2018 Reviews · Australian · contemporary fiction · culture · mystery · new release

Book Review: Scrublands by Chris Hammer

Title: Scrublands Author: Chris Hammer Published: July 25th 2018 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pages: 496 Genres: Fiction, Australian, Contemporary, Crime, Mystery RRP: $32.99 Rating: 5 stars In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself.  A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden… Continue reading Book Review: Scrublands by Chris Hammer

#aww2018 · 2018 Reviews · culture · dual time frame · historical fiction

Book Review: The Concubine’s Child by Carol Jones

Title: The Concubine’s Child Author: Carol Jones Published: April 23rd 2018 Publisher: Head of Zeus Pages: 384 Genres: Fiction, Historical RRP: $27.99 Rating: 5 stars An evocative, multi-generational tale of a family haunted by the death of a young concubine in 1930s Malaysia. In 1930s Malaya a sixteen-year-old girl, dreaming of marriage to her sweetheart, is sold as a concubine to a rich old… Continue reading Book Review: The Concubine’s Child by Carol Jones

2018 Reviews · contemporary fiction · culture · thriller

Book Review: If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch

Title: If I Die Before I Wake Author: Emily Koch Published: January 2nd 2018 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Pages: 320 Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary, Crime, Thriller RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4 stars   HOW DO YOU SOLVE YOUR OWN MURDER? Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk… Continue reading Book Review: If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch

2018 Reviews · contemporary fiction · culture · Italy · new release · women's fiction

New Release Book Review: Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

Title: Women in Sunlight Author: Frances Mayes Published: April 2nd 2018 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Pages: 448 Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Culture, Italy, Women’s Fiction RRP: $32.99 Rating: 3.5 stars The new novel from the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun tells the story of four American women who become unexpected friends when they move to a beautiful villa in Tuscany. She watches from her terrazza as… Continue reading New Release Book Review: Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

2018 Reviews · a-z author challenge 2018 · culture · fiction · historical fiction · literary · mystery

Book Review: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Title: Alias Grace Author:  Margaret Atwood Published: September 1st 2007 Publisher: Hachette Australia Pages: 560 Genres: Fiction, Crime, Historical, Mystery RRP: $19.99 Rating: 4 stars Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.’ Grace Marks. Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim? Around the true story of one of the most… Continue reading Book Review: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

2017 Reviews · Australian · culture · fiction · literary

Book Review: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

Title: The Museum of Modern Love Author:  Heather Rose Published: September 1st 2016 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pages: 296 Genres:  Fiction,  Literary RRP: $27.99 Rating: 5 stars A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection – a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic’s… Continue reading Book Review: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose