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Fantasy Literary Fiction

Catch the Moon, Mary – Wendy Waters

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July 1, 2019

Mellifluous

“The curse of being an artist is never knowing if you’re good enough. It’s torture trying to bridge the gap between imagination and expression.”

Catch the Moon, Mary is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read. It lifts you to another level of wonderment, with mesmerising lyrical prose, infused with…


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Poetry

Poems from a Runaway – Ben Westwood

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June 29, 2019

RetreatedPoetry is deeply personal to the poet, it has meaning and an outpouring of emotion; nostalgia, pain, love and truth. As much as trying to appreciate a poem for its face value there is always a draw to appreciate the underlying personal expression taking place. Ben was a young…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Chain – Adrian McKinty

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June 25, 2019

Coercion

This book needs a seat belt because it blasts off at some serious speed. The opening chapters are shocking and the principle of The Chain is completely unique and deeply unsettling. Rachel Klein is a divorced single mother, with a 13-year-old daughter, Kylie. She has just been appointed to a new…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

I Looked Away – Jane Corry

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June 23, 2019

Attrition

I Looked Away is a wonderfully crafted and absorbing psychological thriller from the very talented Jane Corry. The novel is cleverly plotted where you know there’s a major twist coming and it teases in the background as you become instantly captivated by the personal accounts of the two main characters,…


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Crime Mystery

Started Early, Took My Dog – Kate Atkinson

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June 18, 2019

Kate Atkinson’s fourth book in the Jackson Brodie series, Started Early, Took My Dog is another intriguing crime mystery novel that illustrates just how wonderful her characterisations and plotting are. What I appreciate Kate for is that while Jackson Brodie is the series protagonist, she will place other characters at the…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Black Summer – M.W. Craven

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June 17, 2019

Exoneration

Black Summer is the eagerly awaited second book in the Washington Poe series, from Mike Craven. It is an outstanding return for Poe and his colleague, Tilly Bradshaw, in a thriller that is as captivating, dazzling and edgy, as any crime mystery I’ve read this year. Poe and Tilly have…


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Nonfiction Short Stories

Weirder War Two – Richard Denham

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June 16, 2019

Curiouser

Weirder War Two: More Strange Facts, Unsolved Mysteries and Tall Tales from the Second World War is a continuation from the first book with 101 new facts and tales. ‘Weirder’ is a useful term for the follow-on book, but the truth is, the stories are less weird, but still very…


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Literary Fiction

Night Boat to Tangier – Kevin Barry

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June 15, 2019

Anguish

Night Boat to Tangier is a powerful and expressive novel with fascinating characters that have corrupted and harmed themselves and those around them. Kevin Barry’s unforgiving poetic style nails the moments that linger in the mind well after the words are gone. 

Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond are two ageing, disfigured,…


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Literary Fiction

The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

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June 13, 2019

Ambition 

The White Tiger is a contemporary fictional account of ambition and the life options available to a person in the rigid and harsh class-based society of India, which is administered through unbridled corruption.

Aravind Adiga came along with the wave of fantastic Indian authors providing insights into their country and the…


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Historical Fiction Thriller

Nucleus – Rory Clements

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June 12, 2019

Nucleus is the second book in this series and with this book, Rory Clements did an incredibly good job of creating a unique and thrilling fictional piece of work, whilst amalgamating many historical events and conflicts that were occurring during the Second World War period. 

I think it clever to incorporate…

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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