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  • Abigail Dean’s ‘Girl A’ is a Raw and Shocking Debut
    Girl A is about healing, specifically Lex’s attempts to heal in the decades-long aftermath of a childhood characterised by pain, suffering, and deprivation. Through frequent flashbacks we learn about the the cruelty experienced by the Gracie children, all seven, all recognisable by the shock of their blonde hair. At 11 Moor Woods Road, now known as the notorious ‘House of Horrors’…More
  • Blog Tour: The Lost Sister – Book Review
    This novel combines two genres I love: historical fiction and mystery, and so I had very high hopes for The Lost Sister. Even better, this book features a dual timeline, a storytelling technique I’m rather fond of, and is very much a woman-led piece of work. But perhaps my expectations were a little too high, because I was left feeling grossly underwhelmed and largely disappointed. More
  • Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Klara and the Sun’ Depicts Love & Devotion Through a Robot’s Eyes
    In Klara and the Sun, Ishiguro completely reframes the genre of dystopian science-fiction by restructuring what one has come to expect from it: the despair; the desperation; the futurism; the love. This novel is such an enchanting and immersive read led by an exceptionally strong-willed and kind-hearted (artificial) girl that it easily earns five out of five stars.More
  • ‘Open Water’ is a Beautifully Honest Look at Black British Love
    This review is spoiler-free! Two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists – he a photographer, she a dancer – trying to make their mark in a city…More
  • Haven’t They Grown – Book Review
    Why haven’t they grown? This impossible question is one that this entire novel is written around, and it certainly is intriguing. From this premise alone I truly had no idea what to expect by way of explaining Thomas and Emily’s seeming inability to grow. At first, I thought it might be some science experiment gone awfully wrong, or, even worse, perfectly right. Then I wondered if the explanation was more sinister, more evil, and indeed it is as twisted as you can imagine.More
  • Space Hopper – Book Review
    Helen Fisher’s Space Hopper has been called ‘the most recommended debut of 2021’ and for good reason. This novel is about mothers and daughters, and how memories alone are not enough to cope with the grief caused by losing a loved one, especially a parent, and that, if given the opportunity, you would do something absolutely insane just to see them again. The unreliability of our memories is also hugely important in the telling of this story. Faye is your ordinary, everyday woman…More
  • The Glass House – Book Review
    The Glass House (also known as The Daughters of Foxcote Manor) is a lush, deeply descriptive novel about mothers and their daughters – about families and the age-old secrets they hold deep in the pits of their memories and their hearts. A suspenseful family mystery, with some elements of romance, this novel unravels in two distant (yet fundamentally connected) timelines.More
  • Her Sister’s Child – Book Review
    Her Sister’s Child is indeed a thrilling psychological tale that is a mystery at its core. As Paula and Johnny realise that others must know about the baby as well they embark on a gripping investigation to figure out exactly what happened in the days before Lizzie’s untimely death. The novel cycles between the past and present perspectives of three seemingly disconnected women: Paula, social worker Marian, and pregnant teenager Charlie.More