His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

This book is kind of unusual. Purporting to be the culmination of the research of the author into one of his own ancestors, it’s a collection of documents relating to a brutal murder that takes place in the Scottish Highlands during the 1800’s. It’s a time when crofters worked rented land owned by the laird,…

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

There are days when it’s raining or or nights when it’s chilly and you just want to curl up with a bestseller, easy read thriller. You could do a lot worse than this one. It’s one of those books that gets labelled as the next Girl On The Train. And perhaps that’s about right. I…

Incognito by Khaled Talib

The Pope has been kidnapped. Is it the work of terrorists? Or does the rabbit hole go a lot deeper than that? Enter the League Of Invisible Knights, a secret order of highly trained professionals sworn to fight the forces of evil. Ayden Tanner, an ex-SAS commando, with two colleagues, descends on the scene, and…

The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

I picked this up because I really like books like Like Water For Chocolate, stories that have a hint of magic, but that are otherwise kind of about everyday life. (Magic realism is one of our favourite genres). Rose Edelstein is turning 9 when her mother makes her a beautiful lemon cake with chocolate icing.…

Giveaway: Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins previous book, The Girl On The Train, was a huge bestseller. This is her follow up book, which is the story of a murder. Nel Abbot is found dead in the Drowning Pool, a place where witches used to be drowned, and which has a reputation of being a haunted place, where local…

Prague Nights by Benjamin Black

Prague Nights is a historical crime novel from Man Booker Prize winning author John Banville, whose pen name is Benjamin Black, and who is well known for the Quirke crime series. This book was sent to me by Penguin books for a review. Although this book starts with a murder, it’s really about intrigue at…

Heritage: A Transcend Novel by Addie Hunter

In the small town of Arhaus, Nevada, three girls have been mysteriously gifted super powers. As they practice their powers and fight crime, they must keep them secret from their friends and family, and also compete with the other superheroes in their town, three boys, who seem quite familiar. When a strange symbol starts to…

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Alice Blackwell is America’s First Lady, wife of the US President. But first, she was Alice Lindgren, a normal American girl. She grew up in the suburbs, with her parents, an only child, and her grandmother, an outspoken woman who loved to read. She experienced tragedy early, and went on to become a librarian at…

Zodiac by Robert Graysmith

I could not put this book down. I read it in two sittings. I’m not the kind of person who reads loads of true crime or serial killer stories, perhaps for the obvious reason that they are so tragic and sad, and also quite terrifying. So why is this book different? Robert Graysmith was a…

The Institute by Vincent Bijlo

Vincent Bijlo is more well known in The Netherlands where he works in TV, radio and theatre, as well as in stand up comedy, so I had never heard of him before Holland Park Press asked me to review this book for them. (As always, all opinions herein are my own, and the book was…