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My Top 12 Books Of 2019

My Top 12 Books Of 2019

Every year, I spend some time looking over my reviews of the books from that were published during that year and find myself faced with the same quandary. What have been my favourite books? The books that I recommended, enjoyed and passed onto friends to share the experience.

2019 has been no different, it’s a cracking year for debuts, ‘The Silent Patient’, ‘The Flat Share’ and ‘The Truth and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ were all fantastic books that have soared through the books charts

After ten years of writing, C.L. Taylor received numerous accolades for her book called ‘Sleep’ and who can forget that sunny day in July when I read both ‘Those People’ and ‘The Family Upstairs’.

This was initially a list of my top 5 books of 2019, then it became my top 10 before finally becoming a top 12 books of 2019.

So, if you’re looking for some ideas for the book lover in your life, then look no further!

1. ‘Lies Lie Lies’ by Adele Parks
2. ‘The Passengers’ by John Marrs
3. ‘The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ by Anstey Harris
4. ‘The Family Upstairs’ by Lisa Jewell
5. ‘Blood Orange’ by Harriet Tyce
6. ‘Those People’ by Louise Candlish
7. ‘Half a World Away’ by Mike Gayle
8. ‘Tell Me Your Secret’ by Dorothy Koomson
9. ‘Sleep’ by C.L. Taylor
10. ‘Louis and Louise’ by Julie Cohen
11. ‘The Flat Share’ by Beth O’Leary
12. ‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides

The Passengers By John Marrs

The Passengers‘The Passengers’ is the latest book by John Marrs and having read his previous novel ‘The One’ and absolutely devoured it which is now being adapted for Netflix. I was delighted to receive a copy of his newest offering.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

The story is set in a time where people drive autonomous cars and one day 8 people’s cars are hacked and it’s the job of the jury and the public to decide who will survive as all the cars are driving forwards each other, about to collide.

The members of the jury have the impossible task of trying to safe lives, whilst the hacker is always one step ahead. They all have strong personalities as well as beliefs and morals, particularly Libby, a strong willed woman who totally opposes autonomous cars and becomes an unlikely voice of the nation. As the jury members battle to choose who will survive, it is Libby who challenges not only the jury but also the hacker.

I read this book in two sittings, it’s cleverly written that made for fast paced reading. The characters are all interesting and complex that really do, make the reader battle with their conscience and their morals as they try to decide who should survive. But, as the story progresses, secrets and scandals are revealed.

Addictive from the fast page, John has written an incredibly original, thrilling and gripping story. Set in a time where anything is possible, ‘The Passengers’ is a compulsive and terrifying story that will keep you awake into the early hours.

You can buy ‘The Passengers’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from May 30th 2019.

Merry Christmas From Handwritten Girl

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas is nearly upon us and I’ve found myself writing my annual sign off instead of wrapping presents that are still in their bags. Last minute as always!

This year was a great year for books and I’ve even listed my top ten books for 2017, just incase you are looking for a few last minute stocking fillers.

It was also a great year for Handwritten Girl, as I attended the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards for the first time and had an amazing time meeting some of Ireland’s finest literary talent ans well as spending Halloween weekend learning about the dark and interesting world of crime writing.

Before I sign off, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely publishers and authors who introduced me to some of the most wonderful books this year, from intense thrillers to happy romances, there’s something for everyone to curl up with during the cold winter nights.

Most importantly, thank you to the readers of the website for taking the time to read a review, tweet, Favourite or Like a post, your support is appreciated tremendously. I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Christmas and receive loads of treats from Santa Claus, especially books as there are some great ones out there.

Have a Happy New Year and I shall see you in 2018.

Handwritten Girl’s Favourite Books of 2017.

1. The Break by Marian Keyes
2. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
3. Final Girls By Riley Sager
4. Bring Me Back By BA Paris
5. You, Me, Everything by Catherine Issac
6. The Summer of Impossible Things By Rowan Coleman
7. The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon
8. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
9. A Song For Tomorrow By Alice Peterson
10. The One By John Marrs

The One By John Marrs

The One’The One’ is the latest book by John Marrs.

One simple mouth swab is all it takes. One tiny DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people take the test. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…

‘The One’ is the first book by John Marrs that I’ve read and I have to say that it was a tremendously chilling introduction to the author.

The story is about Match Your DNA, the time has come when relationship are no longer based on attraction and dating, now you can find your ideal partner by sending your DNA and with a simple swab, you are matched up. Divorces have decreased and wedding have increased, sadly the introduction of the test, has resulted in some relationship break ups, as the test is based on everyone and doesn’t show favouritism when it comes to current relationships, sex, colour or creed.

The story follows the lives of five people who have all signed up to the test and deals with the dramas and situations that follow when paired up with their ideal person. Ellie, is a successful business woman, she has foregone relationships in favour of establishing her businesses and making her one of the most successful people in the world, but when Match Your DNA signs her up with Tim, a fun and outgoing businessman, she releases the reins on her business professional life and finally begins to relax. Nick is all set to marry the love of his life, but when his fiancee Sally, suggests they take part in the test, they discover that they are not matched and that Nick’s match is an unlikely surprise. Meanwhile, Christopher harbours a deep secret and when his match is a policewoman, he finds himself falling in love much to his denial, whilst Jade travels across the world to meet her match but finds herself faced with a surprise and like Jade, not everything is as it seems with Mandy’s match either.

I absolutely loved this book, I loved the uniqueness and originality of the tale and if I had the chance, I would have read the book in one sitting, but unfortunately life got in the way. The mixture of characters, gives the psychological thriller, a wide range of exciting twists that made reading the book so much fun and genuinely shocking. The story escalates widely from gruesome to tender moments in rapid successions, as secrets and identities are exposed and nothing is what it seems. There are many clever elements to this tale, but the fact that the story is seen from the spectrum of such a wide range of characters made for entertaining reading.

Another thing that I also loved about this book, is how life like it felt, it felt like the situation was genuine and I could imagine in years to come, this could be seen as the way to find your life partner instead of the old fashioned way of going to bars and supermarkets.

A book that is extraordinarily dark from the first page and is certainly reminiscent of the controversial ‘Black Mirror’ series. ‘The One’ is a hugely entertaining story that is cleverly written and pulls the reader in and spits them out lusting for more. I loved it!

You can pre-order The One from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th May 2017.