Category Archives: Favorite books

“Remain Silent” by Susie Steiner – Book Review

“Human beings cannot bear too much reality.”It has been my absolute JOY this week to read the third novel in the Manon Bradshaw series. And, no surprise, it was just as wonderful – if not more so! “Remain Silent” will, … Continue reading

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Susie Steiner – author extraordinaire

In the summer of 2016 I read a fantastic novel called “Missing, Presumed“. WOW! What a series debut!  The characterization was nothing short of stellar. Here is a brief quote from my review of “Missing, presumed“: “And the police… I … Continue reading

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“The Sea Gate” by Jane Johnson – Book Review

“The house is full of secrets, and sometimes they come out and whisper together in the night.” A wonderful story that switches between dual timelines featuring two strong, courageous, and resilient women artists. 1943 – Olivia Kitto is sixteen years … 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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“A Dark Matter” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review

We meet the Skelfs on the day that they are saying goodbye to their patriarch, Jim. They are doing this in a somewhat bizarre way. Though they run a funeral home, they are having an illegal funeral pyre in their … Continue reading

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“Mile Marker 139” by Cynthia Hilston – Book Review

There is a rest stop near Mile Marker 139 on the Ohio Turnpike. It is here that we come to meet the characters of this compelling novel. Lost souls all, they come to find themselves through friendship and empathy. Disparate … Continue reading

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“The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley – Book Review

What Happens When You Tell Your Truth? Monica – 37 years old, a former corporate lawyer, she now owns and runs “Monica’s Cafe” in Fulham, London.  Monica is in her mid-thirties and her biological clock is ticking louder and louder … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s Top 20 Reads of 2019 #GreatReads #BookRecommendations

This is, hands down, the most difficult post of the year to write. In 2019 I read 108 novels. Many of them were superb reads and it was VERY hard to narrow my favourites down to twenty titles. Here they … Continue reading

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“The Whisper Man” by Alex North – Book Review

“If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken. If you play outside alone, soon you won’t be going home. If your window’s left unlatched, you’ll hear him tapping at the glass. If you’re lonely, sad, … Continue reading

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“The Lies We Hide” by S. E. Lynes – Book Review

Carol’s story is set mostly in the mid to late 1980s. Desperate, after a final, almost deadly attack from her husband Ted, Carol secrets her two children away and takes them to live in a shelter for abused families. This … Continue reading

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“The Woman in the Dark” by Vanessa Savage – Book Review

Sarah and Patrick are married and have two children, Joe who is seventeen and Mia who is fifteen. Since Sarah’s mother passed away, she is riddled with guilt and her emotional state is fragile. Now, she is told she tried … Continue reading

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“Breakers” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review #Orentober

Tyler lives in a tower block in Niddrie, one of Edinburgh’s impoverished neighbourhoods. He lives with his Mum and his little sister, Bethany (aka Bean). His Mum is an alcoholic/addict so the responsibility of caring for her and his sister … Continue reading

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“The bird tribunal” by Agnes Ravatn – #BookReview #Orentober

I thought I’d repost a review from 2017 in honour of Orentober. What is Orentober you ask? It is the October celebration of the books and authors represented by Orenda Publishing. “The Bird Tribunal” was my favourite read of 2017 … Continue reading

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“The Woman at Number 19” by J.A. Baker – Book Review

About the book: “Her thoughts are all she has. They are hers and hers alone.” Esther Nesbitt seems like an old woman, yet she is only 45 years old. A mere shadow of her former self, she has diminished since … Continue reading

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“Holy Island” by L.J. Ross – Book Review

“People kill each other all over the world.” “Sure, but Lindisfarne — it’s holy. It’s like killing someone in church.” “Holy Island” was the winner of a poll I created to let my fellow bloggers and followers vote on which … Continue reading

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