Thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was looking forward to reading this book based on the positive feedback I had heard regarding Sturton’s previous book. I wouldn’t say that I’m normally a huge fan of mystery/detective type books but to my pleasant surprise, this was something a little different. There are the usual twists and turns you would expect in a novel of this type but the story and characters elevated it above the norm.
Thanks to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
It’s tough to review a book when essentially my review is “I liked it ok but it’s not nearly as good as the first book”.
Thanks to Headline and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
My husband and I have this thing where if we come across something amazing, be it a movie, song, book or even a person, we call it a “Crocodile Rock”. A Crocodile Rock (named after the Elton John song obvs) is something or someone truly amazing. God tier if you will. The Count of Monte Cristo is a Crocodile Rock. Keanu Reeves is a Crocodile Rock. Mozart’s Dies Irae is a Crocodile Rock. Botticelli’s Birth of Venus is a Crocodile Rock.
Thanks to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve been procrastinating on this review for a few days because I always seem to struggle more when writing positive reviews. I know I’m not alone in this but it’s weird, is it human nature to focus more on the negative? When I like something I tend to be quite effusive about it but “BUY THIS BOOK OMG IT’S SO GOOD” is a little less thoughtful than “I struggled with the characterisation”. Perhaps it’s because we tend to be more thoughtful when critiquing someone elses work? Anyhoo, I digress.
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It seems to me that, in general, Canongate is incapable of publishing a duff book. This novel is written by a South East Asian author and the cover is also downright gorgeous. Canongate? Asian Author? Pretty cover? I’m on board.
Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I honestly wasn’t really in the mood to read a fiction book as I’ve got a bunch of work related books to get through at the moment but, with a huge backlog to get through since being unwell, I grudgingly picked this up and….basically didn’t move again until I finished it.
Thanks to Quercus Books and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
What a wonderfully strange and unusual novel.
Ostensibly this novel is about a dollmaker called Andrew and his pen pal Bamber. Andrew is on a cross country journey to meet with her after many years of correspondence. Sounds simple enough right? Wrong. So very wrong.
Thanks to Penguin Books UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I seem to be reading a lot of novels with multiple points of view lately so…here’s another one. The Runaways follows three members of the Pakistani community. Anita Rose, a resident of the Karachi slums, Monty, a jet setting rich kid and Sunny a second generation immigrant living in England. Unlike a number of multiple points of view novels I’ve read recently, the different points of view are distinct and I never had to force myself to remember who I was reading about. Similarly to other novels of this type, one character voice was stronger than that of the others, in this case that of Anita.