3 books, 3 points: May 2021
A day late but I’m not sure time means anything any more! Without further ado, here are three reads well-worth picking up this month 🙂
How to Save a Life by Eva Carter**
Publication date: 27th May 2021
-One night Joel’s heart stops. Standing on the sidelines of the football pitch, Kerry sees Joel fall. Her first aid training kicks in and she performs CPR to save Joel’s life. Her friend Tim freezes and is unable to help.
-How To Save a Life deals with the events of the following 18 years. Joel, Kerry and Tim’s lives intertwine, sometimes straying apart, sometimes colliding together. The book discusses guilt and fate and shows how easily somebody’s life can fall apart – but also how someone can pick up the pieces and start to rebuild.
-The book dives into hard-hitting issues and important topics, dealing with substance abuse, mental health and dealing with death. I was absolutely engrossed in the stories of the characters – the impact one action can have on somebody years later and how they deal with this. When I read the description I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did – it really surprised me. It’s really well-written, and I’m still thinking about it now a few weeks later. I definitely recommend it!
Sixteen Horses by Greg Buchanan**
Publication date: 29th April 2021
-We join detective Alec Nicholls pre-dawn, covered in mud, being guided by a farmer to a spot in a lonely field… A hermit, living in the wild, tells of what he saw on that night… Forensic vet Cooper Allen is called in to help the investigation, which will affect her deeply.
-This book absolutely destroyed me. Greg Buchanan, what did you do?! I LOVED this book. I’m still reeling. I felt I was there, in that decaying seaside town, as Alec and Cooper are drawn deeper into the dark mystery surrounding 16 horse heads, buried on a desolate farm with their eyes turned to the sun. Who would do such a disturbing thing, and why? What other horrors are there to uncover? The writing is tense, vivid, and what starts as dark quickly becomes pitch black.
-This is not just your average detective thriller – it’s way darker, very intense, and disturbingly psychological. Sneakily, the story pulls you in and grabs you, then just doesn’t let go. The pace builds to an shattering climax that I had to re-read a few times to make sure I’d really read what I thought I had, Then I had to put my kindle down, walk away and come back to it! I am ruined. It is brilliant.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
– During WW2, 15-year-old Lina finds herself and her family torn away from their home in Lithuania by Soviet officers. Between Shades of Gray follows their subsequent journey to an Arctic Circle labour camp and the horrors that took place.
– Between Shades of Gray is honestly one of the best books I’ve read recently. It is harrowing, terrifying, and heart-breaking, but in between there are moments of love and humanity, even in the darkest places. Based on true events, it opened my eyes to the terrible crimes that took place in the Baltic states during and after WW2.
– It’s hard to find words to describe the atrocities that occurred but despite the subject, this book was absolutely excellent and I really enjoyed reading it. I was drawn into Lina’s world and everything felt so real. The good and bad, the complex characters, the gritty truth of what humans are capable of doing to other humans. It’s not easy going, not in the slightest. But I’d fully recommend reading it.
You can find the previous edition of 3 Books 3 Points here!
** I am a member of NetGalley, where I received this review copy for free in exchange for an honest review.
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