Book Review: The Scandal by Fredrik Backman

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Read it. Love it. Remember it. The Scandal.

Book Description:

‘Late one evening towards the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barrelled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else’s forehead and pulled the trigger.

This is the story of how we got there.’ Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest. For most of the year it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together – or pulls them apart. Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year. But now the town is on the verge of an astonishing revival. Everyone can feel the excitement. Change is in the air and a bright new future is just around the corner. Until the day it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act. It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who’ll risk the future to see justice done. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear. With the town’s future at stake, no one can stand by or stay silent. Everyone is on one side or the other.

Which side would you be on? Continue reading “Book Review: The Scandal by Fredrik Backman”

Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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If you have this book sitting on your shelf right now, do yourself a favour and start reading it right now – it’s amazing, 5 stars of amazingness!

From the inside cover:

‘Are you happy in your life?’

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before the man he’s never met smiles down at him and says, ‘Welcome back, my friend.’

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined – one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe. Continue reading “Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch”

Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell

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This book has been on my radar for quite a while, as its publication date was my birthday, but I had no compelling urge to read it until the reviews started emerging. Immediately that ‘fear of missing out’ (FOMO) kicked in and I HAD to read it. This the perfect example of FOMO being a great thing because this book is brilliant!

Book Description:

Everyone has secrets. What if you can’t remember yours?

Lily has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one.

Alice finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him into her home.

But who is he, and how can she trust a man who has lost his memory?

Two women, twenty years of secrets and a man who can’t remember lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s brilliant new novel. Continue reading “Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell”

Book Review: Seas of Snow by Kerensa Jennings

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I completed a book tag a few weeks ago where I was asked if I had a treasured book and I was hard-pressed to choose one, ask me again today and I’ll tell you I do have one and it’s called Seas of Snow. I think there’s quite a lovely story behind me reading this book, for me anyway. This book was published by Unbound, a crowding funding publisher, and I pledged towards the publication of this book, however, when it arrived I was scared to read it. I’d convinced myself I loved it before it was even published, even promoting it in several of my blog posts; so, when it arrived I was so nervous in case I didn’t enjoy it. I delayed reading it for so long, my nerves even transferred to the author who was anxious to hear my thoughts. Eventually I plucked up the courage to read it….

From the inside cover:

1950s England. Five-year-old Gracie Scott lives with her Mam and next door to her best friend Billy. An only child, she has never known her Da. When her Uncle Joe moves in, his physical abuse of Gracie’s mother starts almost immediately. But when his attentions wander to Gracie, an even more sinister pattern of behaviour begins.

As Gracie grows older, she finds solace and liberation in books, poetry and her enduring friendship with Billy. Together they escape into the poetic fairy-tale worlds of their imaginations.

But will fairy tales be enough to save Gracie from Uncle Joe’s psychopathic behaviour – and how far will it go? Continue reading “Book Review: Seas of Snow by Kerensa Jennings”

Book Review: Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry

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Oh. My. God! What a darkly twisted yet hauntingly brilliant book! Thank you so much to Amy @ Novel Gossip for the recommendation and assisting me in getting a copy of this book.

Book Description:

Emily and Elizabeth spend their childhood locked in a bedroom and terrorized by a mother who drinks too much and disappears for days. The identical twins are rescued by a family determined to be their saviors.

But there’s some horrors love can’t erase…

Elizabeth wakes in a hospital, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak. The last thing she remembers is finding Emily’s body in their bathroom. Days before, she was falling in love and starting college. Now, she’s surrounded by men who talk to themselves and women who pull out their eyebrows.

As she delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Emily’s death, she discovers shocking secrets and holes in her memory that force her to remember what she’s worked so hard to forget—the beatings, the blood, the special friends. Her life spins out of control at a terrifying speed as she desperately tries to unravel the psychological puzzle of her past before it’s too late.

Phantom Limb is a character-driven mystery that begs to be read in a single setting. The shocking and shattering conclusion will make you go back and read it again. Continue reading “Book Review: Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry”