Jodie Reads: A Few Fictions

I’ve been trying to read more on my daily commute into London – so much, in fact, that a singular post per book is just not feasible any more – I think you would all get bored of my book reviews! So, I’ve collated my four most recent fiction reads into one post – let me know if you prefer these shorter reviews or longer, more detailed ones! PS – I’ve completely lost my copy of The Fault in Our Stars which is why it isn’t photographed… oops!

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The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain – 8/10

The Good Father was one of those books that I’d tried (and failed!) to read a couple of times before. I’m not entirely sure why I had such a problem getting gripped – it’s not slow at all, has an interesting plot and the character build up begins from the first page. Anyway, when I did finally get past the first few chapters, I was hooked.

The book predominantly follows the story of Travis and Robin – teenage sweethearts who end up having a child together. Robin, seriously ill and in need of a heart transplant, parts ways with Travis and their child. Whilst Robin finds love elsewhere in a successful, soon-to-be-Mayor socialite, Travis hits rock bottom after a series of unfortunate events, leaving him struggling to find work to feed and home himself and the child, Bella.

Down to his last 20 dollar bill, Travis has to make a very difficult decision – whether or not to take a highly illegal, dangerous job offer in order to make ends meet. He obviously takes up this offer (not exactly a spoiler alert, there’d be no plot if he didn’t!) and this is when the book truly gets difficult to put down as the events quickly unfold leaving Travis, and Bella, in great danger.

I absolutely loved this book. I’ve always been a fan of Diane Chamberlain – her books aren’t typical girly rom coms, and due to her psychology training, she gets deep in the brains of her characters, building a very true to life scenario.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – 4/10

So I know I’m meant to love this book because it is beautiful and I loved the film and OMG JOHN GREEN! What a talented writer! But honestly? I hated it. I absolutely hated every page. I know the film is super cringe-worthy and pretentious so I should have expected it, but the book is just on another level. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty deep and gets you thinking about different viewpoints that you may not necessarily have even considered before, but it is also just a little ridiculous. No seventeen year old talks like that (without trying too hard). I don’t know. Maybe I would have liked it when I was younger, but I really didn’t like it very much now. I can’t even write a review on the plot…. I just can’t. Soz

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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica – 10/10

Where do I start!? I absolutely loved this book! Anyone that enjoys thrillers and loves a good plot twist: this is the book for you. The plot revolves around a kidnapping of a young woman, and the book unfolds by alternating between before and after the kidnapping, from multiple perspectives. Normally, I would find this kind of narration confusing, however it created a lot more depth, suspense and emotion as you got to know each character on an individual basis.

I didn’t want to put this book down – I was so obsessed with finding out what actually happened during the kidnapping that I was reading this book at every given opportunity, so would give this book a solid 10/10 – I couldn’t fault it at all, especially with an absolutely amazing plot twist that I definitely didn’t see coming.


The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins – 9/10

The Girl on The Train was marketed as being a bestseller that fans of Gone Girl would love. Therefore, you know from the beginning that there is going to be some kind of big twist – and are left trying to figure it out from the first page.

I have to be honest – it took three attempts of picking the book up until I read past the first chapter, but boy am I glad I did! I was instantly hooked and desperate to solve the mystery. I definitely did not see the ending coming, either – I can’t WAIT to see this twist revealed in cinema… I hope the directors do it justice.

I would highly recommend sticking to the book even through the first few boring chapters, as the plot very quickly thickens and you end up becoming pretty emotionally attached to Rachel, the protagonist. Overall, a very good read!

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I hope you enjoyed reading my most recent book reviews! If you have any book recommendations you think I’d love, please let me know in the comments below!

If you want to check out what else I’ve been reading, why not have a look at my previous book reviews?

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