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Womens Fiction

Who I Was Before – Denise Black

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28 October 2020

Demanding

Who I Was Before is a tricky book for a man to critique considering the premise is a story of a woman, a mother, a wife, and the difficulties in balancing home life with young children, a husband and the mounting struggles to find liberation and personal space. It would…


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Crime Thriller

The Nothing Man – Catherine Ryan Howard

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18 October 2020

Minatory

Catherine Ryan Howard has composed a book that lifts to unique levels the experience of reading thrillers with a wily plot of perilous tension and a writing craft that amplifies the fascination with the cold remorseless mind of a serial killer.

The remarkable sense of this thriller is that it…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

When She Was Good – Michael Robotham

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17 October 2020

Disentangle

When She Was Good is a gritty and nerve-racking thriller that reveals a backdrop of unthinkable child abuse, and a cast of characters that are absorbing and mysterious. Cyrus Haven and Evie alternately narrate the story as two characters that are brilliantly drawn and captivating. Both have disturbing pasts but…


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Fantasy Young Adult

Sanguine Spell – Ahava Trivedi

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8 October 2020

Bewitching

The latest release of Ahava Trivedi’s YA urban fantasy series provides enthralling storytelling that is a joy to read. Sanguine Spell is captivating as it draws you into the adventure Katerina and her friends are on, namely Safi, her boyfriend Ulrich, Natalie and Valenthia. To create a sustainable fantasy series requires…


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Humour

Firing Blancs – Peter Stafford-Bow

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18 September 2020

Maneuver

The exploits of wine aficionado Felix Hart continue in his latest satirical novel of the wine industry. Firing Blancs, is a colourful adventure where uncompromising situations seem to follow Felix and humour drips off every page. Felix Hart is the head wine buyer for Gatesave Supermarkets and sources wines from…


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Crime Mystery

One by One – Ruth Ware

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14 September 2020

Elimination

The concept of One by One is really appealing in an Agatha Christie way, where a remote location gets cut-off from the outside world and one by one the stranded characters are murdered, with the killer being one of them.

Erin and Danny operate a ski chalet in France and are hosting…


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Literary Fiction

Strange Flowers – Donal Ryan

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11 September 2020

Incomparable

The anticipation is thrilling when you start a new Donal Ryan book, and it finishes with a mix of satisfaction and longing – this form continues with his latest novel. Strange Flowers is a beautifully written family drama that treats us to a cast of characters that take the story through…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Snow – John Banville

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3 September 2020

Shroud

A deeply attentive plot that is clever and watchful through the characters that are so wonderfully drawn. There are many subtle nuances that enable John Banville to play with scenarios that are intriguing to observe, particularly the relationship between the preeminent catholic church in Ireland and the protestant citizens…


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Nonfiction

The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 – Tim Madigan

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18 August 2020

The most catastrophic race riot in American history occurred in the summer of 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Eighty years later, a state committee formed to officially address the tragedy concluded that the 18 hours of civil unrest that devastated the black neighborhood of Greenwood was more a massacre than…


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Fantasy Literary Fiction

A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom – John Boyne

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18 August 2020

Searching

A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom is a story of human history brimming with mythical vibrancy as we are invited to explore the world through a nonlinear lens. The challenge is to see the progress of a man’s life and his experiences from birth to an elderly grandfather over…

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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