2019 #top 5 books

  • 1

There is a fine line between innocence and guilt. An even finer line between justice and revenge. Data scientist Laura prefers the company of her books to the real world, let alone the cesspit online. But when her best friend Emily becomes the victim of horrific cyber bullying, she makes it her all – engulfing mission to track down the worst culprits.

Petite corporate financer Suki is about to outshine the stupid boys at her firm, she’s leading the acquisition of Edinburgh’s most exciting start up. If only she could get it’s brilliant, but distracted, co-founder Laura to engage.

Event planner Claire is left to salvage the start-up’s annual conference after her colleague Emily fails time return to work. She’s determined to get a promotion out of it, but her boss isn’t playing ball. As the woman’s path intertwined, the insidious discrimination they each face comes to light. Emboldened by Emily’s tragic experience, they join forces to plot the downfall of all those who’ve wronged them. But with emotions running high, will the punishments fit the crime.

  • 2

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk figure. When it turns out his friends got the same messages, they think it could be a prank …. until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realises that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

  • 3

In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz – Birkenau Concentration Camp. The commandant of Birkenau, Shawarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.

After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to a desolate, brutal prison camp in Siberia known as Vortuka, inside the Artic Circle.

Innocent, imprisoned once again, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, each day a battle for survival. Cilka befriends a woman doctor, and learns to nurse the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under unimaginable conditions. And when she tends to a man called Alexander, Cilka finds that despite everything, there is room in her heart for love.

Cilka’s journey is a powerful testament to the triumph of the human will. It will move you to tears, but will also leave you astonished and uplifted by one woman’s fierce determination to survive.

4.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because Women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.

5.

Five years after Ashley King survived the infamous resort massacre, shes found hanging in her basement by her fiancée, Todd Matthews. She left behind clues as to what really happened that night, clues that may reveal the identity of the killer the press has called the wraith. With the help of his friends, Todd goes back to the crumbling Hayden Resort, a death tinged ruin in the Catskills mountains. What they find is a haunted history that’s been lying in wait for a fresh set of victims. The wraith is back, and he is nothing what they expected.

Well this was one hell of a hard choice to make …. I read so many great books this year but these 5 are my definite must haves…. each of them is very different in their own way but all are equally as good.

I smashed all my targets this year and can not wait for 2020 …. with all my fave authors bringing out a new book

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