smrc - books 13 & 14 (m & n)

Author: Sara Eames

Date Published: Aug 17th 2018, 1:10pm

M - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

This was an enjoyable book with a twist - a story within a story. It is interesting to note that the twist did not come as a shock to me but did to my daughter Heather. I think the reason for this was the media we chose to experience this book. I read a hard copy, and Heather listened to an audio book. Thus, for her, the twist was delivered with emotion and emphasis that I hadn't placed on the book I was reading. It was interesting to note the difference in our reactions - I won't say too much as I hate spoiling books for potential readers. I would, however, recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

N - North & South by Elizabeth Gaskill

This was meant to be my N book, but I just couldn't get on with it. I did not enjoy the writing style and kept getting the characters muddled. This meant that I was easily distracted away from the book and my reading challenge was grinding to a halt. So, I put the book down and selected another title. This was Nancy Parker's Diary of Detection by Julia Lee. Yes, I admit that choosing a YA book to replace a classic is probably a cheat - but my excuse is that I needed something eminently readable to kick-start my flagging challenge. The book itself is a good read - well-written with interesting characters. The plot was easy to follow and, on the whole, enjoyable.