Book Review: The Mister – E L James ⭐️⭐️⭐️

When I was young we used to go and visit my grandmother. If it coincided with a visit from my cousins it used to be great fun. On dark wet winter days not so much. My grandmother was an avid reader though and one wall of her bedroom had books stacked from floor to ceiling….

Book Review: Cold Blood – Robert Bryndza ****

The latest instalment of Bryndza’s detective series sees Erika coming to terms with Peterson’s injuries and thinking about her future with the Met. When a suitcase is pulled out of the Thames containing dismembered body parts it becomes clear that there is a brutal killer on the loose in London. As the investigation links it…

Book Review: New Boy – Tracy Chevalier ***

Tracy Chevalier’s new book is the latest in the Hogarth Shakespeare series of modern day retellings of classic Shakespeare plays. Telling the story of Othello in a more contemporary setting, New Boy was always going to be a bit edgier than some of the others that have preceded it. It is Washington in the 1970s….

Book Review: Trying It All – Christi Barth ****

The latest in the “Naked Men” series by Christi Barth sees federal agent Riley Ness meeting his match. Organised, prepared and ever reliable Riley has got a bit of a reputation amongst the other ACS buddies. A workaholic who drops everything for his job at the National Transportation Safety Board, it is his way of…

Book Review:The Loving Husband – Christobel Kent ***

Fran wakes up in the night because the baby is crying. She realises that husband Nathan isn’t in bed so she checks on the baby and then goes in search of him. When he’d come in from the pub earlier he had snuggled up with her and they’d had sex for the first time since…

Book Review: Her Darkest Nightmare – Brenda Novak ****

This time last year I read a short novella that was a digital prequel to what sounded like a really interesting new series. It has been a long wait but finally the first proper book in the Hanover House series has been published. Her Darkest Nightmare takes up right from where Hanover House ended and…

Book Review: Keep You Close – Lucie Whitehouse ****

I’ve had Lucie Whitehouse on my list of authors that interested me for quite a while now but never actually got around to picking up one of her books. I now realise that I was missing out because she is a master craftswoman when it comes to constructing the perfect thriller. Rowan Winter hasn’t spoken…

Book Review: Wanting it All (Naked Men #2) – Christi Barth ***

“Wanting it All” is the second book in Barth’s Naked Men series. The naked men in question here are a bunch of old school friends who bare their souls in a syndicated Podcast that has a large following online. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t actually finish the first book in this series….

Book Review: The Woman Next Door – Cass Green ***

Hester leads a solitary life. Living alone with only her little dog for company she always finds herself on the side-lines looking in. She has no real friends and keeps her distance from the others in her adult learning class. Her only real friend was Melissa who lives next door, and over the years that…

Book Review: All is not Forgotten – Wendy Walker ****

Funnily enough the last two books I’ve read have had memory loss as a central feature to the plot. In this story Jenny Kramer, a young high school student, is at a party with some friends. When the guy she is enamoured with hooks up with another student she is distraught and drowns her sorrows…

Book Review: I Found You – Lisa Jewell *****

I had a quick look at Lisa’s profile on Goodreads before I started to write this review and was amazed to see that I had read all but one of her books. Although thinking about it I don’t know why I was amazed. You know what you are getting when you open one of her…

Book Review: Shtum – Jem Lester ****

Hmm. Where to begin? Ben and Emma Jewell are at the end of their tether. Struggling to cope with their severely autistic son Jonah they are getting little help or support. Jonah is ten and often incontinent, violent and largely uncommunicative. The Jewell’s decide to fake a separation in order to give Jonah more chance…