January Releases

Yay, 2021! It’s got to be better than last year. Please let it be better than last year. Please? I’ve had a trawl through the new releases for January, and there’s not really all that much for me this month. Of the two that stood out to me, one is a sequel to 2017’s Dogs…… Continue reading January Releases

The End of Men

Christina Sweeney-Baird ★★★★ It begins in Glasgow – a flu-type virus, fatal to almost half the population. Like any successful virus, it spreads in secrecy, jumping from victim to victim in the early days of infection, spreading asymptomatically and being passed from friend to friend, colleague to colleague, parent to child. By the time the…… Continue reading The End of Men

My Five Favourite Five Star Reads of 2020

I’m not one for giving away a five star rating lightly, so making it onto this list is high praise indeed. These are my favourites novels which I’ve read this year; they’ve not necessarily been published in 2020, nor have I necessarily reviewed them. So, in no particular order, we have… The Thursday Murder Club…… Continue reading My Five Favourite Five Star Reads of 2020

The Stranger Times

C.K. McDonnell ★★★★★   ‘Publication seeks desperate human being with capability to form sentences using the English language. No imbeciles, optimists or Simons need apply.’ Hannah Willis is struggling. It turns out that throwing parties for her wealthy businessman husband doesn’t count as work experience. When she discovers that he’s been sleeping with basically every…… Continue reading The Stranger Times

Property: A Collection

Lionel Shriver ★★★ A collection of short stories and novellas by Lionel Shriver (she of We Need to Talk About Kevin fame), all with the common theme of ownership, Property is a mixed bag. Stories with deep characterisation and compelling content are peppered with others that don’t really make the grade, and one which I found so poor that…… Continue reading Property: A Collection

The Taking of Annie Thorne

C.J. Tudor ★★★★ Going back is never easy. Joe returns to Arnhill to take up a teaching post at his old school, a post that became available in the most awful circumstances. Tragedy is nothing new to the old mining town, which is something Joe knows all too well. When he was a child, his…… Continue reading The Taking of Annie Thorne

Pieces of Her

Karin Slaughter ★★★ When Andy and her mother, Laura, are caught up in a shooting at a local diner, Laura risks her life to defend her daughter. In the aftermath, Andy tries to reconcile the disturbingly professional manner in which Laura disarmed and killed the gunman with her memories of her mother. When public opinion…… Continue reading Pieces of Her

The Tall Man

Phoebe Locke ★★★ A film crew is shadowing troubled teen Amber Banner following her acquittal in a murder trial. Over the course of the book, and over three timelines, we learn about her family, and their connection to the Tall Man (an urban legend in the mould of the Slender Man). Amber’s motives and actions…… Continue reading The Tall Man

Stoker’s Wilde

Steven Hopstaken & Melissa Prusi ★★★★★ Before I start, I have a confession to make. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of my favourite books of all time. Having read the premise, I was rather dubious about Stoker’s Wilde, and was half expecting to hate it, but I needn’t have worried – it was excellent. A…… Continue reading Stoker’s Wilde