6 Mini Book Reviews: What I’ve Read Recently

Since Australia, I’ve been making a conscious effort to read more. Having six weeks off left lots of time for reading, and it reminded me how much I’ve missed it. I’ve worked through a few books since being home, some I’ve loved and some where just okay, so I thought I’d dish out my mini, no spoiler reviews, to help you find your next read.

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng.

This book seems to be doing the rounds at the moment, so when I spotted it reduced to £3 in the supermarket, I couldn’t resist bringing it home. I haven’t read Celeste’s previous novel which seems to be preferred, but I enjoyed this. The story follows the members of two families, and the events that led up to a fire in one’s home. I felt attached to the characters and loved the way their narratives were woven together. My only complaint is that I felt I could have done with an epilogue, the story ended somewhat abruptly, and I’ve have love to have seen a flash forward to how it all panned out. I also felt like a little more time could have been spent talking about Isabelle, as the catalyst for the events of the plot, she is actually focused on very little. A very enjoyable read though, one I’d recommend!

My Rating: 4/5

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman.

Another read you’ll have likely seen everywhere, I’m not sure what I was expecting this book to be about, but it certainly wasn’t quite what I imagined. Whilst the book offers an interesting perspective on life with mental issues, I felt like it was missing some big twist or problem to overcome, despite the unique style of writing, the plot felt pretty weak. I enjoyed this book, but I’m not sure it deserves the hype of the internet!

My Rating: 3/5

Together – Julie Cohen.

This book presented so many problems for me. I loved the tone of voice and narrative structure, but I found the protaganists completely unlikeable and unsympathetic, to the point where halfway through the book I started to realise I didn’t really care what happened to them. I also found the ‘big twist’ at the end to taint the story for me, and didn’t really see it as some big love story, but rather, two unlikeable people doing unlikeable things. The points this gets are purely for the writing style, I liked Cohen’s writing just disliked this story.

My Rating: 2/5

The Silent Wife – Kerry Fisher.

This was a nice, easy read for me whilst I was recovering from surgery. The Silent Wife is a lovely narrative on the intricacies of families, and whilst I felt the storyline was a little predictable, I liked the characters and enjoyed the read. Perhaps not one if you’re looking for a hard hitting novel, but a nice easy read.

My Rating: 3.5/5

The Scarlett Sisters – Helen Batten.

A book completely different to the other reads here, and perhaps my favourite of them all, The Scarlett Sisters tells the story of the authors female ancestors, real life accounts of love, war and heartbreak, intermingled with Helen’s own stories and musings on what it means to be a woman, mother and sister. I found this book really stayed with me, and is perhaps one of the most interesting I’ve read in a long time. I loved this, and if you read one book from this list, make it this one.

My Rating: 5/5

The Next Girl – Carla Kovach.

Another mixed bag, I enjoyed this more crime-y read, despite finding the detective protagonist to be a little bland (and her daughter downright annoying). The flaw with this book is the jacket promising a twist and a rushed ending. There are lots of loose ends not tied up, and it feels a bit like the author was under a deadline and out of word count. A good read spoiled by false promises and a badly thought out conclusion.

My Rating: 2.5/5

Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned here? I’d love to know whether you agree with me!

What should I add next to my reading list?