Book Review: Widdershins by Helen Steadman

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‘Did all women have something of the witch about them?’

From the back cover:

Jane Chandler is an apprentice healer. From childhood, she and her mother have used herbs to cure the sick. But Jane will soon learn that her sheltered life in a small village is not safe from the troubles of the wider world.

From his father’s beatings to his uncle’s raging sermons, John Sharpe is beset by bad fortune. Fighting through personal tragedy, he finds his purpose: to become a witch-finder and save innocents from the scourge of witchcraft.

Inspired by true events, Widdershins tells the story of the women who were persecuted and the men who condemned them. Continue reading “Book Review: Widdershins by Helen Steadman”

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Book Review: Dodgers by Bill Beverly

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After reading Annie’s review of Dodgers last year, I’ve been meaning to read it; I finally acquired a copy from the library. This was a very welcomed and refreshing read!

Book Description:

When East, a low-level lookout for a Los Angeles drug organisation, loses his watch house in a police raid, his boss recruits him for a very different job: a road trip – straight down the middle of white, rural America – to assassinate a judge in Wisconsin.

Having no choice, East and a crew of untested boys – including his trigger-happy younger brother, Ty – leave the only home they’ve ever known in a nondescript blue van, with a roll of cash, a map and a gun they shouldn’t have.

Along the way, the country surprises East. The blood on his hands isn’t the blood he expects. And he reaches places where only he can decide which way to go – or which person to become. By way of The Wire and in the spirit of Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan and Richard Price’s Clockers, Dodgers is itself something entirely original: a gripping literary crime novel with a compact cast whose intimate story opens up to become a reflection on the nature of belonging and reinvention. Continue reading “Book Review: Dodgers by Bill Beverly”

Book Review: Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent

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I’m incredibly grateful to Zuky for forwarding her copy of Unravelling Oliver on to me.

From the back cover:

“I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.”

Alice and Oliver Ryan seem blessed, both in their happy marriage and in their successful working partnership. Their shared life is one of enviable privilege and ease. Enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and beats her into a coma.

Afterwards, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, Oliver tells his story. So do those who paths he has crossed over five decades.

It turns out that there is more to Oliver than Alice ever saw. But only he knows what he has done to get the life to which he felt entitled. And even he is in for a shock when his past catches up to him. Continue reading “Book Review: Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent”

Bookish Rambling: Five Highly Anticipated Books I Can’t Wait to Read

Why not make it a trilogy – we’ve looked at five highly anticipated books I forgot to read and five highly anticipated books I chose not to read, so it’s only right, we look at five highly anticipated books I can’t wait to read. It’s all subjective, so while these are highly anticipated for me, they may not even be on your radar, but I hope we match up on at least one book.

#1 Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb

Deep Blue Trouble (Lori Anderson) by [Broadribb, Steph] Continue reading “Bookish Rambling: Five Highly Anticipated Books I Can’t Wait to Read”

Book Review: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

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This book has one of the best blurbs I’ve come across in ages! That, coupled with the amazing reviews surfacing for this title, My Absolute Darling became a must read.

Book Description:

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl’s heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

‘You think you’re invincible. You think you won’t ever miss. We need to put the fear on you. You need to surrender yourself to death before you ever begin, and accept your life as a state of grace, and then and only then will you be good enough.’

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall;
That chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it;
That her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world.
And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.

She doesn’t know why she feels so different from the other girls at school;
Why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see;
Why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done
And what her daddy will do when he finds out …

Sometimes strength is not the same as courage.
Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape.
Sometimes surviving isn’t enough. Continue reading “Book Review: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent”