Sparse, lyrical and questioning. The End We Start From is a dystopian novel in an all too easily imaginable future. An environmental crisis, London is underwater and our protagonist gives birth to her first child. While still in hospital their home is flooded and they need to find safety. As the crisis worsens their small … Continue reading The End We Start From – Megan Hunter
I don't often like to write reviews for sequels or subsequent books in a series but Force of Nature, follow-up to The Dry stands on it's own as a separate novel. Federal police man Aaron Falk is back investigating the disappearance of a witness helping him bring down some corporate fraud. Five women enter the Giralang Ranges … Continue reading Force of Nature – Jane Harper
Ambiguous, bizarre and compelling. The Dark Dark is a collection of short stories by Samantha Hunt mainly based around women, their wants and desires, life and mortality. If you are someone who likes a concrete understanding of what they are reading then this collection is probably not for you. Although if you love open-ended ambiguity … Continue reading The Dark Dark: Stories – Samantha Hunt
Stay With Me I read in a single afternoon. Set in 1980's Nigeria Yejide is wishing for a baby. A baby that will not come. A baby wanted by her husband. A baby wanted by her mother-in-law. Yejide finds herself trying everything, rational and not, and when this baby still does not come a second … Continue reading Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo
I was recently asked by @readmoreco what my top ten reads are. Difficult, yes, but I thought I would share with you all what I came up with. Of course in no particular order. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch … Continue reading Top Ten Reads.
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares was an adorable and fun read. Esther's family is cursed. They have been ever since her grandfather met Death. Now they are all cursed to suffer from one great fear in their lives, a fear that will eventually kill them. Esther's father is agoraphobic and stuck living in their … Continue reading A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – Krystal Sutherland
My Brilliant Friend probably needs little introduction but follows the friendship of Elena and Lila. Two girls growing up in a poor neighbourhood of Naples in the 1950's. Elena is a beautiful, quiet, intelligent child while Lila, also very smart is plain, abrasive and defiant. They form a strong and intense friendship when the reader … Continue reading My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante