Backstories by Simon Van der Velde

“What I want is to find the spark, to dig down into their pain, their passions and their imperfections, and show you our heroes as they truly are. “ Backstories is a unique collection of stories each told from the point of view of a famous, (or notorious) person at a pivotal moment in theirContinue reading “Backstories by Simon Van der Velde”

The Deception of Harriet Fleet by Helen Scarlett.

When I’m looking at the blog tours that are available to me, nothing makes me jump on board quicker than the words ‘atmospheric Victorian chiller’. I can’t get enough of this genre, so I was really looking forward to spending the weekend immersed in this debut novel. 1871. An age of discovery and progress. ButContinue reading “The Deception of Harriet Fleet by Helen Scarlett.”

Another Life by Jodie Chapman.

Published by Michael Joseph, 1st April 2021. Nick and Anna work the same summer job at their local cinema. Anna is mysterious, beautiful and from a very different world to Nick. She’s grown up preparing fot the end of days, in a tightly-controlled existence where Christmas, getting drunk and sex before marriage are all offContinue reading “Another Life by Jodie Chapman.”

The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva

This book is a great insight into something a lot of readers will relate to, especially at the current time when we’re in the middle of the third lockdown of this pandemic. Mental health referrals are soaring, particularly for anxiety, OCD and depression, and although I’m not counselling at the moment I know there areContinue reading “The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva”

Shiver by Allie Reynolds.

It’s that time of year again. The time the glacier gives up bodies. The ‘shiver’ in the title of this novel doesn’t just refer to the icy cold, French Alps where it’s set, but also to the uneasy feeling you get while reading it. The author creates an isolated and claustrophobic atmosphere almost immediately asContinue reading “Shiver by Allie Reynolds.”

Into The Woods by David Marks.

The Wasdale Valley is the beautiful setting for this unusual crime novel from David Marks, the first in a trilogy set in the Lakes. It is unusual, mainly in its use of language and the mix of crime, social commentary and a touch of the supernatural. My first impression as I started to read wasContinue reading “Into The Woods by David Marks.”