The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh
Aug19

The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh

The Last Party is the new novel by Clare Mackintosh, which was published recently. Regular readers of my book reviews will know that Clare Mackintosh is one of my favourite authors, so I was very keen to read it. I refuse to buy full price hardbacks, which can be a problem when I book comes out that I really want to read. Sainsbury’s often comes up trumps for me, but it didn’t have The Last Party. Luckily I saw someone...

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Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
Aug12

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason is one of the many books I picked up in Sainsbury’s. I bought it because I’d seen good things about it on social media, but I knew nothing about it. The cover and title say to me ‘dramatic literary romance’. Now I’ve got an open mind, I can cope with a dramatic literary romance, but it wouldn’t be my first choice of genre. Sorrow and Bliss is not a dramatic literary...

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Next of Kin by Kia Abdullah
Aug09

Next of Kin by Kia Abdullah

Next of Kin is courtroom thriller and the third novel by Kia Abdullah. I saw Kia Abdullah with Lisa Jewell at last year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival and have been meaning to read one of her books ever since. She was talking about her books and writing in general, but mainly with reference to Next of Kin. Kia Abdullah specialises in courtroom dramas and carries endless research and plotting for her stories, unlike Lisa...

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Snap by Belinda Bauer
Aug05

Snap by Belinda Bauer

I’ve wanted to read Snap by Belinda Bauer ever since I read her novel, Exit, last year. Exit was an absolutely joy and one of my favourite reads of 2021. I have a list of books I want to read on my phone, but I must admit that I often get drawn into buying other books in Sainsbury’s, partly because they’re cheaper, but mainly because I just see them when I go shopping! So it took me a while to get round to reading...

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The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell
Jul29

The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell

The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell has just been published. It is the sequel to The Family Upstairs, which was published in 2019. I’ve been looking forward to reading it since last October, when she talked about it at Cheltenham Literature Festival with fellow author, Kia Abdullah. Lisa said she’d only written a sequel once before (After the Party, sequel to Ralph’s Party – I haven’t read either of them)...

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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Jul22

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry was published in 2016. I remember there was a big buzz around it, but I didn’t want to read it. I didn’t like the cover. I knew it wasn’t ‘my’ sort of book. But over the last couple of years, I’ve developed a love of historical fiction. The Essex Serpent has enjoyed a comeback this year, as a TV series on Apple TV+. Needless to say, I don’t have Apple TV+. I...

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