October has been a busy month, what with the house move, work and taking part in Blogtober it feels like every spare minute has been accounted for.  I haven’t had time to take a bath let alone pursue hobbies.

One thing I have really tried to stay on top of though is my reading. I love a good crime or thriller fic and have been reading on my train journeys, before bed and in the few and far moments of quiet in between. I thought for Blogtober Day 20 I would share the (few) books I’ve had a chance to read/glimpse at. Who knows, your next read might be on my list?

Faceless by Martina Cole

I started reading this book in September so you may have spied it on my monthly favourites. However, I actually finished it right at the beginning of October so I’m counting it in.

Martina Cole has a very unique style of story-telling that is instantly recognisable. Her books are gritty, fast-paced and hold no punches. Faceless tells the story of a woman – Marie Carter- and her reintroduction in to society after a stint in prison for murdering two of her best friends and fellow prostitutes. If you like stories where the bad guys get their comeuppance, you’ll find this one very satisfying (I know I did!) Although it’s not particularly twisty, it’s a really interesting read and had me gripped from start to finish. It just took an age to get through because of the lack of time! One thing to note about Martina Cole is that she is really good at character building – if you give this a read you will find yourself intensely hating a certain Patrick Connor.



Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell has always written great books but, when she began her foray in to thriller fic, that’s when I really became interested. It started with ‘The Girls’ – a book which totally absorbed me. So when I saw Then She Was Gone sitting on the shelves at Tesco, I was seriously excited to pick it up!

Then She Was Gone tells the story of Laurel, a mother whose daughter vanishes suddenly one day during the middle of her GCSE’s. And although the story focuses on Laurel, her love life, her progression etc, it is told from several viewpoints always leaving us with the question: What happened to Ellie? 

I won’t lie, I guessed the ending almost straight off the bat and there were no real twists or turns to speak of. The book is also a little strange in parts so does require a little suspension of belief here and there. That said, it’s an interesting story, incredibly well written and entertaining. It also made me feel a bit sad too and I think it’s always a good sign when a book can bring about an emotional response.



Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

And last but not least (I told you I hadn’t had much time!) I just picked up this Sarah Pinborough novel in Sainsbury’s. I haven’t had a chance to read the whole thing yet so I can’t give an in-depth review, but I’ve started it (and hey, I’ll probably finish it before the month is up!)

Pinborough is an author I haven’t read before but I can already tell I will greatly enjoy her style of writing.

As I can’t give you any kind of helpful review on Behind Her Eyes I’ll give you the blurb instead:


Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…


Young, successful and charming- Louise cannot believe a man like him would be attracted to her. That all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…


Beautiful, elegant and sweet- Lousie’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple she can’t help but wonder are they really this perfect?

But only when Louise gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks…

Sounds interesting right?! I can’t wait to find out what happens!


So that’s what I have been reading this month. Are you a fan of crime/thriller fiction? If so, what should my next read be? Let me know in the comments!

2 Comments on In The Reading Pile This Month

  1. Previously established that we have similar taste in books and this just serves as confirmation, these all look amazing! I’m currently reading The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances. It’s a little far-fetched but I am enjoying it, and desperate to know how it ends so I suppose that’s a positive! Would sort of recommend haha x

  2. I have read the book behind her eyes, which I really enjoyed, but there is a massive twist in this story that I will keep to myself until you have read it!!

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