2021 Reviews · contemporary fiction · crime · Ireland · mystery

Book Review: Holding by Graham Norton

Title: Holding Author: Graham Norton Published: October 6th 2016 Publisher: Hachette Australia Pages: 320 Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Crime, Mystery RRP: $22.99 Rating: 4.5 stars The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t… Continue reading Book Review: Holding by Graham Norton

2021 Reviews · historical fiction · World War II

Book Review: Liberation by Imogen Kealey

Title: Liberation Author: Imogen Kealey Published: March 31st 2020 Publisher: Hachette Australia Pages: 384 Genres: Fiction, Historical RRP: $32.99 Rating: 2 stars The must-read thriller inspired by the true story of Nancy Wake, the most decorated servicewoman of the Second World War, soon to be a major blockbuster film. Inspired by the incredible true story of the most decorated servicewoman of the second… Continue reading Book Review: Liberation by Imogen Kealey

#aww2021 · 2021 Reviews · contemporary fiction · romance · suspense

Book Review: Last Known Contact by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Title: Last Known Contact Author: Phillipa Nefri Clark Published: July 8th 2020 Publisher: Self Published Pages: 364 Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Suspense, Romance RRP: $24.95 Rating: 4 stars Sometimes the only person you can trust is yourself Her father is missing. Her estranged husband Dennis is his last known contact. The detective on the case is a man she once loved and turned her back on… Continue reading Book Review: Last Known Contact by Phillipa Nefri Clark

#aww2021 · 2021 Reviews · historical fiction · romance

Book Review: Keeper of the Light by Leanne Lovegrove

Title: Keeper of the Light Author: Leanne Lovegrove Published: September 27th 2020 Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group Pages: 284 Genres:  Fiction, Historical Romance Rating: 4.5 stars SOME LOVES REALLY ARE FOREVER In 1952, Luca Moretti flees war-ravaged Italy and shipwrecks against the shores of Bruny Island, Tasmania. Esther Anderson is the lighthouse keeper’s daughter. Her life is simple growing up on the isolated… Continue reading Book Review: Keeper of the Light by Leanne Lovegrove

2021 Reviews · Audible · contemporary fiction

Audio Book Review: Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

Title: Miss Benson’s Beetle Author: Rachel Joyce Published: July 21st 2020 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Pages: 400 Genres: Fiction, Contemporary RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4 stars A story about the smallest insect and the deepest friendship from the author of THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY and THE MUSIC SHOP Margery Benson’s life ended the day her father walked out of his study and never… Continue reading Audio Book Review: Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

#aww2021 · 2021 Reviews · contemporary fiction · crime · thriller

Book Review: The Long Shadow by Anne Buist

Title: The Long Shadow Author: Anne Buist Published: April 28th 2020 Publisher: Text Publishing Pages: 336 Genres: Fiction, Crime, Thriller RRP: $32.99 Rating: 3 stars Write down something about yourself, as a mother, that worries you. Psychologist Isabel Harris has come to the outback town of Riley because her husband Dean is assessing the hospital—the hub of the community—with a view to closing… Continue reading Book Review: The Long Shadow by Anne Buist

2021 Reviews · contemporary fiction

Book Review: Home Stretch by Graham Norton

Title: Home Stretch Author: Graham Norton Published: September 29th 2020 Publisher: Hachette Australia Pages: 320 Genres: Fiction, Contemporary RRP: $32.99 Rating: 5 stars In the compelling new novel, Home Stretch, Graham Norton demonstrates his keen understanding of the power of stigma and secrecy – with quietly devastating results. Shame and longing can flow through generations, but the secrets of the heart will not be… Continue reading Book Review: Home Stretch by Graham Norton

#aww2021 · 2021 Reviews · memoir · non-fiction

Book Review: The Freedom Circus by Sue Smethurst

Title: The Freedom Circus Author: Sue Smethurst Published: November 3rd 2020 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Pages: 320 Genres: Non Fiction, Memoir RRP: $34.99 Rating: 4 stars A remarkable true story of one family’s daring escape from Poland during the Second World War. ‘A story of extraordinary bravery, resilience and love that needed to be told.’ Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz Written… Continue reading Book Review: The Freedom Circus by Sue Smethurst

2021 Reviews · history · non-fiction · World War II

Book Review: The Twins of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor with Lisa Rojany Buccieri

Title: The Twins of Auchwitz Author: Eva Mozes Kor Published: August 11th 2020 Publisher: Hachette Australia Pages: 240 Genres: Non Fiction, History, War RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4 stars The heart-breaking and inspiring memoir of a 10-year-old Auschwitz twin The Nazis spared their lives because they were twins. In the summer of 1944, Eva Mozes Kor and her family arrived at Auschwitz. Within thirty… Continue reading Book Review: The Twins of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor with Lisa Rojany Buccieri

2021 Reviews · contemporary fiction · crime

Book Review: We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

Title: We Begin at the End Author: Chris Whitaker Published: April 28th 2020 Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre – Allen & Unwin Pages: 364 Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Crime RRP: $29.99 Rating: 3.5 stars This is a book that will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will break your heart. A triumph of a novel from the award-winning author of Tall Oaks.With the staggering… Continue reading Book Review: We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker