July 06

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

I’ve read a lot of books in 2017 but only reviewed half of them. Too many have not been worth reviewing; others I’ve been too lazy to review and then there are those I keep going back to that have been reviewed too many times already. The classics. This book doesn’t fall into any of […]

May 02

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Can we just take a moment to look at the cover of this book.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Does it not make you feel light,  bouncy and all spring-like? Well, my dear Readheads, this is Exhibit A in the case between me and ‘Don’t Judge A Book by its Cover’. Rather than feel like I have […]

April 29

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

The story of Lizzie Borden has strangely stuck with me through my adult life since watching the movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden starring Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha in Bewitched) when I was a child. If you don’t know it, Lizzie Borden was tried for murdering her father and step mother in 1892 brutally with an […]

April 17

Hillbilly Elegy by J D Vance

There’s not a single person I know that wouldn’t take something away from this book which probably explains why it’s a number one New York Times Bestseller. Released in late 2016 and timed to perfection, this personal memoir of US businessman J D Vance offers insights into the disintegration of towns and communities in the rust-belt of America. The […]

April 16

Storm and Grace by Kathryn Heyman

Not everything is how it presents. Including this book. On the surface, Storm and Grace could be mistaken for a contemporary Mills and Boon, complete with alpha male and remote island setting. But the reality is the exact opposite. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it’s a clever and very deliberate […]

March 28

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Now don’t let this put you off BUT I really needed a shower reading this book. There was something about it that made me feel grotty –  and a little sick.   If I could scrub Eileen’s house from top to bottom with turps, I might well have felt better. This is a dark,  morbid […]

March 16

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

Deary me, Readheads.  This one will leave you shaken and stirred so if you are a dirty-martini-loving reader, pour yourself a stiff one and dive in.  Same for those of you who prefer a good cup of tea –  just make it a strong one. I have not read anything from Chris Bohjalian before and that […]