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Mystery Thriller

The Maidens – Alex Michaelides

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5 June 2021

Ulterior

The Maidens is a clever psychological thriller steeped in the academic atmosphere of Cambridge University and with a final twist, I only partially saw coming.

“The oracles agree, in order to defeat the enemy and save the city, a maiden must be sacrificed, a maiden of noble birth.”

I’m a sucker for…


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Contemporary Fiction Humour

The Echo Chamber – John Boyne

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23 May 2021

Fabricated

John Boyne is one of my favourite contemporary authors and I know I’m biased from the outset, but he has been that good to get me there. JB is very astute, with a deep understanding of plot, themes, characters and relationships, so from the beginning when you encounter awful…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

Circus of Wonders – Elizabeth Macneal

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15 May 2021

Diversity

Elizabeth Macneal has written a superb historical fiction novel that is full of drama and adventure. Set against the Victorian obsession with oddities, freaks, and wonders, many captivating story threads bring us mystery, intrigue, and the enthralling draw of circus life and performance. Nell is a young woman living…


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Mystery Thriller

The Maidens – Alex Michaelides

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11 May 2021

Mariana Andres receives a call from her distressed niece Zoe who is studying at Cambridge University. There has been a brutal murder and Zoe fears it is her friend Tara. Mariana travels to Cambridge as quickly as she can and becomes drawn into the dark orbit of Professor Edward…


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Mystery Thriller

Girl in the Walls A.J. Gnuse

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10 May 2021

Home

Girl in the Walls is a unique story of survival and how we acknowledge the concept of ‘home’. Is home where we belong and feel safe – what a compelling story if two strangers have the same view over the same house. There is a glaring mystery behind the nature…


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Reviews

“Drift” by L.T Ryan and Brian Christopher Shea

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4 May 2021

Upon the suggestions on Twitter, I decided to look up a book from a narrator I did know, and that narrator is Maryne Young. Moreover, she so sweetly suggested I listen to this specific book, and so using my Audible credit for the month, I purchased up “Drift” by…


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Contemporary Fiction

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev – Dawnie Walton

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3 May 2021

Rock-Duo

Opal and Nev are the most unlikely of partners who could not be more different. With such a range of personalities, image, background, culture, race and behaviours, they provide such a fascinating contrast in an industry that is always seeking the new outrageous star. The development of their journey…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

A Corruption of Blood – Ambrose Parry

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29 April 2021

Inheritance

The wonderfully historic city of Edinburgh is home to this atmospheric murder mystery. Set in the mid-nineteenth century the medical advances, social behaviours, class system and exclusion of women from the professions, set the tone for this dark tale of deception and murder.

Dr Will Raven and Sarah Fisher are…


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Childrens

The One Great Gnome by Jeff Dinardo

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27 April 2021

Children’s literature isn’t usually my favorite thing to review, but I saw this on Netgalley, and I thought it looked charming. The cover is delightful, whimsical and the written tales of gnomes have always delighted me. Today I’m reviewing the Audiobook for “The One Great Gnome” by Jeff Dinardo,…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

Fields of Grace – Wendy Waters

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26 April 2021

Feu sacré

Fields of Grace is an absorbing novel, epic in its ability to build a compelling story around a leading character, and transport her life through years of adventure, drama and relationships, and arrive at a point on the final day of her life with profound secrets to reveal. Wendy…

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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