Book Review: Beneath the Surface – Fiona Neill ⭐️⭐️⭐️

In Beneath the Surface Fiona Neill really doesn’t do much for Fenland tourism. It is grey and damp and very still. The Vermuyden family have been forced to move out of their beautiful flat in the middle of Cambridge because of some poor financial decisions by Patrick. Their new home is on a brand new…

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…

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: Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell *****

I’ve been a fan of Lisa Jewell since her debut outing with Ralph’s Party way back in 1998. Known for her larger than life characters Jewell has carved herself a niche in modern British fiction. This is her fifteenth book and Then She Was Gone is a bit of a departure for her in that…

Book Review: The Music Shop – Rachel Joyce *****

I don’t really go in for the kind of book that makes you weep. I find them too saccharine, just too artificial. So it came as a surprise when I realised that sitting reading this wonderful story about Frank and his music shop my cheeks were wet and that I had been crying. It is…

Book Review: Victoria – Daisy Goodwin ****

Watching the recent adaptation of Victoria on ITV made me want to know a little bit more about one of our most interesting monarchs. Her reign spanned a period of social and political upheaval, of great advances in medicine and technology and the foundations of modern Britain. This is a fascinating fictionalised version of the…

Book Review: Billy and Me – Giovanna Fletcher ***

Originally published in 2013 this book has just been republished by St Martin’s Press. It was the debut novel from Giovanna Fletcher. Giovanna has her own unique insight into the acting world having graduated from the Rose Bruford acting school. The McFly song “All About You” was written for Giovanna by her then boyfriend and…

Book Review: Outstanding – Kathryn Flett ***

Outstanding is quite a difficult book to categorise. It feels like contemporary fiction trying to be literary fiction. While essentially it is a book about relationships and the complexities therein it feels like Flett is trying to make a significant comment about them. Though for the life of me I’m not sure what.  Eve is…

Book Review: Eliza Rose – Lucy Worsley ****

UK Publication Date: 7 Apr 2016. 368 pages. Lucy Worsley has written a number of serious historical tomes for adult readers but this is her first book for younger readers. That said, although this is marketed as a children’s book with illustrations, I would be inclined to say that it is more for the Young…

Book Review: Behind Closed Doors – B A Paris ***

UK Publishing Date: 11 Feb 2016. 352 pages. I was quite surprised when I just checked the number of pages for this review because Behind Closed Doors felt like quite a short book. In reality it isn’t it just keeps you turning the pages so quickly that it feels shorter than it is. Jack and…