Welcome to Friday Fiction #3
I started this Friday Fiction series to share what I’ve been reading, what has taken my fancy or what I’d like to read. This is week 3!
This series was sparked by an item on my list – 12 things to do before turning 60 – to write more book reviews and share them on my blog. I’m always interested in what others are reading.
I’m an avid reader and have set a goal of 100 books for my 2020 Reading Challenge. You’re very welcome to follow along on my progress or even join me on Goodreads.
The blurb from Goodreads:
An unpopular victim. An impossible crime. A murderer on the loose.
A body is discovered deep in a cave beneath the Yorkshire Dales. Leading the investigation into the mysterious death are experienced DCI Jim Oldroyd and his partner DS Carter, a newcomer from London.
The deceased is Dave Atkins, well known throughout the village but not well liked. While there is no shortage of suspects, the details of the crime leave Oldroyd and Carter stumped. How did Atkins’s body end up in such a remote section of the cave? When someone with vital information turns up dead, it becomes clear that whoever is behind the murders will stop at nothing to conceal their tracks.
Oldroyd and his team try to uncover the truth, but every answer unearths a new set of questions. And as secrets and lies are exposed within the close-knit community, the mystery becomes deeper, darker and more complex than the caves below.
This wasn’t a bad read necessarily with a reasonable plot and a well described location. I just didn’t connect with all the characters and found the continuing unanswered questions became a bit annoying and drawn out. This is book 1 of a series of 4 titles and I downloaded them for free from my Kindle Unlimited membership, so I will try the remaining books as they were a bit of escapism into the English countryside. If you enjoy crime and mystery in a delightful English setting then this series may work for you.
The blurb from Goodreads:
Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news…
Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions—grief, loss, and anger—that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.
After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.
Now, if two sisters are to reunite, it can only be by unearthing long-buried secrets and facing a devastating truth that has kept them apart far too long. To regain their relationship, they may have to lose everything.
I really enjoyed this book and it provided some release from real life for a while. It was written from each of the sisters perspective and told the story well through their eyes. It was contemporary with well described characters and I felt the story was well paced.
I didn’t realise until after I’d finished it that I had read another book by this author and I had enjoyed that one too – The Art of Inheriting Secrets
My sister’s recommendation – Sand Talk
Here is the first part of my sister’s recent post An Answer. The full post is worth reading to understand the huge impact this book had on her. I thought it was well worth sharing and asked her permission to do so.
Tyson Yunkaporta’s book Sand talk: How Indigenous thinking can save the world has answered a big question for me. One I’ve been seeking an answer to for years. The way he answered the question was humbling, but it was an answer nevertheless and I was instantly calmed by it.
It made sense.
Source: Sharon Pittaway
So what are you currently reading?
Sharon had mentioned this book a week or so ago in response to this question and after reading her post, I’m intrigued to read it too. It’s now on the list!
Leave me a quick comment with what you’re reading at the moment and how it’s going. Do you find time to read or is it something you have to force yourself to stop and do?
Thanks for joining me for Friday Fiction and I look forward to reading with you again soon.
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