In January, I went on a crime spree and read:
- The Holiday by T M Logan
- The Catch by T M Logan
- One by One by Ruth Ware
- Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
- Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4) by Agatha Christie
- Shed No Tears by Caz Frear
I really enjoyed The Holiday and loved the setting of the South of France. I have read all of T M Logan’s books now and they are fast-paced and very enjoyable psychological thrillers. I thought the relationships between the friends and their children was very well done and the way the different story strands came together at the end was perfect. I was less keen on The Catch, mostly because I didn’t quite ‘buy’ the premise – an overprotective dad who pretty much stalks his daughter’s boyfriend.
Ruth Ware is one of my favourite writers and the comparisons with Agatha Christie are justified. This was a ‘closed-door mystery’ about a group of colleagues trapped in a luxurious ski chalet by an avalanche. This wasn’t my favourite Ruth Ware but enjoyable none the less.
I had read Sweet Little Lies a few years ago when it first came out but thought I would re-read it in preparation for the next two by Caz Frear. It is the detective in this series – DC Cat Kinsella – that really holds your attention, rather than the individual storylines, but I really enjoyed all three police procedurals, particularly Shed No Tears.
I already knew the killer in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd because it is often used as an example of the unreliable narrator and the ‘shock twist’. Even when I was reading it, I was doubting myself though as it is so well done. As always, Christie delivers a masterclass in red herrings and intricate plotting.
In February, I am moving away from thrillers and planning to read:
- A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
- The 24-hour Café by Libby Page
- If I Can’t Have You by Charlotte Levin
- Somewhere Close to Happy by Lia Louis
Sadly, lockdown has cut off my Agatha Christie supplier (AKA my mum) so I may have to wait until I see her before I continue my Hercule Poirot marathon with The Big Four.
What are you reading? Is lockdown making you read more or less than usual?