The gold star award is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. This very prestigious award (well I think so anyway!),Will be presented (reality wise anyway) to the author/book that I found outstanding for that month, and would possibly have given a higher rating than a 5 star review, if I could. I have read some truly amazing books in March and I found it really difficult to choose the one book that stood out. So I’m going to give my award to three books this month (at this rate I’m going to have to rename this award to books of the month!). These books stood out for me because I still thought about them long after I finished them, and when I was reading them I was so engrossed in them, time just flew by so without further ado the three books I have given the gold coffee cup award are as follows……….
White Is The Coldest Colour by John Nicholl
The Mailer family are oblivious to the terrible danger that enters their lives when seven-year-old Anthony is referred to the child guidance service by the family GP following the breakdown of his parents’ marriage.
Fifty-eight year old Dr David Galbraith, a sadistic predatory paedophile employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian town-house he shares with his wife and two young daughters.
Anthony becomes Galbraith’s latest obsession and he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.
The book includes content that some readers may find disturbing from the start. It is dedicated to survivors everywhere.
Some readers will be put off by the subject matter of this book, and the first couple of pages were very graphic and stomach churning, but after that it only contains minor elements. John gives an amazing insight into the mind of a predatory paedophile, it’s gripping and makes for a very tense read.
You can read my author interview with John and see my review Here
Bloq by Alan Jones
A gritty crime thriller. Glasgow man Bill Ingram waits in the city’s Central Station to meet his daughter, returning home from London for Christmas. When the last train pulls in, and she doesn’t get off it, he makes a desperate overnight dash to find out why. His search for her takes over his life, costing him his job and, as he withdraws from home, family and friends, he finds himself alone, despairing of ever seeing her again.
This book is crime fiction at its best gritty and dark with enough twist and turns to keep the most hardened crime thriller reader engrossed to the last nail biting page
You can read my review for Bloq Here
Beneath The Surface by Heidi Perks
Teenager Abigail Ryder is devastated when she gets home from school to find her family gone. Nothing makes sense. Things are missing from the house and her stepsisters’ room is completely empty. But the police think she’s trouble, and when grandmother Eleanor tells her to forget them all and move on, there’s no choice other than face the future – alone.
Fourteen years on, Abi and Adam are a happy couple on the verge of parenthood. But when the past comes back to haunt Abi, the only way forward is to go back and uncover the truth – and reveal the dreadful secrets a mother has been hiding all these years.
This is the debut novel from Heidi Perks, which I find difficult to believe due to her delivering an exceptional novel, with multi dimensional characters, and an original and well thought out plot.
You can read my review Here
Apologises to any author whose book I read in March, and didn’t make it to my book of the month post, I enjoyed all the books I read, but for me these three were particularly outstanding.
What book would you give the book of the month to? I would love to know, so please feel free to leave a comment below