Book Review: The Editor – Steven Rowley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Modern American literature isn’t always a favourite of mine. There is such a difference in tone between a European author writing on a subject and that of their American counterpart. I’m very pleased to say that Rowley has crafted a modern American novel of significance with a pathos and circumspection that is so often missing…

Book Review: The Futures – Anna Pitoniak ***

The Futures is described as a New York Love Story but for most of the book the main characters Julia and Evan seem to be almost the antithesis of love. Their relationship is a convenience, a habit. Julia and Evan get together at college where Evan is a Canadian ice hockey player on a sports…

Book Review: For 100 Nights – Lara Adrian ***

If you are finding it a struggle waiting for the next Fifty Shades movie to hit the big screen you can console yourself with Lara Adrian’s latest novel. This is the second book in her “100” series and they really do need to be read in sequence otherwise there are some pretty big spoilers in…

Book Review: Little Deaths – Emma Flint ****

Oddly enough this is the second consecutive book that I read set in the mid nineteen sixties. Little Deaths finds us in Queens, New York. Ruth Malone is a single mother and a cocktail waitress. Divorced from her husband Frank, he is fighting her for custody of their children Frankie Junior and Cindy. Ruth is…

Book Review: After The Fall – Noah Hawley ****

Written by Noah Hawley – he of “Fargo” fame – “After the Fall” is set in the immediate aftermath of a plane crash. A small private passenger plane flying from Martha’s Vineyard to New York with eleven people on board crashes into the sea just sixteen minutes after take-off. There are only two survivors. Scott,…

Book Review: For 100 Days – Lara Adrian ***

UK Publication Date: 24 May 2016. 274 pages. Up till this point my only experience of Lara Adrian has been through her Midnight Breed series of paranormal romances. “For 100 Days” is a bit of a departure from the world of vampire warriors and we are transported to modern day New York City. Avery Ross…

Book Review: Fool Me Once – Harlan Coben ***

UK Publication Date: 24 Mar 2016. 400 pages. Considering that I read quite a lot of crime fiction I’ve never actually read a Harlan Coben novel before. I always felt like I should but never actually got round to it. Saying that I started this novel three times before I finally got into it properly…

Book Review: Tell the Wind and Fire – Sarah Rees Brennan **

UK Publishing Date: 5 Apr 2016. 368 pages. Over the last couple of years there has been a resurgence of classic books being rewritten in a modern or futuristic setting. Tell the Wind and Fire doesn’t hide where it gets its inspiration from as it opens with: “It was the best of times until it…

Book Review: Lexington and 42nd – Kim Carmody ****

UK Publishing Date: 8 Mar 2016. 274 pages In many ways Lexington and 42nd was a bit of a surprise. The title and the cover give you the impression that it is going to be a fairly run of the mill chick lit story however it is actually quite a punchy and engaging sports romance….

Book Review: Meet Me In Manhattan by Claudia Carroll ****

UK Publishing Date: 3 Dec 2015. 400 Pages. Holly Johnson lives in Dublin. She’s a sometime researcher for a run of the mill radio station – and controversially not the singer from Eighties band Frankie Goes to Hollywood! Life is ticking along nicely but she hasn’t met The One. Signing up for an online dating site,…

Book Review: Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine *****

UK Publishing Date: 2 July 2015. 256 pages. Fire Colour One is a rare book. It’s one of those Young Adult books that have the ability to touch anyone of any age that reads it. My only frustration with it was that it wasn’t long enough! Iris lives in America with her mother Hannah and…