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April 2019

Book Review: The Zoo by Christopher Wilson

Book reviews By April 30, 2019 Tags: , , No Comments

I was browsing the shelves in Cardiff Waterstones after book group on Sunday afternoon when I came across Christopher Wilson’s The Zoo. Although I already had a book lined up for Z in the A to Z Challenge, this satire really appealed, so here we are. Meet Yuri Zipit. A boy who’s had a bang on the head in a…

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Book Review: You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Book reviews By April 29, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Curtis Sittenfeld’s You Think It, I’ll Say It is a collection of eleven short stories looking at our perception of not only others but ourselves as well, and just how often we get it wrong. In ‘The World Has Many Butterflies’, a married woman flirts with a man she meets at parties by playing You think it, I’ll say it, putting…

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Book Review: Exhibit Alexandra / His Perfect Wife by Natasha Bell

Book reviews By April 27, 2019 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I am cheating ever so slightly with the book for X in the A to Z Challenge by choosing Exhibit Alexandra which came out in paperback last month retitled His Perfect Wife. Alexandra Southwood has vanished. Her husband, Marc, is beside himself. It isn’t long before the police are searching for a body. But Alexandra is alive – trapped, far…

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Book Review: The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 26, 2019 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Vanessa Savage’s debut novel The Woman in the Dark was one of my most-anticipated releases of 2019. I have to say that this is partly down to us both being in a regional group of writers who meet up occasionally. I’ve followed Vanessa’s progression to thrillers with interest. Here’s what this first one’s about: For Sarah and Patrick, family life…

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Book Review: Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre #FallenAngel #blogtour

Blog tour, Book reviews By April 26, 2019 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

After having enjoyed Chris Brookmyre’s historical crime novel The Way of All Flesh (written in collaboration with Marisa Haetzman) last year, I was interested in reading some more contemporary work. His latest book, Fallen Angel, which came out yesterday seemed a good place to start as it’s a stand-alone novel. To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have…

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Book Review: The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 25, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Eve Chase’s second novel The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde is a dual timeline story about mothers and daughters, sisters, secrets and grief, which switches between 1959 and some fifty years later when new owners move in to the house at the centre of a tragic local mystery. In the heatwave of 1959, four sisters arrive at Applecote Manor to relive…

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Book Review: Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Book reviews By April 24, 2019 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Fredrick Backman’s Beartown was a firm favourite* among the books I read last year, so I was very happy to see him return to that ice hockey town in a large Swedish forest in Us Against You.  Can a broken town survive a second tragedy? By the time the last goal is scored, someone in Beartown will be dead ….

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Book Review: The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 23, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Robert Dinsdale’s The Toymakers has as its setting Papa Jack’s Emporium, a strange and magical toyshop that opens with the first frost of winter, and closes again when snowdrops appear. Do you remember when you believed in magic? It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment….

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Book Review: Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

Book reviews By April 22, 2019 Tags: , , No Comments

Katherine Heiny’s Standard Deviation is filled with wry and acute observations on life while Graham Cavanaugh takes stock of his: realising how greatly he and his second wife, Audra, differ from each other, the day before an encounter with ex-wife Elspeth. Graham’s second wife, Audra, is an unrestrained force of good nature. She talks non-stop through her epidural, labour and…

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Book Review: The Road to California by Louise Walters

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 20, 2019 Tags: , , No Comments

The Road to California is Louise Walters’ third novel and the second to come out under her own imprint. It follows three family members over the course of a year as they attempt to reconnect for the sake of the son, Ryan, who is having a difficult time at school. Proud single parent Joanna is accustomed to school phoning to…

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