Book reviews and creative discussion

Netgalley Review-‘The Dangerous Kind’ by Deborah O Connor

Netgalley Review-‘The Dangerous Kind’ by Deborah O Connor

Much like the Rorschach test on the cover of some editions of ‘The Dangerous Kind’ by Deborah O Connor, we tend to only see in people the things that we wish to see there. In the cases of historic child abuse, institutions such as the BBC were shaken to their core by Operation Yewtree and nowRead more about Netgalley Review-‘The Dangerous Kind’ by Deborah O Connor[…]

Netgalley Review-‘My Sister ,The Serial Killer’ by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Netgalley Review-‘My Sister ,The Serial Killer’ by Oyinkan Braithwaite

HUGEST of thanks to Netgalley and Atlantic Books for letting me read their Book of The Month for January, and superlative debut,  ‘My Sister, The Serial Killer’ by Oyinkan Braithwaite. This Nigerian set, darkly comic ,feminist novel has such bite, each chapter is sharp, succinct and dripping with atmosphere and culture. Sisters Ayoola and Korede are beingRead more about Netgalley Review-‘My Sister ,The Serial Killer’ by Oyinkan Braithwaite[…]

Netgalley Review-‘Gone By Midnight’-Candice Fox

Netgalley Review-‘Gone By Midnight’-Candice Fox

‘‘Gone By Midnight  by Candice Fox is due to be published in January 2019 by Penguin and is the third in her ‘Crimson Lake’ series. A regular co-writer with James Patterson, these books are fabulous as either stand alone thrillers or, if you are a pedant like me, you can read them from the start. All of theRead more about Netgalley Review-‘Gone By Midnight’-Candice Fox[…]

Netgalley Review/Recommendation-‘The Winters’ by Lisa Gabrielle

Netgalley Review/Recommendation-‘The Winters’ by Lisa Gabrielle

Many , many thanks to Penguin Random House and Netgalley for letting me read ‘The Winters’ by Lisa Gabrielle I hesitate to call it a ‘reimaging’ of ‘‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier because it is entirely it’s own beast, however I would say it is a homage. From the changed roles-Mrs Danvers to Dani, Maxim De WinterRead more about Netgalley Review/Recommendation-‘The Winters’ by Lisa Gabrielle[…]

Netgalley Review-‘The Secrets You Hide’ by Kate Helm

Netgalley Review-‘The Secrets You Hide’ by Kate Helm

Due to be published in February 2019 by Bonnier Zaffre‘The Secrets You Hide’ by Kate Helm gave me a book hangover.

By this I mean in the nicest way possible, I was unable to do anything else until this was read-it was gripping, intelligent, thoughtful and mysterious in one, beautiful package.

And I mean anything, including getting dressed! I went to sleep reading it, got up, fed the kids, fed the animals in the previous day’s clothes! This rarely happens, I am usually fragrant even if my clothes are a mishmash , that is how much I loved this book!

My head says he’s guilty. My heart sees a lost man’

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November Bookish Musings-Orenda Books, Blogtours and readalongs galore!

November Bookish Musings-Orenda Books, Blogtours and readalongs galore!

Hello November! This month, I am planning on joining in a couple of readalongs, starting a readathon of my own, and also tackling backlogs of books started, not yet finished(ambitious, I know!)

Are you with me? Let’s go!

Readalongs

luke.at.what.im.reading is hosting an Instagram read along of ‘‘The Stand’ by Stephen King I haven’t read this in quite some time so this will be interesting to see if it as good as I remember it being. As well as being a MASSIVE Stephen King fan, Luke’s Instagram gives me such goals, he has built this beautiful inclusive community and I am so happy to have found it!

jobis89 Instagram is also hosting a Stephen King November readalong, this time it is ‘Lisey’s Story’ which I don’t really remember so this is super exciting, I love reading along and discussing books on Instagram with like minded people! Jobis89 has the most beautiful feed, another HUGE Stephen King fan who has created this corner of the web where you happily chat about books ALL DAY. It’s pretty much perfect for #bookstagrammers !

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Netgalley Review-‘You Let Me In’ by Lucy Clarke

Netgalley Review-‘You Let Me In’ by Lucy Clarke

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.

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