Category: Books

The Lauras by Sara Taylor | Book Review

The Lauras by Sara Taylor. Advance Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher, Windmill Books, via lovereading.co.uk included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

The Lauras by Sara Taylor

On the surface The Lauras is a mother – child road trip novel. So far so easy, right? Not quite. Ma is restless and after one fight to many with her husband she bundles Alex into the car in the middle of the night and takes off.

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Mercury by Margot Livesey | Book Review

Mercury by Margot Livesey. Advance Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher, Sceptre, via bookbridgr. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Mercury by Margot Livesey

Donald thought he had it all; a thriving marriage, happy children and a job as an optometrist he loves. Sight is his thing, yet he failed to see his wife Viv’s obsession with a horse named Mercury until it was too late. He couldn’t have predicted that he would end up drawn to Bonnie, who is one of his patients. How did things ended up this way?

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5 questions with Denise Deegan

Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Every so often you come across a character you love so much that they remain long after the final page has been turned. Characters that cross your mind from time to time as you wonder how life worked out for them. Maggie Gilligan, the protagonist of Denise Deegan’s latest novel Through the Barricades, is one such character. Maggie is determined and fiercely loyal. If you haven’t yet spent time in her company, you should.

Thank you to Denise Deegan for taking some time to answer my questions.

Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan (Digital Flatlay)
Photo by Amanda Horan

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5 questions with Orla Shanaghy

Mental: Short Stories by Orla Shanaghy. Advance Reader Copy (ARC) from the author included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Mental is a thought-provoking look at how people experience mental ill-health. Across five stories Orla Shanaghy explores the impact of mental illness not only on the person who is ill, but also on the people around them.

The collection is short enough to finish in one sitting. But you’ll want to take your time; to sit with the characters and ponder whether you would have reacted differently in their situations.

To mark the launch of this debut collection, Orla Shanaghy took some time to answer my questions.

Mental by Orla Shanaghy

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5 questions with Lisa Gardner

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner. No affiliate links included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

I love discovering new authors. I especially love when those authors have large back catalogues. Lisa Gardner is one of those authors. When I read and enjoyed Find Her early last year, I knew I’d search out the other books.

To mark the publication of her latest novel, Right Behind YouLisa Gardner took some time to answer my questions.

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

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Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie | Book Review

Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie. Advance Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher, Sphere, included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie

When the remains of a policeman are found in a burnt out car DS Pearson and DC Russell know they will be under extra scrutiny as they try to solve the case. The powers that be will want answers that don’t damage the reputation of the police force.

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5 questions with Liz Nugent

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) from the publisher, via Netgalley, included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Lying in Wait was one of my favourite books of 2016. I raved about it when I first read it and have been recommending it to anyone who will listen ever since. So when I was asked to take part in the blog tour for the paperback release, I jumped at the chance.

Thank you to Liz Nugent for taking time out of her writing schedule to answer my questions.

Lying In Wait Paperback Cover

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Relativity by Antonia Hayes | Book Review

Relativity by Antonia Hayes. Advance Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher, Corsair, included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Relativity by Antonia Hayes

Sometimes you come across a book that is so completely worth the hype you half suspect anyone who doesn’t like it is deliberately going against the grain. It seems almost impossible that everyone wouldn’t fall in love with it as much as you. Relativity by Antonia Hayes is that book.

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All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan | Book Review

All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) via Netgalley included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan

Melody Shee is pregnant and alone. Her husband, Pat, left her when she told him about her affair. But even he doesn’t know the truth. Melody doesn’t dare tell anyone that she slept with 17 year-old Martin Toppy. She was supposed to be teaching him to read and write.

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Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan | Book Review

Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan. Advance Reader Copy (ARC) from the author included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan

Maggie Gilligan wants to make a difference in the world. She has to, for her father. She is willing to do whatever it takes.

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