The Teacher’s Secret by Suzanne Leal: Book Review

The Teacher’s Secret by Suzanne Leal “But it was so long ago,’ he says. ‘Can’t they take that into account?’ He shakes his head. ‘Not when there was a child involved.” Star Rating  In this tapestry of tales from a small, sleepy town in Australia, a school teacher watches his career collapse before him, a…

Fire on the Mountain by Jean McNeil: Book Review

Fire on the Mountain by Jean McNeil ‘I do know this country, even if I have not been here before. It has been waiting for me. It is trying to speak to me. It says, Finally you’ve come.‘ Star Rating  When NGO worker Nick drops unexpectedly into the lives of Pieter and Sara Lisson, he feels…

Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniella Tully: Book Review

Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniela Tully ‘They looked as if they had woken up from a bad nightmare, as if the fervour of the previous night had worn off and all that was left was shame and guilt.‘ Star Rating   When the remains of Maya Wiseberg’s grandmother are found in a hotel resort thousands of…

Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li: Book Review

Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li ‘”Tell Erika I’ll still be coming to the premier. I just…” I just won’t be the same person she knew when I left the office on Wednesday. I am not the same person.’ Star Rating  As I sit down to pen this review, a mug of coffee warming my hand,…

Broadcast by Liam Brown: Book Review

Broadcast by Liam Brown Coming 15.9.17 ‘Forget data mining. This is about mind rape. The end of privacy as we know it.’ Star Rating  David Callow is a Youtube hit, a viral sensation who found fame by documenting every detail of his life from the comfort of his own living room. He makes a living…

The Lies Within by Jane Isaac: Book Review

With an unkown killer still at large and a bereft mother on his hands, Will Jackman re-emerges fresh from resolving the case in Isaac’s most recent novel, Beneath the Ashes.

Beneath the Ashes by Jane Isaac: Book Review

Beneath the Ashes by Jane Isaac ‘Nancy could feel the burst of energy draining away at the mention of the word ‘dead.’ The finality of it, spoken aloud, made it so terrifyingly real.’ Star Rating Detective Inspector Will Jackman is back again in this thrilling release from Jane Isaac. Isaac’s third novel to come out with Legend…

Lily’s House by Cassandra Parkin: Book Review

Lily’s House by Cassandra Parkin ‘I tell myself my longings for freedom are nothing but the rhythms of my childhood that still refuse to leave me.’ Star Rating  When Jen’s estranged grandmother Lily passes away, she and her daughter Marianne are tasked with clearing out the remains of her seaside apartment. Inevitably, amongst lazy afternoons baking and evenings spent…

Book Review: Fractured by Clár Ni Chonghaile

 Fractured by Clár Ni Chonghaile ‘The stars do not banish the dark. They just let us see exactly how black the sky is.’ Star Rating Fractured tells the story of Peter Maguire, an ordinary journalist who finds himself attacked, kidnapped and held to ransom by Somalian rebels. With nothing to do in the heat of the dark and dingy outhouse but…

Ruth Dugdall on ‘The Woman Before Me’, Twisted Plots and Human Psychology

When Dugdall’s book was first published in 2010, it sold 40,000 copies, surpassing the expectations of both its publishing house and its author. With no broadsheet coverage, the book had sold primarily through word of mouth. On October 31st of this year, the title is being re-released, complete with a new cover, additional chapter, mini-essay…