Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman

Ethan Ford is a pillar of the community and still madly in love with his wife after 13 years together and their son, Collie, is a calm, happy teen. But in Ethan’s past is a massive secret that’s about to come out: he used to go by another name in and committed a horrible rape…

221b Baker Street, London: A visit to Sherlock Holmes house.

Certain books were a fixture in our house growing up, and I can remember winters by the fire with illustrated editions of various Victorian novels. Amongst my favourites were the Sherlock Holmes series. (I think everyone in my family loves a mystery story, my mum remembered her Grandmother reading Agatha Christie at the breakfast table…

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

McMurphy is a free spirit and gambler who manages to get transferred to a mental asylum to escape the work unit in prison. But he finds that he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he takes on Nurse Ratched. Written in the 60’s and set in Oregon, the book says so much about…

Butterflies In November by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

Disarmingly cheerful, witty and bittersweet, this is the story of a woman who finds herself suddenly single, responsible for a deaf child and the winner of a huge lottery. She decides that a road trip to rethink her life is in order. It’s an odd book. Characters they meet on the road often give little…

Some changes to CravenWild…

Hi guys, I started this blog as a place to put all my posts about books that were cluttering up my blog about movies, which is kind of my main site. You can check it out here at Wildfire Movies, if you’re curious. I post loads of book reviews, but I also want to branch out…

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Two intelligent misfits will finds their lives changed when a new tenant moves into their Paris apartment block. One at the end of her life, the intelligent concierge who hides herself in obscurity, and one beginning her life, a bright 12 year old girl who is frustrated with the hypocrisy of the people around her.…

Dissolution by C J Sansom

During the political and religious unrest of the dissolution of the monasteries, a commissioner from Thomas Cromwell is murdered at a Benedictine monastery that he was sent to investigate. When Commissioner Shardlake is sent to investigate the murder, he finds murder and corruption, and a race against time to find a killer. But nothing is…

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Theo Decker is a 13 year old boy, who ducks into a New York gallery with his ex-model mother on the way to a meeting with his principle about his recent behaviour. But while they’re in the gallery, a bomb explodes, killing his mother and knocking him out. Half concussed, he comforts a stranger who…

Angel Landing by Alice Hoffman

Natalie is a social worker whose romance is going nowhere. Her boyfriend Carter is head of a group of activists, and although he’s lovely, he frequently gets too caught up in changing the world to have time for her. When she follows him to the small town of Angel Landing, she moves in with her…