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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Jacqueline Wilson for older readers: The Illustrated Mum and Dustbin Baby
Oct26

Jacqueline Wilson for older readers: The Illustrated Mum and Dustbin Baby

My daughter and I have loved Jacqueline Wilson books since she was tiny. She is 12 and a half now and I felt that she might be getting a bit old for them, but we have recently discovered a few Jacqueline Wilson books for older readers. We loved Lola Rose recently and have just read The Illustrated Mum and Dustbin Baby. Both books are suitable for older tweens and young teenagers. The Illustrated Mum The Illustrated Mum has a lot in...

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My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
Oct12

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

I read about My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent on a Waterstones email and I knew I just had to read it. So I ordered it and picked it up the next day. A friend of mine described it as ‘brutal’ and she wasn’t far wrong. Luckily, I like a brutal book, especially one which oozes as much quality as My Absolute Darling does. 14 year old Turtle Alveston lives alone with her father. She doesn’t have any friends...

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