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After nine years, Atkinson has brought us the next chapter of Jackson Brodie’s life. We find him a little older, maybe wiser, and now living in a quiet seaside village, occasionally visited by his teenage son. In his role as a private investigator, Brodie has been working more predictable jobs, like his current unfaithful husband, suspicious wife surveillance case, until a chance encounter with a suicidal man, throws him back into a high level investigation along side ex-colleagues from the police force. We enter the sinister world of organized crime, and a roller coaster of intrigue and violence begins. If, like many of us, you’ve been waiting for a new Jackson Brodie novel, this will not disappoint! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
A beautifully crafted novel that builds the tension provocatively in a manner which will grip you and not let go. It begins as our protagonists, a young professional couple, go on vacation, stopping by a hotel that is run by the wife’s brother, only to find that the hotel has no guests, bar the snakes in the title, and to be surprised by the unexpected arrival of her parents. When tragedy strikes, the true nature of this, anything but normal, family begins to be slowly, but shockingly, revealed. Capturing many of today’s issues, along with the age old troublesome dynamics of family, this is such a brilliantly told story, I can’t recommend highly enough. Gripping, suspenseful and sublime. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
Such an interesting book, Blackburn has combined memoir, travelogue and history in this journey to a lost land, known as Doggerland, not to mention the poems: the time songs which are interspersed throughout the book. Doggerland is a name given to the land that used to connect Great Britain to the rest of Europe, and is now submerged beneath the North Sea. We are treated to almost a treasure hunt through history in the way the author guides us through this intriguing land, and the flora and fauna that inhabited it. An absolute gem of a book!
A wonderfully authentic memoir by one of the beloved Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye. We get to meet the real Tan France, from his childhood growing up in the north of England, his various jobs in the fashion business, to marrying his love-at-first-sight husband and moving to Utah, and, of course, getting the dream job which has made him one of the world’s sweethearts. This reads like an intimate chat with Tan himself, his voice shines through, and you can hear it in his words, I thoroughly enjoyed it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
A masterful piece of storytelling, I could not put down this book.
This is a modern literary gothic novel, but also, an epic love story and wow was it good! Some people find themselves gifted with the ability to be a Binder, whether they want it or not, one who has the power to bind memories into books. These tend to be bad, or traumatic, memories, ones that people would rather forget. But what if you had memories bound that you want back?
We follow Emmet, as he finds out he is a born Binder, and a very talented one at that, as he begins his apprenticeship in a ramshackle country manor house, all the way to the seedier world of the big city, and the different lives, and ethics, of the binding trade and it’s players. It is also a beautiful love story, which is slowly revealed as the book progresses, and you will be very much drawn to these characters, and find yourself rooting for them. A book of three parts, which will keep you flipping pages into the wee hours. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty