REVIEW: ‘The Mile End Murder’ – Sinclair McKay

‘In 1860, a 70 year old widow turned landlady named Mary Emsley was found dead in her own home, killed by a blow to the back of her head. What followed was a murder case that gripped the nation. The murder is the frame for the book; newspapers at the time  were fascinated and furiously … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘The Mile End Murder’ – Sinclair McKay

REVIEW: ‘Dark Game’ – Rachel Lynch ARC

'After a scandal forces D. I. Kelly Porter out of the Met, she returns to her home turf in the Lake District. Crimes in the Cumbrian constabulary tend to be of the minor sort, but Kelly begins work on a cold case that shocked the local community – the abduction and brutal murder of ten-year-old … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘Dark Game’ – Rachel Lynch ARC

REVIEW – ‘Choosing A Master’ – S.M. Perlow ARC

'“Like the blood of God…” In New Orleans, a passage from a Renaissance-era book is Ethan’s only hope to save the woman he loves. He’s a vampire, so he can live forever. Ellie, however, is mortal, ill, and running out of time. “If Sanguan vampires drank synthetic blood, like Spectavi vampires, the world would be … Continue reading REVIEW – ‘Choosing A Master’ – S.M. Perlow ARC

REVIEW: ‘Tender Morsels’ – Margo Lanagan

'Tender Morsels is a dark and vivid story, set in two worlds and worrying at the border between them. Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, a world given to her in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters grow up in this soft place, protected from the violence that once harmed their … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘Tender Morsels’ – Margo Lanagan

REVIEW: ‘The Hazel Wood’ – Melissa Albert ARC

'Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘The Hazel Wood’ – Melissa Albert ARC

REVIEW: ‘Swansong’ – Kerry Andrew ARC

'In this stunningly assured, immersive and vividly atmospheric first novel, a young woman comes face-to-face with the volatile, haunted wilderness of the Scottish Highlands.' Published: January 25th 2018 by Jonathan Cape ~ Following a disturbing incident in London, English Literature student Polly heads to the Scottish Highlands on holiday with her mother, in a bid … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘Swansong’ – Kerry Andrew ARC

REVIEW: ‘Hearts of Resistance’ – Soraya M. Lane ARC

'At the height of World War II, three women must come together to fight for freedom, for the men they love—and for each other.'  Published: January 10th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing Set during WW2 'Hearts of Resistance' follows three women from different backgrounds, exploring their roles in the resistance movement against the Nazis. It reads a … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘Hearts of Resistance’ – Soraya M. Lane ARC

REVIEW: ‘Northanger Abbey’ – Jane Austen

Read for a buddy read hosted by White Book Cottage. 'Northanger Abbey' possesses all of Austen’s trademark self-awareness and wit. This, however, being the earliest of her works, is not the most subtle or well-crafted examples of this. Instead Austen as narrator is outright sarcastic in her observations, and while maybe not as sophisticated when compared … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘Northanger Abbey’ – Jane Austen

REVIEW: ‘In Search of Mary Shelley, The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein’ – Fiona Sampson ARC

'Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged sixteen, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe, as she coped with debt, infidelity and the deaths of three … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘In Search of Mary Shelley, The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein’ – Fiona Sampson ARC