November Reading Wrap - What I read in November.00:00
The first book I read this month was Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris. I picked up a copy of this book for 20p in a charity shop and I'm so glad I did, I loved it! It's a physiological Thriller that I found very hard to put down, it's very well written in my opinion and covers some really difficult topics. I rated this book four stars on goodreads. You can read my full review here.
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay a story based in World War II and follows the story of a ten year old girl who is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the
Vel' d'Hiv' round up.
"Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life."
Historical fiction and brutally sad. This book is wonderfully written, I felt so connected to the characters, it's very a good read. I found is difficult to put down. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction and have read many books, this one is one of the best historical fiction books I've ever read. I felt incredibly sorry for Sarah and her family. I rated this book 5 stars.
Naomi's room by Jonathan Aycliffe
"On Christmas Eve, four-year-old Naomi Hillenbrand disappears from her father's side in a crowded toy store; on Christmas Day, her mutilated body is discovered in a field. But a part of Naomi remains, unwilling or unable to leave this world. Ghostly photographs capture her playing with two other little girls dressed in Victorian garb while a sinister man in black watches...watches them all.
Charles Hillenbrand is tormented by grief. When sinister whispers in the night begin to taunt him, he tries to uncover the evil truth behind Naomi's death. But long-buried secrets await him and threaten to take him beyond the brink of sanity, to a place where he could lose his very soul."
Naomi was taken on a busy Christmas eve in the middle of a busy shopping centre... Disappeared without a trace. Naomi's father is haunted by her... This book keeps popping up everywhere and so I thought I would give it a read. Being a paranormal/mystery/horror themed book I thought I would really like it. I didn't. It's frustrating in places and I felt like the story was dragging on. It's a really good plot but, I don't know... I feel like this book was missing something, I'm just not really sure what. It is scary and creepy I guess but it just wasn't for me personally.
Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys Is a book that I have been meaning to read for a while. Another historical fiction book and yet based on true stories/events that happened during world war two. This book is also connected to "Between Shades Of Grey" by the same author. (I recommend reading between shades of grey first but you don't NEED to read that first in order for Salt To the Sea to make sense. The author is very clever the way she has connected these stories and characters.) Salt To The Sea follows the story of four main characters who are trying to escape Nazi Germany. Beautifully written, cleverly done, it's heartbreaking but it is a very good book and I highly recommend it. I wrote a review on Salt To The Sea here.
What have you been reading lately? Or what's on your reading list? Let me know in the comments.