The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Jun22

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

I’ve read a few Holocaust novels over the years, but when I read a review of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, I knew I had to read it. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the memories of Lale Sokolov, a Jew who spent three years at Auschwitz Two – Birkenau. The author, Heather Morris, met Lale in 2003. His beloved wife had recently died and he wanted to share his incredible story before it was too late. Heather Morris pieced...

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Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson
Jun15

Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of my absolute favourite authors (her novel Life After Life is literally one of the best books ever written). So I was very pleased earlier this year when I realised I hadn’t actually read all of her books and came across Emotionally Weird and Human Croquet. Effie is on a deserted Scottish island in a cold house with her mother, Nora. With nothing else to entertain themselves, they tell each other stories....

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The Marriage Pact by Michelle Redmond
Jun08

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Redmond

The Marriage Pact was recommended to me on Twitter. It was actually recommended to me on the very morning I was travelling to Copenhagen. I’d spotted Let Me Lie (a book I was desperate to read) in W H Smith in the airport and, when I went to get it, it was on a buy one get one half price offer, so I snapped up The Marriage Pact too. This did mean I then have FIVE books to carry on holiday with me! The Marriage Pact is Michelle...

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Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza
May18

Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza

Deadly Secrets is the sixth, and currently final, book in the Detective Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza, which was published in April. Regular readers will know that I love the Erika Foster novels and I was desperately waiting for this one to be published. Then when it was published, I couldn’t find it in either Waterstones or Sainsbury’s, so I had to bite the bullet and order it from Amazon. Because I had to read...

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Dissolution by C J Sansom
May11

Dissolution by C J Sansom

I like few things more than a good murder mystery to get stuck into, but then my friend lent me Dissolution by C J Sansom. A murder mystery set in 1537. A murder mystery revolving around the dissolution of the monasteries. A murder mystery with a very boring brown cover. I trust my friend’s impeccable good taste in books, but it took me a long time to brave reading Dissolution. I’m not a big fan of historical fiction...

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Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
May04

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

I read a couple of Lisa Jewell books back in the day when she was a chick-lit writer and I was a chick-lit reader. But people change – authors and readers – and now she’s turned her hand to my favourite genre, thrillers. When I read the blurb to Then She Was Gone, I knew it was a book I had to read. Ellie was 15 and Laurel’s youngest child, intelligent and happy, with her whole life ahead of her. But, just...

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