Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Tuesday Titles 159..

The weeks seem to be performing that odd trick once again - vacillating between zipping by and suddenly it's been a week since I last posted anything, whilst also feeling like a hundred years since something which only happened last week. I think that the endless waiting and packing phase which I'm going through at the moment, coupled with the hope that I can get everything moved and sorted before a little mini-break at the end of the month has been throwing things all out of kilter.

But anyhow. I read some books and had some thoughts. See here:

Everything is Lies
Everything Is Lies: Helen Callaghan
No-one is who you think they are.
Sophia's parents lead quiet, ordinary lives. At least that is what she's always believed.
Everyone has secrets.
Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother hanging from a tree. Her father lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death.
Especially those closest to you.
The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer. With her father in a come, it is up to Sophia to clear her mother's name. To do this she needs to delve deep into her family's past - a past full of dark secrets she never suspected were there . . .
I have to say, although it took me a couple of chapters to get stuck into Everything Is Lies, I was very soon hooked. When Sophia's parents are found in their garden - her mother dead and her father badly injured, naturally she wants to understand exactly how it came to this. 
The more Sophia searches through their past, the more she begins to wish she hadn't been so curious. Uncovering a notebook, written by her mother, Sophia is transported back to the days when her mother was a university student and fell in with a crowd of unsavoury characters. Could her past have caught up with her after all these years? 
I've been finding that I'm enjoying the psychological thriller genre more and more lately and I liked the twist at the end, even though I'd pretty much figured it out already. 

How to Stop Time
How to Stop Time: Matt Haig

This was the second of the books from my recent book swap parcel (more about that here) and I'd heard a little about it. Everyone I've spoken to or heard from who has read this book has adored it - apparently there is just no other possible view. As with most highly praised titles, I was a little skeptical. 

We meet our hero, Tom Hazard. On the surface, a regular 41 year old history teacher, but in actual fact, his life has been a lot longer than that. Owing to a rare condition, his lifetime goes a lot slower than the norm, so Tom has lived through several centuries and rubbed shoulders with all kinds of historical figures - working in the theatre with Shakespeare being a particularly noteworthy highlight. 
His aim is to go through his life without anyone discovering his secret and without letting the pain of loss (of various loved ones over the years) consume him entirely. 

Honestly, I liked the concept here but am not entirely sure why it receives *such* hype. Sure, it teaches you a lovely little lesson about leaving your mark on the universe, I guess. Perhaps I'm missing something huge. 

Have you read either of these and do you have any thoughts? 

1 comment:

  1. I think I'd like to read both of these! They sound interesting!