Read: The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid ★★★☆☆
I enjoyed the Wordsworth, The Mutiny on the Bounty and Lake District background more than the actual plot.
Read: The Beloved Children by Tina Jackson ★★★★☆ engaging tale of theatre & show people. 📚
Read: Summerwater by Sarah Moss ★★★★★ 📚 I love the way you are taken into the character’s heads. Feels very real to me.
Read The Heavens by Sandra Newman ★★★★☆
Time travel in dreams, madness, an unstable ‘present’, lots of fun. 📚
First book I’ve finished this year.
Read: Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi ★★★★☆The damage parents(mothers in this case) do. There isn’t any redemption or reconciliation as the mother drops into dementia.
Read: Recursion by Blake Crouch ★★★☆☆ enjoyed the morph from crime to sci-fi. A nice page turner, maybe a bit too much recursion😀📚
Read: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart ★★★★☆ set in my home town powerful stuff. Growing up poor with an alcoholic mother Shuggie didn’t have to look for his troubles, chinks of hope shut down one after the other.
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Read: Pine by Francine Toon ★★★★☆ “Gothic Horror” is well out of my usual reading zone, but I enjoyed the slow introduction of the hopeless father & his daughter in the highlands. 📚
Read: Expectation by Anna Hope ★★★★☆ surprised that this feminist, to an extent, literary fiction kept me reading page turner. 📚
Read: Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor ★★★★☆ lots of fun with the life of Bram Stoker. Told through fragments of notes, letters and memories. Some nice opacity, hints and the odd ghost.
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