Books That Made Me… Shocked

Today I’d like to welcome Sarah from Sarah Louise Loves To Read onto the blog for my weekly ‘Books That Made Me…’ feature! The emotion/word I gave Sarah to write about was ‘Shocked’ so here are the books she chose!

 Books That Made Me… Shocked

In my opinion the best thing about reading is being transported to another world and the emotions that you feel when you’re there. I’ve thought long and hard and come up with a few books that shocked me in one way or another. So here we go..

the helpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett

I first read The Help around 2 years ago and I still think about it to this day. It’s a book that I know I will re read regularly and it’s one of my favourites. The Civil Rights Movement is something that I learnt about in school and this story helped bring it to life for me. Being taken back to 1960’s America is what shocked me. Characters like Aibileen and Minny helped bring it to life. It just baffles me. Only 50 years ago we lived in a world where people were segregated and treated differently because of their skin colour. Maybe I was naïve about the subject but this really opened my eyes and helped me understand what life was like back then.

Therefore it wasn’t necessarily the plot that shocked me but the topic the story is based around.

 the husbands secretThe Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarity

I like to think that I’m quite good at predicting what is going to happen in a story but The Husband’s Secret proved me wrong. When I learnt what the secret was my jaw dropped. I mean, surely that constitutes me being shocked? I must have sat for about ten minutes after finding out just reading it over and over, just to make sure I read it right.

Switching between the stories of the three main characters also helped build up the tension for me. Ending a chapter on a cliff hanger and having to wait two more chapters for it to continue is what gripped me. This has been one of my favourites reads of the year so far and there’s not much more I can say without blurting out the secret. IT’S SO GOOD. Oh, and I was SO SHOCKED!

This is might be cheating just a little but I’d like to add in a book that shocked me in a good way. In a way that has made me buy every book by the author because I’m addicted now!

 KILLER-QUEENS-large-imageKiller Queens by Rebecca Chance

I definitely wouldn’t call myself a prude but I just hadn’t read any kind of ‘naughty’ fiction until recently. When I won a copy of Killer Queens I had no idea what I was letting myself in for.

Rebecca is definitely the queen of the bonk-busters. Who knew that all that naughtiness could be in one book? Well, I’d obviously heard of 50 Shades of Grey but that just didn’t appeal to me. Rebecca’s books are the perfect mix of fun and filth and I LOVE IT! I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on the fun for so long! Now my Rebecca Chance books take pride of place on my bookshelf. My name’s Sarah and I’m a bonk-buster addict.

I’d like to thank Jenny for letting me take part in such a wonderful feature on her blog.

Did any of these books shock you? Let us know.


Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.


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  2. I really want to read The Husbands Secret! I read What Alice Forgot which was written by the same author so I can’t wait to read this one. The other 2 sound really interesting and worth trying too! 🙂 xx

    1. I’ve read neither of those books but I’ve heard a lot about them! The Help is supposed to be fantastic too 🙂 xx

  3. Funnily enough, the book that has shocked me most to date, I think, is Child of God by Cormac McCarthy and I just reviewed James Franco’s film adaptation only today! Which isn’t a patch on the book by the way. McCarthy’s book is insanely depressing, about a feral guy who lives in the woods. It features rape, murder, necrophilia, scalping, cross dressing and all sorts of other craziness. And it’s not very long either so you can read it in a day.

    1. Jesus Christ that sounds like a right barrel of laughs! Haha. Tbh, I’ve never heard of it, nor have I heard of the film adaptation but I love a nice morbidly depressing book every now and again so I might give it a try! Will look out for your review of the film! 🙂

      1. Cormac McCarthy is one of the great American writers of our time. A lot of his books have been turned into movies, most famously No Country For Old Men. It is a pretty depressing tale, but a good book none the less. Check out my review today. Franco doesn’t quite nail it unfortunately.

        What’s that? The Lost Boys? How did that go?!!!

      2. Oh I will definitely look out for your review! 🙂

        Oh erm…. About that….. 😐

      3. Boo!

      4. Actually, I’m gonna review Lost Boys so you know what you are missing!

      5. Okay please do! It might give me some motivation to watch it! 😉

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