Review: Snap by Belinda Bauer

Opening sentence: “It was so hot in the car that the seats smelled as though they were melting.” My first thought on finishing Snap was that I’m a little baffled as to how it managed to nab itself a prestigious Man Booker Prize nomination. Yes, it is a cracking fast-paced crime thriller – but does it […]

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Audiobook Review: The Hoarder by Jess Kidd

Opening sentence: “He has a curious way of moving through his rubbish, he leans into it, skimming down the corridors like a fearless biker on a hairpin bend.” I purposely didn’t read anything about the plot of The Hoarder before starting it. I loved the unexpected elements of Jess Kidd’s debut novel, Himself, so wanted to be […]

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Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Opening sentence: “She is looking at me.” Set in Woodview, Florida we meet our lead character in a bar, he calls himself Tobias, says he’s deaf and goes home with a woman he has just met. He then goes back to where he lives and tells us, “At home, all is quiet. My wife, Millicent, […]

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Review: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Opening sentence: “The new doctor took her by surprise.” When a book comes with a quote on the cover from the legendary Susan Hill (‘Terrific. The perfect setting, great build-up, chilling. What more could you want?’), you know you’re in for a great read. The Silent Companions was Laura Purcell’s debut novel and is a […]

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Monthly Review: April 2019

Last month I mentioned I was going through a little reading slump but I’m VERY pleased to say that it’s over! So a big shout out and thank you to Sleep for being the book to get me back into my reading groove – it’s a fab murder mystery with a twist that I raced through. […]

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Commuter Reads: The April Top 11

Reading on my commute is how this blog got its name (I get the 7:47am train to work…) and I often find myself craning my neck around seats to see what books people are reading. I do it unintentionally, I just find I have a natural curiosity when it comes to what other people choose […]

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Review: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Opening sentence: “My dear friend Roz Horowitz met her new husband online dating, and Roz is three years older and fifty pounds heavier than I am, and people have said that she is generally not as well preserved, and so I thought I would try it even though I avoid going online too much.” Young […]

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