Blog Tour | Book Review: Wychwood by George Mann

Wychwood - George Mann

Today, I’m delighted to be sharing my review of this fantastic novel, Wychwood, as part of the blog tour. And can I just say, how gorgeous is the cover of this book!?!

From the back cover:

After losing her job and her partner in one fell swoop, journalist Elspeth Reeves is back in her mother’s house in the sleepy village of Wilsby-under-Wychwood, wondering where it all went wrong. Then a body is found in the neighbouring Wychwoods: a woman ritually slaughtered, with cryptic symbols scattered around her corpse. Elspeth recognizes these from a local myth of the Carrion King, a Saxon magician who once held a malevolent court deep in the forest. As more murders follow, Elspeth joins her childhood friend DS Peter Shaw to investigate, and the two discover sinister village secrets harking back decades. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Wychwood by George Mann”

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Book Review: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker

First I saw some glowing reviews, then some not so glowing reviews, either way this book caught my attention and I had to find out for myself, what happened to Emma.

Book Description:

Two sisters vanish.
Only one comes back.

We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe.

When my sister and I disappeared three years ago, they found Emma’s car at the beach. Some people believed she had gone there to find a party or meet a friend who never showed. They believed that she’d gone for a swim. They believed that she’d drowned. Maybe by accident. Maybe a suicide.

Everyone believed Emma was dead.

As for me, well – it was not as simple as that. Continue reading “Book Review: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker”

Book Box Unboxing: Book & a Brew (backlist box – Halloween)

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Ever since discovering Urbane Book Club, I’ve stalled in my hunt for the perfect book box, that is until I discovered Book & a Brew have started selling boxes containing some of their backlist titles. Book & a Brew is a monthly subscription book box that is perfect for book lovers who enjoy a good book and brew to go with it. I’ve had my eye on this book box for quite sometime, I’ve even purchased a single box from them on two previous occasions, and have been having this inner battle with myself on whether to subscribe or not. I purchased this box, it was not given to me in exchange for a review.

The boxes aren’t themed, each month you receive a mystery hardback book and a brew. As this was a backlist box, I knew exactly what book I’d be getting and it’s one that’s been on my wishlist forever but the brew was a surprise.

The Brew: Continue reading “Book Box Unboxing: Book & a Brew (backlist box – Halloween)”

Book Review: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done Sarah Schmidt

“Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty wacks. When she saw what she had done. She gave her father forty-one.”

Book Description:

When her father and step-mother are found brutally murdered on a summer morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden – thirty two years old and still living at home – immediately becomes a suspect. But after a notorious trial, she is found innocent, and no one is ever convicted of the crime.

Meanwhile, others in the claustrophobic Borden household have their own motives and their own stories to tell: Lizzie’s unmarried older sister, a put-upon Irish housemaid, and a boy hired by Lizzie’s uncle to take care of a problem.

This unforgettable debut makes you question the truth behind one of the great unsolved mysteries, as well as exploring power, violence and the harsh realities of being a woman in late nineteenth century America. Continue reading “Book Review: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt”

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”