Book Review: The Retreat – Mark Edwards ****

I’ve always thought of a writer’s retreat as a serene oasis in the middle of nowhere where authors sit quietly tapping away on laptop keyboards, sipping whiskey on the rocks and thoughtfully rubbing their chins occasionally. Mark Edwards has created a decidedly unrelaxing destination in his small town in Wales, the setting for this particular…

Book Review: Paper Ghosts – Julia Heaberlin ****

Back in 2015 Heaberlin had one of the hits of the year with the darkly sinister Black Eyed Susans. If you enjoyed her deeply immersive story you won’t be disappointed by Paper Ghosts. In fact my only real gripe with this book is with the cover. The UK publishers have chosen to go with another…

Book Review: Meet Me at the Museum – Anne Youngson ***

This debut novel by Anne Youngson is not my normal kind of book. Tina is grieving for her friend Bella when she decides to write to the Professor who dedicated his book on the Tollund man to her and her childhood friends. Professor Glob had passed away some years before but Tina’s letter receives a…

Book Review: Bring Me Back – B A Paris ****

It is funny how the publishing world seems to work in cycles. For ages every book seemed to be about vampires then it moved on to dystopian future fantasies. Now most of the books worth reading are in the psychological thriller genre and B A Paris has really made this category her own. This is…

Book Review: The Mistake – K L Slater ***

Kim Slater has really carved a niche for herself in the crowded psychological thriller genre. If you enjoyed her previous novels then The Mistake will surely be on your reading list. In a little mining village Rose and her family live a quiet life. Her art course at college fills her days and little brother…

Book Review: Now You See Her – Heidi Perks ****

Sometimes you pick up a book that you instantly want to start talking about. Now You See Her is that book. I can see this being a controversial book club pick all over the country this year. Every Mum or Dad that picks up their child’s friends and takes them to football/ballet/gymnastics etc. will be…

Book Review:The Darkness (Hidden Iceland) -Ragnar Jónasson ****

Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police has always found herself a bit out of step with the predominantly male dominated force that she works in. Things have been a little fraught lately and when Hulda is suddenly forced into early retirement she manages to negotiate herself an extra week or so to work…

Opinion: Ratings and Reviews 😱😱😱

This week somebody asked me why the books I review on the blog were pretty much all three star reviews or above. This lady asked me if I was afraid of hurting the author’s feelings! I’m very lucky to be in a position where I get 95% of the books that I read from the…

Book Review: Beneath the Water – Sarah Painter ****

You can always rely on Sarah Painter to come up with something a little bit quirky, with a touch of the supernatural. In Beneath the Water there are two parallel stories being told. Letters from new wife Jessie back to her family from 19th century Edinburgh and the very modern tale of Stella. Having recently…

Book Review: Before I Let Go – Marieke Nijkamp *****

When you are following a smash hit debut novel it could be a bit daunting for a new author. I loved Nijkamp’s first book (This is Where it Ends) and I must admit that I was a bit nervous picking up this one. How could it possibly compare with the sublime piece of young adult…