Throughout the past couple of months, I've spent the majority of my evenings curled up with my little dog and a good book in hand and it's been doing my busy mind the world of good. So I've been ploughing through my to-read list and here are the latest 6 I've made my way through.
THE SNOW CHILD - EOWYN IVEY: This is probably one of best books I've read in a while. A pure escapism book from real life, my best friend said it's like an adult fairy tale and she was right. Set in 1920's Alaska it follows an elderly couple who have never had a child but it's both something they both desperately crave. So one evening after building a snow-woman their lives are changed forever. It took me a little while to get into this book but once I was a few chapters in I was totally enchanted by the story. If you want to lose yourself in a beautiful book then I highly suggest The Snow Child.
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN - PAULA HAWKINS: I'd heard a lot about this book being in the same vein as Gone Girl so I picked it up. It's brilliantly written, you get completely sucked into the story and the tale of Rachel right from the first page, however, I wouldn't say it's as much as a page turner as Gone Girl, but it's still an awesome book. I wasn't expecting it to end in the way that it did at all or that all of the characters would have some skewed relation to each other, but that is what makes this book so enjoyable.
ELIZABETH IS MISSING - EMMA HEALEY: After seeing this book pop up on numerous blogs I decided to see what all the fuss about. It's a tale of an elderly woman who is obsessed with finding out why her dear friend Elizabeth is missing but with progressive Alzheimer's there are many obstacles to overcome. The way that this book is written is confusing to say the least, it jumps constantly around and whilst I understand that it's to show the reality of living with Alzheimers it's not something that makes for an easy read. Whilst I enjoyed the story for the most part (the ending could have been better in my opinion) the way it was written spoilt it for me a little.
THE MINIATURIST - JESSIE BURTON: Easily my favourite out of the 6 I have to share with you today. The way that this book is written is nothing short of brilliant and the way Burton describes everything in great detail makes you instantly fall in love with each and every scene. It follows young Nella, an 18-year-old who has just moved to Amsterdam to be the wife of a rich merchant but not everything is as it seems. The camaraderie between the female characters in this story is beautiful and how they are so willing to help each other through the travesties that they are all facing. After finishing it, I felt like there was a little void in my life as I became so attached to it.
BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP - S.J WATSON: I can't say horror or thriller novels was ever a genre I thought that I would ever gravitate towards, but I've made my way through quite a few recently. This was another suggestion from my book worm best friend and I'm so glad that I decided to pick it up as it's an incredible read. Right from page one you're sucked into the story of Christine who has severe amnesia and only stores memories for 24 hours. There is never a dull moment and there are so many plot twists you won't be able to put it down. It has been adapted into a film, but it's nowhere near as good as the story has been changed in so many ways that it's nowhere near as thrilling or captivating.
THE TAXIDERMIST'S DAUGHTERS - KATE MOSSE: I'd gazed at this many times as I absolutely adore the cover, but it wasn't something that sucked me in enough to buy it. So I picked it up when I joined the library and even though it took me a while to get immersed in to as it's a little slow at the start I'm so glad I stuck with it. Following a famous taxidermist's daughter Connie, who is secretly following in her father's footsteps even though the town wouldn't approve of such a trade for a woman. Things aren't all as they seem though in young Connie's world with her Father being disgraced and her missing a large chunk of memories from her childhood the story is completely chilling.