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Stand-in Companion – Kazufumi Shiraishi

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10 August 2020

Analogous

Stand-in Companion is a uniquely compelling short story from the award-winning Japanese author Kazufumi Shiraishi. The story alternates between two competing scenarios involving a married couple – Hayato and his wife Yutori. In a future, where a population explosion has deemed it illegal to use IVF as an aid…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Lost Souls – Jonathan Kellerman

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9 August 2020

Disentangle

Lost Souls is an intriguing slow-burn investigative thriller featuring Deputy Coroner Clay Edison in the third instalment of the ‘Clay Edison’ series. As a new parent Clay and his wife Amy have structured their work-life balance to provide the best care they can to their new-born insomniac daughter while saving…


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The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

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3 August 2020

Tormented

The macabre and gruesome gothic style of Edgar Allen Poe is timeless and the author holds his place as one of the greatest horror authors. Ever! There are various works of Edgar Allen Poe available providing complete coverage of his short stories, poems, essays and his novel. This latest…


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Historical Fiction War

Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey – Kathleen Rooney

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28 July 2020

Resolute

The events that surround Cher Ami and Major Charles Whittlesey during WWI are the ingredients of legends and something worth writing about. Ahem! Both contribute to an outstanding account of heroism that is unique, fascinating, gripping, and authentic to the point where it is impossible to disentangle the weave…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield

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26 July 2020

Tributaries

Once Upon a Thames (River) is a beautiful story of mystery, family and community, wonderfully coloured with the art of storytelling, not only in relation to the novel itself but the celebrated pastime of locals in the story at The Swan in Radcot near Oxford. The historic Thames is the…


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Literary Fiction

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World – Laura Imai Messina

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12 July 2020

Rebuilding

A beautifully written story that flows through ravaged loss, desolation, resilience, hope, and the promise of a future with love and peace. The Phone Box at the End of the World by Laura Imai Messina is a book that gently enriches the soul and beats with a loving serenity.

The harrowing aftermath…


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Crime Horror

Beyond the Blue Girl – H.K. Belvedere

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6 July 2020

Depravity

Beyond the Blue Girl is one of the most horrific and disturbing books I have read, not for graphic scenes in fictional horror, but that you can imagine very sick individuals aka psychopaths, engaging in these activities. What would extremely rich people do for excitement if they have no conscience…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Knife Edge – Simon Mayo

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4 July 2020

Terror

Knife Edge is a contemporary thriller that seems to resonate on various levels with current global issues, including multiple terrorist groups and an attack on the press. In this book, I actually mean an attack on the press. A muggy May morning and within twenty-nine minutes, seven investigative journalists working…


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Contemporary Fiction

Idle Hands – Cassondra Windwalker

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3 July 2020

Oh my goodness, this book is amazing! Perdie is struggling with a dilemma which many victims of domestic abuse face. Should she leave her violent and manipulative husband Matt and risk her children (Hannah, Rachel and Tad) growing up in the possible poverty of a single parent family struggling…


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Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Womens Fiction

The Weight of Love – Hilary Fannin

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3 July 2020

This is a first novel that doesn’t read like a first novel. The author is clearly an accomplished writer, a journalist and playwright in Ireland, and now a novelist. The prose of this novel captivates the reader from beginning to end. It is not simply the skilled use of…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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