All The Books I Can Read

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What I Read On My Holiday, Part 3

on September 30, 2022

Husband Material
Alexis Hall
Sourcebooks Casablanca
2022, 432p
Read via my local library/Libby

Blurb {from the publisher/}: Wanted: 
One (very real) husband
Nowhere near perfect but desperately trying his best

In BOYFRIEND MATERIAL, Luc and Oliver met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and friends…and somehow figured out a way to make it work. Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc’s feeling the social pressure to propose. But it’ll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a bowl full of special curry to get these two from I don’t know what I’m doing to I do.

Good thing Oliver is such perfect HUSBAND MATERIAL.

This Summer 2022, you’re invited to the event(s) of the season.

I really enjoyed Boyfriend Material. It’s actually been by far my most favourite of Alexis Hall’s novels. I love opposites attract and Luc’s general brand of chaotic shitshow and Oliver’s kind of uptight manner are like my kryptonite. I was looking forward to more from them.

For the most part, I really enjoyed this. It was funny, with all the things that made me laugh from the first book and the added sweetness of Luc and Oliver being in a proper relationship which is going well. Then they get engaged and everything kind of….goes downhill there as the stress of the wedding and what it means begins to take its toll.

For me, the late conflict was poor – in its introduction, its timing and its resolution. It almost made me feel like reading the book was kind of a waste of time, it undid almost everything and look they were probably better off for it in the end I guess, as they didn’t need the development. But…it seemed like a long, arduous and ultimately pointless way to get there.


Book #159 of 2022

The Couple At No. 9
Claire Douglas
2021, 400p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/}: It was the house of their dreams. Until the bodies were found . . . 


When pregnant Saffron Cutler moves into 9 Skelton Place with boyfriend Tom and sets about renovations the last thing she expects is builders uncovering a body – two bodies, in fact.


Forensics indicate the bodies have been buried at least thirty years. Nothing Saffy need worry herself over. Until the police launch a murder investigation and ask to speak to the cottage’s former owner – her grandmother, Rose.


Rose is in a care home and Alzheimer’s means her memory is increasingly confused. She can’t help the police but it is clear she remembers something.


As Rose’s fragmented memories resurface, and the police dig ever deeper, Saffy fears she and the cottage are being watched.

What happened thirty years ago?

Why did no one miss the victims?

What part did her grandmother play?

And is Saffy now in danger?

I think I heard about this as a sponsor piece in a bookish podcast I was listening to and it sounded really interesting and when I looked it up on Amazon, the kindle version was only $3.99. So it was one of the few books I read whilst away that I’d bought, rather than borrowed from the library or from Kindle Unlimited.

I started this on the plane but only read about 25% of it because I had only gotten 2 hours sleep the night before and was so tired. I didn’t end up picking it back up until almost a week later, on the beach and it took no time to sink right back into the story. Saffy and Tom are a young couple, who have escaped the prices of London to a cottage given to them by Saffy’s mother that belonged to her mother, Saffy’s grandmother. Living abroad means Saffy’s mother has no use for it and she’s happy to help them out. The they commence reservations to add an extension, the skeletons of 2 people are found in the backyard beneath a concrete slab.

There are quite a few narrators: Saffy, her mother Laura and Rose, the owner of the property who lived in it with her young daughter during the timeframe that fits when the bodies would’ve been buried on the property are the more main narrators and then we also have Theo, a chef who finds his father’s interest in the discovered bodies very curious. Saffy is obviously incredibly distressed when the bodies are found, especially when she realises that the timeframe could put one of the people she loves the most firmly in the frame. She and Tom really just want a peaceful life but it’s turned upside down with journalists trying to get a comment, as well as neighbours upset at the intrusion into their own lives as well. Saffy wants to know what happened though – who the bodies are and more importantly, who put them there and why. And hopefully those answers will exonerate her beloved gran, who she cannot see as a person who would ever have done such a thing.

I really liked the way the relationships between the women were explored – Saffy often feels quite distanced from her mother and she was definitely a lot closer it seems, to her gran growing up. She is struggling with her grandmother’s illness and I think sometimes resentful her mother doesn’t seem to care as much as she does.

There were some great twists and turns in this, it definitely kept me engaged and there were things I did not predict! One thing in particular, took me a bit to wrap my head around, but I think everything worked really well and it was a fun suspense novel perfect for a morning at the beach!


Book #160 of 2022


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