The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel – review

Published by Hodder and Stoughton Publication date – Source – review copy “Beautiful. Rich. Mysterious. The Roanoke girls seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them which is never spoken. Every girl either runs away, or dies. Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot…

To cull or to keep, that is the question…

Any book lover will know that there is nothing better than getting your hands on a new book. It might be the latest novel from your favourite author, the book that everyone is talking about or a newly discovered gem from a charity or second hand book shop. Adding it to the book case or…

The Dark Circle by Linda Grant – review

Published by Virago Publication date – 3 November 2016 Source – review copy “The new novel by the acclaimed author of Upstairs at the Party and the Booker-shortlisted The Clothes on Their Backs. The Second World War is over, a new decade is beginning but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on…

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys – review

Published by Doubleday Publication date 23 March 2017 Source – review copy “It was a first class deception that would change her life forever 1939, Europe on the brink of war. Lily Shepherd leaves England on an ocean liner for Australia, escaping her life of drudgery for new horizons. She is instantly seduced by the…

Book Bingo

So I’d seen Book Bingo posts from the fabulous bloggers Cleo over at CleopatraLovesBooks and Marina at Finding Time to Write. I thought it seemed like a fun way of looking at the books I had read over the year so thought I’d give it a go myself.   Book with more than 500 pages…

The Book of Mirrors by E O Chirovici – review

Published by Century Publication date 26 January 2017 Source – review copy “A gripping psychological thriller full of hidden fragments and dark reflections. How would you piece together a murder? Do you trust other people’s memories? Do you trust your own? Should you? Princeton, 1987: renowned psychologist Professor Joseph Weider is brutally murdered. New York,…

2016 reading highlights

So it’s that time of year when the best books of the year lists emerge. I am always in two minds as to whether to do my own list. For starters I am so indecisive I can’t narrow books down to a certain number. And I always feel bad about books that I’ve left out….

Heaven’s Rage, An Imaginary Autobiography by Leslie Tate – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Leslie Tate to the blog. Leslie is the author of Purple and Blue and his latest book, Heaven’s Rage was published on 1 December 2016. Here Leslie talks about writing Heaven’s Rage. HEAVEN’S RAGE, AN IMAGINARY AUTOBIOGRAPHY If you’re like me, when you look back at childhood, the scenes in…

The Art of Coincidence by Louise Beech – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Louise Beech to the blog. Louise is the author of How to be Brave and her latest novel, The Mountain in my Shoe, was published by Orenda Books on 30 September 2016. Today Louise talks about coincidence. The Art of Coincidence   A reader of The Mountain in my Shoe –…

Mason Cross – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Mason Cross to the blog. Mason is the author of The Killing Season and The Samaritan and his latest novel to feature Carter Blake, The Time to Kill, was published by Orion on 30 June 2016. Mason kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The…

2017 releases – a glimpse into the future

It’s getting to that time of year. The nights are drawing in, the heating is getting switched on and the brochures are being perused. Yes, it’s time to decide how much of our Christmas and sales money to save and which 2017 titles we must get our hands on. I’ve been lucky to have already…

Books Are My Bag Readers Awards and National Bookshop Day

Books Are My Bag (BAMB) is a national campaign championing the high street, independent bookshop. They run a variety of events to highlight the wonders of book shops and today sees the announcement of the BAMB Readers Awards. This set of awards is curated by High Street booksellers and voted for by the public. The…