Book Review: Beautiful Bad – Annie Ward ⭐️⭐️

I finished Beautiful Bad a couple of weeks ago but it has taken me until now to decide what I really thought about it. That is often an admirable quality in a book but in this case I have been fighting too very diverse opinions. In many ways that is very typical of the book…

Book Review: Have You Seen Her – Lisa Hall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It is early November. A school Bonfire Night fireworks display in an affluent Surrey town. Anna watched Laurel run after her mother Fran across the school grounds, distracted momentarily by the fireworks she looks away. That was all it took, a split second. Laurel was gone and no-one can find her. As the days and…

Book Review: The Editor – Steven Rowley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Modern American literature isn’t always a favourite of mine. There is such a difference in tone between a European author writing on a subject and that of their American counterpart. I’m very pleased to say that Rowley has crafted a modern American novel of significance with a pathos and circumspection that is so often missing…

Book Review: Darker – E L James ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Given the connections between E L James and the Twilight Saga (The Fifty Shades series was originally published as Twilight fan fiction online featuring Edward and Bella) it was probably inevitable that the books would be republished from Christian Grey’s point of view. Unlike Stephenie Meyer’s abandoned Midnight Sun project this is the second of…

Book Review: The Lost Girls – Sarah Painter ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Edinburgh student, Rose MacLeod, has been losing time for as long as she can remember. Days and weeks just disappear, leaving her with terrifying gaps in her memory. Now she is seeing disturbing visions; waking nightmares of violence and death. Around the world young women like her are being killed and Rose appears to have…

Book Review: Watching You – Lisa Jewell ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A small community in Bristol, Melville Heights, is the very epitome of British village life. Although it is part of a larger metropolitan area it feels like a small enclave where everyone knows everyone else. It’s a well to do neighborhood with lawyers and doctors and more recently the elite head teacher who has come…

Book Review: Into the Water – Paula Hawkins ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hawkins was the biggest author on the psychological thriller scene when The Girl on the Train hit bookshelves around the world in 2015. It must have been incredibly daunting launching the equivalent of the difficult second album with Into the Water. Jules is swamped by feelings of guilt. She ignored a crisis call from her…