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Book Review: Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley

Book reviews By July 31, 2018 Tags: , , 5 Comments

After spending time in 1950s Tangier with Tangerine (see previous review), I decided to head further east and go back another thirty years to explore 1920s Istanbul with Lucy’s Foley’s third novel, Last Letter from Istanbul. 1921. Each day Nur gazes across the waters of the Bosphorus to her childhood home, a grand white house, nestled on the opposite bank. Memories float on…


Book Review: Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Book reviews By July 30, 2018 Tags: , , , No Comments

International Friendship Day seems a good time to post this review of Christine Mangan’s Tangerine set in 1950s Morocco about two college friends, one British and the other American, whose paths cross again after a year of no contact. The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the horrific…


Book Review: The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd #TheInnocentWife

Book reviews By July 27, 2018 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

When a debut novel wins a prize pre-publication, it sets my expectations high. Happily, Amy Lloyd’s The Innocent Wife doesn’t disappoint and justifies all the attention. Here’s what it’s about: Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping…


Book Review: Believe Me by JP Delaney

Book reviews By July 26, 2018 Tags: , , , No Comments

If you’re looking for a book that’ll take you on an absolute trip and mess with your head, then this is it. Believe Me is the latest psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Girl Before which I reviewed here. Here’s what Believe Me is about: Claire Wright likes to play other people. A British drama student, in New York…


Book Review: No Good Brother by Tyler Keevil

Book reviews By July 25, 2018 Tags: , , , No Comments

Tyler Keevil was first published by the Welsh publisher, Parthian, which is how I discovered him. Having enjoyed all his previous books, including The Drive published by Myriad rather than Parthian, I was keen to read his latest novel. No Good Brother is the picaresque tale of two brothers partly set in and around Vancouver, another reason for wanting to read this one….


Book Review: The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola

Book reviews By July 24, 2018 Tags: , , , No Comments

Anna Mazzola captivated me with her tense and atmospheric, early Victorian London crime debut The Unseeing and I was keen to see where she went next. The period is once again Victorian for her second novel but, crucially, The Story Keeper* is set twenty years later for reasons which become apparent towards the end of the book. And for this book we escape London…


Book Review: Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaëlle Giordano

Book reviews By July 23, 2018 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I was intrigued by the title of this but didn’t know anything else about it, despite the fact that it’s sold 2 million copies. And for the purposes of this review, I’m going to shorten its title to Your Second Life Begins but first here’s a little more about it: At thirty-eight and a quarter years old, Camille has everything…


Book Review: Bone Deep by Sandra Ireland

Book reviews By July 20, 2018 Tags: , , , No Comments

Bone Deep seeps right into you, imbuing the reader with an inescapable sense of growing unease as local legend is told, more recent secrets are revealed and women unravel. What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person? The consequences threaten to be far-reaching and potentially deadly. Bone Deep is a contemporary novel of sibling rivalry, love, betrayal and murder….


Book Review: Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart #DaysofWonderBook

Book reviews By July 5, 2018 Tags: , , , No Comments

I’m late posting this review because our book group decided to gift the book to one of our members who’s getting married this month. And she reads this blog, so I didn’t want to post my review in case she went out and bought it before we’d had a chance to give her the signed copy we’d organised. That’s now…


Book Review: The Collector by Fiona Cummins

Book reviews, Giveaway By July 3, 2018 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Sometimes all I need to nudge me into reading a book I’ve been meaning to get to… is to discover that there’s a sequel coming out! Which is how I finally came to read Fiona Cummins’ Rattle and its sequel The Collector in such quick succession. Jakey escaped with his life and moved to a new town. His rescue was a miracle but…

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