The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 8

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

My eighth #bookvent pick is one which I read in the summer, which is quite apt really, and one which took me quite by surprise. It was a book I was sent by a publisher without prompt, but the premise sounded intriguing so I picked it up. I’ve not read anything by the author before, but right from the very first page I found myself drawn into a world that was dark, intriguing and absolutely absorbing, with a story set against a backdrop of one of the darkest events in our recent history, the seven seven bombings. My day eight #bookvent choice is:

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The July Girls by Phoebe Locke

Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost.

Addie has a secret. On the morning of her tenth birthday, four bombs were detonated across the capital. That night her dad came home covered in blood. She thought he was hurt in the attacks – but then her sister Jessie found a missing woman’s purse hidden in his room.

Jessie says they mustn’t tell. She says there’s nothing to worry about. But when she takes a job looking after the woman’s baby daughter, Addie starts to realise that her big sister doesn’t always tell her the whole story. And that the secrets they’re keeping may start costing lives . . .

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If you had asked me in the summer quite what it was a bout this book that absolutely gripped me, I couldn’t have told you. I still can’t now. I just know that it was one of those books that from the very beginning pulled me in and had me compelled to keep reading on about Addie and her family. She had such a complex life, one which was full of heartache and pain, and one which was also full of secrets and lies. I was drawn to her character straight away and I found that I just needed to know what happened that fateful summer. I loved the characterisation, the easy flow and beautifully descriptive narrative of the writing, and the reflective tone of the story. It’s not a fast paced action novel, nor is it a gratuitous murder mystery. But it is a really cracking psychological thriller that allows the tension and the pacing to slow build, with an overwhelming sense of foreboding throughout. A truly top read and very much recommended.

You can read my full review of The July Girls here.

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Happy #bookvent reading all

Jen

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