Little Face by Sophie Hannah
The blurb on the back of this book sounded promising: Woman arrives home after being away for two hours to find that her new baby has been replaced by another that she doesn’t recognise. It’s billed as a taut psychological thriller, and although it was quite readable, I thought the end was a bit of a cop out, so overall not a brilliant book for me.
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
Oh, I just love this author – she always comes up with the goods! If I’m being picky, this story of a death row prisoner’s desire to donate his heart to the sister of his victim, who needs a transplant, starts very well and ends very well, but does go off a little bit in the middle. However, the overall quality made me overlook this, and like all good moral dilemmas, I was still thinking about this book days later. It covers such topics as the death penalty, organ donation, forgiveness, grief and religion. Phew – quite a ride!
The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
This is my book club read this month, and has recently been made into a movie. It’s set in South Carolina in the 60s, and centres on Lily, a white girl who believes she accidentally killed her mother when she was four, and Rosaleen, her only friend, a black servant. It’s quirky and unusual, and is by turn humorous and poignant. I must rent the DVD now!
A Good Day to Die – Simon Kernick
Another thriller by this author who never takes his foot off the accelerator – I felt exhausted when I got to the end. Eminently readable, if a little bit convoluted. A bit gruesome, too, but I do love a good thriller.