Reviews

26 Mar 2020

In the Clearing by J. P. Pomare

You never escape a cult. This chilling thriller is told from two points of view: Amy, a teenage member of a messianic cult, who is instrumental in the abduction of a young girl, and under the thrall of Adrienne, the cult mother. And Freya, with the tragic background of having had one child taken from her due to her being suspected of hurting him, and now desperate to protect her second son, Billy.

18 Mar 2020

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

When a book is being talked about everywhere for good and bad reasons it’s only natural that we rush to the shelves to read it. Jeanine Cummins has been hounded for telling the story of a migrant who is fleeing Mexico for a safer life in the US despite being a white, legal US citizen herself. While Cummins does not identify with the Latino culture, she spent three years researching for this book and uses her role as an author to humanise a life that a majority of readers are lucky enough to never experience.

18 Mar 2020

The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman

People are caught up in a hostage situation in a London café. At the heart of the crisis are five people, they hear each other’s stories, they form a little community in the centre of the chaos - and the reader gets drawn further and further into events.

12 Mar 2020

Wife after Wife by Olivia Hayfield

Harry Rose is a super-rich, super-privileged British businessman. Having inherited his fast-track rise to his position as head of the Rose Corporation, he has encountered setbacks but has almost always had things his own way, and he has been living the life of royalty. We first meet Harry in 2018 looking out his office window, his personal world about to crumble - but looking back over his life and deciding his conscious is clear. But the windows are literally rose-tinted …

12 Mar 2020

The volunteer by Jack Fairweather

The incredible story of Witold Pilecki, a member of the Warsaw resistance who infiltrated Auschwitz to discover what was happening there, and discovered human cruelty beyond all belief.

4 Mar 2020

Shakti by Rajorshi Chakraborti

Where do divisive thoughts come from? Why do extreme nationalism and xenophobia take hold in a community? Why is misogyny, homophobia and intolerance so rife? Playing out in Bengal in recent times, Shakti asks us to consider the role the manipulative power of reality TV and social media plays in instilling ultraconservative views, and then asks what would happen if that manipulative force could extend into minds, manipulating us from the inside …

28 Feb 2020

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean is a best-selling author and journalist. She is well known for her work as a staff writer for The New Yorker and for her earlier, successful non-fiction book The Orchid Thief. The Library Book, published in 2018, starts with a small glow, a curious idea. I believe that it is fully deserving of its title, emphasis on the The – it is a wonderful exploration of all things books and libraries that challenges the many current and long-held assumptions about this industry. I would recommend it to everyone and perhaps especially to those who hold the assumption that non-fiction is boring or arduous. The Library Book is neither of these but is joyful, frequently hilarious and knowledge-stuffed (even for a librarian).

24 Feb 2020

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes.