Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I have never viewed myself as much of a Halloween person. I tend to see it as a bother, rather than a seasonal celebration, but this year I missed it. In some ways, I went through the rhythms of the season; a trip to the pumpkin patch, my friend’s – socially distanced – pumpkin carving […]

The Drowned Detective by Neil Jordan

I love the way The Drowned Detective, by Neil Jordan, is written. It just feels so incredibly oblique and dreamlike, which works well in the confusion of the story itself and our inability as reader to tell the difference between what is real and imagined. Does the title of the book refer to the fact […]

Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

Two words spring to mind when I consider the novels of Simone St. James: literary crack. Truly, I have no idea exactly why I enjoy her writing so much, but I have now read all four of her novels and bought them for my mother too. I can hardly wait for her fifth novel to […]

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

Rooms is a very clever book. It has taken me quite a long time to write this review, largely because I really wasn’t too sure when I finished this story what I thought of it. I knew I liked it, but did I really love it? Rooms is a ghost story, but not like any […]

Slade House by David Mitchell

A friend and I were recently discussing David Mitchell and just what a great career he has had. Her observation was that he was ‘a very male writer’, creative, logical and left of center. Although these characteristics are not only associated with male novelists, I could see what she meant. Many years ago, I read […]

The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne

I am straight up going to say it. I loved this book. One of the single best things about my job is the summer holiday. Last Friday I had promised my children a bicycle ride, dog walk and other marvelous things, none of which they actually wanted. I was greeted that morning by Child Number […]