How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster
Dec14

How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster

A friend of mine, who has never lent me a book before, lent me How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster. The blurb certainly sounded interesting and I was looking forward to getting started. And I enjoyed it way more than I expected to. Forty-something Tara is desperate to escape the past, so she changes her name and settles in a small town in the north of England. She is sure that the new house, new town and nondescript job will be...

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Friend Request by Laura Marshall
Dec07

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

It’s been a while since I’ve read a psychological thriller, my favourite genre of book. After two pretty heavy-going books – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, which I really enjoyed, and Macbeth, which I didn’t, I was ready to get back to my happy place. My friend lent me Friend Request and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Friend Request doesn’t beat about the bush. It gets straight in there...

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Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
Nov30

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo is one of my absolute favourite authors. It was actually Jo Nesbo and his detective creation, Harry Hole, who got me hooked on reading thrillers. So when I saw he had a new book out – Macbeth – I couldn’t wait to read it. But then I started Macbeth and I got confused. The setting wasn’t the familiar Norwegian location. It felt a bit apocalyptic, with a town divided into four districts. But then it...

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Nov16

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

When I read about The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle in a Waterstones email (my favourite source of information about good books), I knew I had to read it. Set in the early 20th century, it is a classic Agatha Christie-style country house murder, but with an added twist. Evelyn Hardcastle gets murdered at a party thrown by her parents and time keeps repeating itself, so she is murdered every day. In the meantime, Aiden Bishop...

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Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Nov09

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper was one of my absolute favourite reads of 2017, so I couldn’t wait to read her second novel, Force of Nature. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed by it. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that police officer Aaron Falk, from The Dry, was the main character, although this doesn’t really feel like a series. There’s no clunky flashbacks to The Dry, in fact there are barely any...

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Bring Me Back by B A Paris
Nov02

Bring Me Back by B A Paris

B A Paris is responsible for writing the scariest book I have ever read, Behind Closed Doors. So would I be brave enough to try her latest novel, Bring Me Back? It’s 12 years since Finn’s beloved girlfriend, Layla, vanished. He has no idea where she could have gone and has always assumed she had died. He told the police the truth about that night, or at least nearly all of the truth… Finn has finally moved on from...

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