Book Review: Beautiful Bad – Annie Ward ⭐️⭐️

I finished Beautiful Bad a couple of weeks ago but it has taken me until now to decide what I really thought about it. That is often an admirable quality in a book but in this case I have been fighting too very diverse opinions. In many ways that is very typical of the book…

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: The Clockmaker’s Daughter – Kate Morton *****

When I got sent an early review copy of the new Kate Morton book I knew that I was in for a treat. You can always rely on Morton for an intelligent and interesting read. It is the summer of 1862 when a group of bohemian artists and their friends decamp to the beautiful Birchwood…

Book Review: Do Not Disturb – Claire Douglas ****

As I waved my neighbours off to their holiday in Wales this morning it struck me that if you paid attention to this years crime fiction you would never set foot in the place. Far too dangerous! First off there was Mark Edwards’ The Retreat (check out my review on that one too) and now…

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

Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to sign up to a dating app. On Saturday night she had her first date. Its now Sunday morning. Waking up alone in the house that she shares with a friend Ali knows that something is terribly wrong. She is hurt, she can’t…

Book Review: Deadly Secrets – Robert Bryndza *****

I’ve been a fan of Robert Bryndza since I first reviewed his debut Erica Foster novel The Girl in the Ice. And you know when an author has made the big time when his publishers stop sending out review copies to the bloggers that helped him break through a very crowded market! It is now…

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…