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Book Review: The Woods by Vanessa Savage

Book reviews By August 27, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Vanessa Savage’s second book, The Woods, tells the unsettling story of three families, whose lives are intertwined, and two sisters, who need to unearth what happened ten years ago, before they can move on. For Tess, her older sister Bella is her whole world. She’s smart and beautiful and popular – everything Tess isn’t – and since the death of…

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Book Review: The Winker by Andrew Martin

Book reviews By August 19, 2019 Tags: , , , No Comments

Set in the heatwave summer of 1976 and moving between London’s Soho, Oxford, Paris and the South of France, Andrew Martin’s latest novel The Winker is a world away from his previous one, end of the 18th century York-set Soot, reviewed here. London, 1976. In Belgravia in the heat of summer, Lee Jones, a faded and embittered rock star, is…

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Book Review: Home by Karen Dionne

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 9, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Helena is driving home from the lake with her youngest daughter when a report comes on the radio that she never hoped to hear. Now in order to protect everything she has, she needs to return to a place she thought she’d long left behind her. You’d recognise my mother’s name if I told it to you. You’d wonder, briefly,…

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Book Review: The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong

Book reviews By April 8, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

The Good Son of the title wakes to find himself in a nightmare situation, one where he has no recollection of what happened and that only looks worse with every minute he delays reporting it. You wake up covered in blood There’s a body downstairs Your mother’s body You didn’t do it? Did you? How could you, you’ve always been…

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Book Review: In the Full Light of the Sun by Clare Clark

Blog tour, Book reviews By March 2, 2019 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Inspired by real events but told by fictional characters Clare Clark’s latest novel, In the Full Light of the Sun, puts Weimar Berlin and a van Gogh art scandal in the frame. In the Full Light of the Sun follows the fortunes of three Berliners caught up in a devastating scandal of 1930s’ Germany. It tells the story of Emmeline, a…

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Book Review: Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow

Book reviews By September 6, 2018 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Baxter’s Requiem piqued my interest with its cross-generational friendship and an elderly hero unwilling to give up on life just yet. I’m quite partial to both of these in fiction as much as in real life. Mr Baxter is ninety-four years old when he falls down his staircase and grudgingly finds himself resident at Melrose Gardens Retirement Home. Baxter is…

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Book Review: The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon #TheIncendiaries #blogtour

Blog tour, Book reviews By September 6, 2018 Tags: , , , , No Comments

R. O. Kwon’s stunning debut The Incendiaries is a compact and tightly-written campus novel of obsessive love and religious extremism. And I’m excited to tell you about it as part of the blog tour with it being out in the UK today. Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who…

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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…

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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…

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Book Review: A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Book reviews By December 2, 2016 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Two things drew me to Keith Stuart’s novel, A Boy Made of Blocks: the first was that it was inspired by his own experiences with one of his sons, who was diagnosed with autism, and I hoped it might help me see the world through the eyes of someone with autism and those closest to them, and perhaps come to…

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