The Temple family are those people you’ve always looked at and wanted to be. The patriarch is a respected academic who has recently risen to prominence after debating conspiracy theories on a popular TV show. The matriarch, Celia, had her own meteoric rise to fame decades ago, playing a beautiful woman in a sci-fi series.
Their children, and their children’s children, are no different: from the outside, they seem like the perfect family. Or are they…? Read more
March was an extremely busy month, so in the interests of preserving my own sanity I took a hiatus for a while. Now I’m back, and I’ll probably keep doing my weekly book posts, but I might move the general round-ups to monthly rather than weekly.
In March I barely read anything until the final week, when I read a bunch of novels. Reviews below. Read more
I read this book last week, but it gets its own post instead of being in the weekly book round-up because it was sent to me by the publisher for review. However, this is still a genuine review; I’ve given negative reviews of books I’ve received in the past, so you can trust that if I say I like a book, it means I did.
And I liked this one. Read more
One entire strand of my life at the moment could be summed up by the phrase ‘NOLA and a novel’, but that’s a post for another time…
In the meantime, here are a couple of the books I read last week. I read three in total, but the third has its own separate post coming tomorrow, because it was sent to me by the publisher for review. The books in today’s posts were bought directly (Nine Lives) and loaned to me by a friend (Less). Read more
Yesterday I posted about The Lost Man by Jane Harper, but I actually read that one last year, it was just embargoed until recently.
So, what have I read over the last seven days? Only two books, because the week was busy. Read more
I was excited about The Lost Man because Harper’s previous two novels, The Dry and Force of Nature, were both very good.
This one didn’t disappoint. Since her debut with The Dry, Jane Harper has consistenly proven herself as a writer of gripping thrillers with strong psychological threads.
Here are my favourite fiction books from this year. (Note that not all of these were published this year, that’s just when I read them.)
The following are abridged reviews; where there’s a longer version on the blog, I’ve linked to it. Blurbs are either from the back of the book, or from Amazon. Read more
I was sent this book to review, and I liked the sound of it immediately because of the title. I have a bit of an obsession with silence, and its causes and effects.
The book focuses on the story of Saba, who lives in a refugee camp but dreams of leaving and going to university. One day she wants to be a doctor, helping people who need it and using her intellect to make a difference in the world. Read more
I hadn’t heard of this book before Penguin invited me, on a balmy summer evening in London, to attend a cocktail party with its author. They were giving out free copies of the book when I arrived, and I took it home and read it that night.
It was good. Read more
I was pretty sure I’d love this book, because I grew up in a cult and as an adult I’ve done some work in counter terror. The story focuses on Phoebe, a Korean-American college student who becomes enraptured by the magnetic personality of John Leal, who runs an exclusive cult. The cult members all live together in a big house, and Phoebe ends up moving in with them. Leal has ties to North Korea, which intrigues Phoebe too. Read more