From the start of Alison Moore’s quietly creepy book, the expectations are that not all will end well. Continue reading
What happens when the good man you married isn’t all he seems to be?
In fact, he’s much, much worse than Katerina Rowe, a church deacon in the historic plague village of Eyam, could ever imagine.
And the tension is palpable as Kat slowly realises her life is built on a lie and Leon, the husband she adores, is a crook and a scoundrel.
But is he also a murderer?
Murder Undeniable is a promising start to a new crime fiction series from prolific Sheffield-based writer Anita Waller. Continue reading
Everyone needs the right mix of Hope and Christmas Spirit and the mysterious Natalie Hope has both in abundance.
She’s a woman on a mission: every December she has just 24 days to make sure four unhappy people have a Christmas to remember.
This year she’s landed in the small town of Winstanton, twenty miles north of Glasgow, and, in next to no time, she’s working her magic: re-uniting families, bringing lovers together and generally stirring things up.
It’s all a bit clichéd but who cares? Continue reading
Hopefully CM Taylor won’t take this the wrong way, but I thought the author of Staying On must be a woman.
Partly, this was because the family-orientated thrust of the story seemed a feminine rather than a masculine theme and partly too, because in the opening pages, the authorial voice seemed to be female rather than male – don’t ask me to analyse why, that’s just the way I read it.
But the clincher was that the exploration of the inner lives of the main protagonists was…well, it’s what women writers do. Continue reading
Every so often you get to the end of a book and think: ‘I’d better read that again.’
Fishing with Māui, by Wellington-based author Isa Ritchie, is one such book.
I turned the last page a couple of days ago and I’m still not sure I’ve picked up on all the nuances or that I’ve properly understood what Ritchie was trying to say about the importance of family and tradition; the place of religion (or not!); and the difficulties of being comfortable in your own skin. Continue reading
Losing one patient to suicide is happenstance.
When a second dies it could be coincidence…
But alarm bells start ringing VERY loudly for Dr Sam Willerby, a specialist in post traumatic stress, when suicide claims the life of a third patient.
It’s not just her professional reputation that’s at stake – all three turned to Sam for counselling after surviving a fire on the London Underground – her lover Con is also displaying similar symptoms, and Sam is terrified he too will give in to the voices in his head that tell him he doesn’t deserve to live. Continue reading
The phrase ‘O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive…’ might have been coined especially for Elizabeth Dulcie’s new thriller Corruption!
It wasn’t, of course, the quote is a line from Sir Walter Scott’s 1808 poem, Marmion, but it does provide a perfect summary of the plot of this third, and final instalment, of Dulcie’s Suzanne Jones series.
Corruption! is a more-ish deliciously twisty tangle of deception and false trails and crooks masquerading as caring family men. Continue reading
David Bowie certainly knew what he was talking about when he penned the line: ‘Put on your red shoes and dance…’
Because as beleaguered ex-pat Brits Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina discover in Isabella May’s sunny third novel Costa del Churros, it really is possible to dance your troubles away.
Or, at least, in the case of the four friends, confidence on the dance floor translates into an ability to face head on the issues that are making their lives a misery.
And, boy, despite the happy faces they try and present to the world, all four women are seriously unhappy. Continue reading
This is one of those books I’ve always thought I should read, but it was only when it appeared on my local Book Club list, that I finally got around to it. It’s not a new release – in fact, it’s almost fifty years since it was published, so perhaps it could be described now as something of a classic. Continue reading
It is a truth NEVER universally acknowledged but women are ALWAYS in the frontline of war.
Whether it’s a war on terror or poverty or internal or external wars against those with differing political, ideological or religious beliefs, women are always dodging bullets fired by men.
And Sleeping Through War is a moving tribute by author Jackie Carreira to the women’s stories that are forgotten in the history books.
It is 1968 and three women are fighting to survive their own personal battleground. Continue reading