Sunday, August 9

- Good Reads #4...

After the last installment of my Good Reads series, it's time for another! I've still been a major book worm now I'm commuting daily and have speedily (for me) managed to finish another two books. I found both of these to be definite page-turners, so wanted to share my thoughts and recommend them to you.

Incase you were wondering, my ideal book is one that's not a really easy read that I fly through, nor one I find overly challenging where I have to re-read sections. I prefer novels which are set during historical events that create superb imagery and allow you to be taken back in time. That's not to say every book I recommend in this series will be this genre, but I just want to give you an idea of what I like to see if you can relate and have similar taste.

The two books featuring in this post are Rose Madder by Stephen King and Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. Remember, I keep things brief so I don't accidentally slip in any spoilers - these are more recommendations than in-depth reviews.

'Roused by a single drop of blood, Rosie Daniels wakes up to the chilling realisation that her husband is going to kill her. And she takes flight - with his credit card.

Alone in a strange city, Rosie begins to build a new life: she meets Bill Steiner and she finds an odd junk shop painting, 'Rose Madder', which strangely seems to want her as much as she wants it.

But it's hard for Rosie not to keep looking over her shoulder. Rose-maddened and on the rampage, Norman is a corrupt cop with a dog's instinct for tracking people. And he's getting close. Rosie can feel how close he is getting . . .'

Believe it or not, I hadn't read any Stephen King novels before this, but now I am hooked to his writing! I was immediately drawn into this, the writing is compelling and the overall pace is perfect. It has a great dose of shocking moments, to the point where I was gasping *weirdo on the train alert*.

I'm not typically a fan of fantasy, but this has a splash of it and I really didn't mind... now that's got to be good! The main character is likeable and relatable; I was so gripped by the story, to the point where I looked forward to my commute(?!).

'Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.

But there's one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

Because somewhere in Maud's damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about. Everyone, except Maud . . .'

This is actually a really sad book as it allows you to enter the mind of Maud, who suffers with dementia. There's both direct links to symptoms, but also very, very discrete ones too which I probably only picked up on through studying Psychology at university. The story alternates from past to present throughout, and Emma Healey does this cleverly and smoothly with underlying links between the two periods.

I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed with the ending, but upon reflection, that isn't what the book was about - it's more of an insight into dementia and how life is for the sufferer. A true eye-opener.

Have you read either of these? Feel free to leave any of your recommendations in the comments below!



  1. Awesome books, I've never read any of these books. I've never even read a book by Stephen King: shame on me... X

  2. The Stephen King one sounds pretty good if you looked forward to the morning commute to read it!! I read loads but never thought to do book reviews as I guess I thought it was spoiling it for people, but the way you've done these are perfect - no spoilers just good recommendations!

    Gabby xo

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  3. I really want to read Elizabeth is missing. I've heard so much about it and as I work with dementia patients it would be really interesting and hopefully helpful.

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  4. I loved Elizabeth is Missing - it really lets you feel what it's like to lose your memory like Maud did

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  5. I have never heard of these books but definitely need to put them on my list of books I still want to read!


  6. I have never read anything by Stephen King either but I really should, this book sounds interesting I might add it to my to read list! x

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  7. Sounds like a great book.

  8. Ah I love book reviews, I am that person that lingers in the library for hours trying to decide (yes I still go to the library) ;) Such a shame you were disappointed by the ending, hate it when that happens. Fab post though lady :)


  9. I've heard a lot about Elizabeth is Missing and it's currently on my Amazon Wishlist, I just need to read it!
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  10. Elizabeth is Missing sounds like a great book! I might pick it up one day :)

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

  11. I do love a good book in the summer when I'm relaxing on the beach haha! Have you read Lindsey Kelk books? She's amazing and I actually just want to be her characters - fun lives hahaha! :)

    Layla xx

  12. My grandfather passed away two years ago from dementia. It was a struggle for him and all of us, it was extremely hard to see how the disease changed him little by little. By the time he passed away, he was almost child like with very little recognition to him surroundings. He remembered me as a 5 years old but had no clue on the adult me....not sure if I would read Elizabeth is Missing, I would probably be reduced into a puddle of tears.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  13. I love, love, super duper love Stephen King, but sadly I haven't read this one in particular! Great suggestion, Karen! In the other hand, Elizabeth is Missing was brilliant, what a fantastic read! I can't get enough of posts like this, lovely! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great week! xx

  14. I enjoy horrors but like you I haven't read any Stephen King, sounds like a great book. Not so keen on sad books especially those close to real life so the other will have to give this a miss Lucy x

  15. I heard a lot about Elizabeth is Missing a few months ago but I had no idea it was about a dementia sufferer. It sounds really intriguing and definitely something I want to read :)

    Velvet Blush

  16. I love thrillers and mystery reads, although I haven’t read in agesss! I’m doing a four hour drive this week as a passenger though so I’ll actually buy a book for it. I’ve never read Stephen King either but his writing sounds so lovely, I watched the film IT which is based on one of his books when I was a kid and I think it put me off haha!

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