Last year I really let myself down when it came to reading. I only read one book, and that was in January on my train to London, so it's been a while since I sat with a good book and really indulged.
Needless to say, this year I am making a huge effort to read so much more, especially as I have some really great books in my 'to read' pile, that I'm excited to work my way through. 
The first book I have read this year is 'The Couple Next Door' by Shari Lapena.
I have seen so many bloggers talk about this book, and it really is worth the hype! I competed it in three days, it's just so gripping and exciting, I couldn't stop turning the pages to find out what happened next.
Without giving anything away, it's a thriller about a baby who goes missing, and the search to try and find her again, and right from the first chapter, I was hooked.
The book is full of plot twists and keeps you guessing all the way through... Just when you think you've worked out whats going on, something else is thrown into the mix.
I can't recommend this book enough.

Next on the list is the book I started reading last night; 'Luckiest Girl Alive' by Jessica Knoll, which I spotted on someone's Instagram or Twitter quite a while ago, and it stuck in my head as a must-read ever since. 
The author was senior editor at Cosmopolitan magazine and the book made the Top Ten New York Times bestsellers list, as well as receiving rave reviews from Reese Witherspoon, Stylist magazine and the author of The Devil Wears Prada (one of my favourite books)... I trust all of these people's opinions, so I'm hoping it's a good one!

A new author to me, is Kirstie Malone with her debut novel 'Daisy Chain'. I actually found Kirstie on Twitter asking for bloggers to review her book, and just had to get in touch. The story sounds very much like the kind of book I like to read; Of course it's another thriller, with lots of twists and turns, following the story of some reunited university friends. Judging by the Amazon reviews, it's going to be another book that gets me hooked.

Finally, a book I picked up on a whim in my local charity shop, 'Behind Closed Doors' by Elizabeth Haynes. Admittedly, I thought this was the book of the same name by BA Paris, which is one I really want to get my hands on, but this sounds good too, and will be first delve into crime fiction as opposed to thrillers. The author won Amazon's Book of the Year in 2011 with her debut novel too, so I'm expecting good things... It is a really thick book, so I have everything crossed that it's a real page turner.

If you have read any good books recently, I would love to hear your recommendations!
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