THIS REUNION WILL TEAR A FAMILY APART ...Summer, 2021. Nell has come home at her family's insistence to celebrate an anniversary. Fifty years ago, her father wrote The Golden Bones. Part picture book, part treasure hunt, Sir Frank Churcher created a fairy story about Elinore, a murdered woman whose skeleton was scattered all over England. … Continue reading Book Review of ‘The Skeleton Key’ by Erin Kelly
In honour of Black History Month, award-winning author Catherine Johnson recounts the early life of Olaudah Equiano. Born in what is now Nigeria in 1745, Equiano’s peaceful childhood was brought to an abrupt end when he was captured and enslaved aged 11. He spent much of the next ten years of his life at sea, … Continue reading Book Review of ‘Journey Back to Freedom: The Olaudah Equiano Story’ By Catherine Johnson
A lovely warm hug of a novel.
Summary A good mother. Or a good liar? 17-year-old Lily is mama’s girl, mama’s doll. Every evening she pours Mama a glass of perfectly spoilt orange juice. She arranges her teddy bears on teh bed, just so. She reapplies the yellow make-up that Mama likes her to wear. But Mama’s love flies so close to … Continue reading Book Review of ‘Bad Fruit’ by Ella King
Daisy Darker is an all-consuming tale of psychological suspense with a spectacular twist from the internationally bestselling author Alice Feeney Daisy Darker’s family were as dark as dark can be, when one of them died all of them lied and pretended not to see . . . Daisy Darker is arriving at her grandmother’s house … Continue reading Audiobook Review of ‘Daisy Darker’ by Alice Feeney
In the fourth of Horowitz's Detective Hawthorne novels, chapter one opens with Horowitz stating, rather vehemently, that he absolutely will definitely not be penning another fly-on-the-wall crime novel about Hawthorne. It's all rather tongue-in-cheek, as readers have come to expect, and is of course a completely fabricated piece of dialogue with a completely fabricated detective. … Continue reading Book Review of ‘The Twist of a Knife’ by Anthony Horowitz
As the brutal Second World War stretches on with no end in sight, everyday life for people in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands is perilous and full of hardship. There is very little to eat and they face the constant threat of arrest adn enslavement. After the murder of her beloved uncle and the capture of her … Continue reading Book Review of ‘Resist’ by Tom Palmer
Should auld acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind? Millie Partridge desperately needs a party. So, when her (handsome and charming) ex-colleague Nick invites her to a Hebridean Island for New Year’s Eve, she books her ticket North. But things go wrong the moment the ferry drops her off. The stately home is more … Continue reading Book Review of ‘Auld Acquaintance’ by Sofia Slater
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. After banning myself from requesting any more books on NetGalley in January (unless, of course, I absolutely NEED to have them), I'm slowly working my way through my TBR (To … Continue reading TTT: Books that have been lingering on my TBR pile for far too long!
What I did to them was terrible, but you have to understand the context. This was London, 2016.Theft, by Luke Brown Bohemia is history. Paul has awoken to the fact that he will always be better known for reviewing haircuts than for his literary journalism. He is about to be kicked out of his cheap … Continue reading Book review of ‘Theft’ by Luke Brown