Reading roundup 23/08/17

I am still quite ill, having had a bad night with lots of coughing, so this will be a quick roundup of the week’s reading. Unless, that is, I get carried away as I write!

The week’s books had a focus on Anne Holt as I was looking on Goodreads to see which ones I had missed from her Hanne Wilhelmsen and her Vik and Stubo series. I then found quite a few of these on the library’s ebook service and so decided to work my way through the rest of Vik and Stubo, having already finished #3 and #4 a couple of years ago.

It will be difficult to write my reviews because I don’t want to give away spoilers. So I will copy across the Goodreads reviews here. Let me just say that my reading of Anne Holt has now come to an end. Lovely Husband just didn’t understand when I told him about this yesterday, but then he doesn’t read fiction and doesn’t get the relationship that you build with an author over years of reading their work. It is a question of trust, I suppose. I tend to trust that a writer, who draws me into a story, who keeps me reading because I am so engaged with their skills, will not let me down. I suppose I will have to be annoying, at this point, to any readers of this blog as I need to stop here before I give any more away! Sorry 😐.

What is Mine by Anne Holt

What is Mine by Anne Holt

There seems to be some confusion about the Vik and Stubo series because the books appear to have different titles, according to which edition you are reading. I will give you the titles of the ebooks I read, with the number in the series. So, my first book this week was #1, What Is Mine, and here is my Goodreads review:

I wish I could give this 4.5! A really excellent start to a series. I love the main characters, particularly Vik with her chaotic home life and interesting daughter. I also loved how the two main plot strands developed throughout the book and I cannot say more about that without spoilers. As I also have part two downloaded onto my iPad, I am going to start that without delay.

As you can see, I really enjoyed this one! The next one I read was #2, What Never Happens.

What Never Happens by Anne Holt

What Never Happens by Anne Holt

And here is my review on Goodreads with another 4 star rating:

Judging by the reviews on Goodreads, this is another of those marmite books. Well, I like marmite and I also liked this book. I find the two main characters and their domestic and professional lives interesting and I enjoy the way that Holt introduces and describes her other characters. The plot was gripping enough to keep my attention as I read this pretty quickly.

As I have already read parts 3 and 4 of the series, a couple of years ago, I will now download and get on with the final part!

As I wrote above, I read books #3 and #4 two years ago and didn’t write reviews, although a I did rate them with 4 and 3 stars respectively. So I only had the last in the series, #5 What Dark Clouds Hide, left to read:

What Dark Clouds Hide by Anne Holt

What Dark Clouds Hide by Anne Holt

I will paste the few words of my review here and then leave this. If any of you have also read this book, I would be interested to know what you think!

I cannot review this book without spoilers. Let me just say that I am highly disappointed with the author for ending her series in this way! I will not read any more books by her.

The Special Girls by Isabelle Grey

The Special Girls by Isabelle Grey

There is a silver lining in this dark cloud of a week in that I read The Special Girls, the third book in another series, Isabelle Grey’s DI Grace Fisher, and rated it as the best so far:

The best of the three, in my opinion, and almost worth five stars. With the theme of child abuse, parts of this story were horrific and very difficult to read. The plot is quite complex, but well handled and kept my interest to the extent that I read it in one sitting. I am not sure if the author will continue with the series, but will definitely read more if she does.

Since I wrote the review, I have found out that Isabelle Grey is writing a fourth episode – I am looking forward to reading it!

Dead Cold by Louise Penny

Dead Cold by Louise Penny

My current book, Louise Penny’s Dead Cold, is a very different read. It is still in the crime genre but set in Canada and with an interesting “feel” to it. I will let you know how I get on next week.

Best wishes,


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