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Contemporary Fiction

Nightingale Point – Luan Goldie

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1 May 2020

This is Luan Goldie’s first novel. She is “an emerging young writer of color”, who is a primary school teacher in England, and her novel is on the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction long list.

The novel tells the story of a working-class community on a housing estate in London….


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Historical Fiction

Sin Eater – Megan Campisi

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1 May 2020

Like many other readers, I was surprised to have learnt that Sin Eaters really existed that that they continued well into the beginning of the 20th century.

The story of a teenage orphaned girl who for a petty crime is forced to become a sin eater moved me deeply. The…


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Historical Fiction Thriller

The Art of Dying – Ambrose Parry

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1 May 2020

As I’m interested in the history of medicine this is a book that appeals. ✔️ Set in Edinburgh? Another ✔️. Featuring Dr James Simpson of chloroform fame? ✔️ Brilliant characters in the aforementioned Simpson, Dr Will Raven and Sarah Fisher? ✔️ An intriguing mystery? ✔️ I could go on!!…


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Womens Fiction

City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert

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1 May 2020

I love this book! Vivian Morris, 20, is banished to New York in disappointment by her parents after being sent down from Vasser after failing to attend a single class. She’s to live with her Aunt Peg who owns the Lily Theatre Company which performs something like revues with…


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Contemporary Fiction

We Are Not in the World – Conor O’Callaghan

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30 April 2020

Broken

We Are Not in the World is a haunting, disturbing and highly original story of a father and daughter travelling across England and France in a haulage truck, and discovering more about their relationship and past in all its raw candour. A story that is deeply emotional and vividly brought…


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Mystery Thriller

Little Secrets – Jennifer Hillier

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26 April 2020

Devious

Little four-year-old Sebastian and his mother Marin Machado are shopping in a crowded shopping centre in Seattle, just before Christmas. The air is filled with excitement and anticipation. As Marin drops Sebastian’s hand to respond to a text message, the next two hundred and forty seconds will see the…


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Childrens

Happy Tails – Joy Metzer

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24 April 2020

Happy Tails is a fabulous children’s book targeted primarily at the eight to twelve age group, although a younger audience would also enjoy it. The story is told in the third person through the eyes of a young female pup, Jitterbug, coming into the world and fascinated by everything she…


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Mystery Thriller

The Split – Sharon Bolton

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20 April 2020

Breach

The Split is an outstanding psychological thriller that is throbbing with suspense and suspicion. A past that is slowly uncloaked, revealing dark and horrific crimes that are haunting and driving alarming consequences in the present.

“Felicity crawls into the cupboard and wraps the duvet around her as she settles herself into…


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Contemporary Fiction Humour

Logging Off – Nick Spalding

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19 April 2020

Rebalancing

In our world of instant communications, information overload, connected devices and online communities have we become slaves to the relentless appetite of the internet? Are we addicted to data? Nick Spalding has a formula for taking many of these real-world (and often sensitive) issues and building an entertaining and…


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Mystery Thriller

What Lies Between Us – John Marrs

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15 April 2020

Vengeance

What Lies Between Us is a dark psychological thriller that will disturb your concept of a mother and daughter relationship. What has happened to have caused such a taut hatred? To smile and engage with light conversation while underneath plotting to be free while violence lurks, that will shock to…

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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