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Book Review: To Tell You The Truth by Gilly Macmillan

Blog tour, Book reviews By June 19, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

Gilly Macmillan’s latest novel To Tell You The Truth features the ultimate in unreliable narrators, as past and present events in Lucy Harper’s life seem to align with disturbing similarity, when an unsettling house move forces her back to the scene of a traumatic childhood event. Lucy Harper has a talent for invention… She was nine years old when her…

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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: 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: One More Lie by Amy Lloyd

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Amy Lloyd’s second novel One More Lie takes a look at the human stories behind those evil monsters and animals people are dubbed by sensational newspaper headlines and in the public outrage voiced via social media comments. It makes for a gripping read. Charlotte wants a fresh start. She wants to forget her past, forget her childhood crime – and,…

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Book Review: Kings of the Yukon: An Alaskan River Journey by Adam Weymouth

Book reviews By April 12, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I might not have discovered Kings of the Yukon so soon if Adam Weymouth’s book hadn’t been shortlisted for the PFD/Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Last year, I was lucky enough to be invited to a bloggers’ event in London where we met the authors, who read excerpts and answered questions, before copies of each book were…

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