Book Reviews

18 September 2013

The Doll's House by Tania Carver

Synopsis:  From the outside, the house was unremarkable. Just one of many on an ordinary, suburban estate. But inside was a different matter. With pink ribbons and pink walls, stuffed toy ...

17 September 2013

Coco's Secret by Niamh Greene

I'd read A Message To Your Heart by Niamh Greene and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to reading Coco's Secret and discovering a new story. I really ...

10 September 2013

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Whilst The Shadow of the Wind is not a new book it felt fitting to read this weekend as the cold swept in and autumn hiding around the corner. The ...

2 September 2013

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury captivates his reader from the very beginning in Fahrenheit 451 with the opening lines ‘It was a pleasure to burn.’ This immediately introduces the books protagonist, fireman, Guy ...

27 August 2013

Book review: Renegade by Robyn Young

The second of her Insurrection trilogy, Robyn Young’s Renegade sees the return of Robert Bruce’s quest to sit on Scotland’s throne. As King Edward of England is closing in on ...
16 August 2013

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel about the afterlife is certainly original. When Susie Salmon is raped and murdered at the age of 14, she begins to watch her family and friends ...
15 August 2013

Target Churchill by Warren Adler and James C Humes

Soviet operatives have infiltrated British and American governments at the highest level. As Churchill prepares to launch the Cold War, Stalin unleashes his trained mole, an American Nazi who served ...
14 August 2013

Murder at Wrotham Hill by Diana Souhami

Murder at Wrotham Hill takes the killing in October 1946 of Dagmar Petrzywalski as the catalyst for a compelling and unique meditation on murder and fate. Dagmar, a gentle, eccentric ...
13 August 2013

Laidlaw by William McKIlvanney

Meet Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective. When a young woman is found brutally murdered on Glasgow Green, only Laidlaw stands a chance of finding her murderer from among the ...
12 August 2013

Freezing Point by Karen Dionne

The polar icecaps are melting - fast. In a drowning, desperate world, the Soldyne Corporation sees an opportunity: Melt Antarctic icebergs into drinking water using their microwave satellite array, ship ...
6 August 2013

Book Review: 49 Mix Tapes by Jeff Tompkins

Being stuck in the 80s myself I had high hopes for the novel 49 Mix Tapes by Jeff Tompkins which is set between 1985-89, I wanted plenty of 80s pop culture references, wanted to ...

22 July 2013

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

As one of the most acclaimed and accomplished female authors of the early twentieth century, Daphne du Maurier used all of the imaginative and technical skill that made Rebecca a ...

16 July 2013

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

We should all love a place as deeply as nature writer Rick Bass loves the Yaak Valley - sink to our knees awed by the splendor, find ourselves seduced as ...

15 July 2013

The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Carlos Ruiz Zafòn’s latest novel to be translated into English, The Watcher in the Shadows, is an eerie affair not to be read at night. When Irene’s father passes away, ...
10 July 2013

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Do you have a few hours to kill but are too tired to go out? Would you like to unwind after a long day with a glass of wine in ...

9 July 2013

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I am a fan of Japan and it is there their culture and style of writing that I find most fascinating. So, even though this book is by an American ...
8 July 2013

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Sci-fi and fantasy giants Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett collaborate on a new novel, The Long Earth; a novel that has more depth than the traditional yarn about fantastical worlds ...

26 June 2013

He Loves Lucy by Susan Donovan

Lucy agrees to be put under scrutiny as she is buffed up by personal trainer Theo to be transformed from ‘fitness challenged’ to fabulous. She has no intention of becoming ...

24 June 2013

Foe by J.M. Coetzee

Nobel Prize for Literature winner J. M. Coetzee’s Foe is not normally the sort of novel I’d enjoy – it is essentially told as a monologue, the main character uses ...
18 June 2013

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Cemetery of Forgotten Books returns with the chilling instalment The Prisoner of Heaven. Daniel Sempere and his best friend Fermìn Romero de Torres receive an unwelcome visitor ...
17 June 2013

I Promise Not To Suffer by Gail D. Storey

Living in Wyoming, USA, I once became fascinated with the book Seven Half-Miles from Home by Wyoming artist and naturalist Mary Back.  Suffering from circulation problems bad enough to kill ...

16 June 2013

The Armada Legacy by Scott Mariani

Scott Mariani’s latest thriller in the Ben Hope series sees Ben pushed to breaking point in a race across continents. When his ex-girlfriend is kidnapped after a party celebrating the ...
15 June 2013

Arch Enemy by Frank Beddor

I've finally finished the third book and once again I'm feeling like I didn't actually enjoy it all that much. Though it hardly remind me of the first book, I ...

14 June 2013

Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor

Seeing Redd Review - 'The Evil Redd Heart Has Returned.'     This is the second book of the trilogy and it does pick up from the ending of the first one. This ...