“Two days gone” by Randall Silvis

Five years ago I read  a great book by Randall Silvis called “The boy who shoots crows“.  I was very impressed by the plot and the writing so was therefore happy to see another book by this author offered on Edelweiss.

Set in late autumn, “Two Days Gone” features two admirable and likable protagonists.

Sergeant Ryan DeMarco is a man with little hope in his life.  His wife has left him. It would seem she found life with him intolerable after the traffic accident that killed their baby son. DeMarco was driving. Now, the only things left in his life are his work as a policeman, and a love of literature and the written word.  He is an avid fan of the local author Thomas Huston and was Huston’s police adviser on his latest novel.  The two become friends of a sort. Huston gave him an autographed, hardcover copy of his novel as a thank-you. The book was personally inscribed for DeMarco.

“DeMarco, on the other hand, had no center. He ventured out to other relationships from emptiness, and to emptiness he returned. Every action synchronized with nothing. Emptiness first, emptiness last, emptiness always.”

Author/Professor Thomas Huston is a bestselling novelist. He is happily married to a woman he adores and has three lovely children. When he is not writing he teaches a creative writing class at the town’s university. He has a perfect life – until – his entire family are found dead in their beautiful home. His wife and all three children slaughtered.

“Huston still had his wallet, his debit and credit cards and probably a little cash, but all of that belonged to another life, a life eradicated, an eviscerated life.”

Now DeMarco is tasked with finding Huston who has disappeared.  Could it be possible that this man who had everything actually committed this atrocious act? DeMarco deploys officers to search the woods near Huston’s home.

Meanwhile, the reader enters the mind of Thomas Huston.  On the run and reeling from the devastation he witnessed in his home, he is barely functioning.  He reverts to his most base and animalistic form. He sleeps in a cave overnight, he wades through freezing water to deter the dogs who he knows must be on his trail… His mind wanders. He is disturbed and beyond distraught. Recent events have left him alternating between suicidal thoughts and thinking that he is a character in one of his own books.

“…a man in a cave in a situation that could only be fictional, was too horrific to be believed.”

While reading you wonder… Could this learned man with the perfect life be guilty?  If he is what would make him turn to committing this heinous act? If he isn’t guilty, then what is there left in life for him?

A pivotal scene takes place in an old decommissioned lighthouse. A scene in which two men with little to live for make some profound decisions.

The book contains insight into the writer’s mind. Thomas Huston was a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe and in the few phone calls he makes while on the run he recites the poems “Annabel Lee” and “Lenore“.

Equal parts literary fiction and psychological thriller, “Two Days Gone” is the very opposite of ‘uplifting’.  Although the writing is superb, I cannot quite give it the 5 stars it no doubt deserves.  The reason? The entire time I was reading it I felt down. The hopelessness of the protagonist’s situation didn’t leave room for a satisfactory or in any way positive turn to their lives.  I liked both Thomas Huston and Ryan DeMarco, so I felt ‘bummed out’ while reading as I couldn’t imagine how their situations could improve, regardless of the outcome of the story. A ‘dark’ read with themes of loss and revenge, it is nonetheless very well written.

I received a complimentary digital copy of “Two Days Gone” from Sourcebooks Landmark via Edelweiss.

“Two days gone” is the 11th book of my #20BooksOfSummer challenge


Randall Silvis was born in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He is a novelist, a playwright, a screenwriter, and a teacher. He has been published and produced in virtually every field and genre of creative writing. His numerous essays, articles, poems and short stories have appeared in several magazines, both in print and online. His work has been translated into ten languages.

Silvis’s many literary awards include two writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Award, six fellowships for his fiction, drama, and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council On the Arts, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree awarded for “distinguished literary achievement.”

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Throwback Thursday – (an old favorite recommended)

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Rene over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of her old favorites. Although all bookbloggers have an endless TBR pile, we seldom take the time to reflect back and post about some of the great reads from a few years ago. I decided to join in for the first time as sharing recommendations is one of my most favorite things to do!

My pick for Thursday, July 20, 2017

“The day she died” by Catriona McPherson

The cover is what first attracted me to this novel.  This time ‘choosing by dust jacket’ paid off in spades.

A remote,  dark, and ominous Scottish locale, an emotionally damaged protagonist, a psychopath, two sweet little children….what more could you want in a thriller?


“The day she died” by Catriona MacPherson

Our protagonist, Jessie is a needy single woman in her thirties who carries a lot of emotional baggage from her childhood thanks to her delusional (and borderline evil) mother.  Jessie longs for what other folk take for granted.  A home of her own, a man of her own and maybe children.

One day as she is shopping for her supper in Marks & Spencer she encounters Gus, a good looking man with a wee girl in tow.  She has seen him around before and found him both intriguing and attractive.  He is pleading with someone (his wife) on the phone. At the end of the conversation he smashes his phone and is completely distraught.  So distraught that Jessie feels she has no choice but to step in and help.  He tells her that his wife has left him…. and asks her if she will drive him and the little girl home.  Jessie agrees and finds that he lives over an hour from town in a cottage by the sea.  When they get there – Jessie finds that there is a baby wailing from his crib.  He has been left completely alone for hours!   Faced with this dire predicament, Gus pleads with Jessie to stay and help him with the children.   She does….  But of course nothing is as it seems.  The wife who left him has had a car accident and her body has been found over a cliff.  Gus identifies her body and asks if Jessie will stay just a bit longer until the funeral is over….  What follows is a life-altering experience for her as she comes to love both Gus and the children.

The cottage is near a holiday caravan park where mysterious goings on seem to be taking place.  There is a Polish man who tries to approach Jessie on several occasions.  He seems to have only one change of clothes and is homeless.  However he does have a bag full of thousands of pounds in cash…  He and other secondary characters add depth and intrigue to the plot and eventually tie-in with the story of Gus’s family.

On the home front there seem to be inconsistencies in what Gus says about his wife.  It transpires that the marriage was not a happy one.  Gus is a sculptor who works from a shed at the end of the garden.  He doesn’t allow people to enter the shed…  Doubts begin to niggle Jessie and she starts to question what really happened ‘the day she died‘…  Nothing is as it seems – and the reader will frantically turn the pages to discover just what truths the ending will reveal.

The day she died was the first novel I have read by Catriona McPherson. It is a creepily foreboding psychological thriller that had me spellbound!  I can honestly say I enjoyed it as much as some early Ruth Rendell novels.  High praise from me – as Ruth Rendell is one of my favorite novelists.  The title chosen was perfect for the novel and actually had double relevance as readers will discover.

F 5 star


More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere 

Renee at Its Book Talk

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Nicki at Secret Library

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Stephanie at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction

Cathy at Between the Lines

P Turners at The PTurnersbookblog

Julie at Novel Thrills and Chills

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Danielle at Books,Vertigo and Tea

Cathy at What Cathy Read Next

Noriko at Book Fiend

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Cover Love: part 30 – Bare feet dangling over water

The covers of novels entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher hooks the reader into choosing one book over countless others.

In this, my thirtieth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that feature bare feet dangling over water on their covers. A summery topic that might add some summer reads to your TBR.

Some of the following books I’ve already read, some are on my ‘to read’ list,
and some I chose only for their covers.

Some, perhaps, will now be on your TBR!

Just click on the cover to read the book’s synopsis from  Goodreads.

You might just find your next favorite book!

Stay tuned for Cover Love Part 31:
“Ferris Wheels”

or… revisit any of the previous installments of

Cover Love – some of which I’ve updated recently

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“What she knew” by Gilly MacMillan

Despite my hearing wonderful things about this novel, for one reason or another it has sat on my TBR for far longer than I would have liked.  Now, finally, I’ve had a chance to read it – only to find that all the praise it received was very well deserved. WOW! What an outstanding debut!

Rachel Jenner, recently divorced from pediatrician husband John Finch, is still smarting from her marriage break-up.  She is now the single Mum to her eight-year-old son, Ben. Ben is the much loved centre of her life.  Since her divorce she and Ben live in a small house in Bristol.

One Sunday in October, Rachel, Ben, and their cocker spaniel go for their usual walk in a woodland park. Ben is, as usual, full of childish energy and wants to run ahead to reach a swing. Rachel allows him this small bit of independence.  A decision she will come to regret deeply – for when Rachel reaches the swing, Ben is nowhere to be found. Panicked and increasingly desperate, Rachel looks for Ben, eventually enlisting the help of strangers and then the police.

“I frightened people because I was someone to whom the worst was happening, and they turned on me like a pack of dogs.

The policeman in charge of the case to find Ben is Detective Inspector James Clemo.  We know he is ardent in his search for Ben because we meet him through his interaction with a psychologist after the case’s resolution.  We know that the case has left him emotionally unstable. He no longer feels in control of his career or of his personal life. He suffers from debilitating insomnia and panic attacks. His meetings with Dr. Francesca Manelli were a condition set forth in order for him to maintain his police career in CID.

Rachel is distraught. She has lost her anchor and finds her life meaningless without Ben – her intelligent and sensitive little boy. She sleeps in his bed at night, breathing in his scent via his sheets and stuffed toys. The writing is magnificent making Rachel’s loss palpable.  To further worsen her plight, she is vilified in the press and on social media.  A blog is published with the sole purpose of blaming her for her dereliction of duty as a mother by letting him run ahead unattended. Journalists are parked outside her house, hounding her as she leaves and enters. Under extreme duress she behaves badly at a press conference, adding fuel to the fire that seems to want to consume her…

The police are looking into everyone in her life – and Ben’s life. All her family, friends, and acquaintances. All Ben’s friends and the staff of his school.  No one is free from their purview and Rachel is aware that even the police see her as a suspect. During the course of the investigation, family secrets are revealed that forever change Rachel’s life and her view of what she has ever known to be true is now under question.

“Trust is like that. Once you lose it, you begin to adjust your attitudes toward people, you put up guards, and filter the information you want them to know.”

Not only did I immensely enjoy the story of “What she knew“, I also very much relished the many beautiful sentences scattered throughout the narrative.
“Dawn crept in in fits and starts, the pall of total darkness reluctant to retreat.”

This book is a cautionary tale of what happens when we judge another person and find them wanting. Of what can happen if our trust is misplaced. It reinforces the motto “Carpe Diem” and reminds us to cherish the little things in life.

DI Jim Clemo was very likable, but I found him to have almost too much empathy to be a policeman.  I wanted him to suffer less.

“What she knew” takes place over a nine day period.  The anguish Rachel Jenner suffers during this brief period is intense. As a reader, you find yourself flipping the pages manically in order to find out how her plight will unfold and if Ben will be found…

Highly recommended to all who enjoy a well written police procedural/psychological thriller.

“What she knew” is the first novel in the police procedural mystery series featuring Detective Jim Clemo of the Bristol Police.  The second novel in the series is Odd Child Out which is a new addition to my TBR.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from William Morrow/HarperCollins via Edelweiss and was only too happy to write this review.

“What she knew” is the 10th book of my #20BooksOfSummer challenge

FYI: “What she knew” was also published under the title “Burnt Paper Sky”

If you are interested in finding more books that were published under completely different titles see my blog post: Same Book, Different Title


Gilly Macmillan is the New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew and The Perfect Girl. She trained as an art historian and worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.

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Remembering novelist Margaret Yorke

Recently, while trying to purge my overcrowded bookshelves, I came across a  “Winter’s Crimes 18” anthology.  Since it was an ex-library book, and not in very good shape, I decided it was one of the books I would be purging. Being the bookworm that I am though, I had to take a quick glimpse through it to refresh my memory of what it contained.  Lo and behold, it contained one of my favorite Margaret Yorke short stories!

“Gifts from the bridegroom” was less than ten pages long, yet packed the punch of a much longer work.  The protagonist is a twenty-three year old young man who is getting married in the very near future. A chance remark from a friend causes him to get ‘cold feet’ and he goes to elaborate extremes to evade his impending nuptials.  The end has a quirky and bizarre twist that makes you smile and grimace at the same time.

Margaret Yorke obituary

from the Guardian (Tim Heald – Monday 3 December 2012

Margaret Yorke 1924-2012

Author of robust and uncompromising crime novels

Margaret Yorke was something of a Miss Marple figure in her Buckinghamshire village, her comfortable appearance belying a steely personality. Photograph: Martin Edwards

Margaret Yorke, who died at age 88, wrote more than forty crime novels, was chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and in 1999 won the CWA’s Cartier Diamond Dagger for an outstanding lifetime contribution to the genre. Yet, despite the fact that she was prolific and had achieved relative success, she was never as well known to the public as some of her peers.

She was born Margaret Beda Larminie in the village of Compton, Surrey, and spent her childhood in Dublin, where her Irish father had been posted by his employer, Guinness. Margaret worked as a hospital librarian during the second world war, before transferring to the Royal Navy as a driver.

Throughout her working life, she produced at least one full-length novel a year, as well as a number of short stories for a variety of anthologies and for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. One of her novels, The Scent of Fear (1980), won the Martin Beck award, presented by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy, in 1982. Awards otherwise eluded her, though this was something about which she seldom, if ever, complained.

I first began reading Margaret Yorke in the 1980s.  Since then I have collected over a dozen of her novels in hardcover. I enjoyed every one.  She had an uncanny understanding of the human psyche – both the good traits, and the very bad…

I was especially fond of her stand-alone thrillers. I was less enamored with her Patrick Grant mystery series.

Margaret Yorke was awarded the 1999 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger.

I guess you could call Margaret Yorke a ‘hidden gem’.  One of those authors that never really came to the forefront of popularity, but one that readers of crime fiction really should not miss out on.

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“The Birdwatcher” by William Shaw

This novel has probably one of the best first paragraphs I’ve read in quite a while:

“There were two reasons why William South did not want to be on the murder team. The first was that it was October. The migrating birds had begun arriving on the coast. The second was that, though nobody knew, he was a murderer himself.”

Wow! Doesn’t this just make you want to keep reading?  Well done William Shaw!

William South lives alone in a tiny coastguard cottage in Dungeness, Kent near the nuclear power station. South has been a policeman for over twenty years. An ordinary copper, he is assigned to support the new Detective Sergeant as she is unfamiliar with the area. DS Alexandra Cupidi has just moved to Kent with her daughter. Her previous job was with the London Metropolitan Police.

“Birding had always been his one safe place.”

South, an avid birdwatcher, uses the skills he has learned as a birder in his police work. He writes all his observations down in his notebook, a discipline that all birders work to acquire.  Birding has made him patient. Birdwatching has been his passion ever since he was a child. It is an occupation for a solitary boy, and a solitary man.

“Birdwatching was like being a beat copper. You spent your days looking for anomalies. Things that were just a little different.”

The first case DS Cupidi is tasked with is a murder. When William South learns that the murder victim is his good friend, fellow birder, and close neighbor, he is deeply troubled. Bob Rayner had been a nice gentle man, a private man, much like South himself. His murder was brutally violent causing South to re-access his love of the place where he lives.

“It wasn’t just the threat of violence, the idea that the killer was out there still; something dark had been stirred up”.

Dungeness nuclear power station in Kent, England Photo copyright Simon Ingram 2014

South lives alone partly because he does not want to inflict his ‘baggage’ on another person.  He grew up in Armagh, Northern Ireland during a time when school children practiced running in a zigzag pattern so as to avoid being shot at. Back then his name was Billy McGowan and his father was in the paramilitaries.  His experiences in 1978 during “The Troubles” have indelibly colored his life and he lives with guilt on a daily basis.

DS Cupidi works all the hours God sends. As a result her teenage daughter Zoë is often left to her own devices.  Zoë harbours a lot of anger at her mother for taking her out of South London and away from all of her friends.  She is not getting along at her new school and fights with her classmates.  Cupidi enlists South to take Zoë out birdwatching to keep her out of trouble.  Much to South’s surprise he finds that Zoë is a natural birder who displays a real interest in the pursuit.

 a Dungeness, Kent beach (and the cover photo of the Quercus Books edition of “The Birdwatcher”)

The murder investigation spurs other crimes. Other murders. One of which is connected to South’s past in Northern Ireland.  DS Cupidi, at first very friendly toward South, turns distant and decidedly cool. Why? Will South’s career survive the secrets he carries?

This was a great read!  All of the characters were so real that you felt compassion for them and you become invested in their fate. The Dungeness, Kent setting was atmospheric and perfectly suited to the story.  Like many novels the action was divided between a past narrative (Billy’s boyhood in Northern Ireland), and a present narrative (his adult life as a policeman in Kent).  The author skillfully alternated between the two time periods and linked them up in a cohesive manner. The suspense-filled final pages will delight all those who relish crime thrillers and police procedurals.  All in all – reading time well spent!

In this novel William South was very much the protagonist and DS Cupidi a supportive character. When I finished reading the book I found myself wishing the characters would return in another novel – though “The Birdwatcher” was touted as being a stand-alone. I then discovered that DS Cupidi is returning in another book entitled “Salt Lane” which is #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series.  I’ve already added “Salt Lane” to my TBR.

I received a digital copy of this book from Mulholland Books via NetGalley in consideration of my honest review.“The Birdwatcher” can be purchased at any of these online retailers:

“The Birdwatcher” is the 9th book of my #20BooksOfSummer challenge

from the author’s Goodreads bio:

William Shaw photo ©Ellen Shaw

William Shaw is the author of the Breen & Tozer series set in London in 1968-9 and has a new book in the series called “Sympathy for the Devil” which is soon to be published.
In 2016, he published a standalone called “The Birdwatcher” .
The non-fiction books he wrote include Westsiders , an account of several young would-be rappers struggling to establish themselves against a backdrop of poverty and violence in South Central Los Angeles, Superhero For Hire , a compilation and of the Small Ads columns he wrote for the Observer Magazine, and Spying In Guru Land , in which he joined several British religious cults to write about them.
William Shaw lives in Brighton and plays music with Brighton Ceilidh Collective.

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Better news today

I wish to thank the lovely bookbloggers who supported me through the plagiarism debacle yesterday.  You are all wonderful and deserve five gold stars!

The issue has been resolved and the blog content removed.

I feel I must share the good as well as the bad. Today while looking through my Twitter notifications I saw this:


You never know what another day will bring…

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Bookblogger plagiarism!

Today I encountered something that left me fuming and outraged.

I found MY REVIEW of “The missing ones” by Patricia Gibney (dated June 13th, 2017) on another blogger’s blog copied WORD-FOR-WORD!  He has no shame!

Lucas Yule gave credit for authorship in this review simply by writing Source: “The missing ones” by Patricia Gibney at the bottom of the post.

His review dated July 10th, 2017 did not even mention my name or the name of my blog.  Does the fact that he wrote “Source” cover him? In my opinion, without mentioning my blog’s name it makes the post seem as though he wrote it himself.

Scanning through his blog, I realize that most, if not all, of his posts are ones that he did not write.  Perhaps he has taken more than one of my posts. Perhaps he has taken one of yours?

Has this ever happened to anyone else?  If so, how did you react?  What can be done?

Am I being unreasonable?  I don’t think so.  I take great pains to write original book reviews of books that I have read. I give them a lot of thought and time.

I would have been delighted if he had wanted to use my post by using an excerpt – mentioning where he got it from and then linking to my blog post.

But to take the whole review without mentioning Fictionophile even once… my blood boils.  I don’t think that I should have to stand for it.  To me it is plagiarism – pure and simple!July 11, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. Canadian Atlantic time:

I am VERY PLEASED to report that the offending blog has been taken down.  Lucas Yule has sent me an apology via email.

I am extremely grateful for all of the amazing support shown by my fellow bookbloggers. What a fantastic community you all are!  


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“I found you” by Lisa Jewell

Last year I was introduced to Lisa Jewell’s writing when I read and reviewed “The Girls in the Garden“. I was very impressed, and when I saw this title offered on NetGalley, I anticipated a good read. What I didn’t expect was that “I found you” was even better than “The Girls in the Garden”!

“Two decades of secrets, a missing husband, and a man with no memory are at the heart of this brilliant new novel.”

The present day narrative features Alice Lake, a single mum. She has had a rather colorful past and her three children reflect it. She calls them her Benetton family.  An artist, Alice lives with her children and three dogs in a small cottage near the seashore in  Ridinghouse Bay, Yorkshire. She makes a living making art out of old maps. Her one friend, Derry Dynes sees through Alice’s rather brusque manner and looks out for her in a supportive (though bossy) way.

One evening while walking her dogs on the beach, Alice comes across a man sitting on the shingle in the rain.  He has been there for hours and is drenched through.  Against her better instincts she invites him to her cottage to dry out. This act of compassionate kindness will forever change her life.

The man has no memory.  He finds it difficult to assimilate information and make decisions. Alice Googles his condition and discovers that he is in a ‘fugue state‘ which is usually caused by emotional trauma. Because they have to call him something, her tiny daughter names him Frank. As the days pass, Alice becomes more and more drawn to this man but is wary of becoming involved. She fears that doing so would further complicate her already arduous and lonely life. She is a very sexual person, but her sexual desires have landed her in trouble many times in her life and she does not want to duplicate her previous mistakes. Alice fears that when ‘Frank’ regains his memories she will lose this man whom she has come to love dearly…

Lily Monrose is a newlywed. A Ukrainian, she has just moved to suburban London after a whirlwind courtship. Her husband, Carl Monrose,  is devoted to her and she to him. The time Carl is at work is very lonely for Lily as she knows no one in England and finds British ways strange from what she is familiar with.

When, just ten days into their new life together, Carl does not return home after work, Lily becomes distraught. She reports him missing to the police. When she gives the police his passport to aid in their investigation, they find that Carl Monrose does not exist! The passport is fake. With little money, Lily enlists strangers to help her find the love of her life.

“She looks about the flat, as she’s done a hundred times since Carl didn’t come home on Tuesday night. At first all she’d seen was Carl’s absence. Now she sees his deceit.”

Then we meet the Ross Family in the summer of 1993.

Pam, Tony and their two teenage children Gray and Kirsty are on holiday in the small seaside town of Ridinghouse Bay, Yorkshire.

The family encounters a young man named Mark Tate.  Mark is attracted to their daughter Kirsty, and is quite intense. Gray is very suspicious of him and wonders why nineteen year old Mark would be interested in his naive and innocent fifteen year old sister.  Mark invites the entire family to his aunt’s house, a huge manor on the headland. He insinuate’s himself into Kirsty’s life and invites her to a party at his Aunt’s house. Gray goes to the party –  partly to keep an eye on his sister, and partly because he is attracted to one of the girls that he knows will be there. The scenes at the party reminded me of the old Three Dog Night song: “Momma told me not to come“.  Mark’s involvement with the Ross family is catastrophic to them all.

The three narratives alternate between chapters. Just after half way through this novel I thought I had ‘Frank’s’ identity worked out.  I was wrong.  The stories of Alice, Frank, Lily and Gray are skillfully bound together with clever plotting in an atmospheric setting.

The entire novel makes for some very compelling reading. So much so that I found myself being rather grumpy when my reading was interrupted. “I found you” was a very cleverly plotted, character-rich, suspenseful, literary thriller. Highly recommended!

I received a digital ARC of this novel from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster via NetGalley.

“I found you” is available at the following retail booksellers:

“I Found You” is the 8th book of my #20BooksOfSummer challenge

 Lisa Jewell was born in London in 1968.

She worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink, the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA. She started her first novel, Ralph’s Party, for a bet in 1996. She finished it in 1997 and it was published by Penguin books in May 1998. It went on to become the best-selling debut novel of that year.

She has since written a further ten novels, as is currently at work on her twelfth.

She now lives in an innermost part of north London with her husband Jascha, an IT consultant, her daughters, Amelie and Evie and her silver tabbies, Jack and Milly.

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Cover Love: part 29 – Butterflies & Moths

The covers of novels entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher hooks the reader into choosing one book over countless others.

In this, my twenty-ninth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that feature butterflies and/or moths on their covers.

Some of the following books I’ve already read, some are on my ‘to read’ list,
and some I chose only for their covers.

Some, perhaps, will now be on your TBR!

Just click on the cover to read the book’s synopsis from  Goodreads.

You might just find your next favorite book!

Stay tuned for Cover Love Part 30:
“Bare feet dangling over water“

or… revisit any of the previous installments of

Cover Love – some of which I’ve updated recently

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