A quiet night in

It's official, I've gone book crazy this month and coming from someone who can easily read a book a day this is slightly worrying.

I hope you're all ready to be bombarded with some some mini reviews on the books I've just finished, am halfway through and one's that are next on my to read list.

To mix things up from my last book review which can be found here. There will be a mixture of crime, thriller and mental health novels to scroll through.

In order to still keep the surprise of the books for those who would like to read them,  I have highlighted at the top of each book where you can avoid all spoilers.

Midnight Sun written by Trish Cook

Genre: Romance
Rating: 2/5

Official book description:

Katie can't leave her house during the day: she has a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. But everything changes one evening, singing her heart out on a deserted station platform, she meets Charlie.

Before the night is out, Katie is smitten. But she hasn't told Charlie her secret. She just wants to have her normal love story, before reality kicks in. Lost in her night-time summer romance, Katie knows that love with light the way.

A heartbreaking tale of love, loss and on nearly perfect summer.

Would I recommend it? *spoiler* 

Honestly, no, but having said that I feel the only reason for this being I may just have been the wrong age gap to read this book as it felt slightly young for me.

Having only just watched the Everything, Everything film prior to this it left me feeling like it was only written to get book sales and created as a slightly different copied version.

The only difference in the two books/films being that instead of in Everything, Everything where the girl turns out to not have an illness and it was her mum lying all along, the girl in Midnight Sun is actually really sick which has a very unhappy ending.

The Note written by Zoe Folbigg

Genre: Romance
Rating: 3/5

Official book description:

Based on a true story comes an unforgettable romance about how a little note can change everything...

One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train to London, and suddenly the day isn't ordinary at all. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably, that he is The One.

But the beautiful man on the train always has his head in a book and never seems to notice Maya sitting just down the carriage from him every day. Eventually, though, inspired by a very wise friend, Maya plucks up the courage to give a stranger a note asking him out for a drink. After all, what's the worst that can happen?

Would I recommend it? *spoiler*

YES, YES AND YES AGAIN. Oh my goodness, what a book. I first knew about this story when it was on Facebook a few months ago and I couldn't help but get all soppy on how this true story could be oh so perfect.

I will admit the first few pages weren't written the best and I felt like it wasn't flowing very well, but once the author got more into a natural rhythm with the book, I started to thoroughly enjoy it.

The story begins with Maya giving a letter to a man of the train which she has grown a crush on. You then find yourself going back to when she very first saw him and read her journey to where she got to that day and a little on his version of things as well. It was a bumpy road to get to where they are now,  happily married with children, but it was the perfect beginning to any couples love story.

Despite this, the low rating of 3/5 is simply because of the writing style and how it took so long for the author to find her rhythm.

Hide and Seek written by James Patterson

Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Rating: 3.5/5

Official book description:

Could a superstar singer also be a cold-hearted killer?

It's a trial that has electrified the world. Not only because the defendant is Maggie Bradford, the woman whose songs have captured hearts across the globe. And not only because the victim is Will Shepherd, the internationally admired athlete. But also because people are saying that Maggie has murdered not just one husband, but two.

In Maggie's world - the world of fame and celebrity - things are never what they seem.

Would I recommend it?

Now here is where I feel unsure as I found the first few pages to be really exciting, to the point where I even posted on my twitter saying how it was the best opening to a book I've read so far this year. Then as the book went on it started becoming slow to read and I wasn't really feeling like I wanted to pick it back up.

Half way through the book though it's as if it switches completely and the book that was taking me ages to read suddenly became something I couldn't put down again.

After having read some reviews online saying how this was actually an old book that was just released with a different cover and how they found it to not be very good in comparison to his others, I would in that case definitely recommend the author just not necessarily this particular book.

Lie with me written by Sabine Durrant

Genre: Thriller, Crime
Rating: This is next on my to read list

Official book description:

A few little lies never hurt anyone. Right?


Paul has a plan. He has a vision of a better future, and he's going to make it happen. If it means hiding or exaggerating a few things here and there, no harm done.

But when he charms his way on to a family holiday, and finds himself trapped among tensions and emotions he doesn't understand...

By the time he starts to realise that however painful the truth is, it's the lies that cause the real damage. Well, by then, it might just be too late.

My initial thoughts on the book:

I just loved how gripping the description of this book was. When I picked it up I instantly wanted to read more and so far I've no clue what happens in this book nor have I read any spoilers, but what I do know is this will be the first book I pick up on my week off.

Mad Girl written by Bryony Gordon

Genre: Autobiography, Mental Health
Rating: This is next on my to read list

Official book description:

Bryony Gordon has OCD.

It's the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn't repeat a phrase 5 times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It's caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty.

My initial thoughts on the book:

I originally had my doubts about picking up this sort of book as it was given to me as a present last August, and as you can see I've been putting it off for a while now. I'm sure I will eventually pick it up and give it ago...

Hold back the stars written by Katie Khan

Genre: Romance, Adventure
Rating: Still in the process of reading...

Official book description:

A few years from now, not too far in the future, two people meet.

It is a classic story of boy meets girl.

Except that it's not.

When we find them, they have an hour and a half left.

Unless they can save themselves, they won't survive.

The clock is ticking. 

My initial thoughts on the book: *Spoiler*

So this descriptive gives literally nothing away, the only obvious element being that it's going to involve a bit of romance and they only have an hour and a half left.

I've only just began reading this book and from what I've picked up so far, they're in space and have found themselves in a bit of a situation, but give no description of how they ended up there. The story then goes back to when they were both on earth and the day they first met.

Don't be fooled into thinking this is your typical love story, within just a few pages life on earth isn't the norm, rotations of your location take place every 3 years...

I hope you enjoyed my mini reviews on these selection of books. If you would like me to do more posts like this, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time.



  1. My god these sound amazing! I want to give them all a try they sound so cool. I need to read more good books so thanks for sharing x

  2. This looks a really good mix of books here. I hope the ones you've been leaving for a while turn out to be good!

  3. The Note looks like my kind of book! Always on the lookout for new books to read so this post was really helpful! Not that I need to buy any more but I will anyway!

    Laura x

  4. Think I need to add lie with me and hide and seek to my to read list as they sound really intriguing!! 😁 xx

    Jade | jademarie.co.uk

  5. I think, like you, I would struggle to read Mad Girl but I would still be tempted to give it a go as it does sound like a really good read and I would love to see how mental health is tackled as a subject. I’ve heard so much about James Patterson before, but never actually read anything he’s written - I may have to pick something of his up soon.. 🙊

    Andi | www.andthenzen.co.uk ✨

  6. Midnight Sun sounds EXACTLY like everything, everything from the description haha! It sounds good but for that reason I'm not sure if I'd read it!? I did really enjoy EE though. Mad girl is definitely on my to read list now though! Loved this post, always looking for new reads.
    Alice Xx

  7. Mad Girl is one of my favourites & have loved Bryony ever since. Great reviews.

    Leann x

  8. Wow these all sound so good, you’ve written such a great summary and review - so helpful thank you!! The Note is going straight to my to-red list!!

    Phoebe x


  9. I saw the note on my kindle unlimited free trial so I guess I have to check it out before it runs out! Great post.

  10. I feel bad - I've never heard of most of these books before except for Midnight Sun and only because it's a movie now. I'll definitely have to check out the other books for a read one of these days!


  11. What a great bunch of reviews. I haven't heard of most of them but I now want to read The Note - I've seen it in the shops and the story sounds like my kind of thing ��

  12. Oh wow I am trying so hard right now to convince myself that I don’t need these books right this second! They all sound great! I hope you don’t mind, I’m going to bookmark this post and come back to it when I’m planning my summer holiday reading.

    Great post!

  13. Such a good mixture here! I love the sound of the note and if you get around to reading it, I'd also LOVE an update on Mad Girl. I think that one sounds great from the description x


  14. I had heard about the story of 'the note' from an episode of This Morning - I wish everyone's love story could be like this! I definitely want to read it now!
    Yet, Midnight Sun, to me looked typical cliche in the trailer - don't know if I'll be watching that one x


  15. The Midnight Sun cover is GORGEOUS! I really like the sound of that one. I haven't read Everything, Everything so I'd actually much prefer reading this. Great reviews :)


  16. The Note sounds like SUCH an amazing book!! I will definitely have to give that one a try... I've been looking for a romance book and it sounds perfect. Thanks for the awesome recommendations :)

  17. It's funny because I'd have really similar hesitancy with the Mad Girl book. I struggle with my own mental health issues as well and I don't know if reading something like that would be kind of triggering for me or not...

    Julia // The Sunday Mode


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