Dead Ground (by Graham Hurley)

Preview copy from Netgalley. Published on 8th Oct 2024 I look forward to reviewing books by Graham Hurley. The latest is Dead Ground set primarily in Franco’s Spain. “Dead Ground” is a thrilling addition to the Spoils of War Collection. Dead Ground” is a historical thriller set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War…

The Trading Game: A Confession (by Gary Stevenson)

“The Trading Game: A Confession” by Gary Stevenson is a riveting memoir that offers a deep dive into the high-stakes world of trading. The book is a rags-to-riches tale of Stevenson’s journey from the streets of East London to becoming Citibank’s most profitable trader.

The List of Suspicious Things (by Jennie Godfrey)

Preview Copy – “The List of Suspicious Things” by Jennie Godfrey is a coming-of-age story set in 1970s Yorkshire, UK. The story revolves around a 12-year-old girl named Miv, who lives in a community where women are afraid of the serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper. As the Ripper’s attacks grow more frequent, Miv’s…

The Skeleton Key (by Erin Kelly)

“The Skeleton Key” by Erin Kelly is a complex and intriguing novel that blends elements of a thriller, historical fiction, family drama, and murder mystery. The book follows two families, the Churchers and the Lockes, who are tied together by history, success, and marriage. The story is set in London and Cornwall and is told…

The Keeper of Stories (by Sally Page)

The Keeper of Stories: A Heartfelt Journey Through Life’s Stories “The Keeper of Stories” is a beautifully written novel that revolves around Janice, a house cleaner who collects the stories of the people she works for. The book is a captivating exploration of human experiences, emotions, and relationships, delving into themes such as misplaced guilt,…

How to Kill Your Family (by Bella Mackie)

As an art enthusiast and someone who appreciates the beauty of storytelling, I must admit that I found Bella Mackie’s “How to Kill Your Family” to be a disappointing read. The novel follows the story of Grace Bernard, who seeks revenge on her wealthy, estranged family. While the premise is intriguing, the execution falls short…

The Blood of Others (by Graham Hurley)

Graham Hurley’s latest thriller, “The Blood of Others,” is a gripping and suspenseful novel set in Northern France during World War II. The novel is part of the “Spoils of War” collection and is a thrilling blend of fact and fiction (see review of previous book in series). The story follows ordinary people who are…

Outback (by Patricia Wolf)

DS Lucas Walker is currently on leave from the organised crime unit of the Australian police force to take care of his ailing grandmother in his hometown, Caloodie. However, when two young German backpackers disappear from the area on their way to a nearby ranch, Walker finds himself taking an unofficial interest in the case….

Lessons in Chemistry (by Bonnie Garmus)

“Lessons in Chemistry” is a heartwarming and inspiring story about a young woman’s journey to becoming a chemist during the 1960s. The novel is set in a time when women were often relegated to traditional roles and men dominated the sciences, making the protagonist’s journey all the more compelling. The story follows Elizabeth Zott, a…

The Forgetting (by Hannah Beckerman)

Amazon First Reads: Publish Date: April 2023 An intriguing, gripping tale of coercive control, and the social impact of such behaviour on families. OK, does not sound that original but believe me, this is not a standard relationship story. It is a refreshingly different read! The Forgetting” is a domestic drama dealing with controlling and…