Welcome to the May edition of Bookish; I’ve had the chance to read some fantastic books over the last month. I’ve compiled my three favourites for you, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them if you give them a chance. If you like my suggestions, consider joining my book club on Facebook. Just search for The Bookmarkers Bookclub group!
Riptides, Wrath & Murder
For Fans Of: Claire McGowan
What’s in the pages? Since Allie Fox moved to North Carolina, her job as a Private Investigator has kept her extremely busy with no downtime. In desperate need of a relaxing day off, she heads to the beach to watch a surfing competition – only to be confronted by a dead man washing up on the sand.
Everyone who knew Ebbie Watkins said he was a nice guy, and while the police think his death is an accident – something just doesn’t add up to Allie. The situation gets even more twisted when Ebbie’s estranged son hires her to solve the case, and she starts to unravel a trail of bitterness, deceit, wrath and Ebbie’s darker side.
When Allie is attacked, she must overcome her own vulnerabilities to catch the killer before he strikes again.
Why should you read it? If you’ve read my column for a while, then you’ll know that I’m a massive A.M Ialacci fan. Riptides, Wrath & Murder is her fourth book (and the third in her Crystal Coast Cases series), and her stories just keep getting better and better. Ialacci’s aptitude for writing murder mysteries that engage and hook the reader from the very beginning is second to none, and it shows itself more than ever in this great book.
I never used to be much of a Murder/Mystery buff, but I credit Ialacci with single-handedly changing that. If you are looking to lose yourself in a book where the story is engaging, the characters are exciting, and the stakes are high, I highly suggest this book.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Genre: Contemporary Fiction For Fans Of: Kate Elizabeth Russell
What’s in the pages? Addie LaRue is dissatisfied with her life in the 18th century. She’s being forced to marry a man she isn’t in love with, and she wants out. On the night of her wedding, she pacts with the devil to trade her soul for immortality – but the devil has a secret clause; he takes away her name and place in the world, forcing her to be forgotten by everyone she has ever met and will ever meet.
Addie runs from her past in a small town in 18th century France, travelling across the world and the ages without a name or possessions; her existence is only to serve as a muse for artists throughout history. She learns slowly what it means to live anew every day.
Until one fateful day when she steals a book from a second-hand bookshop in Manhattan, Addie meets someone who remembers her. Who is this mysterious man, and will Addie LaRue be able to live a normal life once again?
Why should you read it? The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is like experiencing love at first sight and then falling madly for that person.
The story is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will fall into and not want to come up for breath from until the last page. Its unique premise and reflections on personal choice and responsibility are poignant and moving. Although I did find it relatively slow in some parts, it all pays off with the incredible ending.
If you’re looking for an intelligent story about morality and your place in the world, then I highly recommend this book; it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year – possibly ever.
Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
Genre: Non-Fiction/Science For Fans Of: Rose George
What’s in the pages? Using the analogy of a plane journey, Mark Miodownik takes us on a tour of the world of heartbeats and ocean waves, water and glue & coffee and wine.
This book approaches the subject of chemistry in a way that is appealing for non-scientists, with just enough jargon that you can dip your toes into the subject without getting lost at sea with the semantics of it.
Why should you read it? You’re about to learn some chemistry, but not the way you did at school. In this novel, Mark Miodownik does the impossible (in my opinion) task of making science fun as well as interesting.
Using the analogy of a plane journey to San Fransico allows the author to present chemistry in an approachable way to the layman – contextualising science’s world in a relevant way to everybody’s lives.
If you’re looking for an introduction to aspects of Physics or just want to learn some new facts, then I highly recommend this book. It’s a short and witty read that will engage you from the very first page. If you prefer listening to your books, you’re in for a treat because Michael Page narrates the audiobook, and he brings some dry, witty British humour to the book!