REVIEW: The Good Daughter, Karin Slaughter

Monday, 29 October 2018


Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy smalltown family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defence attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again - and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised - Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case which can't help triggering the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried for ever...

REVIEW: Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss

Thursday, 25 October 2018


Teenage Silvie is living in a remote Northumberland camp as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is an abusive man, obsessed with recreating the discomfort, brutality and harshness of Iron Age life. Behind and ahead of Silvie's narrative is the story of a bog girl, a sacrifice, a woman killed by those closest to her, and as the hot summer builds to a terrifying climax, Silvie and the Bog girl are in ever more terrifying proximity. 

REVIEW: The Reckoning, Clár Ni Chonghaile #BLOGTOUR

Tuesday, 23 October 2018


I have a story to tell you, Diane. It is my story and your story and the story of a century that remade the world. When we reach the end, you will be the ultimate arbiter of whether it was worth your time. You will also sit in judgment on me.In a cottage in Normandy, Lina Rose is writing to the daughter she abandoned as a baby. Now a successful if enigmatic author, she is determined to trace her family’s history through the two world wars that shaped her life. But Lina can no longer bear to carry her secrets alone, and once the truth is out, can she ever be forgiven?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Autumn 2018) - Progress Report

Sunday, 21 October 2018


Here we go, here we go, here we go.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Autumn 2018) – TBR

Friday, 19 October 2018


I am an adult now. Which means that, alongside the people with buttons for eyes and pet cats rising from the dead, other (far more real) things scare the shit out of me too. Like racism, and rape culture, and police brutality, and whatever is being said when I turn on the news. This Halloween, the first in which I won't be donning devil horns and partying up a storm, I thought I'd get a bit more serious and use my reading material to truly examine all of the horrors that make up our culture. 
After-all, Donald Trump and Brexit and the realities of climate change, plague my nightmares more than anything that could reside in the shadows.

REVIEW: The Water Cure, Sophie Mackintosh

Wednesday, 17 October 2018


Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them - three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake. The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation.

REVIEW: Simone de Beauvoir (Little People, Big Dreams), Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara

Monday, 15 October 2018


New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the incredible life of Simone de Beauvoir, the great French philosopher, in this true story of her life. With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Autumn 2018) – Book Bingo (Week 3)

Saturday, 13 October 2018

The creator of this book bingo said this week would be the most difficult and holy shit, she wasn't joking.

REVIEW: That Old Black Magic, Cathi Unsworth

Thursday, 11 October 2018


April 1943: four boys playing in Hagley Woods, Essex make a gruesome discovery. Inside an enormous elm tree, there is the body of a woman, her mouth stuffed with a length of cloth. As the case goes cold, mysterious graffiti starts going up across the Midlands: 'Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?' To Ross Spooner, a police officer working undercover for spiritualist magazine Two Worlds, the messages hold a sinister meaning. He's been on the track of a German spy ring who have left a trail of black magic and mayhem across England, and this latest murder bears all the hallmarks of an ancient ritual. At the same time, Spooner is investigating the case of Helen Duncan, a medium whose messages from the spirit world contain highly classified information. As the establishment joins ranks against Duncan, Spooner must face demons from his own past, uncover the spies hiding beneath the fabric of wartime society - and confront those who suspect that he, too, may not be all he seems...

REVIEW: The Killed Conscience, Jordan Antonacci

Tuesday, 9 October 2018


Still at the beginning of her career, investigative journalist Emilee Weathers is desperate for the perfect story and doesn’t care how she has to get it. When she’s asked to assist in a convicted serial killer’s appeal, it almost seems the perfect story has come banging at her door. But not long after arriving to the mountain town of Pigeon Forge, Emilee discovers the body of another, more recent victim. With the body showing signatures of the already-convicted murderer, Emilee sets out to discover if she’s happened upon the work of a copycat, or if the real killer was ever even caught. The more she looks though, the murkier everything becomes. Police begin withholding information and the killer seems capable of going any length to protect his identity. On top of it all, when her investigations uncover the buried secrets of those closest to her, Emilee questions who it is she can and can’t trust in those mountains, if anyone at all. 

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Autumn 2018) – Book Bingo (Week 2)

Friday, 5 October 2018


Week 2! Do you know what? I'm actually starting to get rather good at this. Expect me to be smug about it at least for another few weeks.