Review: The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Opening sentence: “‘If you’ll permit me’, said the Stranger, ‘I’d like to tell you a story.’” The Stranger Diaries is brilliant for this reason: it has all the atmosphere and chills of a Gothic novel BUT it’s in a modern day setting AND there’s a good-old detective on the trail of a killer theme mixed […]

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Review: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Published by Hamish Hamilton August 2018 / 336 pages Opening sentence: “Great Achilles.” The Silence of the Girls is a version of Homer’s Iliad but – here’s the twist – it’s mainly told from the point of view of one of the women, Briseis, who shines a light on the awful way women were treated […]

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What I’m Reading – WWW Wednesday: 13th November 2019

Oh, hello November’s WWW Wednesday post! This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. If you’re curious about what other people are reading right now too, join in! All you have to do is answer the three bookish questions below and pop your blog link on Sam’s weekly post […]

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Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Book Lovers

With only 6 weeks to go until Christmas, you have started thinking about gifts for your bookish pals, right? If not, don’t worry, I’m here to help! Now you could buy the book lover in your life the latest thriller or must-read biography, I mean we’re never going to be sad unwrapping a book on […]

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Review: Why Mummy Doesn’t Give a ****! by Gill Sims

Opening sentence: “The first day back at work after Christmas and New Year is always a bit of a slog.” Why Mummy Doesn’t Give a ****! is the third in this hilarious series by Gill Sims (I actually still haven’t read the original – Why Mummy Drinks – but really will rectify that soon. I […]

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Audiobook Review: Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

Opening sentence: “Mrs Ariadne Oliver had gone with a friend, with whom she was staying, Judith Butler, to help with the preparation of a children’s party, which was to take place that same evening.” I was drawn to this particular book in Agatha’s vast catalogue for two reasons. The first: timing (there’s nothing like a […]

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Monthly Review: October 2019

Could it really be an October book review summary without one or two (mildly) spooky books in the mix? Alongside those books, I was lucky enough to take part in not one, but two blog tours this month, for (non-spooky) Brando’s Bride and The Glittering Hour (full reviews below). Very different books, the first was […]

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