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Book Review: Just Like the Other Girls by Claire Douglas

Book reviews By August 6, 2020 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Claire Douglas sets her latest novel Just Like the Other Girls in one of Bristol’s more affluent suburbs, showing us how the enviable and charming, outwardly respectable facade of a Georgian townhouse on Clifton’s leafy streets and crescents offers no protection against dark secrets, family dysfunction and danger finding their way in. Una Richardson is devastated after the death of…

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Book Review: All Adults Here by Emma Straub

Blog tour, Book reviews By July 21, 2020 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Witnessing a fatal accident involving an acquaintance of hers, on the same day that her granddaughter arrives for a prolonged stay, proves to be a watershed moment not only for Astrid Strick but also her family in All Adults Here, the latest novel from Emma Straub. Astrid Strick has always tried to do her best for her three children. Now,…

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Book Review: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Book reviews By August 13, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes is the story of two families, neighbours in upstate New York, and how life can change in an instant but may take a generation before things begin to heal. Gillam, upstate New York: a town of ordinary, big-lawned suburban houses. The Gleesons have recently moved there and soon welcome the Stanhopes as their new…

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Book Review: Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas

Book reviews By July 19, 2019 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Then She Vanishes opens with an uncharacteristic and shocking act, no clear motive behind it, but as Claire Douglas soon shows us, things are rarely that straightforward, especially when it comes to family. Heather and Jess were best friends – until the night Heather’s sister vanished. Jess has never forgiven herself for the lie she told that night. Nor has Heather. But…

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Book Review: Beneath the Surface by Fiona Neill

Book reviews By July 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

As a local archaeological dig unearths harsh burial rites and customs, secrets in the Vermuydens’ own more recent past threaten their fragile equilibrium in Fiona Neill’s latest novel. After a chaotic childhood, Grace Vermuyden is determined her own daughters will fulfil the dreams denied to her. Lilly is everyone’s golden girl, the popular, clever daughter she never had to worry…

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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 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: One Thousand Stars and You by Isabelle Broom

Book reviews By August 16, 2018 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Isabelle Broom’s latest novel, One Thousand Stars and You, is set in Sri Lanka, not somewhere I know at all. However, I was confident that I could vicariously travel there because Isabelle Broom writes about place so very well. She took me to Prague in A Year and a Day and that’s still tiding me over until I actually go. Alice is settling…

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Book Review: On the Bright Side by Hendrik Groen

Book reviews By January 12, 2018 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

What better way to kick off 2018 than by spending some time with my favourite Dutch pensioner and rebel Hendrik Groen? I am so happy to see him pen a sequel to his first Secret Diary which I reviewed here. I’ve missed him and his friends and wondered how they were getting on in their care home in North Amsterdam….

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