart. I just know it.


In a book that is both urgent and timely, Melissa Ostrom explores the intricacies of shame and victim-blaming that accompany the aftermath of assault.

After surviving an assault at an off-campus party, nineteen-year-old Maggie is escaping her college town, and, because her reporting the crime has led to the expulsion of some popular athletes, many people–in particular, the outraged Tigers fans–are happy to see her go.

Maggie moves in with her Aunt Wren, a sculptor who lives in an isolated cabin bordered by nothing but woods and water. Maggie wants to forget, heal, and hide, but her aunt’s place harbors secrets and situations that complicate the plan. Worse, the trauma Maggie hoped to leave behind has followed her, haunting her in ways she can’t control, including flashbacks, insomnia and a sense of panic. Her troubles intensify when she begins to receive messages from another student who has survived a rape on her old campus. Just when Maggie musters the courage to answer her emails, the young woman goes silent.

Timely, heartbreaking and yes, there’s a feel of a thriller in here too. Who is after Maggie? And what happened to the young woman??

The Perfect Girlfriend


Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

So Juliette creeps me the hell out, and I feel like Nate might be imprisoned somewhere come the end of this book.

I think I am going to stop there for this week. Going to psych myself up for the book that shall not be named… not until I review it anyway lol.


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