The Girls by Emma Cline
Oct13

The Girls by Emma Cline

It was the cover and the words The worldwide bestseller that first attracted me to The Girls by Emma Cline. Because, generally speaking (with the exception of Fifty Shades of Grey), books don’t become worldwide bestsellers without being pretty good. And I’m pleased to say The Girls totally deserves to be a worldwide bestseller. Set in 1969, 14 year old Evie Boyd is a bit lonely and looking for excitement. Her parents have...

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The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrere
Oct06

The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrere

When I was younger, I read a lot of true crime books, but it is a genre I’ve pretty much avoided since I had kids. Somehow the realities of human depravity are a bit much when you’re a parent. But something drew me to The Adversary. The Adversary is the true story of a French man who kills his entire family out of the blue. But there is so much more to it than that. You know how truth can be stranger than fiction? This is...

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Dark Water by Robert Bryndza
Sep29

Dark Water by Robert Bryndza

Every year, there seems to be an author or series of books that dominates my reading. Last year it was Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels, in previous years it has been Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole books and Kate Atkinson’s entire back catalogue. This year, it’s Robert Bryndza’s Detective Erika Foster novels. These books are not great works of literature, but I love them! I can’t get enough of them. The stories are...

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Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Sep22

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith doesn’t publish a new book very often. A literary author, she published her first novel, White Teeth, at the age of 25. White Teeth was the first really big, thick book I’d read. At that time, I was reading 200 page chick-lit books. White Teeth was something entirely different. And a whole lot better. I loved it so much I can still remember lines from it to this day. I realise I’ve read all but one of...

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The Breakdown by B A Paris
Sep15

The Breakdown by B A Paris

I read Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris last year. It was a gripping read and a good story, but truly the scariest book I’d ever read. Was I ready for another B A Paris? I picked The Breakdown up a few months ago, but it took me a while to actually take the plunge and read it. On a stormy night, Cass Anderson sees a woman stranded in her car at the side of the road. She didn’t stop to see if the woman was OK and the next...

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Falling by Jane Green
Sep08

Falling by Jane Green

In recent years, I’ve noticed I have a bit of a problem with reading over the school summer holidays – it takes me ages! So a very long book or a book with a complicated plot isn’t good for me. So this year I decided to go for Jane Green’s latest – Falling. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Jane Green. I loved her back when the kids were small, but then I grew out of her a bit. I will always...

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