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Thriller

The Family Across the Street – Nicole Trope

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30 November 2021

Captive

In this tense, gripping novel, Nicole Trope has written a domestic psychological thriller that feels alarmingly authentic and keeps a compelling momentum from the opening scene to the deadly conclusion. Could what happened The Family Across the Street happen to any family across the street?

On Hogarth Street, an affluent area in…


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Reviews

Rules of Civility – Amor Towles

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22 November 2021

Privilege

Rule 1:“Every Action in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.”

On New Year’s Eve 1937, just as America puts the Great Depression in its rearview and Europe is dangerously moving towards war, Katey Kontent and Eve Ross decide to enjoy the New…


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Fantasy Literary Fiction

In the Shadow of Time – Kevin Ansbro

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15 November 2021

Inheritance

Kevin Ansbro is an author who excels in raising your spirits and immersing you in an absorbing novel. Full of enthralling action and clever humour, In the Shadow of Time is Kevin’s latest book, and it had me lost for words for a long time after I finished it. I’m glad…


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Fantasy

Medusa – Jessie Burton

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5 November 2021

Vigilant

Jessie Burton’s retelling of the Medusa story turns several of the recognised elements about Medusa on its head. This book asserts the tale of a woman as fascinating as anyone in Greek mythology and certainly one of the most tragic. Burton’s interpretation of Medusa is not the stereotypical fixation of a…


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Crime Thriller

Trick or Treat – Katerina Diamond

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26 October 2021

Concealed

Trick or Treat is the seventh book in the Imogen Grey and Adrian Miles series. Over this remarkable series, Katerina Diamond has keenly developed her two main characters with authentic complexity, often experiencing emotional and psychological turmoil while maintaining effective capabilities as detectives to unravel many intricate plots. I am…


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Fantasy Short Stories

A Spindle Splintered – Alix E. Harrow

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24 October 2021

Fractured

To say fairy tales are only full of fun, magic, and songs would be a false assumption. From the Grimm Brothers, regional folklore, and Disney, there is a sinister side in most tales; whether it be narcissism or murder, child abuse or kidnapping, evil spells and witches, or some…


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Crime Mystery

Over My Dead Body – Jeffery Archer

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13 October 2021

Disjointed

I’m not a fan of Jeffery Archer as a person, but he has written some great novels. His latest crime thriller Over My Dead Body illustrates many glimpses of his keen ability to develop police procedural plots with complexity and pace. Overall, though, this was a book that left me frustrated…


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Literary Fiction

Oh William! – Elizabeth Strout

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12 October 2021

Journey

Elizabeth Strout has contributed significantly to my favourites bookshelf with her two unforgettable characters: Olive Kitteridge and Lucy Barton. Both women were crafted from the discerning and expressive observational talent of Elizabeth Strout. Lucy Barton spent her early life in abject poverty, an extreme situation that shaped her personality…


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Crime Mystery

The Man Who Died Twice – Richard Osman

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4 October 2021

Richard Osman is a popular TV personality in the UK, and has now released the second book in what is becoming a best-selling series. The Thursday Murder Club was established by four fascinating characters, all seniors, but determined to use their career skills and experience to help solve murder…


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Mystery Science Fiction

She Wouldn’t Change a Thing – Sarah Adlakha

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28 September 2021

Choices

Time travel is such a mesmerising concept. Our fascination with returning to the past to relive precious moments, provide a heads up on the future (Humm lottery numbers), or prevent a devastating event keeps us enthralled in the many tales told. She Wouldn’t Change a Thing is a time travel story…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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