Book review

Solitary Woman: Alone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom (Bantam Press, 14th June 2018)

I am going to begin this review with a declaration of honesty: I’ve never been very good at being on my own, at making effective use of those unexpected, precious moments of isolation. Coupled with this, I tend to find travel of any kind stressful and anxiety-inducing – even though I appreciate the destination I… Continue reading Solitary Woman: Alone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom (Bantam Press, 14th June 2018)

Book review

The power of love: Differently Normal by Tammy Robinson (Piatkus Books, 7th June 2018)

The tagline for Tammy Robinson’s Differently Normal is ‘If it doesn’t break your heart, it isn’t love’, and the book certainly delivers on this promise. Differently Normal accompanies Maddy and Albert as they navigate the turbulent waters of young adulthood, but neither of them have the typical life of an nineteen-year-old. Maddy’s life revolves around routine,… Continue reading The power of love: Differently Normal by Tammy Robinson (Piatkus Books, 7th June 2018)

Book review

The beast is beautiful: Little Beast by Julie Demers (transl. by Rhonda Mullins) (Coach House Books, 22nd May 2018)

Little Beast by Julie Demers is a fairy tale with a twist. Set in 1944, in a small village in rural Quebec which is bordered by a vast mountain and a raging river, live a mother, a father and an eleven-year-old daughter. One day, the daughter begins to develop a full beard, the shock of which… Continue reading The beast is beautiful: Little Beast by Julie Demers (transl. by Rhonda Mullins) (Coach House Books, 22nd May 2018)

Book review

Murder Most Mysterious: The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve (Raven Books, 3rd May 2018)

London, 1880. The body of a man is washed up by the Thames and delivered to the hands of Leo Stanhope, a coroner’s assistant. He appears to have drowned, a bottle of ale in his pocket and five pennies and a farthing in his wallet. There is nothing particularly sinister about this vaguely tragic event,… Continue reading Murder Most Mysterious: The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve (Raven Books, 3rd May 2018)

Book review

Dive In: The Lido by Libby Page (Orion Books, 19th April 2018)

The Lido is Libby Page’s debut novel, and it is beautiful, poignant and uplifting in equal measure. Rosemary and Kate live in Brixton, London, and regularly pass one another on the street unknowingly. They are 60 years apart in age, but are connected in ways they cannot yet understand. Rosemary, 86, is grieving for her… Continue reading Dive In: The Lido by Libby Page (Orion Books, 19th April 2018)

Book review

Fate and Foreboding: The Hunger by Alma Katsu (Bantam Press, 5th April 2018)

May 1846. A group of American pioneers set out for California on a journey that is predicted to take four to six months. The 500-strong wagon party of men, women and children are led by George Donner; the decisions and plans lying in his hands. The journey is going to be long and arduous, but… Continue reading Fate and Foreboding: The Hunger by Alma Katsu (Bantam Press, 5th April 2018)

Book review

An Unwanted Visitor: The Intruder by P.S. Hogan (Transworld Publishers, 31st May 2018)

I often find that the most chilling novels are set in familiar environments, those which inspire feelings of safety and security. Figures of authority and respect can fall under the radar and go undetected in these novels; the criminal is surely anyone other than the trusted individual, the family doctor, the local police officer (see… Continue reading An Unwanted Visitor: The Intruder by P.S. Hogan (Transworld Publishers, 31st May 2018)