Category Archives: Favorite books

“For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood @KillerReads @MichaelHWood

BLURB: Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more… DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s Top Reads of 2018

As ever, I have a terribly difficult time compiling my ‘best of‘ post. Mostly because I read so many spectacular books that I’d hate to forget a true favourite of the year. In 2018 I read 103 books, not all … Continue reading

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“Seven Days of Us” by Francesca Hornak

Christmas is a family time. We all put a lot of pressure on ourselves in trying to live up to the traditional Christmas ideal. Most of us fall short.  Although we all love our families, we don’t always like them. … Continue reading

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“The Craftsman” by Sharon Bolton

A new Sharon Bolton novel is always cause for me to celebrate. Though I wasn’t able to procure an advance reader’s copy of “The Craftsman“, I simply just HAD to buy a copy and read it before the end of … Continue reading

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The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan

A complex, character-driven police procedural mystery set in Galway, Ireland. “In Irish, Rúin means something hidden, a mystery, or a secret, but the word also has a long history as a term of endearment.” From the publisher’s blurb: “This unsettling … Continue reading

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“The Visitors” by Catherine Burns

“…she wrapped her arms around Mother’s angular hips for comfort. Physical affection wasn’t encouraged, however, in the Zetland family, and she soon felt herself peeled off with extreme delicacy.” In this compelling debut thriller we first meet Marion Zetland.  Born … Continue reading

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“Snap” by Belinda Bauer

Publisher’s Blurb: A taut, suspenseful new novel from award-winning thriller author Belinda Bauer in which a woman being menaced by a knife-wielding home invader is connected to a string of burglaries in a quaint bedroom community, and the brutal murder … Continue reading

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Are you a ‘RE-reader’?

Yes, there ARE books I would like to re-read. Will I though? Probably not. There are just SO many wonderful titles out there; I have SO many review commitments; there are SO many series I want to start; there are … Continue reading

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“Underwater breathing” by Cassandra Parkin

High on a Yorkshire cliff lives a dysfunctional family.  Mother Maggie, father Richard, sixteen year-old son Jacob, and his half-sister, seven year-old Ella.  The house, like the family itself, is getting perilously close to destruction due to shore erosion.  Jacob, … Continue reading

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Halfway through 2018 – Bookish Reflections

We have now officially passed the halfway point of 2018. Looking back at my reading year so far, I thought I’d share my top ten reads of the 57 books I’ve read since January 1, 2018. I’ve linked the book … Continue reading

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“The Possible World” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

“An astonishing, deeply moving novel about the converging lives of a young boy who witnesses a brutal crime, the doctor who tends to him, and a woman guarding her long-buried past.”Heart-breaking, heart-warming, and compelling literary fiction. This book is a … Continue reading

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“Tin man” by Sarah Winman

Having just finished this novel about five minutes ago… all I can say is WOW!  My regard for literary fiction increases every time I read such a quality novel. This is a novel about three people, two men and one … Continue reading

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“Us against you” by Fredrik Backman

“The game is simple: everyone gets a stick, there are two nets, two teams. Us against you.” Last year I read “Beartown“. It was phenomenal, so I was super excited to learn that there was going to be a sequel.  … Continue reading

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“The ice princess” by Camilla Läckberg

This is the first novel in a series that has been on my personal radar for some time.  What clinched the deal for me was the fact that this title was chosen by my ‘in-person’ bookclub as their read for … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: May 24, 2018 #TBT #BookReview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Playing with fire” by Tess Gerritsen for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in October 2015 by Ballantine Books and was, for me, … Continue reading

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