My Favourite Reads of August 2018

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Welcome to my favourite reads of August.

Not a huge list this month but what reads they were! Each of them is highly recommended but my absolute favourite was

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

The Silent Companions by Laura PurcellThe Silent Companions is the best horror novel I’ve read in donkey’s. Damn clever and brilliantly creepy, and the Victorian time period is one I adore too.

Purcell knows exactly how to unsettle the reader and keep the tension rising. Our heroine Elsie is kept on her toes with the goings on at The Bridge, the ominous, isolated country house where she’s been sent to wait out her pregnancy and where her husband recently met his death. As for the ‘silent companions’, they were just plain scary.

Love, love, loved it. Purcell’s new one The Corset releases on September 20th. Gimme!


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin KwanCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I picked this up in ebook way back when it first released in Australia and though I tried a couple of times I just couldn’t get into it. That happens sometimes and is often a mood thing.

With the movie just released and looking like a blast I figured it was time to give Crazy Rich Asians another go, and this time I had a ball!

Completely over the top and great fun, with drama and fashion, romance and a LOT of food, Crazy Rich Asians was a satisfying read. The only thing that disappointed me was the end. It didn’t give me the closure I craved but I (kinda-sorta) forgive it because I believe this is the first in a trilogy.

Can’t wait to see the movie.


The Dark Before Dawn by Jaima FixsenThe Dark Before Dawn by Jaima Fixsen

Another historical read, this time in 1840s Vienna and featuring the cracking character of Kasper Stark, a secret police officer with a very big secret of his own.

From the setting to the murder-mystery to the romance, The Dark Before Dawn was very enjoyable. There are crosses and double crosses, fascinating characters, wealth and poverty, lots of drama and more than a bit of derring-do.

Huge fun, and if you hurry you can pick it up for under $2 on Kindle.


The Nowhere Child by Christian WhiteThe Nowhere Child by Christian White

Talk about unputdownable. The Nowhere Child was an excellent read from start to finish. Loved the twists, loved the concise writing, the small-town goldfish bowl and its social divisions, the split timelines, but most of all I loved Kim’s/Sammy’s bravery. She was cool.

Good stuff.


What reads have you enjoyed lately?


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6 thoughts on “My Favourite Reads of August 2018

  1. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Always love this column, Cathryn, and I just one clicked the Jaima Fixsen which sounds like it’s right up my alley. I’ve been reading an awful lot lately, thanks mainly to the fact that all my library reserves came in at once. I’ve read some fantasy which I haven’t read in ages and have loved all of them – there’s Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, set in medieval Russia and just wonderful; my first Juliet Marillier, The Dreaming Pool, also great; and one that you might have recommended called The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison. If it was you, thank you – that one was riveting. I also really enjoyed Saga Land by Kari Gislason and Richard Vidler, a mixture of memoir and travel and retelling the sagas and The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan which is the first time I’ve seen a believable Shakespeare as a character in a novel. A really interesting portrait of the ferment that was life in Elizabethan London. See you next month!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh yay on picking up a copy of The Dark Before Dawn. I thought that one would appeal to you. Wasn’t The Bear and the Nightingale wonderful? I adored that. Now I don’t know whether to read The Girl in the Tower or wait until book 3 is closer to release.
      Veeeery interested in your praise for The Fifth Season (def not my recommendation but I think Katherine Arden might have been). I’ve been eyeing that series off for ages. Looks like I’ll have to dive in now. Same with Juliet Marillier. I’ve had a sample of The Dreaming Pool sitting on my Kobo for about 3 years.
      You have had a great reading month. I always find your diversity impressive. Thanks for sharing!

  2. AvatarAnna Campbell

    I know Kate Forsyth, who also has a wonderful recommendations column every month that I never miss, recommended The Bear and the Nightingale. I probably picked it up because of both of you. The new one is pretty close to coming out – I’ve got it on order. Juliet Marillier has been on my radar since she first started publishing but I’d never actually read her. When I so enjoyed the Ardens, I felt like more dark fairytale fantasy and I’m so glad I picked her up.

  3. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Ooh, some excellent sounding books there that I might just have to add to my TBR list.

    The books I enjoyed last month were The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus, You’ve Been Warned by James Patterson and Howard Roughan, Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill and The Last of the Bonegilla Girls by Victoria Purman.
    And two outstanding reads for this month were, which will also make it to my top 20 list of this year, Me & Rory Macbeath by Richard Beasley and The Friendship Pact by Tara Taylor Quinn.
    But my number one book goes to The Lost Pearl by Emily Madden – hooley dooley what a gorgeous, stunning and heart wrenching read that was! My top read for this year too! And lucky me (and April) we’re attending her author talk in Corrimal in November. Can’t wait!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That is so cool re The Lost Pearl, Sue. Emily will be thrilled to hear that but you’ll be able to tell her in person in November. What fun!

      Great list with your other reads. Quite a few for me to check out too. I REALLY like the sound of Me & Rory Macbeath. Will see if the library has it.

      Thanks Sue!

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