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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Everything My Mother Taught Me – Alice Hoffman

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January 19, 2020

Everything My Mother Taught Me is a poignant story of a mother’s relationship with her daughter, husband, and neighbours. Some women should never be married, some women should never have children, meet Nora Ivie, mother to Adeline. Only a mother that is so narcissistic and devoid of caring for her…


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Big Lies in a Small Town – Diane Chamberlain

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January 18, 2020

Dedication

Big Lies in a Small Town is an amazing story full of mystery, opportunity and loss. It is emotionally absorbing from beginning to end with enthralling secrets and puzzles that maintain a great momentum without dropping gear. The story is told over two time periods from the perspective of two…


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Historical Fiction Supernatural

The Deep – Alma Katsu

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January 17, 2020

A sense of connection drove me to this story and an intriguing twist in
terms of the supernatural sealed its fate. I would bribe the author, publisher
or NetGalley if necessary to get hold of this ASAP. For the record, I didn’t
need to, that’s how NetGalley works – the ARCs, not…


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Literary Fiction

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo

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January 15, 2020

The optimal way for me to experience this novel was to go into it knowing nothing about the story. I only knew that the author was British, a woman, and black. Girl, Woman, Other unfolded for me without preconceptions. Evaristo’s novel explores the lives of people of color, mostly…


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Crime Genre Historical Fiction Mystery Reviews

In All Innocence by C.A Asbrey

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January 14, 2020

I am so fortunate to be a reviewer who has been following a series almost as long as it has been in existence. Today I am doing a much requested and needed review for those following, of C.A Asbury’s, “In All Innocents” which is the 4th book in “The…


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Historical Fiction Romance

The Orphan Thief – Glynis Peters

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January 12, 2020

Endurance

The period of the book is fascinating, set throughout the Second World War, starting when Coventry was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in 1939. The only survivor of the Shadwell family is sixteen years old Ruby who starts to rebuild her life amongst the rubble and war-ravaged lives. The…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

How Beautiful They Were – Boston Teran

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January 10, 2020

Performance

How Beautiful They Were is a beautifully crafted story of adventure through the historical theatre period in England and the United States during the 1830s, 40s and 50s. Packed with drama, racism, revenge, vulnerability and ingenuity, this is an outstanding novel.

John James Beaufort is a talented actor who joins the…


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Crime Thriller

The Unsteady Object of Hope – Robert Raker

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January 5, 2020

Forsaken

The Unsteady Object of Hope is a distinctively bleak and fascinating murder mystery with deep psychological character themes. Robert Raker does a wonderful job creating a dark imposing atmosphere where even the weather is dreary with incessant rain and dark clouds. The mental state of each character exhibits a damaged…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

The Lion’s Den – Anthony Marra

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December 28, 2019

Fortitude

The Lion’s Den is a beautifully written short story that is fascinating, clever, and insidiously probing. Packed with dark humour and satirical prose the observational settings that are painted are vivid and highly revealing. This is a story of a troubled relationship between father and son, with multiple side reflections…


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Crime Mystery

Six Wicked Reasons – Jo Spain

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December 22, 2019

Enmity

Six Wicked Reasons is a compelling story of a dysfunctional family with a recently departed mother, a narcissistic cruel father and six children with a reason to murder their father.

Ten years ago, Adam, one of the six Lattimer children, disappeared without a trace, leaving a devastating impact on his…

Peter Donnelly
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