Blog Tour | Book Review: Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates)

SNARE new front cover

Reading an Orenda Books publication brings such feelings of comfort because I know I’m guaranteed a good read! Welcome to my stop on the Snare blog tour, an exciting new crime thriller from Icelandic crime writer, Lilja Sigurðardóttir.

Book Description:

After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonja is struggling to provide for herself and win sole custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies.

Things become even more complicated by the fact that Sonja is in a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath the Icelandic financial crash.

Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a nail-bitingly fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates)”

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Audiobook Review: Sealskin by Su Bristow (Narrated by Angus King)

Sealskin Audiobook

Sealskin is this month’s Ninja Book Club book. I have both the kindle edition and the audiobook, after careful consideration, I decided to listen to the audiobook.

Book Description:

What happens when magic collides with reality?

Donald is a young fisherman eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous…and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives – not only his own but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow when its foundation is violence?

Based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people – Sealskin is a magical story evoking the harsh beauty of the landscape; the resilience of its people, both human and animal; and the triumph of hope over fear and prejudice. With exquisite grace, Exeter Novel Prize winner Su Bristow transports us to a different world, subtly and beautifully exploring what it means to be an outsider and our innate capacity for forgiveness and acceptance. Rich with myth and magic, Sealskin is nonetheless a very human story, as relevant to our world as to the timeless place in which it is set. And it is, quite simply, unforgettable. Continue reading “Audiobook Review: Sealskin by Su Bristow (Narrated by Angus King)”

Blog Tour | Review: House of Spines by Michael J. Malone

House of Spines - Michael J. Malone

Welcome to my stop on the House of Spines blog tour; I’ll be sharing my review with you all today. This blog tour spans into October so be sure to check out all the stops.

Book Description:

A terrifying psychological thriller cum Gothic mystery, as a young man with mental health issues inherits an isolate mansion, where all is not as it seems…

Ran McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who it seems has been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up. Entering his new-found home, it seems Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick has turned it into a temple to the written word – the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror… the reflection of a woman… A terrifying psychological thriller with more than a hint of the Gothic, House of Spines is a love letter to the power of books, and an exploration of how lust and betrayal can be deadly… Continue reading “Blog Tour | Review: House of Spines by Michael J. Malone”

Short Story Sunday: The Last Resort: A Lori Anderson Short Story by Steph Broadribb

The Last Resort - Steph Broadribb.jpg

Well, if there ever was a short story to resurrect my Short Story Sunday posts, it’s The Last Resort by Steph Broadribb!!!!

Book Description:

Done with a life of exploitation and violence, Lori Anderson is training to be a bounty hunter. Holed up in the Georgia Mountains with her reclusive mentor, JT, Lori is determined to put her new skills into practice. Behind JT’s back, she breaks his rules and grabs the chance she’s looking for. Will her gamble pay off, or will she have to learn the hard way? Continue reading “Short Story Sunday: The Last Resort: A Lori Anderson Short Story by Steph Broadribb”

Mini Review x2: The Other Twin by L. V. Hay // Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

It’s Thursday, so why not share two mini reviews – and I’m getting better at keeping them ‘mini!’ The first is my review of The Other Twin – I don’t think I’ve read a book published by Orenda Books that I have not enjoyed. Second up, Good Me Bad Me – Criminally Good Book Club’s July Pick.

The Other Twin by L. V. Hay

The Other Twin - L V Hay

From the back cover:

When India falls to her death from a bridge over a railway, her sister Poppy returns home to Brighton for the first time in years. Unconvinced by official explanations, Poppy begins her own investigation into India’s death. But the deeper she digs, the closer she comes to uncovering deeply buried secrets. Could Matthew Temple, the boyfriend she abandoned, be involved? And what of his powerful and wealthy parents, and his twin sister, Ana? Enter the mysterious and ethereal Jenny: the girl Poppy discovers after hacking into India’s laptop. What is exactly is she hiding, and what did India find out about her? Taking the reader on a breathless ride through the winding lanes of Brighton, into its vibrant party scene and inside the homes of its well-heeled families, The Other Twin is a startling and up-to-the-minute thriller about the social-media world, where resentments and accusations are played out online, where identities are made and remade, and where there is no such thing as truth. Continue reading “Mini Review x2: The Other Twin by L. V. Hay // Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land”