Lily Alone by Jacqueline Wilson
Feb21

Lily Alone by Jacqueline Wilson

My daughter and I recently read Lily Alone, which is one of the very few Jacqueline Wilson books she hasn’t already read. Lily lives in a cramped two-bedroom flat with her mum, six-year-old twins Baxter and Bliss, and her three-year-old sister, Pixie. Her mum tells her she will make a lovely mum herself one day, but Lily doesn’t ever want kids. She just wants to be alone. Lily’s mum is just 26. She is single and...

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Revelation by C J Sansom
Feb14

Revelation by C J Sansom

Revelation is the fourth part in C J Sansom’s Shardlake detective series, and could be my favourite yet. Having seen off five previous wives, King Henry VIII has his eye on a sixth – Catherine Parr. But will Lady Catherine agree to become his next wife? Two years on from an unfortunate run-in with the King, Matthew Shardlake has turned his back on work involving politics and royalty. Instead, he is dealing with the tricky...

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Feb07

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

I’d seen My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite on social media. I didn’t know much about it, but the title fascinated me, so I thought I would give it a go. When Korede’s dinner is interrupted by an urgent call from her sister, Ayoola, Korede knows what she has to do. She leaps into action with the bleach, after her sister kills yet another boyfriend, supposedly in self-defence. There is no build-up to...

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Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
Jan31

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of my absolute favourite authors. She wrote one of the most brilliant books ever – Life After Life. But I first discovered her through her Jackson Brodie detective series. It’s a long time since Jackson had an outing. Her latest novel, Big Sky, is her first Jackson Brodie book since 2010 and Started Early, Took My Dog. Just for a few pages, I found it slightly weird to be reading a detective story...

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Violet by SJI Holliday
Jan24

Violet by SJI Holliday

I bought Violet after reading a review in heat magazine, which I find to be a pretty good source of book reviews. A psychological thriller about toxic female friendship, it sounded just my cup of tea. Violet is the story of two young women – Carrie and Violet. They are both travelling alone – Carrie after her best friend had an accident just before their dream trip and Violet after splitting up with her boyfriend. When...

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We are the Beaker Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
Jan17

We are the Beaker Girls by Jacqueline Wilson

We are the Beaker Girls by Jacqueline Wilson is the sequel to My Mum, Tracy Beaker, which in turn is the sequel to the popular Tracy Beaker books of the 1990s. We are the Beaker Girls is narrated by Jess, Tracy’s daughter, who is far less feisty than her mum was at her age. Tracy and Jess have left famous footballer, Sean Godfrey, and are living above an antiques shop by the sea. Cam’s partner, Mary, is nagging Tracy to...

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