Buried Under Books

REVIEW: ‘We go on Forever’ by Sarah Govett

‘It’s a book about the lies we tell ourselves and others,’ says Sarah Govett. She adds: ‘and the evil that can be perpetrated if we, for whatever reason, convince ourselves that another group of people is somehow lesser or ‘other’. This theme at the very core of ‘We go on Forever’ is what I loved […]

REVIEW: ‘I am Dust’ by Louise Beech

Be careful: you might get what you wished for… I’m not usually a fan of supernatural tales, but this is a novel by Louise Beech, and it’s so beautifully done that I’m entranced. What’s it about? A haunted theatre. A murdered actress. Three cursed teenagers. A secret that devastates them all… The Dean Wilson Theatre […]

REVIEW: ‘Sanctuary’ by V. V. James

The best fiction is almost fact. The persecution in James’ novel is sadly familiar: a girl and a woman who others see as different from them becomes feared, reviled and hunted. Increasingly subjected to hate crimes and condemned without evidence, a mother and daughter struggle to clear their reputations in a town which is no […]

REVIEW: ‘Play for Me’ by C. P. White

Would you play a game to save your life? I’m a big fan of psychological thrillers and the premise for ‘Play for me’ was definitely intriguing: ‘LJ must give the performance of a lifetime, if she wants to avoid a deadly final curtain call…’ What’s it about? LJ’s life is going downhill – fast. She […]

REVIEW: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd

Lily Owens yearns for her mother. Unfortunately, not only is her mother dead, but Lily believes she killed her. Trapped on a peach farm in South Carolina with her abusive father, T-Ray, Lily longs to become a writer, but can’t imagine how her life will ever amount to anything. One hot July day, inspired by […]

REVIEW: ‘Nothing Important Happened Today’ by Will Carver

Nine suicides. One cult. No leader. It was another fantastic strapline that first drew my attention to Will Carver’s fascinating and disturbing tale about The People of Choice, who are enduring their lives without feeling them and ending their lives without wanting to. If you enjoyed Carver’s previous novel, ‘Good Samaritans’, which was brilliant but […]

REVIEW: ‘Eligible’ by Curtis Sittenfeld

‘Pride and Prejudice’ meets ‘Sex and the City’. Here’s the short version: if you love P&P, you’ll be fascinated (and possibly outraged) by some of the modern adaptations Sittenfeld has introduced. If you like chick-lit, you’ll likely enjoy this regardless of your knowledge – or lack of knowledge! – of the inspirational text. What’s it […]

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