I am really enjoying reading before bed at the moment and am devouring chapters every night. I go through stages with books but am embracing this current obsession.
In the Kitchen by Monica Ali
My first book literally took me months to get through and I think the main reason is that it just didn’t grab me or make me want to pick it up again! I bought this because it was set in a high-end London restaurant and I love books that have an element of food or cooking weaved into it. Unfortunately, the protagonist, Gabriel, is not particularly likeable; the plot is slow-moving for most of the book then seems to descend into confusion towards the end. I know this is intended to reflect Gabriel’s life starting to fall apart but it makes for a very disjointed ending. I always persevere with books, hating to put them down half-read, but with this one I wish I hadn’t bothered finishing it!
The Doll’s House by M. J. Arlidge
The third in the Helen Grace crime series, The Doll’s House follows a similar formula to the previous books: a character wakes up in an unknown location and a race against time ensues to rescue them. Unlike the others, this had numerous twists and turns allowing the reader to think the right man had been found before realising the police had hit a dead end. I really like this series and seem to finish the books in a matter of days. The lead character is complex but likeable and my only complaint is that the title of ‘The Doll’s House’ is a little tenuous. The fourth book, Liar Liar is out and I am eager to get my hands on it.
The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures by Louis Theroux
I love Louis Theroux, especially his documentaries. Like most of the UK, Ian and I are currently gripped by ‘Making a Murderer’ so I thought I’d try a non-fiction read too and I loved this book! It follows Louis as he visits various off-beat characters in America from porn stars, to white supremacists to motivational speakers in Las Vegas. It probably helps that I too am a bit obsessed with American culture so found the descriptions of the different locations as interesting as the people he met. Louis’ style of journalism and his honesty makes this a great read.