Reading roundup 28/07/21

I really struggled to concentrate on reading ebooks during the recent heatwave. I simply couldn’t think properly! Despite this, I do have two books to write about this week.

Geiger by Gustaf Skördemam

So, my first read of the week was Geiger by Gustaf Skördemam, #01 Sara Novak series. This is the blurb:

The landline rings as Agneta is waving off her grandchildren. Just one word comes out of the receiver: ‘Geiger’. For decades, Agneta has always known that this moment would come, but she is shaken. She knows what it means.

Retrieving her weapon from its hiding place, she attaches the silencer and creeps up behind her husband before pressing the barrel to his temple.

Then she squeezes the trigger and disappears – leaving behind her wallet and keys.

The extraordinary murder is not Sara Nowak’s case. But she was once close to those affected and, defying regulations, she joins the investigation. What Sara doesn’t know is that the mysterious codeword is just the first piece in the puzzle of an intricate and devastating plot fifty years in the making.”

I chose this book from the library ebook collection completely at random. This is the short review that I uploaded to the Goodreads website:

Geiger: The most gripping thriller debut since I AM PILGRIMGeiger: The most gripping thriller debut since I AM PILGRIM by Gustaf Skördeman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book had one of the most unexpected beginnings I have ever read. I was so pleased that I had chosen to read it! Scattered through the rest of the book were similar sections of really exciting thriller writing with plenty of twists and turns. Unfortunately, much of this was marred by the extensive pieces of very tedious historical exposition. These made the book far too long.

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The Pact by Amy Heydenrych

My second read was The Pact by Amy Heydenrych.

This is the blurb:

”What if a prank leads to murder?

When Freya arrives at her dream job with the city’s hottest start-up, she can’t wait to begin a new and exciting life, including dating her new colleague Jay. However, Nicole, Jay’s ex and fellow employee, seems intent on making her life a misery.

After a big deadline, where Nicole continually picks on her, Freya snaps and tells Jay about the bullying and together they concoct a revenge prank. The next morning, Nicole is found dead in her apartment . . .

Is this just a prank gone wrong? Or does Freya know someone who is capable of murder – and could she be next?”

And here is my review for this book – only worth two stars, in my opinion!

The PactThe Pact by Amy Heydenrych
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Oh dear! This book started off quite well and it was easy to read at first, but it quickly fell down the slope of unlikeable characters, confusing timelines and didacticism. The feminist message was fine at first, but soon became too much. Just about everyone was either extremely horrible or extremely wet. So much could have been easily sorted out by skilled techie people and what were loads of the characters… skilled techie people!

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Well, I don’t seem to be choosing the right kind of books at the moment! Let’s hope I have more luck with the next batch – you will find out next week.

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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