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Crime Readathon TBR

From the 25th October to the 8th November 2020 the lovely Sarah and Sophie of The Little Contemporary Corner and I will be hosting the Crime Readathon! For 2 weeks we will be turning our reading time into reading crime. Today, I wanted to share with you my TBR for the Crime Readathon. If I read all the books on my TBR it will be a miracle but I will try. Here is my TBR for the Crime Readathon!

A quick disclaimer that we of course, do not condone violent crime and we disagree with glorifying serial killers in any way. We are running the Crime Readathon as a way to help people read more of the crime genre (fiction and non-fiction), learn more about the genre and for others to join in if they wish to do so!

I am going to be challenging myself to complete as many of the bingo card topics as I can throughout the readathon. Next to each book on my TBR I will mention the bingo card topics the book covers.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

“For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.”

This is the book on my TBR that I am the most excited about reading. I am planning on listening to the audiobook over the course of the two weeks. I’ve heard a lot about this book and have followed the case it is about for a number of years. I will definitely be sharing my thoughts on this one!

Bingo card topics covered: High Profile, Memoir and Adaptation

Agent Zaiba Investigates – The Missing Diamonds by Annabelle Sami

“Eleven-year-old Zaiba is obsessed with crime. Her Aunt Fouzia runs a detective agency back in Karachi and has turned Zaiba on to the brilliant Eden Lockett Mysteries. She has every book in the series – and the quilt cover, and the phone case. All she needs now is a crime to solve…

In book one, Zaiba is attending a family Mehndi party at The Grand Royal Star Hotel when she hears that the prized Italian Greyhound of a famous actress has gone missing from the star’s suite. With the help of her best friend and her little brother, the amateur sleuth manages to foil the petnapping plot and save the day. “

I’m excited to give a middle grade crime story a go. I have never read a middle grade crime/mystery story and this is one I have heard a lot about. This will be one I can read one day whilst having a relax at home and I am looking forward to it.

Bingo card topics covered: Middle Grade, Disappearance and Whodunnit

I Survived By Victoria Cilliers

“On Easter Sunday 2015, experienced skydiver Victoria Cilliers undertook a parachute jump, a gift from her husband, British army sergeant Emile Cilliers. Her parachutes failed to open and she plummeted 4,000 feet to the ground, sustaining life-threatening injuries. Miraculously, she survived. Then the police arrived at her door. Someone had tampered with her parachute and they suspected Emile.

In I Survived Victoria describes how she fell for Emile, and how the charming man she thought she knew gradually revealed a darker side, chipping away at her self-worth until she found it impossible to sift truth from lies. Can she really believe that her husband – the father of their two young children – tried to kill her? As more shocking revelations come to light, and she has to face his trial and relentless media scrutiny, she struggles to come to terms with the past. Even a guilty verdict does not free her because Emile is not ready to let her go . . .”

I am just really intrigued by this one. I had never heard of this case until the book landed on the desk at work. I immediately issued it to myself and have been saving it for the readathon ever since. I’ve heard mixed reviews of this book so I want to see what I think about it.

Bingo card topics covered: Memoir

The Chain By Adrian McKinty

“It’s something parents do every morning: Rachel Klein drops her daughter at the bus stop and heads into her day. But a cell phone call from an unknown number changes everything: it’s a woman on the line, informing her that she has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will see her again is to follow her instructions exactly: pay a ransom, and find another child to abduct. This is no ordinary kidnapping: the caller is a mother herself, whose son has been taken, and if Rachel doesn’t do as she’s told, the boy will die.

“You are not the first. And you will certainly not be the last.” Rachel is now part of The Chain, an unending and ingenious scheme that turns victims into criminals — and is making someone else very rich in the process. The rules are simple, the moral challenges impossible; find the money fast, find your victim , and then commit a horrible act you’d have thought yourself incapable of just twenty-four hours ago.”

This is one I have heard so many amazing reviews of in the past few weeks. The concept of this book really interests me and I want to see how it plays out. I feel as though this is one that once I start I won’t be able to stop, so, I am going to save this for when I have a couple of days off work.

Bingo card topics covered: Whodunnit, Conspiracy and Disappearance

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

“When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe’s life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected–and that she knows what happened to her.

Two months later, Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth? “

I’ve been excited about reading this book for so long and I have just downloaded the audiobook on my library app ahead of the readathon. Once I have listened to my first Crime Readthon audio book, I will immediately be moving on to this one and I am excited!

Bingo card topics covered: Young Adult and Disappearance

After the Fire by Will Hill

“Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out.

What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?”

This one has been on my TBR for years now. So, it only feels fitting that I read in during the Crime Readathon. I have heard so many incredible things about this book and I finally want to see what I think. I’m really intrigued by the cult storyline.

Bingo card topics covered: Young Adult and Cult Story

If you are looking for any recommendations for the Crime Readathon, check out the link below:


What will you be reading throughout the Crime Readathon? Let us know in the comments below!

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