Book Review

The Old Girls' Network by Judy Leigh Book Review

The Old Girls’ Network by Judy Leigh is an uplifting novel about two sisters in their seventies reconnecting after a lifetime of butting heads due to their vastly different personalities. Good-natured Pauline’s peaceful life in an idyllic English village is about to be disrupted as her outspoken sister Barbara moves in to convalesce after an illness. Village life is not what Barbara is used to and when Pauline brings home

Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau Book Review

Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau is a historical thriller set on the Brooklyn shore during the gilded age. Twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg would rather spend her summer working in a Manhattan bookshop rather than socialising with her family and the moneyed elite on the shore. However, it’s 1911 and her late father’s debt means that Peggy needs to tow the line and join the family for the summer as her sister is

Guilty by Laura Elliot Book Review

Guilty by Laura Elliot is a suspenseful psychological thriller that delves into how far people are willing to go to get what they want. Thirteen-year-old Irish school girl Constance Lawson goes missing. spurred by a media furore created by journalist Amanda Bowe, Constance’s favourite uncle, Karl Lawson, is the prime suspect in the case. Without strong evidence, Karl is never prosecuted, but his marriage, family and life are left completely

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb Book Review

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb is a moody gothic suspense novel that will keep you hooked by the folklore. Recovering from the shambles of her divorce Kate Granger retreats to her parent’s home on Lake Superior. Instead of the relaxing, recuperative environment she was expecting, her break from the stress of her life is destroyed when she discovers the corpses of a dead women and infant on the

Dead Wrong by Leighann Dobbs Book Review 

Dead Wrong by Leighann Dobbs  is a light paranormal mystery with a side of romance, and is the first book in  Blackmore Sisters Mystery series. Morgan Blackmoore and her sister Fiona are learning the hard way that you need to watch what you say, or a throw away comment can become all the evidence the local police need in a murder case. Up until now life in quiet in the sea-side

Cold Moon over Babylon by Michael McDowell Book Review

Cold Moon over Babylon by Michael McDowell is an American Gothic horror set in the sleepy town of Babylon, Alabama. The Larkin family’s past is marked by a tragic accident that claimed the lives of the Larkin parents, leaving their young son and daughter and struggling blueberry farm in the care of their grandmother. unfortunately the tragedy doesn’t end there, year later 14 year old Margret Larkin is murdered and

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal Book Review

The Calculating Stars by Mary Mary Robinette Kowal is a prequel to Lady Astronaut of Mars. The series is an alternate history imagining of what could have happened if a deteriorate had hit each in 1952, making the earth uninhabitable and changing the space race as humans look for a new world to inhabit. Elma York, a mathematician and former war pilot is a calculator for the International Aerospace Coalition’s

The Locked Door by Freida McFadden  

The Locked Door by Freida McFadden is a suspense thriller that asks the question of which is stronger nature or nature? Nora Davis is a successful surgeon, but her calm, confident exterior hides a traumatic past and horrific urges. When she was 11 years old Nora discovers her father was a notorious serial killer who tortured and killed women in the basement of her childhood home. When one of her female

The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry Book Review

Trigger warning: child abuse, fertility issues The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry is a psychological suspense thriller. With well-established careers as a nurse and an orthopaedic surgeon, Hannah and her husband Mark have spent the last few years trying to have a baby. After problems trying to conceive and failed pregnancies and with Hannah having reached her 40th birthday, time is running out. Not wanting to let go of their dream

Valley of The Kings by Terrance Coffey Book Review

Valley of The Kings by Terrance Coffey is the first book in a trilogy of the fictionalised empire of Egypt during the days of the pharaohs. the book centres on the lives of the royal family, weaving the established facts we know about these people into a story that brings them to life.  The story begins with Pharoah Amenhotep III and his relationship with his wives Queen Ty and Lady