Flashback Friday: What did I actually read? #6

January 3, 2020     Laurie     Flashback Friday, Tags & memes

On Kwante‘s I found the series “shopaholic exposed”. She took it over from Candyce & Isabelle, who called this series “looking back on our bookhauls”. The goals of this meme is to look back on your old bookhauls and to check whether you actually have read the books you added back then or not. As I often have huge hauls it’s time to get myself exposed and therefore I’m taking over this series.

Today I will look into my bookhaul of September 2017.

The owl always hunts at night by Samuel Bjork

When a young woman is found dead, the police are quick to respond. But what they find at the scene is unexpected. The body is posed, the scene laboriously set. And there is almost no forensic evidence to be found.

Detective Mia Krüger has been signed off work pending psychological assessment. But her boss has less regard for the rules than he should. Desperate to get Mia back in the office, Holger Munch offers her an unofficial deal.

But the usually brilliant Mia is struggling and the team are unable to close the case. Until a young hacker uncovers something that forces the team to confront the scope of the murderer’s plans and face the possibility that he may already be on the hunt for a second victim.

I read this one, but I found the first book much more interesting to be honest. The third book in this series is one I hauled this past October, so I hope that it will be better than the second book.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen

In the twelfth gripping novel featuring Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, the crime-solving duo—featured in the smash-hit TNT series Rizzoli & Isles—are faced with the gruesomely staged murder of a horror film producer.

The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim’s eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?

When another victim is found, again with no apparent cause of death, again with a grotesquely staged crime scene, Jane and Maura realize the killer has widened his circle of targets. He’s chosen one particular woman for his next victim, and she knows he’s coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Jane and Maura catch the killer.

But she knows a secret. And it’s a secret she’ll never tell.

Of course I read this one! I love this series, so I really wanted to read it as soon as possible.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Natasha’s sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn’t try to kill her?

Natasha is the most popular girl in school. So why was she pulled out of a freezing river after being dead for thirteen minutes? She doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—it wasn’t an accident, and she wasn’t suicidal.

Now Natasha’s two closest friends, who are usually her loyal sidekicks, are acting strangely. Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before, to help her figure out the mystery.

At first Becca isn’t sure that she even wants to help Natasha. But as she is drawn back into Natasha’s orbit, Becca starts putting the pieces together. As an outsider, Becca believes she may be the only one who can uncover the truth…which is far more twisted than she ever imagined.

Yes, I read this one for a bookclub actually. This book got a lot of hype and positive reviews, but I didn’t like it as much unfortunately.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Behind her eys by Sarah Pinborough

Why is everyone talking about the ending of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes?

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

I read this one, but I really didn’t like it so It was a DNF.

One by Sarah Crossan

Grace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.

But something is happening to them. Something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi.

How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?

This was my first introduction to books written in free verse and I learnt that this writing style is not for me. So yes, I read this book.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

#LaatsteVlog by Carry Slee

Noud en Gijs trainen voor de marathon in New York. Maar als Noud zijn vriend in een noodsituatie laat vallen zegt Gijs de vriendschap op. Niet alleen Gijs, maar de hele klas maakt hem uit voor lafaard. Behalve Roos die stiekem verliefd op hem is. Om te bewijzen dat hij geen watje is gaat Noud met hulp van Roos vloggen en haalt extreme stunts uit. Tegelijkertijd ziet Roos haar fijne leventje veranderen wanneer de dochter van haar stiefvader bij hen komt wonen. Waarom doet die ineens zo bitchy en wil ze steeds geld lenen? Roos en Noud komen erachter dat ze verstrikt is geraakt in enge praktijken. Er is maar een manier om alles te bewijzen: het maken van een laatste vlog die de wereld zal veranderen…

Carry Slee was one of my favorite childhood authors, so when I found out that she published a new book I wanted to read it. However, I didn’t do so, it just doesn’t sound appealing to me anymore.

A tragic kind of wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst—that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?

I read this book, but never reviewed it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

October is the coldest month by Christoffer Carlsson

Vega Gillberg is 16 years old when the police come knocking on the door looking for her older brother, Jakob.

Vega hasn’t heard from him in days, but she has to find him before the police do. Jakob was involved in a terrible crime. What no one knows is that Vega was there, too.

In the rural Swedish community where the Gillbergs live, life is tough, the people are even tougher, and old feuds never die. As Vega sets out to find her brother, she must survive a series of threatening encounters in a deadly landscape. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s dealing with the longing she feels for a boy that she has sworn to forget, and the mixed-up feelings she has for her brother’s best friend.

During a damp, raw week in October, the door to the adult world swings open, and Vega realises that once she has crossed the threshold there is no turning back.

I was pretty excited about this book, until I saw the reviews. Most people rated this book 1 or 2 stars, so I didn’t want to read it anymore. Of course I already owned the book. I still haven’t read it and probably never will. Why can’t you unhaul ebooks?

Always and forever by Jenny Han

Lara Jean is having the best senior year.

And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

I really wanted to read all the Lara Jean books, but guess what? Nope, I never did. They are actually too fluffy for me now.

  • Number of books hauled: 9
  • Number of books read: 6, of which I DNF’ed 1
  • Number of books unread: 3

So, this is a pretty good score I guess! Let’s see what Ocotber will bring me.

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