Three must read books for September (that you can buy on Amazon)

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Reading is something I enjoy a lot and have been trying to make as much time as possible for recently. I find it very relaxing and I much prefer a proper, physical book over audiobook or digital copy any day. I love to get cosy and light a candle and get stuck in to the pages. At the moment I'm burning the Shearer Candles Naturals cedarwood and log fire soy wax candle, its the perfect scent for getting in the mood for Autumn coming in.

I've always got a pile at the side of my bed to work my way through and have recently finished a couple of great reads which I'm sharing with you today. 

First up is a new book, The Last Girl to Die by Helen Fields, this is out on September 1 and is available to pre-order on Amazon now. The Last Girl to Die is the first book I've read by @helenfields_author and will definitely not be the last.

In search of a new life, seventeen-year-old Adriana Clark’s family moves to the ancient, ocean-battered Isle of Mull, far off the coast of Scotland. Then she goes missing. Faced with hostile locals and indifferent police, her desperate parents turn to private investigator Sadie Levesque.

Sadie is the best at what she does. But when she finds Adriana’s body in a cliffside cave, a seaweed crown carefully arranged on her head, she knows she’s dealing with something she’s never encountered before.The deeper she digs into the island’s secrets, the closer danger creeps – and the more urgent her quest to find the killer grows. Because what if Adriana is not the last girl to die?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and found the twists and 'what if's' really gripping. Sadie is a great character. The Last Girl to Die is a standalone novel however the author has several other books including a crime series featuring DI Callanach which I'm looking forward to starting, I'm going to save them for my holiday next month. 

The Mad Women's Ball by Victoria Mas appeared as a suggestion on my Amazon account and I'm very glad it did. This book is an English translation from the original which was written in French (and is also a 2021 film available on Prime Video). 

It's a fairly short book of just over 100 pages. Set in Paris in 1885, The Mad Women’s Ball tells the story of four women at the Salpêtrière Asylum, a hospital for lunatics, hysterics and epileptics, in the run up to their annual Lenten Ball. One of the women, Eugenie has been taken to the Asylum unexpectedly by her father because she appears to see spirits. What is also apparent is that she shouldn't really be there. 

I enjoyed this but read it very quickly, I'd like to read the French version and also watch the film as I'm not sure if the story loses a little in translation. 

I read Girl A by Abigail Dean on my last holiday about a month ago. It's something I wouldn't normally pick up but this really piqued my interest. It reminded me a lot of the real life Turpin family case. Girl A is a mystery thriller revolving around the Gracie family.

Each chapter of the book follows one of the characters, the chapters are all fairly long. 
Lex Gracie, or Girl A as she is known in the press, grew up with her family on the moors. She escaped when she was fifteen years old but something is calling her back. 

I must admit I guessed the twist fairly quickly however It didn't make the book any less good. I didn't want to put this down and can see why it was chosen as the best book in 2021 in a lot of categories and publications, I fully expect to see this remade as a Hollywood film in the future. 

If you have any recommendations for great books please share them in the comments or with me on social media. 

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