The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons
Jan19

The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons

The Hanging Club is the third in the DC Max Wolfe series by Tony Parsons. Tony Parsons used to write novels about family (his most famous being Man and Boy), which I always enjoyed reading, but in recent years he has turned his hand to crime novels. And you know I love a good crime novel. The Max Wolfe stories are as gory and gritty as any thriller, but they are very easy to read and also have a very warm heart. Because Tony Parsons...

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Arrowood by Laura McHugh
Jan12

Arrowood by Laura McHugh

A few months ago I read reviews of two books in the same issue of Heat magazine that I liked the sound of. I ripped the reviews out, so that I wouldn’t forget to buy Arrowood by Laura McHugh and The House by Simon Lelic. On paper, I liked the sound of The House better, so I read that one first. But it was actually Arrowood that I enjoyed more. When her father dies, Arden Arrowood inherits Arrowood, the large family home where...

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What I read in 2017
Jan09

What I read in 2017

I love nothing more than reading. It’s how I unwind and escape from the frustrations and boredom of everyday life. Left to my own devices, I wouldn’t need a TV and you wouldn’t catch me watching videos online. I’d much rather read a book than a blogpost or magazine or look at social media (although I do those things a lot too). I read every night before I go to sleep and every lunchtime when the kids...

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The House by Simon Lelic
Jan05

The House by Simon Lelic

Normally I choose a book because I like the cover or the blurb, or it’s by an author I already like. I read books that my friend lends me or that I’ve heard a lot of buzz about. Just occasionally, I read a review and I decide to read a book entirely based on that. I read a review of The House and also Arrowood (which I’m reviewing next week) in Heat a few months ago. I’m a regular Heat reader and trust them...

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The Dry by Jane Harper
Dec15

The Dry by Jane Harper

I bought The Dry by Jane Harper a few months ago. I bought four books at the same time and this was the last one I read. Ironically, my husband had just said we needed to spend less money, so I commiserated with myself by buying four books. I never buy clothes for myself, but books?! I fear being without books. As it happens, my friend lent me lots, so the four books lasted me a really long time. When I finally got The Dry out and...

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The Humans by Matt Haig
Dec08

The Humans by Matt Haig

My friend lent me The Humans by Matt Haig ages ago. She didn’t tell me what it was about and I didn’t bother to find out. I just didn’t feel like reading it. And my friend knew exactly where I was coming from. If you’re a big fan of thrillers, like my friend and I, you have to be in the right frame of mind to choose something other than a thriller. Eventually I chose it. Mainly because it was very nearly the...

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