I really really want to be articulate about ‘The Lingering’ by the INCREDIBLE SJI Holliday but am currently in the ‘Holy F***’ stage of post book comedown. People are often dismissive of horror/supernatural fiction in general , seeing it as somehow less worthy than literature and it drives me insane. How many times have you read a ‘horror’Read more about Book Review-‘The Lingering’ by SJI Holliday[…]
2018 has been such a good year to me , bookwise, that I am trying to pick books that may have flown under the radar and not picked up as much as the big hitters. So the names you may see here might not be immediately obvious but hopefully they will pique some interestRead more about My Top 10 Books of 2018-Part 2[…]
This year, I have undertaken a readathon of all the Stephen King novels featuring Castle Rock as a location or even as character. So far, I have reached Different Seasons, wherein ‘‘The Body’ is set in Castle Rock . From the 4 novellas included , my favourite is the only one which hasn’t been adapted into a movie.’TheRead more about Annual Winter-y Reads-‘The Breathing Method’ by Stephen King and ‘Ghost Story’ by Peter Straub[…]
So long October, it was fun to read Halloween scares and autumnal themed stories, but now we move on into November, a curious month that is not quite autumn yet not properly winter…personally I think of it as the gateway month to the silly season, where you can tell yourself ‘I still have time to Christmas shop….no stress’ to ‘December’s ‘Argh! Why did I leave this so late?!’
But for now, this is what I read in October. Many of these I have blogged about in separate posts so here is a quick wrap up before I launch into my crazy plans for November…
Books I read
- Lucy Foley ‘The Hunting Party’
- ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley
- ‘Trick or Treat’ by Richie Tankersley Cusick
- ‘Pet Sematary’ by Stephen King
- ‘The Binding Song’ by Elodie Harper
- ‘Hydra’ by Matt Wesolowski
- ‘The Orchid Girls’ by Lesley Sanderson
- ‘The Craftsman’ by Sharon Bolton
- ‘Underground’ by S L Grey
- ‘STAGS’ by M.A Bennett
- ‘Someone Like Me’ by M.R Carey
I may be wrong but I think this is the first book by Lucy Clarke that I have read and with apologies for using the standard phrase, it was unputdownable (no other word will do).
The cover is menacing, there is a modern looking staircase with a shadow of an ambiguous looking person on the landing between the 2 flights of steps, blood red title words and recommendations by none other than C.L Taylor and Clare Macintosh-high praise indeed-so even before starting it, you are aware that this is going to be a thrill ride of a book.
In it, the narrator, Elle, has returned to the clifftop home that she has bought with the advance in her first, wildly successful novel. It is close to where her sisters and her family live, it’s a familiar environment that she craves after her marriage has floundered and expectations are high for her follow-up book.
After having holidayed in France and on her sister’s suggestion, renting her house on Air Bnb for much a needed financial boost, the moment she comes back to her home is so well described. It’s her home, yet not her home, someone has been living there, but there is little trace of the family that booked it. And yet….there are subtle changes, tiny things that would be overlooked by many but not Elle.
So I have just finished what is possibly my favourite book of the year so far, ‘The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter’ by Theodora Goss.
This is the first in a trilogy which is wonderful but also doesn’t seem enough room to explore the stories of these extraordinary women(because it is so good I would ideally love at least 20 books in the series and a HBO tie in, it’s not much to ask!).
The story is told as a narrative by Catherine Moreau with interspersed comments from the main characters , adding snippets on how they feel the book is progressing.
It could be distracting from the pace but it actually adds an intimacy to the story as well as tantalising titbits of other adventures that the ‘Athena Club’, as they come to be known, have been embroiled in.
In the midst of trying to solve the mystery of why ‘ladies of the night’ have been found murdered AND missing organs or limbs, Mary Jekyll, the protagonist, is on a quest to find out what happened to drive her mother to madness, how her father died, and who is this half sister, Diana Hyde, that she suddenly inherits on her mother’s death.