#Bookreview Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman #Netgalley #literaryfiction

Eleanor Oliphant is thirty years old and lives alone. With no friends and family around her and a difficult past she keeps under wraps, she is also rather prickly and judgemental. When she meets new IT help, Raymond, at her place of work the two strike up a rather unlikely friendship which leads to Eleanor questioning her ideas and opinions and giving her a glimpse of a normality she never had.

This really was a beautiful story of friendship and self-discovery. It was undoubtedly hard to read at times and I really became invested in Eleanor and Raymond as I devoured this book in one sitting.

Like many fans of this novel I felt bereft when I came to the end and would love to read more about Eleanor navigating life which seems to befuddle us all in differing degrees from time to time. Please say there will be a sequel!

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#Bookreview Final Girls by Riley Sager #horror #thriller #Netgalley

Quincy Carpenter is the sole survivor of a killing spree that took place ten years ago at Pine Cottage. The press have dubbed her A Final Girl putting her in an exclusive group of three girls who have survived similar ordeals. However, when one of the girls is found dead Quincy is shaken, however her world starts to unravel when the third shows up.

This story is told from Quincy’s point of view in the present with flash backs to ten years ago told in the third person. It seems increasingly likely that Quincy is an unreliable narrator the more you get into the story but all my hunches and predictions fell by the wayside as I read this intriguing thriller.

A definite page turner that will give you goosebumps once you overlook the premise that there are only three female sole survivors of crimes of this nature, who could be dubbed Final Girls in a continent as large as the USA.

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#BookReview The Girl From The Savoy by Hazel Gaynor #historicalfiction #Fridayreads

​Dolly takes a job at the prestigious Savoy hotel in London but she has experienced so much already with a lost love and painful memories. When she meets Perry and he subsequently offers her an opportunity little did they realise the need they fulfilled in each other, plus with the help of Perry’s sister Dolly has opportunities she never dreamed of. 

I really loved this historical fiction novel set in the early 1920s, richly set in the detail of the era with compelling characters that all had their own baggage and secrets. I loved the story and the way it was told and cannot recommend this book enough. This will appeal to many readers and not just those who read historical fiction of this period. 

A truly wonderful story. 

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#BookReview Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee #LiteraryFiction

​Set in the same literary universe as To Kill A Mockingbird, Go Set A,Watchman catches up with a 26 year old Scout who lives and goes to college in New York. During one of her annual visits back home everything she thought she knew about the one person she looks up to changes leaving Scout reeling and unsure that she ever fitted into her home town.

It was hard not to be curious about this book, which was a long time coming and I happily let memories of To Kill A Mocking Bird flood back. However, this isn’t the same epic game changer of a read like the first book. Although, allowing the reader a degree of nostalgia the brevity of this addition left me wanting more. The strength of this read was the depiction of Scout as a young lady and the journey of self-discovery she undergoes. Less interesting to read were her conversations with Dr Finch her uncle who seemed to veer off topic enough at crucial points of the book to frustrate me.

After I’d finished the book I felt a great sense of sadness, as the ending opened up so many avenues of development for Scout as she had a number of options to mull over, and I for one really did want to know what she would do next. I’m glad I picked this up but I am sad the story stops here.

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#BookReview The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson #literaryromance

​When a horrific car accident leaves a man severely burnt, an enigmatic woman, Marianne Engel, walks into his life on the burns ward where he’s being treated. Marianne tells him they knew each other centuries ago and begins to unfold their shared history throughout his recovery. How will both stories, in the present and past end?

Haunting, beautiful and heart breaking this is a modern classic that needs to be read with patience by bibliophiles everywhere. As our narrator undergoes a drastic transformation brought in effect by the love of one woman. I concede this is probably the most powerful and affecting romantic mystery/literary novel I will read, it was also well-researched and founded on literary classics with a huge infusion of religious imagery and influence.

This book will be ruined if read too fast and much like the grotesque of Marianne Engel this powerful story needs to uncover itself over time, without being rushed, in order to be fully appreciated. Difficult to read at times this really is an absolute masterpiece. 
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#BookReview While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green

While Lisa is momentarily distracted at the local park, her five year old daughter, Ella disappears. Thinking that Ella is only playing a game of hide and seek, Lisa doesn’t raise the alarm immediately but as more time elapses the possibility that someone took her seems more likely.

A taut psychological thriller that adequately captures the anguish of parents who have missing young children. Ella’s disappearance initiates a huge hunt for her and her abductor reasons away any guilt by justifying her actions.

The suspense to find out if Ella is ever reunited with her family kept me turning the pages of this thriller, which is a good read for thriller fans.

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#BookReview The Girl With All The Gifts by M R Carey

​This post-apocalyptic thriller is quite a sophisticated and original take on the zombie genre. Melanie along with a couple of dozens of other children are held in a military facility where they are taught, monitored and locked up. Unaware as to why she is restrained at gunpoint before being wheeled into lessons with other children, Melanie finds herself thrown out of the only world she knows and soon finds out what happened to everyone else outside the base and who she really is.

I was totally absorbed by this thriller, which deserves to be recognised as more than just another zombie thriller because of the way the science of this fictional disaster is part of the intrigue and because of the depth of questions it asks about humanity as the story progresses.

With characters in whom it is easy to become invested and root for and the innocence of Melanie at the centre of this story, it’s not a story I will easily forget and I can understand why the movie of this book has a lot of buzz behind it. Easy to visualise, this story will have you rooting for the survivors and looking at the infected in a whole new light. A definite must-read for 2016. 

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#Book Review Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

​Pre-dating the well-known and well-loved Downton Abbey, Belgravia is set in the 1800s. The story takes seed in 1815 at the time of the Battle of Waterloo. A well-to-do but socially mediocre Trader’s daughter falls for a man of fortune and title. However, a misconception colours the fortune of her unborn son. 

As intriguing as I found the plot and the politics of high society, this one fell a bit short for me when it came to characterisation. As expected the period is well depicted and I found it entertaining overall but I found Charles Pope quite one dimensional and although he has a major part in the whole novel, we never really know much about him and therefore it is difficult to connect and care so much about the character. 

As usual the servants play an interesting part of voyeurs and manipulators in the whole saga but again they seem limited caricatures rather than personalities I could connect with whilst reading this novel. 

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#BookReview Coffin Road by Peter May #Tuesdaybookblog

​After washing up on a beach, a man has no recollection of where he is and how he got there. Furthermore he cannot recall who he is and any details about his life. As he picks up a trail of detritus of his life he pieces together the outrageous story of what brought him to the outer Hebrides.
This really was a remarkably gripping read  once it got going. The start was a bit slow and the beginning chapters deliberately and understandably, claustrophobic. I was surprised and relieved when the chapters switched to a narrative from Karen’s point of view and opened up the plot. 
A mystery that you cannot help but stay up at night to unravel, Coffin Road has a sinister eerie twist that makes it all the more intriguing. 

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Book Review: The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

​Set in the 1920s and 1930s, The Tea Planter’s Wife is about the life of Gwen a young bride who has married a man who owns a tea plantation in Ceylon. After her marriage her relocation to Ceylon has its ups and downs but Gwen is thrown into turmoil after the birth of her son. Neither Gwen nor her husband are willing to be upfront about the secrets they keep, which has tragic consequences in the long run. 
A beautifully written book which is very visual as you are placed in the idyllic surroundings in Ceylon. I enjoyed reading the issues Gwen faces as a young woman in a new country and the intriguing unfolding of family secrets.
Although the story was somewhat predictable, it was still ahoy to read for the way the scene was set and how invested I became in the characters particularly Gwen and her cousin Fran. 
Not a fast paced, high octane read but a leisurely beautiful walk through a different country at a very different time. 

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