It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time final year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This day in 2021 I was reading:

Book Review – The Perfect Couple by Jackie Kabler

Book Description From Goodreads:

“The perfect couple…or the perfect lie?

A year and a half ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been like something out of a dream. But one Friday evening, Gemma returns home to find Danny is nowhere to be seen.

After two days with no Synonym from her husband, Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified with what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees the photos of the victims she is even more stunned…the victims all look just like Danny.

But, the detectives aren’t satisfied by Gemma’s story. Why has no one except Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a hint of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or are there more secrets and lies in this marriage than meets the eye?”

Fast Forward To Today:

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads

“Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. A stressed-out unmarried mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written; her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her; and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. She soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.”

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

A hauntingly powerful and emotionally charged novel approximately family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging.

Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a shared secret.

Early 1900s London: Taken from his homeland, twelve-year-old Celestine spends most of the time locked absent in the attic of a large house by the sea. The only time Celestine isn’t bound by confines of the small space is when he is acting as an unpaid servant to English explorer Sir Richard Babbington, As the years pass, he desperately clings on to memories of his family in Africa, even as he struggles to remember his mother’s face, and sometimes his real name . . .

1974: Lowra, a young orphan girl born into wealth and privilege whose fortunes have now changed, finds herself trapped in the same attic. Searching for a ray of light in the darkness of the attic, Lowra finds under the floorboards an old-fashioned pen, a porcelain doll, a beaded necklace, and a message carved on the wall, written in an unidentifiable language. Providing comfort for her when all hope is missing, these clues will lead her to uncover the secrets of the attic.”

As you can see I have moved on from Thriller to Chick Lit/Mystery and Historical Fiction. There is an element of mystery in all of them though so my current reads aren’t too far from what I was reading final year!

I remember that I bought The Perfect Couple with some of my birthday money – a whole 99p! Finlay Donovan Is Killing It was a Mother’s Day present and The Attic Child is a Blog Tour Book.

What were you reading this time ultimate year or the year before (or the year before!)? Add your links in the comments below!

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