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”

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Book Review: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

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I love that my first October read was a five star one; it feels me with so much positivity for the rest of the month. If you’re looking for a guaranteed good read – I highly recommend you read the The Ghostwriter.

Book Description:

I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.

My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.

This final book?

It’s my confession. Continue reading “Book Review: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre”

Book Review: The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

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This wonderfully dark cover put this book on my radar – it publishes in paperback on the 7th September.

Book Description:

Zoe and Ollie Morley tried for years to have a baby and couldn’t. They turned to adoption and their dreams came true when they were approved to adopt a little girl from birth. They named her Evie.

Seven years later, the family has moved to Yorkshire and grown in number: a wonderful surprise in the form of baby Ben. As a working mum it’s not easy for Zoe, but life is good.

But then Evie begins to receive letters and gifts.

The sender claims to be her birth father.

He has been looking for his daughter.

And now he is coming to take her back… Continue reading “Book Review: The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay”

Book Review: The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia

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This book was previously published as ‘Everything You Want Me To Be’, I overlooked it as I didn’t like the cover and never even read the blurb. When it was re-titled with a new cover, it grabbed my attention and immediately became a book I wanted to read.

Book Description:

Everyone thought they knew Hattie Hoffman. When she was murdered, they found out just how wrong they were.

Seventeen-year-old Hattie Hoffman is a talented actress, loved by everyone in her Minnesotan hometown. So when she’s found stabbed to death on the opening night of her school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of the community.

Local sheriff Del Goodman, a good friend of Hattie’s dad, vows to find her killer, but the investigation yields more secrets than answers; it turns out Hattie played as many parts offstage as on. Told from three perspectives: Del’s, Hattie’s high school English teacher and Hattie herself, The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman tells the story of the real Hattie, and what happened that final year of school when she dreamed of leaving her small town behind . . .

Wonderfully evocative of its Midwestern setting and with a cast of unforgettable characters, this is a book about manipulation of relationships and identity, about the line between innocence and culpability, about the hope love offers and the tragedies that occur when it spins out of control. Continue reading “Book Review: The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia”

Book Review: Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Gather the Daughters - Jennie Melamed

I don’t tend to read books centred around cults but I couldn’t pass this one by when I saw the praise it was receiving.

Book Description:

On a small island, cut off from the rest of the world, there’s a community that lives by its own rules. Boys grow up knowing they will one day reign inside and outside the home, while girls know they will be married and pregnant within moments of hitting womanhood.

But before that time comes, there is an island ritual that offers children an exhilarating reprieve. Every summer they are turned out onto their doorsteps to roam wild: they run, they fight, they sleep on the beach and build camps in trees.

They are free.

It is at the end of one of these summers, as the first frost laces the ground, that one of the younger girls witnesses something she was never supposed to see. And she returns home, muddy and terrified, clutching in her small hand a truth that could unravel their carefully constructed island world forever.

Compulsive, chilling and yet deeply tender, GATHER THE DAUGHTERS is a smouldering debut that explores the resilience of the human heart in the darkest of circumstances and the strength we find in each other. Continue reading “Book Review: Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed”