The continuing lockdown here in the UK and elsewhere due to the Coronavirus means books are a welcome distraction at the moment. I read ten books in March and below are my five favourite.
You can find details of all the books I’ve read so far in 2020 here with links to my reviews. If we’re not already friends on Goodreads, send me a friend request or follow my reviews.
First up is The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel which I first heard about at last year’s Henley Literary Festival. The author’s debut novel, it’s a twisty story told from the alternating points of view of Patty Watts and her daughter, Rose Gold, involving a chilling, sometimes unnerving, but always enthralling battle of wills. You can read my full review here.
My next pick is a crime novel set in New Zealand – Containment by Vanda Symon. Although it’s the third outing for New Zealand police constable and rookie detective, Sam Shephard, it was my first introduction to the series. I thought it had all the features you look for in a great police procedural and I shall definitely be looking out for future books in the series. Read my full review here.
More crime but this time in a historical setting with The Canary Keeper by Clare Carson. Moving between 19th century London and the Scottish island of Orkney, I loved the period atmosphere the author created and the gothic elements in the book. You can read my full review here.
I’m staying with historical fiction for my next pick but this time with a touch of romance. Summer of the Three Pagodas by Jean Moran is set in Hong Kong and Korea at the time of the Korean War. It features strong female characters, a compelling storyline and some gripping scenes exposing the impact of war on soldiers and civilians alike. Read my full review here.
Lastly, not only the best book I read in March but my favourite book of the year so far – The Lost Lights of St Kilda by Elisabeth Gifford. Moving between a number of different timelines, I described the book as ‘wonderfully romantic without being sentimental and a beautifully crafted depiction of a (now lost) community and way of life’. Read my full review here.
What were your favourites of the books you read in March? Have you read any of my picks?