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Violeta – Isabel Allende

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22 January 2022

Consequential

Isabel Allende’s latest novel is mesmerising and beautifully written with the authentic feel of a memoir. In 2020, in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, Violeta del Valle, now 100 years old and in her last days, writes to her grandson Camilo recounting her life story. Born in Chile…


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Dystopian Mystery

Corinth 2642 AD – Bindiya Schaefer

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4 January 2022

Division

Bindiya Schaefer’s debut book was a surprising gem, delivering a uniquely captivating story packed with drama in a dystopian future. Underlying is an indictment on how we racially see and treat others in our World today. Corinth 2642 AD is a wonderful mix of a dystopian thriller, with contemporary social messages…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

The Last House on the Street – Diane Chamberlain

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13 December 2021

The Last House on the Street is an engaging, thoughtful and horrific mystery that the past cries out to be solved.

As two architects, Kayla Carter and her husband, Jackson, designed and built their dream home in the exclusive Shadow Ridge Estates in Round Hill, North Carolina. Backing onto woods, as…


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Humour

You, Again – Nick Spalding

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9 December 2021

Magnetic

Nick Spalding is guaranteed to make me laugh out loud in every book he writes, and this one is no exception. Nick identifies contemporary issues and crafts situations around them with his own unique and humorous style. You, Again is a story of Joel and Amy travelling on holiday to the…


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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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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…

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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