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Book Review – The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Available at the library – this is my own personal copy

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖 

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation.

Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

💭THOUGHTS💭

I have been waiting a long time to read this book. It has been all over Instagram and has had such positive reviews. I saw that the library had copies, but the waiting list was quite vague and months were mentioned. I decided therefore that it would be quicker for me to ask for it as a Christmas present! I can honestly say that this book lives up to the hype. It will take an awful lot for this book not to be my book of the month. 

The writing was clear and engaging. I really struggled to put it down. Every spare moment I had (and didn’t have!) I would pick up this book wanting to see what was going to happen next. It was full of mishaps and miscommunications which kept my interest throughout. I loved the humour that was added even though there were some serious issues that were highlighted in the book.

The chapters were fairly long and almost like a mini story all of their own. Each chapter opened with a hypothesis which was then ‘worked through’ throughout the chapter. I enjoyed that and couldn’t wait to see how the hypothesis was going to work out. 

The main characters were excellent. I loved the fact that they were polar opposites and yet they just gelled together. It was so sweet and I really enjoyed reading about their journey.  

I loved the setting of academia. It is not something I often read about so it was something different for me. I think that it gave the story a unique edge to it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was also interesting to see that the author had experience of this environment and so that added some authenticity to the story (despite the ridiculous things that kept happening to the main characters!).

Overall I really loved this book and will certainly be recommending it to people. 5 star plus rating from me!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐


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Who Doesn’t Like To Read A Murder Mystery Book For Spooky Season? Here are my 5 Star Autumn Murder Mystery Reads

I love to read a Murder Mystery at any time of the year, however there are some that are more suited to Autumn Spooky Season. Here are my 5 star Autumn Murder Mystery books:

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ (click here for my review)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
Welcome to…
The Thursday Murder Club

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?”

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse ⭐Rated 5/5⭐(click here for my review)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“You won’t want to leave. . . until you can’t.

Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Long plagued by troubling rumors, the former abandoned sanatorium has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel.

An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancée, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge–there’s something about the hotel that makes her nervous. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her. With the storm closing off all access to the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

Elin is under pressure to find Laure, but no one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she’s the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they are all in. . . “

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie ⭐Rated 5/5⭐(click here for my review)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a little private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion:

“Ten little boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine. Nine little boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight. Eight little boys traveling in Devon; One said he’d stay there then there were seven. Seven little boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in half and then there were six. Six little boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five. Five little boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four. Four little boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three. Three little boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two. Two little boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one. One little boy left all alone; He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.”

When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale? Only the dead are above suspicion.”

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton ⭐Rated 5/5⭐(click here for my review)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“A murder on the high seas. A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.

It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Traveling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.

But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered.

And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.

Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.

The breathtaking new novel from Stuart Turton, author of the The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award.”

The Perfect Couple by Jackie Kabler⭐Rated 5/5⭐(click here for my review)

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 word 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 convinced by Gemma’s story. Why has no one apart from Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace 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?”

I loved all of these books for different reasons and in my opinion they are definitely worth a read this spooky season. Happy Reading!

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