Last month I predicted that my July reviews would be a little lean and a quick glance at the four-long review list below will confirm that I was right! I think it’s my shortest month, in terms of reviews, since I started this blog. Maybe I’ll frame it as a self-imposed summer holiday.
The four books I did read were great though, here’s a little summary as to why…
My July Book Reviews:
(Click on book title for my full review.)
/ Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
/ The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
/ The Retreat by Sarah Pearse
/ The It Girl by Ruth Ware
In terms of reading habits this month, as well as slowing down a little, I was drawn to thrillers – both old and new. I think it’s their easy escapism and ability to hook you in with that need to know the conclusion.
Agatha Christie has been a long-time comfort read author for me and it was nice to return to her easy world, even if Murder in Mesopotamia wasn’t one of the best I’ve read from her.
Two new thrillers released this month were excellent – The Retreat and The It Girl are from authors that have form in delivering a well-crafted, highly entertaining stories. I loved them both but if pushed, would say The It Girl was my favourite.
The only non-thriller on my list was The Paper Palace, set in a steamy, oppressive summer in America, it focuses on a love-triangle. It was unexpected, sometimes shocking, sometimes tender and has an ending that I know caused a lot of conversation. A nice slice of something different from my thriller-filled month.
If you’re now also in the mood for a fantastic page-tuner, here are 5 can’t-put-down summer beach thrillers I’ve read recently and loved.
Until next month, happy reading!