Spirited by Julie Cohen. #RandomThingsTours #blogtours #Spirited

I had never read Julie Cohen’s work before so I didn’t know what to expect from her writing. Only a few weeks ago on Twitter I was discussing when a new Sarah Waters novel would be appearing and Spirited by Julie Cohen has definitely filled that gap. It’s also made an impact on me that’sContinue reading “Spirited by Julie Cohen. #RandomThingsTours #blogtours #Spirited”

The Paper Bracelet by Rachael English. #RandomThingsTours #blogtours #ThePaperBracelet #Headline

Rachael English tells a very powerful story about a shameful part of Ireland’s history; the Catholic Church’s homes for ‘wayward girls’. We meet a young girl who has an affair with a married man from her village and becomes pregnant. Her devout parents send for the parish priest and follow his advice to send herContinue reading “The Paper Bracelet by Rachael English. #RandomThingsTours #blogtours #ThePaperBracelet #Headline”

The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith #OrendaBooks #TheWaitingRooms

Wow! This was a tough read in lockdown. There was one point where I was really sweating because it was making me so anxious. Last week I went out for the first time in eight weeks. It was a beautiful sunny day. With the windows down and the music on, it felt like any otherContinue reading “The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith #OrendaBooks #TheWaitingRooms”

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda. #blogtour #CorvusBooks #RandomThingsTours #TheGirlFromWidowHills

Taking the missing child narrative and turning it into something different and new is quite a challenge, but I think this author is successful in exploring what happens beyond the initial drama, where most novels end. Arden Maynor disappeared when she was six years old. Thought to have left the house while sleepwalking, she isContinue reading “The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda. #blogtour #CorvusBooks #RandomThingsTours #TheGirlFromWidowHills”

The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor. #RandomThingsTours #blogtour #TheMiseducationofEvieEpworth #ScribnerBooks

I was only three pages in to this book and I knew that Evie was going to be one of my favourite literary characters. Favourite as in – on my list next to Jo March, Cassandra Mortmain and Adrian Mole, characters I’ve also experienced growing up and setting out into the world. The book wasContinue reading “The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor. #RandomThingsTours #blogtour #TheMiseducationofEvieEpworth #ScribnerBooks”

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. #QuercusBooks #MexicanGothic #blogtour #NetGalley.

Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, those were Catalina’s sort of books. Moors and spiderwebs. Castles too, and wicked stepmothers who force princesses to eat poisoned apples, dark fairies cursing maidens and wizards who turn handsome lords into beasts. When I first started this novel I was a little bit unsure, but I read the aboveContinue reading “Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. #QuercusBooks #MexicanGothic #blogtour #NetGalley.”

Not The Deaths Imagined by Anne Pettigrew #damppebbles #NotTheDeathsImagined #CoverReveal #pettigrew_anne

Fancy some tartan noir? Today I have the cover reveal and pre-order link for Anne Pettigrew’s new novel Not The Deaths Imagined. In 1990s Glasgow, Dr Beth Semple is juggling motherhood and a busy NHS practice. She informs the authorities when she notices an odd pattern of deaths in her area, but they remain unconvinced.Continue reading “Not The Deaths Imagined by Anne Pettigrew #damppebbles #NotTheDeathsImagined #CoverReveal #pettigrew_anne”

Below The Big Blue Sky by Anna McPartlin #RememberRabbitHayes

I read Anna McPartlin’s last novel The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes just last year and remember being profoundly moved by the story of Mia ‘Rabbit’ Hayes and her love for Johnny Faye. Johnny was the singer in her older brother’s band and Rabbit went from lurking around to catch sight of Johnny to becomingContinue reading “Below The Big Blue Sky by Anna McPartlin #RememberRabbitHayes”

The Secrets of Sunshine by Phaedra Patrick. #NetGalley #The SecretsOfSunshine #HQStories

This is a moving and ultimately uplifting story based around the padlocks left on bridges as love tokens. I remember visiting Venice and seeing locks like this on the Rialto Bridge and thinking they were romantic. It had never occurred to me before what might happen if the bridge railings were filled with them. ItContinue reading “The Secrets of Sunshine by Phaedra Patrick. #NetGalley #The SecretsOfSunshine #HQStories”

The Lizard by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart #NetGalley #MuswellPress #TheLizard

This is a thriller that’s bound to put you off letting your kids spend a gap year summer island-hopping in Greece! Dark at heart and so twisty you never know who to trust. Alistair Halston has a broken heart. His university girlfriend Ellie has broken up with him before the summer and has gone toContinue reading “The Lizard by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart #NetGalley #MuswellPress #TheLizard”