My Favourite Reads of January 2018

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Welcome to the first edition of My Favourite Reads for 2018!

I thought I’d get lots of reading done in January but nup. Too many other things going on. I also seem to have had a bit of a crime/thriller/horror binge. No idea why. Usually there’s at least one romance on my reading list but not last month. Guess I must’ve been in a thrillery mood.

VERY hard to choose a favourite though, because all four reads were excellent, but I nominate…

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

The Chalk Man by CJ TudorThis was a fantastic read. The Chalk Man hooked me from the opening pages and didn’t let go.

It’s a bit cross genre. A thriller mixed with crime, mystery and horror, and just the kind of thing I adore, especially when the storytelling is of this quality. The writing was brilliant too. If the author had been listed as Stephen King I wouldn’t have been at all surprised. Yup, it was that good.

Set in a small village in England, The Chalk Man swaps between the present and the mid-eighties, when Eddie, the narrator, was a young boy, riding his bike around town with his mates, doing all the things that young boys do. When they discover a dismembered body, life is never the same for any of them.

Cool plot twists, well-written characters, great writing and a satisfying ending. Loved it.

The Mayfly by James HazelThe Mayfly by James Hazel

Another cracking read, also featuring the discovery of a mutilated body in the woods. The Mayfly also switches between time periods, in this case between the present and World War II, and has the same cross genre elements as The Chalk Man along with lots of plot twists. That’s where the similarities end though. This is a very different book.

The Mayfly introduces us to Charlie Priest, a far from average lawyer and who I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of in future books. Charlie suffers from dissociate disorder which adds extra challenge to his already highly challenging predicament, i.e. he’s a suspect in a gruesome murder.

Great stuff.

The Deep by Michaelbrent CollingsThe Deep by Michaelbrent Collings

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a couple of years now, after I heard horror writer Michaelbrent Collings speak about writing on a webcast. I was so impressed with what he had to say it left me determined to read one of his books, and The Deep seemed popular and something I’d enjoy. It just took me longer to get around to than I thought!

And enjoy I did. I adore horror novels anyway, but what made The Deep such fun was the storytelling. The pace made it very hard to put down, and every character was intriguing. I LOVED Haeberle. He was brilliantly bonkers.

I’m going to have to read more of Collings’ books. Like J.A Konrath’s, they are smack in my zone.

he Marsh King's Daughter by Karen DionneThe Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King’s Daughter has a fab premise. The heroine Helena’s mother is an abductee, lured off the street as a teenager and taken into the Michigan wilderness where she’s forced into sexual and domestic servitude. Brought up in a home where violence and brutality are normal and survival skills learned early, Helena eventually gets away. Her father is caught. Helena buries her past as deep as it will go and tries to make a normal life.

Then her father escapes.

High stakes, great setting, a fantastic strong heroine and a page-turning plot. A blast.


What reads have you enjoyed lately?


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6 thoughts on “My Favourite Reads of January 2018

  1. Sue Gerhardt Griffiths

    All four sound like great reads but I can’t say I’ve heard of them. I’d be interested in reading The Mayfly though. That reminds me of April writing a poem about the Mayfly many many years ago, it was published in The International Library of Poetry: an anthology of poems. I love that poem! Of course the book is displayed on my keeper shelf.

    I enjoyed 8 of my 9 reads which were:
    Zoe’s Muster by Barbara Hannay
    Tempting Mr Townsend by Anna Campbell
    Always You: Prequel to Falling for Mr Wrong and, Together at Last by Joanne Dannon
    The Bark Cutters and A Changing Land by Nicole Alexander
    West of the Blue Gums by Robyn Lee Burrows
    Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

    They were all pretty fantastic but the standout was Gerald’s Game. Thinking about that books still gives me the shivers.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Nice list, Sue! Plenty of Aussie authors featured too. Great to see.
      I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think about future King reads. I hope you continue to be thrilled by them. You could also try his son Joe Hill’s books. They are amaaaaaazing. HORNS is one of my favourite reads ever. There’s a film version too, starring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame. I haven’t seen it but it’s on my radar.

  2. Debbie

    I have read this year so far The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein, Little Secrets by Anna Snoestra, currently reading the Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Also read Hearts of Fire by Miranda Lee, The Baby Doctor by Fiona McArthur.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Thank you so much for picking up The Country Girl, Debbie. I hope you had a lovely time with it. The Tattooist of Auschwitz sounds a very emotional read and is gathering some amazing reviews.
      Fiona is a reader of the blog and will be thrilled that you read The Baby Doctor!
      Thanks for dropping by and sharing.

  3. Annie West

    Ooh, The Mayfly in particular sounds fascinating. I’ve spent the last month or so reading books for contests – a wide variety, including some I wouldn’t usually pick up. 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I really enjoyed The Mayfly, Annie. It was a well-written page-turner and the main character has some pretty major flaws, but that’s what made him so fascinating.
      You must be reading your Rita books? I didn’t enter this year so I only have my Ruby ones but they’re the same as yours – things I wouldn’t normally read. It’s been quite refreshing.

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