Best of February 2021

Although February has long been and gone I wanted to still make a post about the best books that I’ve managed to read in February. However please bear in mind that although some full reviews might still be pending and will shortly appear on the blog, the criteria for me to include books in a “Best of” is that the books have been read in that particular month.

Without further ado, here are the top 3 books I’ve read in February.

3rd Place – Good Samaritans by Will Carver

Will Carver is one of the best Noir writers (if not the best Noir writers in the UK) and it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of him and his writing.

Good Samaritans by Will Carver is plotted to perfection, the pacing is marvelous and the twists are at every corner. I gasped out loud when I read this book because it swallowed me whole and by the time I came out on the other side, I didn’t know what to do with myself.

Good Samaritans came out in 2018 published by Orenda Books and is really really worth checking out. This can be ordered wherever you shop for books.

Carver has also a new novel coming out this year with Orenda Books called The Beresford which I can’t wait to read before I get Will Carver Withdrawal.

2nd Place – The Friend by Charlie Gallagher

The Friend was the first book I read by Charlie Gallagher. Shame on me as he is a brilliant author who managed to grip me with this novel.

I’m not going to go into many details about the plot and characters because the novel is coming out very very soon and I can’t wait to be able to speak with people about the brilliance of this novel.

Gallagher will definitely be one of the authors I’m going to follow when it comes to Police Procedural novels.

The Friend comes out on 01/04/2021 from Avon Books and can be pre-ordered everywhere good books are sold.

1st Place – The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

Gosh, I loved this book. The way Catriona Ward writes just so enthralling and refreshing. The Last House on Needless Street is the type of book that you have to cancel your plans for the day and prepare yourself for a ride.

The multi-layered plot is brilliantly executed because there are red herrings peppered through it. Ward plays a fair game, giving you enough hints for you to be able to figure out the mystery at it’s heart but because her descriptions are so vivid I wasn’t able to guess in advance the plot twist.

I wouldn’t be surprised if The Last House on Needless Street will be considered the epitome of gothic and even psychological thrillers of this decade.

The Last House on Needless Street is out today, 18/03/2021 from Viper Books and can be bought everywhere good books are sold.

March has been as amazing as February so far and I have a few other highly anticipated reads lined up for this month which I know will give me trouble to make the Best of March. Nonetheless, keep on reading <3.

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

Thank you to Viper Books for providing me with an advance copy in exchange of an honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Every once and again, I stumble on an amazing book that manages to enter my heart and never leave. The Last House on Needless Street is one of those books.

When I picked this up I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. The fact that Stephen King had reviewed the booked as “haven’t read anything this exciting since Gone Girl” I had very high expectations. There aren’t that many books that would get that review by Stephen King let’s be honest. In fact is one of the few that I found that got such high praise from him.

I didn’t need much time to finish this book simply because it was so engrossing, striking the best balance between intrigue, descriptions and mystery in my opinion. Also the structure was flawless, never revealing too much.

Catriona Ward has probably executed what will be known as one of the best books of this decade.

The book begins with Ted who in the beginning we are being told that he’s done something despicable. The way Ward executes this is intriguing and peaks the interest of the reader in wanting to understand who this Ted character is and what he’s done. The set up in this book is amazing which in itself makes the book ten times better. If the set up had been a miss I think that the whole novel wouldn’t have worked.

We’re quickly introduced to a crime that sits at the center of this this story, other POVs that are either linked to Ted or the crime and I found myself guessing throughout the book how it would end. I can safely say, that the ending surprised me–having been unable to guess who had committed the crime–but I don’t know if it is because I was so enthralled and captivated by the vivid writing or whether it was due to the want and need for the story to continue.

The Last House on Needless Street is definitely a stand out to me when it comes to thriller novels this year simply because it’s written and executed so uniquely. I wouldn’t be surprised if this book will be considered as one of the best of the decade. Ward sets the bar for thrillers very high, and I could only wish to be able one day to be able to execute a novel at the level at which she is right now.

Simply a brilliant novel that needs to be read by everyone. You will not be disappointed. Catriona Ward is establishing herself with this novel as someone to watch out for.