Something a little bit different today, I decided to do another type of book review but this time focusing around reads that are good for car journeys, long flights and just any type of long haul journey in general. I go on quite a few train journeys a month and know that when you’re travelling 2 hours plus then there’s nothing worse than forgetting a good book. In this post I’ve put together 3 of my favorite thrilling books to read while I’m on any type of transport.
3/4 times a week I take a public bus home from college which is just over an hour journey and after a day full of working there’s nothing better than just getting lost in a good book on your way home. So, if you’re looking for exciting, thrilling reads for your journeys, then these are my recommendations..
Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
This book has literally gone from me to my mum to my auntie Debbie and then back to me it was that good. I read it on a train journey to London and I couldn’t have chose anything better. It’s one of those stories that continuously keeps you on the edge of your seat and one you never want to stop reading.
The main character Emily, without giving too much away, briefly starts to replace the lady who she just witnessed get run down and killed. The author Claire Allan writes so brilliantly through the thoughts of each character you literally feel for every single one of them. It shows the perspective from each character but doesn’t get at all confusing and just gets you excited for when your favorite one comes back around (mine was Emily).
The story is based around the character Rose’s death which the police have yet to discover who is to blame for. Rose previously worked at a dentist and had a successful author as a husband and a son back at home as well as being popular with many friends. Emily discovers a strange addiction where she always finds herself scrolling through Rose’s Facebook page wanting to know more about who she really was. A job vacancy occurs in the dentist reception (which was previously Rose’s) and after debating it with herself Emily applies. She finds herself getting more and more involved with the murder of Rose Grahame and even finds herself having a fling with her widowed husband.
Although the story might sound like a cliche ‘I know where this is going’ you definitely do not let me tell you. There’s so many twists and turns in the story and you will constantly find yourself pointing the blame at one character and then changing your mind and pointing it at another after a different character’s point of view. The ending is very unexpected but brilliant, it is 100% worth a read.
The Party by Robyn Harding
I got gifted this book by one of my friends ages ago but only just got round to reading it and omg.. I love getting books gifted from my friends that theactually read too because they always give you the ones they know are good and omg was this good. I feel not that is was relatable but because the main characters were around my age, everything felt familiar.
This novel’s about a sweet sixteen party that goes horrendously wrong. And that’s not in the way that the birthday girl got embarrassed by a grand parent or they ran out of cake for the party.. somebody lost an eye. Yup an eye.. ouch! As if thing’s couldn’t go even more down hill, it only gets worse from there. Friends become enemies and Hannah no longer knows who to trust. There’s a variety of different friend types and any teenager including myself can definitely identify with the cliques that exist in schools. There’s a lot of unlikable characters and again you get to see them all from their perspectives. The novel covers bullying and social problems that the girls are facing day to day after the incident and gives an insight to Hannah’s mind after receiving all these nasty comments to really make the readers understand how she’s feeling.
It’s kind of like a darker version of mean girls in the fact that there’s a lot of similar characters, it’s based in America and it shows an insight of what high school can really be like for some people.
From the beginning, this book will definitely have you hooked and is a great read while you’re on a journey and wanting to read a whole book in one sitting.
We Were Liars by e. lockhart
This book was also equally as good. It’s been hyped up so much in the past I have no idea why I’ve just got round to reading it. It’s the perfect novel to take with you on a journey that you won’t want to put down. Each chapter is as interesting as its last and I enjoyed every page of it. It’s such a brilliant story that really opens your mind and gets you thinking. The twist got me SHOOK, the ending is soo unexpected and I feel like that’s what I love so much about it. It’s not like any other book I’ve read before.
The story is based around the Sinclair family’s annual trip to their own private island. It shows the main character Cady’s time growing up there and all the adventures she got up too with her cousins. During summer ’15 Cady had an accident. An accident that bad that she couldn’t remember what happened due to head injuries but for some reason every time she asked her cousins what happened they always dodged the question. Cady has many conflicts with her family during this time and constantly battles with herself to try and knock back memories of the past into her.
The author challenges class, social heritage and expectations as we see Cady’s adventure of discovering the truth. The end twist will honestly blow your mind. It was an amazing read and I feel since the characters are travelling in the book, it makes you more involved with what’s taking place as you’re travelling too.
These book reviews are always posts I love to write and I hope to keep this series up each month. I have some amazing books lined up for the month of June which I can’t wait to get through and tell you guys about. If there’s any books you would like to recommend to me please let me know in the comment or if you’ve already read any of the books I’ve mentioned I would love to hear your thoughts on them.
Thank you for reading.
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