Category Archives: NetGalley

“The doll funeral” by Kate Hamer

A well-written, though at times bleak novel, about a thirteen year-old girl who can ‘see‘ the dead. She sees many dead people, but the most constant presence is that of ‘Shadow’, a young boy who has made himself known to … Continue reading

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“The music shop” by Rachel Joyce

A heartwarming novel that makes you smile while reading it. “He was perfectly fine with emotions, so long as they belonged to other people.” We meet Frank, a gentle bear of a man. Forty and single, his unorthodox upbringing has … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “The Sleeper” by Gillian White for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in August of 1998 and was, for me, an excellent read. First … Continue reading

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“Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman

“Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine”.  Yeah… sure.  If you fell off a cliff and someone stumbled across your prone body on the ground and asked “How are you?” and you replied “I’m fine”. That kind of ‘fine’. When strangers say … Continue reading

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“The house sitter” by Jill Barry

Suzanne and Eddie Deacon aren’t getting any younger. They have been very content in “The Sugar House”, their comfortable, renovated house in mid Wales. However, they have decided that the time to downsize, and move on, has come. They find … Continue reading

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“Bradstreet Gate” by Robin Kirman

The novel’s title, “Bradstreet Gate,” refers to a Harvard Yard gate that commemorates the Puritan poet Anne Bradstreet and the 25th anniversary of women living in the Yard. In 1997 Julie Patel, a Harvard student, is murdered. “Bradstreet Gate” is … Continue reading

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“The Alphabet House” by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Confession time…. this novel has been on my TBR a long time.  It is the title that has been on my NetGalley shelf the longest. The reason I requested it was solely on the basis of the author as I … Continue reading

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“Devil’s trumpet” by Mary Rosenblum

This well written cozy mystery is the first in a series of four novels featuring landscape designer Rachel O’Connor. It has been awhile since I’ve read a ‘cozy’ mystery and this one was a delight. The blurb: All Rachel O’Connor … Continue reading

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NetGalley vs. Edelweiss (re: feedback ratios)

We know that NetGalley gives out badges. One that I’ve been striving for is the 80% badge. (I’m now standing at 76%) Just for the fun of it, I decided to figure out what my feedback ratio would be on … Continue reading

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“Dead woman walking” by Sharon Bolton

“Dead woman walking” has unique and disturbing early chapters that I’m sure I’ll remember for a long time.  And by the way, that long time will NEVER include me getting in a hot air balloon! Jessica Lane, a policewoman, takes … Continue reading

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“The long drop” by Denise Mina

“The Long Drop is a re-imagining of the Peter Manual trial and of the drunken night two men spent carousing in Glasgow.” Ever since I read the fantastic “Garnethill” I have been a devout fan of Denise Mina. This time … Continue reading

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“The story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg

Not since “A man called Ove” have I been so charmed by a book.  “The story of Arthur Truluv” is one of those novels that give you a book hangover (you don’t want to start another book because you are … Continue reading

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“Somebody I used to know” by David Bell

Nick Hansen is forty years old, a professional who works for the housing authority in Eastland, Ohio. He lives alone with his rescue dog Riley. Back in college, Nick fell in love with the beautiful red-headed Marissa Minor.  Sadly, Marissa … Continue reading

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“Dare to remember” by Susanna Beard

“Dare to remember” is the story of a young woman named Lisa who undergoes a life changing trauma when an acquaintance follows her and her flatmate home from a pub. By night’s end her flatmate and best friend Ali is … Continue reading

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“The girl who was taken” by Charlie Donlea

Last year I read and enjoyed Charlie Donlea’s first novel “Summit Lake“, so I had high hopes for his second novel “The girl who was taken“. Also, I’d read several glowing reviews from bloggers whose opinions I respect. The novel’s … Continue reading

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