Now that we’ve reached the very beginning of September, it’s about time to recap the books that I purchased last month, and I’ve had quite a successful month for books in August.

My purchases this month include (want to read about a particular book in the haul? Click the links below to take you to each section):

  1. Eva Dolan’s Long Way Home
  2. Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden
  3. Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea
  4. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
  5. Ilona Andrews’ Magic Breaks

A couple of weeks ago a friend from work recommended that I give Before We Met a try. Never one to turn down a recommendation, I hopped down to my local library to borrow a copy. Before We Met is a thriller/mystery title by Lucie Whitehouse, her third book, with the hardback release having been in January of this year.

After a whirlwind romance, headstrong and independent Hannah Reilly gave up her job and a life in New York to return home to England with her new husband, Mark. Living in their luxury London home, secure in the knowledge that her husband loves her, Hannah is in no doubt that she was right to take a chance on love. But when Mark doesn’t get off of a flight home from a business trip to the U.S. and hours of waiting for him to come home turn into days, Hannah’s confidence in her relationship begins to waver. Digging into her husband’s life only throws more doubt on their relationship; are the lies that her husband has been telling for his benefit or for hers?