This is the second book of this nature that I’ve read this year, where the protagonist is fundamentally unlikable. I must have an ingrained Disney meter that prefers a book without devious characters reigning supreme, as I found myself disheartened by the character’s flaws and general shifty behaviour.
That being said, Lie With Me is an ideal holiday page-turner as the setting lends itself to being a beach book. Having managed to convince his girlfriend to invite him along on their family holiday to Greece, Paul attempts to turn each situation to his advantage as he tries to play the family. Little does he know that there are other forces at work and his deception is working in tandem with another.
Maybe I’m too much of a goody-two-shoes, but I prefer stories where the characters live happily ever after.
Lie With Me: Sabine Durant
The Watchmaker at Filigree Street has been on my shelf for well over a year and I’ve been waiting for the opportune moment to read it. And finally, that time has come (no pun intended).
Set in Victorian London, an era I can soon become weary of, the narration painted a fantastic picture of this steampunk world. I found that rather than becoming tiresome of the intricate details that can often be associated with period drama pieces, these flourishes of character added to the atmosphere that was being created.
The magical nature of Mori pulls you into his world of intricate and mystical clockwork, whilst remaining an enigma and mysterious force. In addition, Katsu, a mechanical octopus, becomes a welcome friend as he appears sporadically throughout the tale.
With it being a mixture of both mystery and magic, love and suspense, this book would be enjoyed by a variety of different people; what more could you ask for?
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street: Natasha Pulley