The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

Sometimes you read a book and you just aren’t sure why you didn’t enjoy it more. Perhaps other things were going on in your life at the time or maybe you were just too tired. It’s hard to say. Sadly this is where I am with The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine. The more […]

The Widow by Fiona Barton

If you have pesky commitments like a day job, mortgage, kids, then picking up The Widow by Fiona Barton, is probably not your best idea. Some books, the best kind, demand to be read from the second you pick them up and The Widow is one such novel. Jean Taylor is the kind of woman […]

The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

I bought The Daughter right on the back of having read and loved What She Knew. What She Knew, by Gilly Macmillan, had opened my eyes to a genre that I had thought, as a parent, would be impossible to enjoy, namely the missing child story. For years I had steered clear of any such […]

How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

I know what you are thinking, Dear Reader. You are guessing that The Husband purchased this book, having seen the title, in hope of some improvements on the home front! Alas, no, I have no one but myself to thank for this little odyssey. Myself and the marvellous writing of Emma Chapman. How to be […]

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

Imagine yourself in Bob Hope Airport, Burbank, Los Angeles, at about 5pm on a Saturday afternoon. There is only one shop open because your flight is the last one leaving. That shop only seems to sell candy, pop and the new Amy Schumer book, which although doubtless hilarious, you don’t really feel like reading in […]

The Lake House by Kate Morton

I have read every novel Kate Morton has written, not because I am a huge fan, but because they can guarantee me a certain type of satisfaction or pleasure. Each of her novels possesses a great band of characters, a well devised plot (if I recollect correctly, split between the present and the past), some […]

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan

I’m currently reading and actively enjoying The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, so why then am I sitting here and writing a review of What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan? Furthermore, why has ‘The Husband’ been sent away with What She Knew on his trip to the UK? The answer if of course simple. I opened […]

The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard

A very busy friend of mine, Mrs M, recommended The Drowning Girls to me. She loves to read but, by virtue of being a teacher, finds very little time outside of summer to do so. I’m always very wary of book recommendations (oh, the irony!) particularly when there is the physical donation of the book […]

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 […]

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Spoiler Alert!!!! Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes is the follow-up to You. If, like me, you loved You, then this is an utterly unmissable sequel. I bought it whilst reading Little Women and naturally enough found myself skipping a week’s worth of Daughter imposed reading deadlines in order to binge read this beauty. The problem […]