The BookBum Club: August Theme Reviews

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Hello everyone! I’m here today to bring you all the reviews for The BookBum Club’s August theme. The theme was IT’S THE SOUND OF THE POLICE so let’s see what everyone thought of their crime books this month!

As before, everyone’s reviews with small snippets are below. They are all linked to the actual review, so please follow them and have a read! Also, the winner of the £10 Wordery order has been randomly selected and put at the bottom of this post!

On blogs:

I read LoveMurder by Saul Black

“If you’re looking for an emotional, dark, but also exciting and sometimes funny thriller novel, definitely consider picking this one up!”

Captain’s Quarters read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“The writing style was okay.  But the plot ended up being annoying and the ending was just atrocious.”

What Cathy Read Next read In The Blood by Ruth Mancini

“In The Blood is a compelling, accomplished thriller sure to delight fans of courtroom dramas but is also a book which explores some contemporary social issues with insight and acute observation.”

GNTxReads read Thirteen (Eddie Flynn #4) by Steve Cavanagh

“The book felt like a constant game of cat and mouse with the cat having no idea that the mouse was under his nose the whole time!”

Me and My Mundane Life read Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

“From the start I knew one thing – this wasn’t going to be an easy read. While there weren’t any overtly vivid accounts of abuse as such, it was still so sad!”

The Secret Library read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

“This is definitely going on my top reads for the year list, and one that I’ve already recommended to a friend.”

The Opinionated Reader read Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

“Márquez is the writer who paved the way for Magical Realism, incorporating its elements to each story in a subtle, poetic way, making the narration flow without turning into Fantasy.”

Book-Wyrm-Reads read Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

“This is an amazing book to listen to. If you have the option, I highly recommend getting the audio version. It’s one thing to have Trevor tell you that he’s able to blend in with other groups because he can speak their language; it’s so much better to be able to hear him do it.”

The Bookish Deer read Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge

“Overall, EENY MEENY is a very visual, addictive and sometimes gruesome read that features a badass female lead who rides around on a motorcycle fighting the bad guys. If that doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will!”

Misty’s Book Space read UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

“I really enjoyed this and would recommend to those who enjoy crime thrillers and who don’t have a week stomach.”

The Paperback Piano read Do No Harm by L. V. Hay

“I was completely gripped by the exciting plot with all its twists and turns. The short chapters made for a great fast-paced read and the tension was truly palpable.”

Read, Eat, Sleep, Repeat read The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton

“From page one, this is both intriguing and confusing. The reader is pulled into this story just as the main character forgets everything from moments before.”


On Goodreads:

Sue read City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

” I liked the premise but there are a lot of folks and their stories and this may make it difficult for the reader to follow.”

and A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

“The reading is fast and there are a lot of surprises in the plot, twists that I did not forsee. I really enjoyed this one.”

Quirkyreader read The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day

“I stayed up late to finish this story. The author’s writing style gripped me from the first and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was happening.”

Magical_Bookworm read Jackaby by William Ritter

“This book felt like Sherlock meets Doctor Who set in Victorian times in all the best possible ways.”

Alex read Blood Orchids by Toby Neal

“I’m always up for a book set on a beautiful island location, and this delivered on that point and more since it felt like this was a more well-rounded glimpse into Hawaii, not just crime with a pretty background.”

Callum read Snap by Belinda Bauer

“In short, I guess what I’m saying is that this is a decent thriller; nothing more, nothing less. Far from the best of its genre, and certainly not one of the best books of the year.”

Chan read Force of Nature by Jane Harper

“….In my opinion Force of Nature wasn’t as gripping as its predecessor though. Nevertheless I hope there will be a third instalment in this series and I am also really looking forward to the release of her next standalone…”

Shaina read Hunted by Darcy Coates

“I came to a certain part in the book to where I had to just keep going, because I had my shoulders up to my ears and was just ready to see this story through.”

and The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

“That was my first Dame Agatha Christie, but certainly not my last! I loved it.”

Emma read Broken Dolls by Saah Flint

“This fast paced book was both gripping and heart breaking from the opening page.”

Giveaway winner

I was also hosting a giveaway during August to celebrate reaching 300 members of the club. Everyone who posted their review during this month was entered into a prize draw to win a £10 Wordery order.

I’ve put all the names into a random picker and the winner is…


Well done Callum, I’ll message you on Goodreads! And thank you so much to everyone who joined in this month, as well as all the other months you’ve joined in too, of course!

There we have it! Those are the reviews from everyone who joined in for the month of August! Please let me know if you read a book for the Club but I missed your review – I will add it in straight away.

Don’t forget, you can join The BookBum Club at any point! We’re currently reading for the September theme BACK TO SCHOOL read a book you were meant to read last year!

9 Replies to “The BookBum Club: August Theme Reviews”

  1. I love these little mini-reviews! Though this month they made me realize that the Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle book has ever so slightly different titles in the UK and the US, and that makes me sad. I like your cover better. Sigh.

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