Review: THE BUTCHER BIRD, SD Sykes

“I thoroughly enjoyed this blast from the past. It’s time to get medieval!” THEY SAY Oswald de Lacy is growing up fast in his new position as Lord of Somershill Manor. The Black Death changed many things, and just as it took away his father and elder brothers, leaving Oswald to be recalled from the…

“SERIOUSLY IMPRESSED. IT WAS SUCH A POWERFUL PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER.”

  “A totally raw and uncensored account… Just captivating” Invisible is praised by Many Books, Many Lives So when I see a review where the reader has understood all the nuances, it makes me want to dance with glee. Abbie Osborne, of the gorgeous blog Many Books, Many Lives, has made me want to spin, leap, and basically…

Review: THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, Joanna Cannon

“Natural, flowing language used with incredible imagination, and understated power” THEY SAY England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will…

Review: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, B.A. Paris

“Will grab readers and hold onto them until the bitter end” THEY SAY The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’d like to get to know Grace better….

BE GONE, GIRL: WHAT’S IN A NAME

There was an interesting article in The Guardian today about the titles of books (which can be read here). It got me thinking about the current trend for titles with ‘girl’ in it. Suddenly something occurred to me that went way beyond thinking about the trend; it was more a revelation about western culture, obsession…

Review: THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT, Kate Hamer

“Beautifully written, this novel paints gorgeous pictures with each sentence” THEY SAY She is the missing girl. But she doesn’t know she’s lost.Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had…