Jan and Feb Book Reviews

I wanted to challenge myself this year as I always neglect reading. It is one of my favourite things to do and there is nothing better than getting yourself emerged into a good book. I also realised that I spend a lot of my time on trains that are delayed (cheers London North Western, you’re great) and whilst I try to do some uni work, sometimes it gets to 7.30pm, I’m still half an hour away from Northampton and uni coursework is that last thing I want to do so I read then.. I did this a few weeks ago and it has really helped me forget about the 45 minute delay, the stress I had of the day and make my mind healthier – which is something I am trying to do to.  I found the ‘Goodreads’ app and set up my challenge and away I went! This is not sponsored – I just found a good app that keeps track of my books, pages and how much more I have to go to finish my challenge.


Since the start of the year, I’ve read 3 books which for me, is an achievement. I was going to wait and do this review at the end of March, but I want to get into the habit of doing these at the end of every month (January was a fail). Firstly, I read ‘The Couple Next Door’ in 3 days – no joke and it’s gotten me back into reading.


The Couple Next Door – Review *NO SPOILERS*

OH MY GOD THIS BOOK!!!! I have only just started reading thrillers and I am obsessed with them! I got this book when I had a long wait at Euston before my train so I started reading and I could not stop. I read it all the way home, before bed and then all the way back to London a few days later. The twists, the turns, the connections – the way Sharni writes keeps you so involved and in the unknown it is great. The book is about a baby that goes missing whilst the parents are at a dinner party next door and its the quest to find the baby, and the kidnapper. 10/10

This Must Be The Place – Review *NO SPOILERS*

I have been eyeing up this book for ages (mainly because it has a map on the cover!) and when I got the previous book at Euston, I also bought this. My first impressions were not good as I could not understand the storyline or where it was going to go but the first 100 pages or so, are setting the scene and introducing the characters. Eventually, I got into the swing go thins and about halfway through, I read the blurb and things started to make sense. I liked how the book wasn’t an easy ready and it challenged me so much. 9/10


Holding up the Universe – Review *NO SPOILERS*

I loved ‘All the Bright Places’ so I had to buy Jennifer’s next book and it did not disappoint. I love how she incorporates mental health issues and daily struggles of teenagers into a great storyline that flicks between two main characters. 9/10


Next on my reading list:

  1. If ever I fall (S.D. Robertson)
  2. Some Kind of Wonderful (Giovanna Fletcher)
  3. Miss Mary’s Book of Dreams (Sophie Nicholls)

What are you currently reading?


30 thoughts on “Jan and Feb Book Reviews

    • Liz Brannan says:

      I couldn’t put it down! I don’t read that many but I’ve read a couple recently and I’m going to try to read more! Ooh I’ve heard of him – need to invest I think! Xx

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  1. foundationsandfairytales says:

    I’m currently reading ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ I absolutely loved ‘Holding up the Universe’ and I am loving thrillers at the minute too so I need to give ‘The Couple Next Door’ a try! This was a great post, really short but insightful reviews!

    Jess xx

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    • Liz Brannan says:

      I want to read that next but I’m trying to clear my bookshelf before buying more! Definitely give it a try, I wasn’t keen on thrillers but now I want to read more! Thank you for commenting and reading xx


      • foundationsandfairytales says:

        I have so many to read but can’t stop buying! Don’t think I’ll ever finish my TBR pile!! No problem lovely xx

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    • Liz Brannan says:

      I’ve not actually read gone girl so I will put that on my list!! I’d give it a try and I’m sure you’ll love it!xx


  2. Tabitha says:

    I haven’t read any of these books but I really want to try reading more crime books! The couple next door sounds really good.
    I have holding up the universe on my bookshelf and I also got all the bright places out at the library the other day so I’m definitely going to read some of Jennifer Niven’s books soon!
    I have just added you on Goodreads too, I think it’s such a great app when it comes to tracking your reading!

    Tabitha x

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    • Liz Brannan says:

      It is really good, it changed my idea on crime/thrillers! You need to read Jennifer’s books, she writes so differently and I love that style. Thanks girl xx


    • Liz Brannan says:

      It’s a really good one that isn’t too deep but still gives you the thrill! Ooh I’ve never heard of Tim so I will 100% be looking into his books! Thank you for commenting ☺️x


  3. Tasha Louise says:

    I loved the couple next door, I thought it was really good. Some other good thrillers I’ve read are Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris and I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh! Just finished reading The Man who didn’t Call and loved it. Not a thriller but some really good twists!

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    • Liz Brannan says:

      I’ve seen those but never purchased so will write them on my list ready for my next book haul! I’ve just finished Then She Was Gone and that was good also. Thanks for the recommendations! X


  4. thewriteblogweb says:

    These look amazing! I actually remember picking up that first one in Waterstones and really wanting to read it but I was broke at the time 😦

    I am currently reading How to stop time by Matt Haig and, so far, so good! I would recommend!

    Meg | the-WriteBlog.blogspot.co.uk

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    • Liz Brannan says:

      I’d definitely recommend and if you’re back home over summer, I can lend it you if you wanted! I’ve heard about that one, it’s on my list to buy in a couple of months as I have so many unread books on my shelf already! Thank you xxx


  5. sharnahsblog says:

    I LOVED The couple next door! One of my all time favourite thrillers! I am currently reading A Court of Mist and Fury, have you read it? x

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  6. Emily (@_emycatmuir) says:

    These are lovely reviews! I don’t read nearly enough thrillers, but The Couple Next Door sounds brilliant. I love that you picked it up for a simple train read, and then became completely hooked. I love bookish finds that are so spontaneous. Also, Jennifer Niven is wonderful! All the Bright Places is one of my favourite books, and Holding Up the Universe is so lovely. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 💛


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