Book Review: While You Sleep – Stephanie Merritt ****

There is something about a ghost story that makes it perfect winter – and indeed Christmas – reading! Zoe Adams arrives on a remote Scottish island. Ostensibly to paint the beautiful rugged landscape but it is also an escape from a failing marriage back home in America. Renting the McBride house on her own sounds…

Book Review:Breakaway: A Pilots Hockey Novel – Sophia Henry ****

After a couple of pretty hardcore Scandi-noir books it was a pleasure to pick up Breakaway by Sophia Henry. Although it is book number five in the Pilots Hockey series it wouldn’t be a problem to read this as a standalone novel. Luke Daniels, the former star forward for the NHL’s Charlotte Aviators, has spent…

Book Review: The Surrogate – Louise Jensen ****

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to have a baby. As a second attempt to adopt a Chinese baby falls through at the last minute Kat is becoming increasingly desperate. A chance meeting with Lisa, an old childhood friend, in a coffee shop suddenly means that there is hope for Kat. Lisa has…

Book Review: Slap Shot – Kelly Jamieson ****

Slap Shot is the fifth full book in Jamieson’s Aces Hockey series. If you’ve been following the exploits of the Aces team you’ll be glad to catch up with Max Hall in this one. We’ve had snippets about him in earlier books. He sat out the previous season trying to cope with the death of…

Book Review: 31 Days of Wonder – Tom Winter ***

Something a little bit different this time. The new book by Tom Winter is a sweet story and one that strikes a chord especially with the current focus on mental illness. Alice and Ben have a chance meeting in Grosvenor Square in London and don’t realise that the encounter will change both of their lives….

Book Review: Blink – K L Slater ****

It is a truly terrifying premise for a book. After a stroke a woman lies in a hospital bed being kept alive by tubes and machines. The doctors and nurses all cluster round her bed talking as though she isn’t there, talking about switching her life support off. Trapped in a body that refuses to…

Book Review: You Will Not Have My Hate -Antoine Leiris ****

A year ago the world looked on in tears as Paris, the City of Light, struggled to come to terms with the terrible events of November 2015. Some of you may remember the very moving open letter that was doing the rounds on Facebook in the days following the attack on the Bataclan. A husband…