Monthly Archives: May 2020

Fictionophile’s May 2020 #BookHaul

My greed in amassing books for review continues at an alarming rate. I sacrificed my 80% NetGalley badge and downloaded TEN more titles from them. This was a tough decision, but I can rationalize it by saying I’ll never get … Continue reading

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“The Fortune Teller’s Promise” by Kelly Heard – Book Review

Also published under the title “Before You Go“ “Predictions and nightmares, Dell often said, have exactly as much power as we give them and no more.” The story flips back and forth between 1990 and 1991 with some back references … Continue reading

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20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge #20BooksOfSummer20

Once again, I plan to partake in the 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge created by Cathy at 746books.comHer rules are simple: If you want to join in, just nab her Books of Summer image, pick your own 20 books … Continue reading

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“Death Deserved” by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst – Book Review

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, … translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce This police procedural, set in Oslo, Norway, is the first to feature policeman Alexander Blix and blogger/journalist Emma Ramm. Blix is a … Continue reading

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“The Split” by Sharon Bolton – Book Review

Felicity Lloyd – works as a glaciologist for the British Antarctic Survey. She is twenty-eight years old, beautiful, and is emotionally damaged by severe childhood trauma. Regularly based in Cambridge, England, she has accepted a two-year term position in the … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 89 – Car mirrors

In my 89th installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I thought I’d do a post about car mirrors on book covers.  An odd choice you’re probably thinking – Yet… there are more than I expected.  And once again, they are mostly in the thriller … Continue reading

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New title for Agnes Ravatn! @OrendaBooks #SevenDoors #bookbuzz @simonschusterUK

As a book blogger, I am privileged to learn about new titles, often some months before they come out. This is a very pleasurable experience for a bookworm such as myself. Once in a while however, you learn of a … Continue reading

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“Summerwater” by Sarah Moss – Book Review

We follow various people who are residing in a holiday park in the Trossachs. Justine – middle-aged, married and the mother of two young sons.  Justine and her family have rented a cabin for two weeks away from their daily … Continue reading

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“Death of a Mermaid” by Lesley Thomson – Book Review

“…even sinners love those who love them.” It all started over two decades ago at a Catholic school. Four teenage girls who called themselves ‘Mermaids’.  When one of the Mermaids got ousted from their little friendship circle, bitterness remained. Now, … Continue reading

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“Girl in the Middle” a short story by Evie Gaughan – Book Review

A quirky short story about a woman who discovers that not all heroes wear capes… some of them don’t even have a pulse. But they do have a name. Gerald.I learned about this little story from Nicki over at the … Continue reading

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“Catherine House” by Elisabeth Thomas – Book Review

“A gothic-infused debut of literary suspense, set within a secluded, elite university and following a dangerously curious, rebellious undergraduate who uncovers a shocking secret about an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school’s … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = FAMILY

Most readers will acknowledge that some words reappear time and time again in titles. Often these words are associated with a particular genre. Case in point: “The girl on the train” and “Gone girl” spawned countless thriller titles with the … Continue reading

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“The Creak on the Stairs” by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir – Book Review

The Creak on the Stairs is the first in the electrifying FORBIDDEN ICELAND series The Icelandic Police team of criminal investigators include: Hörður Höskuldsson – leader of the Akranes Criminal Investigation Division. With many local connections, he is in charge … Continue reading

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International publishing – Book availability woes

As a book blogger, I spend a LOT of time reading other people’s blogs and reviews, and perusing the internet for fodder for my own blog. Admit it. This is a virtual world where boundaries can be crossed without fear … Continue reading

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“Perfect Little Children” by Sophie Hannah – Book Review

Beth and Dominic Leeson were once friends with Flora and Lewis Braid. Such good friends that they even took their holidays together. Twelve years ago something happened which severed their friendship ties completely. Then, in Cambridgeshire, Beth catches a glimpse … Continue reading

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