My 5 Favourite August Reads


Of the 12 books I read in August, here are my five favourite (in no particular order). Click on the book title to read my review.

TheSixteenTreesoftheSommeThe Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting (5*)

The death of his grandfather and the facts that come to light as a result, see Edvard embark on a journey that will take him away from the isolated Norwegian farm where he has grown up. His travels take him to the Shetlands and to France in search of the truth about his parents’ death and the mystery of the four days afterwards when he was missing.

Beautifully written with a compelling story line, wonderfully atmospheric settings and well-developed characters.

TheWardrobeMistressThe Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath (5*)

Following the death of her husband, Charlie Grice, a famous stage actor, Joan discovers the secret he harboured throughout their marriage; a secret that causes her to see him in a very different life and propels her into actions that will have far-reaching consequences.

Set in an atmospheric post-war London, this book is an intriguing mystery, a very moving exploration of grief and an insightful examination of the act of performance.

TheHauntingofHillHouseThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (4.5*)

Four people gather in an allegedly haunted house as part of an exploration of supernatural phenomenon.  The author creates a creepy, unsettling atmosphere that builds towards a climax but leaves the reader to decide whether the events experienced by the group are indeed the result of supernatural activity, fuelled by some form of group hysteria or just the product of a feverish imagination and unstable mind. Rightly regarded a modern classic.

TheWordisMurderThe Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (4.5*)

A wealthy woman is strangled six hours after she’s arranged her own funeral. Enter consulting detective, Hawthorne, assisted by the author himself in the role of latter-day Watson.

The book is hugely enjoyable and proof that Anthony Horowitz is a very clever man. The mystery is well-plotted and liberally dosed with funny and self-referential moments.

ADangerousWomanfromNowhereA Dangerous Woman from Nowhere by Kris Radish (4.5*)

In the harsh frontier country of 1860’s North America, Briar Logan sets out to rescue her husband, kidnapped by lawless men for the knowledge he possesses. A loner by nature, Briar is forced accept the help of two companions in what turns out to be an adventure that will put all of them in danger and test their bond of friendship to the limit.

A compelling story with some wonderful, powerful female characters. Review to follow.

What were your favourite reads last month?

6 thoughts on “My 5 Favourite August Reads

    1. It was my first Patrick McGrath so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have heard ‘gothic’ mentioned in connection with his books and I agree this one wasn’t that but the ending was definitely dark. Poor Joan.

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  1. Wow, 12 books! That’s amazing! I think I read 8 books this month and I had a few favorites but I think I enjoyed reading We Were Liars the most!

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    1. I have We Were Liars on my wishlist, I think. I managed to finish a couple of books I was part way through at the end of July so that helped. Plus I took part in the ARC August event which made me concentrate on finishing some more. Hope September is another good reading month for you.

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      1. I loved We Were Liars, looking forward to reading your thoughts on it if you ever get to reading it!

        I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t know what ARC means 😫 but it’s good that it made you finish more books!

        Hope Sept is another good reading month for you as well!! 😊

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