|001: The Eye Collector by Sebastian Fitzek 4/5|
Alexander Zorbach is an ex-cop turned crime reporter who finds himself drawn into the gruesome game of hide and seek being played by a local serial killer dubbed The Eye Collector. A mother found dead with a stopwatch in her hand, which begins the game. Zorbach has 45hours, 7mins to find the woman's missing child, despite not knowing how or why he came to be part of the game.
I don't recall how or when The Eye Collector made it onto my Kindle, but I started it by chance and had read it all about 90 minutes later. I found it totally gripping and it had me guessing until very close to the end, indeed.
|002: Watermelon by Marian Keyes 1/5|
I hate not finishing a book, so I did keep reading to the end, but it was nothing special. I often feel as though the whole chick lit genre falls into one big smelting pot of samey-ness, and this is not distinguishable from anything else I've read lately. Basic premise: Woman gives birth, husband leaves her for another woman. She runs home to Dublin to stay with her family. (I found this part annoying as it seemed as though the baby had been completely forgotten about for a lot of these chapters where she was just lying in bed for days at a time).
That's about it. Don't be expecting anything groundbreaking, but it might entertain you on a long and boring train journey. As might sleeping, and I know which one I'd choose.
|003: The Collected Works of A.J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin 5/5|
|004: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 4/5|
Yes, this book has probably been over-hyped lately, and I try to avoid being one to jump on the book bandwagon - at least not until there are a hundred copies in every charity shop and they're struggling to give them away.
That said, I was intrigued by the premise of this one. a "sort of" love story. I don't pretend to know much about Asperger's syndrome, but Don's quirky personality traits, (be they his own or a result of being an Aspie) were endearing. I rooted for him to find an ideal candidate in his Wife Project and was interested to see how he was going to cope with the arrival of Rosie, who enlists his help in tracking down her biological father.
If you've not already done so, I'd give this one a read. I found it easy to get stuck in to and on the whole found the characters (with a couple of exceptions) interesting and likeable. My interest piqued, I wanted to know who Rosie's father was and had my money on a different candidate.
Have you read anything good, lately? I am planning a blogger book swap, so hang onto your recent reads and watch this space if you'd like to be involved...