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I said I was going to write one final instalment of book reviews in 2019. Well we are now nearing the end of January 2020, and I am only just posting this! I don’t even have the excuse of trying to get back into the swing of things after Christmas. We didn’t really celebrate Christmas. Being over the other side of the world in New Zealand in our little van, we couldn’t exactly cook ourselves a roast! But here we are now, with the final five books I managed to read before the end of 2019, which makes 28 in total!
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
If you are looking for a page-turning psychological thriller, you won’t go wrong with this one. Alicia Berenson, a famous painter, shoots her husband five times after he returns home late from work. Since that moment, Alicia hasn’t spoken and is sent to a psychiatric hospital without noone ever knowing why she did it. Theo starts work at the hospital and is determined to get Alicia to talk. It is a book full of suspense and twists, which are things needed to make a great thriller! 3.5/5
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
This modern tale of love and loyalty was a great read! Isma is the oldest sister in a British Pakistani family, who after years of looking after her siblings is finally doing something for herself. She has gone to study in America, a dream she had always put off. Her sister starts a relationship with Eamonn, when suddenly she hears word from her brother. He wants to come home, he regrets his decision to fight with the jihadi extremists. Will Eamonn use his family connections to help? I think it is definitely worth a read, and I can see why it has been nominated for so many awards. 3/5
Adam Kay was a NHS Junior Doctor for I believe seven years, until an experience on his shift eventually led him to leave the profession. Throughout those years he kept a diary, and has compiled some of those entries into a funny, shocking and enlightening book. From reading this book you will truly appreciate the sacrifices NHS staff make in order to look after us in our times of medical need. Adam even mentions the scary reality that so many good doctors are leaving their jobs to pursue other careers because of the cuts to the NHS. If this was the case in 2010, I worry to think what the sitatuation is like now! 4/5
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Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay
If you enjoyed the previous book, you are bound to be a fan of this one too. It is a short book, but a great one to read in the Christmas period. In the seven years Adam worked as a junior doctor, I think he only ever had one Christmas day off, so here he has compiled his diary entries that surrounded the festive weeks. 3/5
The Institute by Stephen King
As you probably know Stephen King has been one of the biggest authors for the past 40 or so years, I mean who hasn’t heard of him?! Despite this I had never been drawn to read any of his books. They always seemed so long and I assumed they were all scary. But Jack wanted to read his newest release, and kept asking me to read it too so we could talk about it together. And I am so glad I did! It thankfully wasn’t a horror, but more science fiction. Now, the plot is pretty hard to describe without giving too much away, but the book is based on a child genius, Luke Ellis. Intruders enter his family home at night, murder his parents and kidnap him. He wakes up in the morning in The Institute, in a room identical to his own. It isn’t a short book by any means, but that didn’t put me off at all. I really enjoyed Stephen’s writing, and was so eager to keep turning those pages. I will definitely be reading more by him in the future! 4/5