Sunday 1 February 2015

Well read: Thrillers and Historical Fiction

I've read some really good books recently, so I thought I'd share them with you for a bit of inspiration. 

I'm not as fast a reader as Mark Zuckerberg who is trying to encourage the world of Facebook to read books with him every two weeks, but I am thinking of making this a little feature, sharing some of my favourite gems with you as I go, so let me know if you have any top picks for me.

Recently I've been into thrillers and historical fiction novels which is a bit new for me, but these are definitely worth looking out for if you're in the mood for something you can get your teeth stuck in to. 

The first two are titles from Gillian Flynn; Dark Places and Sharp objects were both really good thriller reads, although a bit depressing and dark as the names suggest. 

Sharp Objects follows the life of a twenty-something journalist who self-harmed as a child, cutting words into her skin that she felt punished her for how she was feeling, acting or whatever. The story sees her travel home and uncover the truth about gruesome murders happening in her local town. Dark and twisted, this plot has a lot of 'I just can't believe it' situations which leave you sitting rather uncomfortably, but in true Flynn style, also sees you unable to put it down.

Dark Places again has a female protagonist with some issues, this time her issues centre around the murder of her family when she was a little girl and her brother held accountable in prison. The story sees her find herself in an unusual club, unearthing the truth about what happened to her family on that fateful night. 

The next two are historical fiction books, a genre which I've only recently discovered (aware I might be late to the party here): The Windsor Faction by D J Taylor and The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.

The Windsor Faction is set in in Autumn 1939 and is based on a parallel world where King Edward VIII never abdicates the throne. The novel looks at the conspiracies and secret factions set up across London and beyond, some deceitful who plot along with the Germans, and those loyalists who try to lift the King out of his misery following the loss of his wife. 

It's got lust, politics and intrigue and if you do enjoy these historical fiction books then I would recommend this as an interesting read. It's perhaps not the most exciting or fast paced book, but in the back of my mind I had an old style film playing out and it has that sort of old fashioned magic about it. 

The Paris Wife is a book I could totally see as a movie one day. It's a fictional story of Ernest Hemingway's first wife Hadley Richardson. The couple were pretty young at the time, as it is set just before he became recognised for the literary genius he was; and it follows them around Spain and talks about his obsession with Bull fighting, as well as exploring their strained relationship and the other lovers that were involved in their short lived marriage. 

This book is so beautifully written, it really paints a stunning picture of anguish, love, tension and passion, all rolled into one delicious read. Be warned, this book is hard to put down.

Let me know if you have any book recommendations, I'm always on the look out for a new read. 

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