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Review: Midnight at the Bright Idea Bookstore, by Michael Sullivan

This book is a strange mix of genres. Combining mystery and tragedy with the sort of lived-in quality of Matt Haig’s novels, it's a mixture that throws you off guard when reading. You’re not entirely sure what to make of it. Perhaps that’s part of its charm. The story is set in Denver, where Lydia… Continue reading Review: Midnight at the Bright Idea Bookstore, by Michael Sullivan

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Review: 1066, What Fates Impose, by G. K Holloway

A quick thank you before we start to G.K Holloway, who sent me a copy of his book to review. Getting a book in the post never gets old! I'm always a sucker for a good history book: I love reading about times that have long since passed, and finding a fresh new take on a… Continue reading Review: 1066, What Fates Impose, by G. K Holloway

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Review: The Good Sister, by Jess Ryder

Sisterhood can be a funny thing. You can love your sister, hate her, follow or resent her, but you're always bound to her, even if you don't know she exists. How similar are you- and what if one of you is dangerous? That's the basic premise of Jess Ryder's latest novel, and man does it… Continue reading Review: The Good Sister, by Jess Ryder

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Review: She Be Damned, by M.J Tjia

There have been plenty of Victorian novels: crime novels, Dickens novels and romance novels. Something about the grandeur and squalor of the 1800s just captures the imagination, I suppose- and She Be Damned, having been longlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger, certainly makes a good, more unusual, addition to their ranks. M.J Tjia definitely does… Continue reading Review: She Be Damned, by M.J Tjia

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Review: The Room by the Lake, by Emma Dibdin

Cults are scary things. Though most people have no experience of what it's like to be in one- beyond the news headlines and survivor's stories- there's enough there to chill the blood. The things they do to control other people, and prey on the vulnerable, is genuinely scary, and that's something Emma Dibdin captures so well in… Continue reading Review: The Room by the Lake, by Emma Dibdin

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Review: Shelter, by Sarah Franklin

Shelter is one of those rare books that manages to combine the sad and the heartwarming into one big, feelgood story that will have you welling up at points (it did me, at least). This book was written by a two-time judge of the Costa Short Story Award, so you know it's going to be… Continue reading Review: Shelter, by Sarah Franklin

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Review: How To Stop Time, by Matt Haig

There have been plenty of novels written about time travel. The Time Traveller's Wife explored it from a more relationship-oriented point of view; Claire North's exceptional The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was a touching and complex portrayal of friendship across many lifetimes. But when it comes to simply living, nothing can match the… Continue reading Review: How To Stop Time, by Matt Haig

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Review: We Other, by Sue Bentley

I owe a quick thank you before we start to Sue Bentley, who kindly sent me a copy of this book! Getting that in the post was extremely exciting. I do have a weakness for fantasy, as might be evident from my choice of book reviews, and for YA in particular: so often, it’s about… Continue reading Review: We Other, by Sue Bentley

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Review: The Breakdown, by B.A Paris

On the face of it, The Breakdown has all the ingredients I like to see in my psychological novel to-read pile. It was written by an author whose debut novel was excellent, and contained some good old-fashioned domestic drama and inner turmoil of the kind that always makes for an edge-of-your-seat read. So needless to… Continue reading Review: The Breakdown, by B.A Paris