Book Review: The House by the River by LENA MANTA

The first novel by acclaimed Greek writer Lena Manta to appear in English translation, The House by the River is an intimate, emotionally powerful saga following five young women as they realize that no matter the men they choose, the careers they pursue, or the children they raise, the only constant is home. Theodora knows …

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Book Review: Starlings by ERINNA METTLER

Published: 14/07/2011 280 pages Format: Kindle Rating:  Starlings is a daisy-chain novel set in Brighton. Each chapter tells the story of one of its varied inhabitants. Disparate lives collide in surprising ways, showing that destinies are often shaped by those we live beside. In a coastal tower block we meet Andy, a conflicted paedophile battling …

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Book Review: The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Carmel Harrington

Published: 15/06/2017 432 pages Format: Kindle Rating: On a leafy suburban street in Dublin, beautiful, poised Stella Greene lives with her successful husband, Matt. The perfect couple in every way, Stella appears to have it all. Next door, at number 72 however, lives Rea Brady. Gruff, bad-tempered and rarely seen besides the twitching of her …

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Book Review: Me Before You by JOJO MOYES

Published: 02/01/2012 385 pages Format: Paperback Rating:   Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived …

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Book Review: The Serial Killer’s Daughter by LESLEY WELSH

Published: 14/07/2017 336 pages Format: Kindle Rating:  Suzanne Tyler barely knew her father. But when she’s given a series of secret diaries and eight mysterious photographs of women from his possessions, she knows she won’t be able to rest until she knows the truth about him. To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of …

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Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by MARGARET ATWOOD

Published: 16/03/1998 325 pages Format: Kindle Rating:  The Handmaid's Tale is not only a radical and brilliant departure for Margaret Atwood, it is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States, …

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Book Review: The Birdwoman’s Palate by LAKSMI PAMUNTJAK

Published: 01/02/2018 364 pages Format: Kindle Rating:  In this exhilarating culinary novel, a woman’s road trip through Indonesia becomes a discovery of friendship, self, and other rare delicacies. Aruna is an epidemiologist dedicated to food and avian politics. One is heaven, the other earth. The two passions blend in unexpected ways when Aruna is asked …

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