February Book Reads: Mini Reviews

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Shamefully, I’ve noticed I have been neglecting my “Book Corner” area of my blog. This hasn’t meant that I’ve stopped reading, but I just stopped reviewing. There hasn’t even been any particular reason, however, I am back and ready to review some books!

I recently purchased a kindle. My page sniffing & physical book loving self hates me while I type this. I gave into the power of technology and did the most criminal thing a physical book lover could do. As much as I love the feeling of holding a book, my obsession had grown too much for my small flat storage – and a kindle was too convenient for me to say no when they went on sale.

This has meant that I have been going through books like lightning recently, so I thought I would give you some quick mini reviews on my February reads! I have GoodReads also in which you guys are welcome to add me if you have this also! I have set myself a reading challenge of 40 books this year, but I’m not sure if this is too optimistic or not! If you search ‘Kianna McKay’, then I should pop up…

An Anonymous Girl

Author:Greer Hendricks & Sarah Peckanen
Genre: Psychological Fiction / Thriller
Rating: 5/5

After joining Beth Sandland’s book club she started this week (which you can find on her Instagram here if you want to join in!), I started this book. It was only 99p on kindle at the time, so I couldn’t go wrong with that bargain! As well as it being right up my street in regards to the genres I read, I loved it!

For these mini reviews, I’m just going to copy & paste the authors synopsis of the book and give you my personal, overall opinion at the end!

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.

Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?

But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?

As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.

I finished this book in about two days, and it was definitely a page turner. It left me curious, disturbed but most importantly – hooked! If you love a book with a bit of suspense & a dash of creepy, then I 100% recommend. I’m very excited to discuss this at the end of the month!

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The Rumour

Author: Lesley Kara
Genre: Thriller / Mystery / Suspense
Rating: 4/5

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

I love a book which has a plot twist towards the end, and makes you guess continually throughout. This book definitely achieved this, and kept me second guessing. As soon as I thought I’d solved it, something told me I hadn’t and I would change my mind – right up to the very end! If you love gripping, suspense, and plot twists, then this is the book for you!

Don’t Forget About Me

Author: Mhairi McFarlane
Genre: Romance Fiction
Rating: 4/5

If there’s one thing worse than being fired from the grottiest restaurant in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with someone else.

Reeling from the indignity of a double dumping on the same day, Georgina snatches at the next job that she’s offered – barmaid in a newly opened pub, which just so happens to run by the boy she fell in love with at school: Lucas McCarthy. And whereas Georgina (voted Most Likely to Succeed in her school yearbook) has done nothing but dead-end jobs in the last twelve years, Lucas has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but also has turned into an actual grown-up with a business and a dog along the way.

Meeting Lucas again not only throws Georgina’s rackety present into sharp relief, but also brings a dark secret from her past bubbling to the surface. Only she knows the truth about what happened on the last day of school, and why she’s allowed it to chase her all these years…

After a couple of pretty dark reads, I decided to lighten the mood and go towards a romance novel – something I haven’t chosen or picked up in a while. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It contained a lot of humour, which I loved, as I hate something too cringe and this broke up the romance focus. I loved the author’s style of writing and the character development of everyone in the book. Overall, I would definitely recommend for something quite light-hearted and feel-good!

Watching You

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Author: Lisa Jewell
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Rating: 5/5

You’re back home after four years working abroad, new husband in tow.

You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re crashing in your big brother’s spare room.

That’s when you meet the man next door.

He’s the head teacher at the local school. Twice your age. Extraordinarily attractive. You find yourself watching him.

All the time.

But you never dreamed that your innocent crush might become a deadly obsession.

Or that someone is watching you

I have read Lisa Jewell’s other novel ‘I Found You’ and loved it so much, so I was immediately drawn to ‘Watching You’. I loved this book so much and I whizzed through it so quickly. Again, it contains twists towards the end that you don’t expect and I love it for this. It was gripping, exciting and left you changing your opinion on the main characters throughout.


Thank you so much for reading about my February reads! I hope I spark some inspiration or give you some books for your reading lists!

I’ve already started a couple more books which I will include in my March reading list next month! Also, give me lot’s of book recommendations if you have any!! Leave them down below and I’ll make sure to add them to my reading list!

Until next time…

~ K x

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