After reading Us, I went for a crimey-thriller type book to distract myself. I've actually come a lot further to hitting my 25 in 25 target than I thought I would have at this stage. Go me. So, next up was How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst, purely because the cover looks quite good, and it was in the Amazon 3 for £10 deal which shall be the death of my bank account.
I read this book in a day. One. Day. Not even a whole day, more of an afternoon. This is for three reasons - it's very well written and punchy, the font is a bit bigger than normal, and there's not that many pages.
The description on Amazon is this:
'A disturbing psychological crime novel. A woman is convicted and sent to a psychiatric hospital for killing her baby son, but on her release she is sent a photo of a young boy. Could this be her son or is she deluding herself into thinking he might still be alive? '
Obviously with these sorts of books, your first instinct is 'well yeah, he's obviously still alive', but what you won't guess is everything else that happens - it gets very very dark - there are lots of pretty disturbing issues in this book, including murder, rape, postnatal depression and weird cults.
Now recommending you read it makes me sound a bit wrong doesn't it? All I can say it that it is actually quite a good read! It won't go down in history with the Dickens of the world, but it's pretty good for curling up in bed on a Sunday morning with a cup of tea.
Have you read it? What books would you recommend? Tweet me your ideas!