• Book review: Riptides by Kirsten Alexander

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Permalink

    I feel like I’m a latecomer to Riptides by Kirsten Alexander as it seems to have been out for a while, though really it’s only been a month or two. It’s been hugely popular however and (I understand) already reprinted twice.

    Alexander offers readers a challenging narrative as we wonder what we’d do in a similar situation but I must admit what I loved most about this book was the trip down memory lane as it’s set in 1974-1975. I would have only been six years of age at the time but it brought back far more memories than I expected.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

    Saturday, March 7, 2020 Permalink

    Apparently Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin appeared on several ‘books to look out for in 2020’ type listings prior to its release last month.

    I’ve mentioned before I never read other reviews before I’ve written my own and rarely (even after that) check out feedback on Goodreads (or similar).

    In this case however—on closing the last page—I did mark it off as ‘read’ on Goodreads and scrolled down to see what others were saying. Because I was, and still am, kinda torn.

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    four-stars
  • Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival

    Friday, March 6, 2020 Permalink

    My creativity is always piqued when I meet writers and they talk about their craft. So just after I returned home from my 2018 trip to Italy (involving a week or two either side of my week-long writing retreat in Tuscany… and doesn’t that roll off the tongue far too easily?!) I was on the lookout for ways to prevent my writing mojo from withering and dying. Again.

    And I came across the Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival in Queensland.

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  • Book review: The Second Wife by Rebecca Fleet

    Thursday, March 5, 2020 Permalink

    This book wasn’t at all what I expected. Given the title I was expecting some first wife vs second wife battle rife with petty jealousy and sneaky sabotage.

    Had I been the sort of person to check the backcover blurb before reading I would have had a better idea what was coming, but I tend to dive straight in when I choose my nightly reading fodder, so I was pleasantly surprised (as am a bit over bitchy wives’ tales).

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Our Dark Secret by Jenny Quintana

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Permalink

    Our Dark Secret is Jenny Quintana’s second novel. Her first, The Missing Girl, (shockingly about a girl going missing, though also its impact on those left behind) which I read and reviewed, was published in 2017.

    As this book’s about the discovery of skeletal remains and unfolds in a couple of timeframes ,there’s again a theme around past events and… secrets.

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    three-half-stars
  • Book review: Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough

    Saturday, February 29, 2020 Permalink

    Every so often a book comes along in which you hate ALL of the characters and don’t really care if they live or die.

    Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough was that book for me.

    Don’t get me wrong. The story itself is kinda interesting, and the characters complex. But they weren’t likeable. At all.

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    three-stars
  • Book review: The River Home by Hannah Richell

    Friday, February 28, 2020 Permalink

    A local friend was raving about Hannah Richell’s writing (and books) and I had to admit I hadn’t read any.

    Thankfully I’d requested her latest and I can see why my fellow-avid-reader loves her work. Her writing is stunning. I’m not a very visual person so some of her incredibly descriptive prose is probably wasted on me, but she strings words and phrasing together in an almost lyrical fashion. As if it comes easily.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Permalink

    I starting reading this book amidst a terrible case of murder / suicide in my home state. Domestic violence rather than child abuse reared its ugly head but it involved the murder of a family – as a result – there have been many discussions since about men hurting children they purport to love.

    Kelly Rimmer’s latest book Truths I Never Told You unfolds from the points of view of two women. One struggling to engage with her child, and the other struggling against the urge to lash out and harm hers.

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    three-half-stars