Reviews

19 Feb 2020

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

The gods of the Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Then one day they rose up and tore each other apart, killing many hundreds of islanders and changing the Myriad forever.

12 Feb 2020

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

Seventeen-year-old Silvie is used to life under the thumb of her abusive, controlling, ancient history obsessed father. Endless Sunday afternoon slogs through rain and snow to visit ruins or burial mounds and rants about racial purity are the cornerstone of her childhood memories.

10 Feb 2020

What You Wish For by Catherine Robertson

Catherine Robertson published Gabriel’s Bay in 2018 and What You Wish For takes us back to the New Zealand coastal town, which is even more geographically unfettered this time – the story of the locals being bracketed not by that of a dog, but by that of a local moose!

30 Jan 2020

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

At first glance, this book sounds like many other novels - and not just novels but television, film. Much of our popular culture in the West is saturated with stories of women or girl victims and the mysteries that might surround these victims. A second glance reveals this story, set in Kamchatka, a peninsula in the Russian Far East, to be an entirely different beast - one worth reading slowly (at 264 pages, it could be read swiftly - don't miss the lush prose).

30 Jan 2020

Stillicide by Cynan Jones

Stillicide – a law a right or duty relating to the drainage of water from the eaves of a roof onto adjacent land. From Latin stillicidium, from stilla drop + -cidium, from cadere to fall.

21 Jan 2020

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. Not only is Marie a young woman working in a male-dominated industry, she is also black. In this swift story Marie will deal with the silent forces working to halt her success, her progression forward in her career and her desire to solve the heavy mysteries weighing on her heart. What happened to Marie’s sister and what is Marie’s place in the Bureau?

16 Jan 2020

Women Talking by Miriam Toews

A chilling yet thoughtful story. Set over two days, Women Talking follows the conversation of a group of women living in a Mennonite community who have recently discovered that eight of the men who they trust and who run the community have been drugging and attacking them in their sleep for years.