October Round-Up – The Books I Read In October 2019

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This month I have continued with my blog break and October was another good month for me where I managed to read eight books…

The Confession by Jessie Burton – I started the month with one of my most eagerly awaited books for this year, the latest novel from Jessie Burton who is a favourite author of mine. This was another wonderfully written story with fascinating female characters which is told across two timelines in which we see how the lives of these women become interwoven.

Bone China by Laura Purcell – Another favourite author of mine is Laura Purcell, and her latest novel Bone China is another atmospheric, chilling historical novel set in an isolated house on the Cornish coast. The story is told in two timelines, as we see a maid who has moved on from her previous post, finding herself in a household in which there are secrets to be uncovered, and plenty of intrigue along the way.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett – This was the first book by Ann Patchett I have read but it won’t be the last. I quickly became engrossed in this story of a family through the years, and their life which revolves around the Dutch House. This was a wonderfully written story in which we see the relationship between the family members, particularly between a brother and sister, and the bond they share with each other and the house over the years.

Melmoth by Sarah Perry – As a fan of Sarah Perry’s previous novels I was excited about reading Melmoth, which was published last year. Whilst it didn’t grab my attention as much as her previous work, I did enjoy the dark, mysterious tone of this story, in which its protagonist comes to possess a strange manuscript.

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – This was an entertaining read and one which I read in only a couple of sittings. In it we meet Korede, a woman who is called upon to help her sister cover her tracks when she has committed murder. This was an intriguing plot, and one that is thought provoking as the story unfolds and we learn more about the sisters and how they act and react in different ways.

Patience by Toby Litt – With events taking place in an orphanage in the 1970’s, Patience is a compelling story of friendship. Elliott is wheelchair bound, spending days in a corridor staring at the walls or keeping an eye on the comings and goings at the home. That is until he meets Jim, who is blind and mute, and we see how these two people can learn to communicate with each other, and develop a bond.

Red Snow by Will Dean – Last month I read and enjoyed Dark Pines, which was the first book in Will Dean’s Tuva Moodyson mystery series, so I was keen to read the second book, Red Snow. I found this to be another gripping and intriguing book in which Tuva finds herself at the heart of the investigation surrounding a tragic suicide and another mysterious death. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay– My final read this month was a book I have been meaning to read for a long time since attending an event with Adam Kay at the Comedy Book Festival in London back in January. I really enjoyed reading the diary entries kept by Kay during his career as a junior doctor, a book which is both hilarious and heartbreaking as it provides a fascinating glimpse at life within the NHS and the challenges faced by the staff.

I am going to continue my blog break for a little while but I will be back next month to share what I have read in November!

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