Buried Under Books

Category: Fiction


Down River

REVIEW ‘Down River’: southern gothic and family ties

How far would you go to protect your family? Could you forgive those who have wronged you? And even if you could, can you ever truly go home? Billed as a novel for those who enjoy books by Raymond Chandler and John Grisham, John Hart’s second book, ‘Down River’, is a dark and atmospheric trip […]

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The Other Us

REVIEW ‘The Other Us’ explores how to live and love

If you could turn back time, would you choose a different life? What a question! Would you? After reading the first few chapters I was intrigued but concerned – had I already worked out exactly what was to come and why? If so, 475 pages could feel like quite an effort to reach a conclusion […]

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Larchfield

REVIEW ‘Larchfield’: poetry, loneliness, guilt and madness

Motherhood. Poetry. Madness – or time travel? Welcome to Helensburgh – home to the young English poet W.H Auden and, years later, English poetess, Dora Fielding, in (English poet) Polly Clark’s emotionally fraught debut novel. What’s it about? Newly married and pregnant, Dora moves to Helensburgh hoping that her new life will engage her as […]

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the empty chair

REVIEW ‘The Empty Chair’ reveals the truth about The Insect Boy

I love reading about forensics. Catching a criminal because of tell-tale threads of fibres or revealing smears of vital DNA is at the heart of shows like CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) and many a crime novel. There’s something so compellingly CERTAIN about forensic evidence…even when competing criminalists are arguing that a piece of evidence supports […]

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We Never Said Goodbye Cover Hi-Res

Guest Post by HĂ©lene Fermont: What Makes Scandi Writing Different

Scandinavian fiction: if it isn’t dominating our TV screens it’s creeping onto our bookshelves. Whether or not you’re a fan of the trend, it’s often appealing to read novels set abroad and learn a little about another culture – and sometimes, a surprising amount about our own! HĂ©lene Fermont’s second novel, We Never Said Goodbye, is […]

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The challenge: solve a murder without asking any questions.

REVIEW ‘Stasi Wolf’: how to solve a crime without admitting there was one

Sometimes a book surprises you. Last year that book was David Young’s debut novel, ‘Stasi Child’ – winner of the CWA Historical Dagger award. Despite my vague belief that I don’t really enjoy reading historical fiction, despite my occasional professed boredom with another story focusing on life in post-WW2 Germany, I LOVED ‘Stasi Child’. It’s […]

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Five Forget Mother's Day

REVIEW ‘Five Forget Mother’s Day’: how to fall out with your mum

Sometimes giving books the benefit of the doubt is a Good Thing. Having been underwhelmed by ‘Five Go Parenting’ and ‘Five on Brexit Island’ I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy the latest instalment in Bruno Vincent’s ‘Enid Blyton for Adults’ series: ‘Five Forget Mother’s Day’. What’s it about? George has, somehow, managed to fail to […]

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