My Favourite Reads of April 2018

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Welcome to another edition of My Favourite Reads. There are few positives to being sick, but one of them is reading time. Thanks to me catching a horrid lurgy that required lots of miserable fevery hours in bed or on the couch with my blanky, April was a great reading month.

I enjoyed some excellent books too, which made it very hard to choose a favourite, but my favourite is a story that continues to resonate in my mind, and that story is …

The Juliet Code by Christine Wells

The Juliet Code by Christine WellsI’ve adored all Christine’s books so far. The Wife’s Tale and The Traitor’s Girl were wonderful reads, so I was super keen to get into the The Juliet Code. Obviously, it didn’t disappoint!

This book had everything I adore – intrigue, romance, atmosphere, fantastic characters and a plot loaded with delicious twisty-turns. There’s love and betrayal, heroics and evil. And, if that wasn’t enough, The Juliet Code is also beautiful to look at. That cover just demands to be stroked lovingly.

Snap up a copy for yourself today. You won’t regret it.


The Family Next Door by Sally HepworthThe Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

Fans of domestic thrillers will love this one set in a “nice” suburban street where everyone looks successful and normal. Except hiding behind their veils of normal are families thick with secrets, and they’re about to be exposed.

The Family Next Door was a compelling read with a cool plot twist.

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernanThe Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

A terrific crime novel set in Ireland and introducing Cormac Reilly, an interesting new detective who I’ve read we’ll also see in a second book, and more after that I’m sure.

The Ruin was a nicely atmospheric, gritty and solidly plotted murder-mystery. Also topical.

Enchant by Demelza CarltonEnchant by Demelza Carlton

I read this one when I was under the weather and it was the perfect pick-me-up. Enchant is the first in Demelza’s Romance a Medieval Fairytale series, this one based around Beauty and the Beast. It’s fast-paced, with a cool female lead and fun plot. Perfect for an afternoon blanky snuggling with a book.

You can pick Enchant up for free on Amazon.

Redemption Point by Candice FoxRedemption Point by Candice Fox

Ooh, I enjoyed this one, probably even more than the first, Crimson Lake. It was so good to catch up with Ted and Amanda again, and to see how their lives were progressing. Pretty rockily, but that’s exactly what makes this series so page-turnery. That and the great writing.

Candice Fox’s stand-alone novels remain an auto-buy for me. Can’t wait for the next.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm GladwellThe Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Apart from writing craft books, of which I own a ridiculous amount, and books bought specifically for story research, I’m not a big reader of non-fiction. Most of the time I either don’t finish the books or skim-read until I get to a good bit, but I read The Tipping Point the entire way through.

Gladwell’s argument for why some things reach a tipping point and take off was compelling. I also liked his entertaining style. There were some eye-widening examples given too.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth HoganThe Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

This was a lovely book, filled with warmth and gentle English humour. It’s more like two stories, really, related but not parallel, and each as charming as the other. I loved Bomber and Eunice. They were fun (although I found their story bittersweet). Anthony’s, Laura’s, Freddy’s and Sunshine’s tale is a bit more complex, but no less entertaining.

I enjoyed the ‘lost things’ stories, too. They were clever and some had real bite.

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn HamiltonHero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

The final book in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy. I’m sad to leave this world! It was such a richly built one, loaded with magic and mayhem, heroes and baddies, and others that could slide either way, depending on circumstances. Amani was a terrific heroine, and the other characters wonderfully realised. Shazad was brilliant. Loved her.

Overall, a satisfying way to end the series.


What reads have you enjoyed lately?


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8 thoughts on “My Favourite Reads of April 2018

  1. AvatarDebbie

    I enjoyed a Place To Remember By Jenn J McLeod, Chance of Stormy Weather by Tricia Stringer, followed by the sequel Come Rain or Shine. Someone like you by Karly Lane. Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan. The Single Dads Family Recipe by Rachael Johns. Now am currently reading The One That Got Away by Caroline Overington.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Nearly all Aussie reads, Debbie. Great going! Am curious about Anatomy of a Scandal now. I looked it up and it sounds intriguing.
      Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Yep, two very good crime novels, Deb. Love Candice Fox’s books which makes me wonder if I shouldn’t try her co-written ones too.

  2. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I have Crimson Lake and Never Never sitting on my shelf I just need to find the time to read them. I’ll probably start with the co-written one first as I love James Patterson – his books are awesome.

    I read some excellent books last month: The Love Verb by Jane Green. The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen. Mrs. by Caitlin Macy. 1984 by George Orwell (my first classic book ever!). And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      1984 is awesome. I still shudder at the rat thing though. Horrible! I chose Orwell as one of my year 12 English specialist studies and had to read all his books, but 1984 was the standout. A hard one to forget.

      You’ll have to tell me what you think of Never Never!

  3. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Cathryn, I never miss this column. Got a couple off the list for my TBR pile – doesn’t the Ruin look great? I’ve read the Tipping Point – I think he makes some really interesting arguments. And I’ve got Christine’s wonderful book waiting for me when I get home in a couple of weeks. Lucky me! I actually haven’t read an enormous amount while I’ve been travelling but I did enjoy the 4th Frank Tallis mystery set in Vienna in 1905, Darkness Rising. That’s a great series!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Hello traveller! Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing your reads. Luuuurve the sound of the Frank Tallis series. I’m going to check if the library has them (ebooks are overpriced – hate that) because these sound right in my zone. The Tipping Point was fascinating, wasn’t it? Some of it was very sad (the suicide epidemic) but I agree his arguments were compelling.
      Wishing you a wonderful time during your last few weeks overseas, Anna. Hope to catch up soon when you’re back.

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