Book Review: Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

Name:  Twisted
Steve Cavanagh
Number of Pages:
352 (Paperback)
May 21st 2019 by Orion
Genre:  Thriller, Mystery


1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.
After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…

My Rating:

My Thoughts:

I picked up Twisted, glanced at the brief synopsis and ventured online to try and find out more before I started reading. As it happened, quite a few reviews said this thriller worked best the less you knew, and I decided to stop looking before I ended up tripping over inevitable spoilers. Guess what? They were right! The less you know, the less you see coming and that makes for an enjoyable read.

It makes Twisted a great book to recommend, but a little tough to review, so I have a feeling this will be fairly short, but that by no means reflects on the book at all. I just don’t want to risk giving anything away…

Twisted is about books, writing, hidden identities, betrayals and deceptions, and that’s about all I’ll say in terms of plot. It’s cleverly plotted and perfectly titled, for just when you think you’re getting a grip on the ‘who’, the ‘how’ or the ‘why’, there’s the next twist, delivered at the perfect time to leave you reeling and rethinking your ideas as you read on.

Twisted certainly delivers a fast-paced thriller. It is a page-turning read that builds the suspense and raises the stakes right through to the very end. It draws you in and keeps you guessing. This is the first Steven Cavanagh book I’ve read, but I already have a copy of Thirteen and after enjoying this one so much I can’t wait to discover more of this author’s work.

Book Review: A Book of Bones (Charlie Parker #17) by John Connolly

Name:  A Book of Bones (Charlie Parker #17)
John Connolly
Number of Pages:
720 (Hardback)
April 18th 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
Genre:  Thriller, Mystery, Supernatural


The new thrilling installment of John Connolly’s popular Charlie Parker series.
He is our best hope.
He is our last hope.
On lonely moor in the northeast of England, the body of a young woman is discovered near the site of a vanished church. In the south, a girl lies buried beneath a Saxon mound. To the southeast, the ruins of a priory hide a human skull.
Each is a sacrifice, a summons.
And something in the darkness has heard the call.
But another is coming: Parker the hunter, the avenger. From the forests of Maine to the deserts of the Mexican border, from the canals of Amsterdam to the streets of London, he will track those who would cast this world into darkness.
Parker fears no evil.
But evil fears him . . .

My Rating:

My Thoughts:

A Book of Bones is the 17th in the Charlie Parker series, but only the second book I’ve read after picking up The Woman in the Woods earlier this year. What a find this series is! I don’t know how I missed it for so long. The stories offer a wonderful mix of crime and supernatural and some memorable characters. This story begins shortly after events of The Woman in the Woods, and I am glad I read that book first.

A Book of Bones follows Charlie Parker and his allies Louis and Angel, along with rare book expert Bob Johnston who is knowledgeable in the ongoing search for the Fractured Atlas, an old book said to have enough power to alter the world forever.
Parker is in pursuit of the lawyer, Quayle, and his sidekick, a woman known as Pallida Mors. When last we saw this pair Quayle believed his search for the scattered pages of the Atlas was almost complete and that everything was about to change.

The search for this dangerous duo takes our heroes across Europe and to Britain, where a series of murders is keeping the police occupied. We follow D.I Nicola Priestman and her team as the body count rises, each being discovered at a site of historical significance.

There are stories within the main story, historical events of a strange nature, from a disappearance from an archaeological expedition to a murder in Whitechapel, and these tales added atmosphere and creepiness to the modern-day search for Quayle and Mors. I loved these interludes almost as much as the main narrative.

A Book of Bones is a vast and epic tale, and one that draws you in right from the start. Towards the end I couldn’t stop reading ‘just one more chapter’, but I didn’t want it to end either! At least I have the rest of the series to discover whilst eagerly awaiting the next chapter of Charlie Parker’s story.

Booking Ahead: July 2019

Booking Ahead is a feature on Pages and Tea where I glance through my never-ending TBR list/pile and select a few potential reads for the coming month. If I’m not reading books I love talking about books I’d like to read, so this post is a perfect excuse to do just that.

A new month, another chance to explore my TBR list/pile, and June must have been a month where I read really slowly because this month many books are making a reappearance!  So, here are a few of the books I’d like to read throughout July…

New Books

A Book of Bones by John Connolly – The latest addition of the Charlie Parker series. At 700+ pages I think this one is going to keep me occupied for quite a while! Can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next after enjoying The Woman in the Woods.

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

Books from the Backlist

A Poirot novel by Agatha Christie, possibly Peril at End House or Death on the Nile – I’m continuing my exploration of the Poirot novels, and both of these titles are just waiting on my TBR pile.

What are you hoping to read this month? Have you read of my picks, and if so what did you think?
See you again next month for another Booking Ahead.

Monthly Summary: June 2019

Welcome back to another Monthly Summary here on Pages and Tea.

June has been a good reading month, even though I feel like I’m reading really slowly at the moment, and I don’t seem to have posted much to my blog.

I discovered a new-to-me series – the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly. There are now 17 books in this series and it was actually the latest book, A Book of Bones, that caught my eye, but I read reviews saying it wasn’t really a good place to start as it dealt with things that had gone before. And so I picked up the previous book, The Woman in the Woods, and it was a great read.
Next I tried The Furies by Katie Lowe, before picking up the next Charlie Parker, A Book of Bones, which at 700+ pages is going to keep me busy for quite a while.

I participated in Top Ten Tuesday to glance through my TBR pile for the coming months and also found time for a Book Tag. Here’s all the latest…

Book Reviews

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

June 2019

Book Tags

The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag:  2019 Edition

Top Ten Tuesday

Books on my Summer 2019 TBR

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2019

June Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Reading Review: June 2019

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.


The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly

The Furies by Katie Lowe

Total Library Books Read This Month: 2
Total Own Books Read This Month: 0
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 2

Total Library Books Read 2019: 14
Total Own Books Read 2019: 3
Overall Total Books Read 2019: 17


The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly. This was my introduction to the Charlie Parker series. I’m very late to the series but I’m glad I found it through this book. I didn’t feel lost by making this my starting point, and it did set me up for the next book in the series, A Book of Bones.


My total for this challenge is currently 7 books read. I’ve really fallen behind on this challenge at the moment after receiving an influx in brand new library books, but I’d like to try and add at least a few more to this total. So far I’ve read:

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot #35) by Agatha Christie
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
Taken at the Flood (Poirot #28) by Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot #4) by Agatha Christie
The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly

This year I’m having a go a something a little different – Beat the Backlist Bingo. I have no idea how many of these boxes I’ll manage to tick but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.


Book with under 1000 Ratings on GoodReads – 830 for The Stranger Diaries at time of Completion.

Part of a trilogy – The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

New-to-me Author – Kate Mascarenhas with The Psychology of Time Travel

Cover with your Favourite Colour – Taken at the Flood (Poirot #28) by Agatha Christie

Title is a Name – In this case, the title contains the name – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot #4) by Agatha Christie

Over 400 pages – The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly is 496 pages


So far this year I’ve read 17 books.


  • I’m keeping up with my monthly update posts to keep track of my reading.

So concludes June’s Reading Review. See you again next month

The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag: 2019 Edition

It’s Book Tag time.

It’s that time of year; I’ve spotted this tag around quite often recently so yes, the Mid-Year period is here again.
I’ve enjoyed many of my recent reads, so here’s to remembering a few of them in the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019:

I can’t choose just one, but I’ll try not to be excessive and just go for these three…


The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

2. Best sequel of 2019 so far:

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. What a wonderful conclusion to the Winternight trilogy. I could read the whole series again if I was a re-reader because I enjoyed it so much.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:

The Poison Song by Jen Williams is the final book in the Winnowing Flame trilogy. I can’t not find out how it ends having enjoyed the two previous book so much.

4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2019:

The Institute by Stephen King. I’ll always pick up the latest from Stephen King.

5. Biggest disappointment of 2019:

I’d rather call it books that in the end just weren’t for me and I’d go for The Furies by Katie Lowe.

6. Biggest surprise:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. Did you see that twist coming? No, neither did I. It was so surprising that I don’t think I’ll forget it.

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you):

John Connolly. I joined the Charlie Parker series very late (book 16 actually!). I have no idea how this series has passed me by for so long, and I’m really looking forward to discovering older books from the series.

8. Newest fictional crush:

I’m obviously missing out on something here because sit and think as I might I’m drawing a blank on this answer. Help!

9. Newest favourite character:

Charlie Parker and Louis made a great team in The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly.

10. Book that made you cry:

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden may have caused a tear or two.

11. Book that made you happy:

I really enjoyed the whole Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden.

12. Favourite book to movie adaptation of 2019 you’ve seen:

I have to say Good Omens even though it doesn’t quite fit the category as I’ve not actually read the book yet. The tv series has made me request the book from the library and I can’t wait to read it. It’s just so different.

13. Favourite Post/review you’ve written this year:

My Top Ten Tuesday From Page to Screen post, thinking about books I’d love to see adapted. Also the Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book post.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon was fun to write about, as was The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, because it was so hard not to just give all the secrets away!

14. Most beautiful book you bought or received this year:


I would say this one is a tie between The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden and The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, which features a pretty fierce dragon on the cover.

15. Books you need to read by the end of this year:

If I listed everything I’d like to read soon this tag would never end, so here’s just a small selection…

More  from the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly
The Institute by Stephen King
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

And so concludes my 2019 edition of The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag.

As always, if you’ve not already done this and you fancy reminiscing over the amazing books you’ve read so far this year, feel free to consider yourself tagged.
See you next time for another Book Tag!


Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Summer 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:  Books on my Summer 2019 TBR

A Book of Bones by John Connolly – I’ve only very recently discovered the Charlie Parker series. I started with The Woman in the Woods as some of the themes/plots carried over into this latest book, so I cannot wait to see what’s going to happen next. At 700+ pages this one should keep me occupied for a while, and when I’m done I’ll hopefully be able to go back and read earlier books from this series.

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – I’ve just watched the tv series and it definitely left me wanting to read the book. It was just so different, and I can’t wait to see the similarities/differences with the original story. I also can’t believe that this will be my first Terry Pratchett book.

Tomorrow by Damian Dibben – A 217 year old dog seeking his master across various points in history. Sounds pretty unique to me.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I’ve seen so many good reviews for this one that I’m intrigued already.

Circe by Madeline Miller – The number of times I’ve mentioned this book previously and I still haven’t read it!

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – Continuing my discovering of Christie books, Death on the Nile feels like a good choice for summer reading.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There’s a new series based on this book I think, and I wonder whether I’ll end up watching that before I finally read the book. That’s what usually happens!

I’ll probably try and read at least a couple of Thrillers over the summer months and Twisted by Steve Cavanagh and Conviction by Denise Mina have both caught my eye recently.

More Fantasy definitely needs to feature in my summer reading too, but at the moment I’m not sure what to read. All suggestions welcome…

So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.