Buried Under Books

Category: Fiction


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Book of Longings’ by Sue Monk Kidd

‘I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus.’ So begins this fascinating tale of a woman who is born into the deeply patriarchal world of first century Galilee and is sold by her father to her husband, but longs to control her own destiny. Along the way she marries Jesus Ben Joseph, more commonly […]

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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 […]

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REVIEW: ‘One of our Thursdays is Missing’ by Jasper Fforde

This is a ‘Thursday Next’ novel and the short version of my review is as follows: it is excellent. If you like books, you should probably read it, but if you’ve not read anything by Fforde before, or if you’ve yet to be introduced to the fiction hopping phenomenon that is Thursday Next’s BookWorld, then […]

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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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REVIEW: ‘337’ by M. Jonathan Lee

Some events cause ripples. Other events shape lives. When Samuel Darte’s mother disappears one morning, his life doesn’t alter course slightly, it derails and becomes stuck. Stunned by the suddenness of it all, Samuel is disbelieving, determined to uncover the truth at the cost of his own life, which remains immured in a past he […]

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REVIEW: ‘Stasi Winter’ by David Young

If the cold doesn’t kill you, the truth will. As ever, the latest story in David Young’s Stasi series demands your attention with a chilling strapline, an intriguing cover and a tale of an impossible task. Karin Muller wants to know the truth about the murders she investigates, but in 1970s East Germany, the truth […]

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