The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone. #OrendaBooks #RandomThingsTours #Blogtour #Bookblogger #TheBigChill

How have I come this far in my reading life without reading Doug Johnstone? The Skelfs are the family I didn’t even know I was missing, but now can’t imagine my reading life without. To prepare for reading the second novel in Johnstone’s Skelf series, I made the decision to read the first novel entitledContinue reading “The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone. #OrendaBooks #RandomThingsTours #Blogtour #Bookblogger #TheBigChill”

Final Cut by S.J.Watson

#RandomThingsTours #blogtour #TheLotusReaders This novel was definitely a ‘reading experience’ as I felt confused, then blind-sided with a revelation I wasn’t expecting. If the author wanted to express what a dissociative state felt like in the structure of the novel then he definitely succeeded with this reader. As I read, there were times where IContinue reading “Final Cut by S.J.Watson”

The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke

#TheLostLoveSong #RandomThings Tours #blogtour Lost Love Song I’m writing this review just moments after finishing this beautifully romantic book, so I still have a lump in my throat and I’m torn between the desire to capture how I feel in words or go to Spotify and create the musical playlist the author has created forContinue reading “The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke”

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce.

#MissBensonsBeetle #RandomThingsTours #blogtour Rachel Joyce’s books are always full of charm, emotion and character growth. Often, while undertaking life altering feats of stamina and strength, her characters reveal themselves to the reader slowly like the peeling layers of an onion. This novel is no exception when it comes to a central character who has aContinue reading “Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce.”

The Cry of the Lake by Charlie Tyler.

#RandomThingsTours #blogtour #TheCryOfTheLake Firstly I was drawn in by the beautiful cover art on this novel. The red title contrasting sharply with the shades of grey background, and a human skull eerily visible against the flock wallpaper pattern. Even the blurb is fascinating and magical, as a young girl tries to capture a mermaid inContinue reading “The Cry of the Lake by Charlie Tyler.”

One Step Behind by Lauren North. #RandomThingsTours #OneStepBehind

I found myself sucked in very quickly by this narrator and her mysterious story. Jenna is an A and E doctor and appears to have a picture perfect life. She’s well regarded in her work, has a good marriage to builder Stuart, two lovely children and a beautiful Victorian house. They’ve recently adapted downstairs toContinue reading “One Step Behind by Lauren North. #RandomThingsTours #OneStepBehind”

Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. #RandomThingsTours #blogtour #FleishmanIsInTrouble

I really enjoy books with psychological insight and no one does psychological self-exploration like rich New Yorkers. Fleishman is a forty-something hepatologist, recently divorced from ambitious wife Rachel and discovering a whole new world of dating options. It sounds like a Woody Allen film, and there is some humour in his situation. Still as shortContinue reading “Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. #RandomThingsTours #blogtour #FleishmanIsInTrouble”

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”