What I Read: February 2018

I have picked up my reading pace a little during February, and managed to read four books. Averaging one per week I am happy with that progress. There are so many good books out there at the moment that I want to read. Quite a few have been falling into my Amazon basket as well so my TBR pile is growing steadily.

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

I started reading Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh after requesting it in kindle format from Netgalley early in the month.

Anna’s parents are both deceased, having both committed suicide within a few months of each other. As the first anniversary of Anna’s Mum’s passing arrives, a card is delivered suggesting her Mum didn’t commit suicide. Should Anna dig up the past or leave it alone?

We are quickly led to believe that Anna may be suffering from post natal depression as well as trying to grieve for her parents at the start of the book. A retired police officer agrees to look into Anna’s queries and decides to look into the case again.

We are told the story from three perspectives, Anna’s in the present, parents telling the story of the past, bringing everything to the present day, and the retired policeman who is also battling his own personal troubles.

Let Me Lie was a very easy and interesting read. I wasn’t prepared for the ending and was guessing everyone but the obvious it seems. My only criticism of the book was the abrupt ending that left me with a few questions.

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh is released I Hardback on 8th March 2018.

Purchase your copy of Let Me Lie here


Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman

I was very kindly sent a copy of Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman from Penguin Random House, and I knew it was going to be a book I would enjoy.

At the very beginning of Sticks and Stones we are at Phillips funeral, so we know the ending before we have reached the climax of the book. Don’t let this fool you into thinking it won’t be an interesting read, or that there will be no twists and turns.

Sticks and Stones is a book completely different to anything I have read recently, and it was a nice change. Watching The girlfriend and ex wives of Phillip come together through circumstances none of them would wish to in normal life.

Philip likes to control his women, but Imogen, the mother of his only child has decided that she would take any measures to keep her son safe from his Father. When she locks Philip in the cellar, what will happen to her and her nearest and dearest?

I really enjoyed Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman. released on 12th July in Hardback, but available on 12th April in Kindle format.

Purchase your copy of Sticks and Stones here


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The internet has been going crazy, and it seems that everyone is talking about Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I wasn’t going to read it until Abby and I went book shopping during half term and I kept spotting it on the shelves.

Eleanor Oliphant leads a very quiet life, working Monday to Friday and spending her weekends with pizza and Vodka, not seeing another soul until she returns to work on Monday morning again. She isn’t the happiest in social situations, and appears to have had quite a horrific upbringing.

We’re quick to learn that perhaps Eleanor Oliphant isn’t actually fine, and perhaps she could benefit from some help. When she meets Raymond, the geeky man from the IT department at work, her life is about to change. Not that Eleanor will realise it at the beginning.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is a very easy read, and one you can pick up and put down again without losing what is happening. I was really glad I picked this up, and despite wondering whether there would be a storyline to it when I read the first few pages, I was pleasantly surprised.

Purchase your copy of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine here


Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi

When I find an author I enjoy, I always try to look out for future or past books. After reading and enjoying After The Crash by Michel Bussi, I was excited to read Don’t Let Go when I spotted it on Netgalley recently.

Don’t Let Go shares the story of Liane and Martial as they are holidaying with their six year old daughter Sopha. Liane goes to the hotel room one afternoon and is never seen again. When Martial goes to find her an hour later the room is empty and there is blood on the sheets.

Martial quickly becomes suspect number one as he is questioned. Witnesses saw him going into the room before he raised the alarm that his wife was missing, and his story has holes in it. Martial quickly takes his daughter Sopha and goes on the run.

As the police launch and man hunt to capture Martial, he is protesting his innocence to his daughter who is starting to ask questions and wants to know where her Mummy is.

I thought Don’t Let Go was very well written, and despite finding it difficult to follow the French writing style and words sometimes, I really enjoyed the book. It had a great twist that was well built up, incorporating different characters to reach the ending.

Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi is published in paperback on March 8th, but is available in other formats now.

Purchase your copy of Don’t Let Go here


I was really pleased with all four books I have read in February, and I have a big stack to read through March.



  1. March 3, 2018 / 7:46 am

    Some great picks there, I’ve added Let Me Lie to my wish list so thanks for the suggestion. I’m averaging one book a week at the moment, I really want to try lots of different genres this year as I usually get stuck just reading thrillers and crime.

    • spicers1976
      March 5, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      me too which is why I am really pleased to be reading some different genres.

  2. March 5, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    What a great selection! I love Clare Mackintosh and Michel Bussi. I’m very jealous that you got to read them early. I’ve got Eleanor Oliphant in my pile ready to read and I’m definitely going to read it next because everyone is talking about it.

    • spicers1976
      March 5, 2018 / 9:25 pm

      I am lucky to read advanced copies in return for a review on my kindle. I know you prefer actual books though don’t you.

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