Fictionophile’s JULY 2021 Reading Wrap-Up #MonthlyWrapUp

In the past month I’ve read eight novels.

My reading momentum was curtailed by a surgery and ongoing recovery, so only eight novels read this month, but I enjoyed every one of them!

Magpie Lane” by Lucy Atkins

This novel had everything I require in an excellent read. A setting that evokes atmosphere in spades, a protagonist with a secretive past, and a dysfunctional family that seem to have a hidden agenda.

The Oxford University Master’s Lodging house was an ancient gothic pile with creepy vibes. A house steeped in history – it even had a priest’s hole.

The nanny, Dee, was an eccentric and enigmatic woman. The allusions to her past evoked an aura of mystery and earlier trauma. Her brilliant mathematical mind lent her personality a certain gravitas. While she seemed a quirky, aloof person, she seemed very loving toward her small charge Felicity.

Felicity herself was an extremely troubled little girl with whom you couldn’t help but have empathy for.

The plot was clever and expertly executed. It was a cut above the typical ‘missing child’ thriller. The ending was perfect – somewhat ambiguous, but perfectly fitting for the book.

This psychological novel kept me captivated throughout. I have added all of Lucy Atkins previous novels to my TBR.  Highly recommended!

I feel very lucky to have access to so many wonderful books. All the books above are reviewed here on the blog if you want to take a look.

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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12 Responses to Fictionophile’s JULY 2021 Reading Wrap-Up #MonthlyWrapUp

  1. Positive vibes for a smooth recovery, Lynne! Couldn’t agree more about Magpie Lane. It was one of my books of the year. So good! xx

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  3. Carol says:

    Happy to hear you are on the other side of your surgery! Wishing you a speedy recovery. 🙏 So thankful for books during times like these!


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  5. Hope your recovery is gong well Lynne! xx


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