Book Review: The Cows – Dawn O’Porter *****

I don’t know why I haven’t picked up any of Dawn O’Porter’s earlier books because this one had me laughing out loud on a packed commuter train. The Cows is a take on modern life in London in this internet connected age. It runs the full gamut of emotions from suicidal despair to hope and…

Book Review: The Girlfriend – Michelle Frances ****

Laura has a seemingly perfect life. Running a successful television production company she has a wonderful house in Kensington, a long marriage to Howard and a gorgeous twenty three year old son. Daniel is just about to embark on his junior doctor training at a large London hospital so after years away at Cambridge he…

Book Review: Fire Damage – Kate Medina ****

Fire Damage is the first in a new series of books featuring army psychologist Jessie Flynn. Set around the Aldershot area the action takes place in both the barracks and the towns around there. Jessie is asked to assist with the son of a Major. His father was badly burnt in an ambush in Afghanistan…

Book Review: The Idea of You – Amanda Prowse ****

It always amazes me when I see that Amanda Prowse only self-published her first book in 2011. I’ve read so many of her books that it feels like she has been around forever! Sixteen books and six novellas later she is firmly ensconced in the UK market with her own unique take on modern life…

Book Review: Lie to Me – Jess Ryder ****

It has been a good year so far for discovering new authors and with “Lie to Me” it has been a pleasure to get an early review copy of Jess Ryder’s first book. Meredith is helping her father clear out the attic in preparation for his move to a retirement cottage in the country. At…

Book Review: Tattletale – Sarah J Naughton ***

It is hard to describe how I felt about this book. There were times when I was so frustrated with it that I almost gave up on it but there was always enough going on to make me keep reading, to persevere. Mags is a wealthy and successful lawyer in Las Vegas. Years ago she…

Book Review: Sometimes I Lie – Alice Feeney ****

Feeney is a writer and journalist who spent sixteen years working at the BBC. “Sometimes I Lie” might be her first thriller but you can tell from the quality of the writing that it’s not her first rodeo. The book opens with a startling declaration: “My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you…

Book Review: Last Breath – Robert Bryndza *****

If you haven’t picked up any of Robert Bryndza’s other books in the Erika Foster series then stop right there and go get a copy of The Girl in the Ice. You don’t NEED to have read the other books to enjoy this one but they are so good that you really should! The body…

Book Review: Let the Dead Speak – Jane Casey *****

I am conflicted. Filled with a deep rooted joy that I have discovered an author whose book was just so gripping that I didn’t want to put it down and utter dismay that I have just read book seven in a series. Aaaarrrgghh! There is only one thing for it. I’m going to have to…

Book Review: Moranifesto – Caitlin Moran ****

Famous for her unique wit and her ability to put into very funny words what she is quite sure no-one else is thinking, Caitlin Moran presents her latest book. Moranifesto is a collection of her magazine and newspaper columns as well as some new diatribes just for this publication. Although I’m not a fan of…

Book Review: The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty **

Once I’d finished this book I made a point of looking up the author. I’d never read anything else by her but the writing style felt a bit familiar. Discovering that she is the younger sister of Liane Moriarty made an awful lot of sense. The writing style isn’t that dissimilar and I have a…

Book Review: The Silent Wife – Kerry Fisher *****

I’ve always been attracted to the idea of the large extended Italian family. That idealised Dolmio advert group of people sitting down around a huge table to noisily eat pasta and share their lives. Maggie finds herself joining that dynamic when she marries widower Nico. Life on the council estate had meant sleeping on her…