Reading roundup 01/04/20

Well, I actually finished two books this week. I am really enjoying my reading, although I am having some issues with concentration. That isn’t very surprising in the current situation. My eyesight is continuing to improve slowly – I am so pleased about this, as you can imagine.

The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh

The first book of the week was The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh. Here is the blurb:

Imagine you meet a man, spend six glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything.

So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.
But he doesn’t call.

Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they’re wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence.

What do you do when you finally discover you’re right? That there is a reason — and that reason is the one thing you didn’t share with each other?

The truth.

This is my review on Goodreads:

The Man Who Didn't CallThe Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I will write this with my first reaction to reading this book in mind and not allow myself to be swayed by some of the very negative comments on here. Yes, it appears that this is another marmite read!

In my present condition, which I won’t go into here, I found the book thoroughly absorbing and enjoyable. This is a great thing when you have concentration issues! I thought that it was cleverly constructed to give the reader unexpected twists and surprises. Of course the author manipulated her readers’ emotions! It was this that kept me so interested right until the end.

I will definitely look out for another book by Rosie Walsh, and I think this is a suitable compliment.

View all my reviews

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

My second book of the week was from the science fiction genre, so completely different. I had really enjoyed the first book in the series – Old Man’s War – so I turned to John Scalzi’s second book: The Ghost Brigades. This is the blurb:

The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF’s toughest operations. They’re young, they’re fast and strong, and they’re totally without normal human qualms.

The universe is a dangerous place for humanity—and it’s about to become far more dangerous. Three races that humans have clashed with before have allied to halt our expansion into space. Their linchpin: the turncoat military scientist Charles Boutin, who knows the CDF’s biggest military secrets. To prevail, the CDF must find out why Boutin did what he did.

Jared Dirac is the only human who can provide answers — a superhuman hybrid, created from Boutin’s DNA, Jared’s brain should be able to access Boutin’s electronic memories. But when the memory transplant appears to fail, Jared is given to the Ghost Brigades.

At first, Jared is a perfect soldier, but as Boutin’s memories slowly surface, Jared begins to intuit the reason’s for Boutin’s betrayal. As Jared desperately hunts for his “father,” he must also come to grips with his own choices. Time is running out: The alliance is preparing its offensive, and some of them plan worse things than humanity’s mere military defeat…

And here is the review (for some reason, the review will not link here as usual, so I have taken a screenshot instead):

I have downloaded quite a few ebooks to enjoy during this enforced isolation, so I am not sure what I am going to try next.

So, until next week’s Reading Roundup…

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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