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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Author: Wilkie Collins Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 12 August 2012 (Originally published in book form in 1868) Pages: 560 Language: English Country: England Rating: 3/5  “This is a miserable world", says the Sergeant. "Human life, Mr. Betteredge, is a sort of target --misfortune is always firing at it, and always hitting the mark".”  The book review of The Moonstone was particularly a little hard to...
Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami
Author: Haruki Murakami Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 6 Oct 2005 Language: Japanese, English Translator: Philip Gabriel Pages: 512 Country: Japan Rating: 4/5 “Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That's part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads - at least that's where I imagine it - there's a little room where we store those memories. A room like the...
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Author: Min Jin Lee Publisher: Head of Zeus Publishing Date: 2017 Pages: 560 Language: English Country: Korea, Japan Rating: 5/5 “Living everyday in the presence of those who refuse to acknowledge your humanity takes great courage”  Pachinko is a deeply engrossing tale of four generations of a Korean family in Japan. As someone who knows very little about Korean history and the Japanese colonization of this small...
The Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan
Author: Indu Sundaresan Publisher: HaperCollins Publishing Date: 18 January 2012 Language: English Pages: 472 Country: India Rating: 5/5 The Feast of Roses is an incredibly rich, satisfying in small bites and a very addictive tale of love. If you have read my review of The Twentieth Wife, you would know that I enjoyed reading it immensely. It is the same with The Feast of Roses. The Feast...
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
Author: A. J. Finn Publisher: Harper Collins Publishing date: 30 January 2018 Pages: 447 Language: English Country: USA Rating: 4.5/5 "Who knows what goes on in a family?" What will you get if you mix film noir and an agoraphobic woman? The answer is The Woman in the Window. A. J. Finn's brilliant debut is a page-turning, riveting thriller, the stuff good psychological thrillers are made of. Dr....
Hydra by Matt Wesolowski
Author: Matt Wesolowski Publisher: Orenda Books Publishing Date: 15 January 2018 Pages: 272 Language: English Country: English Rating: 5/5 "I heard them at lunchtime, over the sound of the radio. They followed me here. After everything that's happened, they followed me here...I don't know what they want." Hydra is not your usual crime thriller. It’s not a whodunnit but a why-did-she-do-it. We already know the murderer. The reader...
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Author: C.J. Tudor Country: England Publisher: Penguin, Michael Joseph Publishing Date: 20 March 2018 Pages: 352 Language: English Rating: 5/5 "You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or...
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Author: Alice Feeney Country: England Publisher: HQ Publication date: 23 March 2017 Language: English Pages: 384 Rating: 4/5 "People are not mirrors - they don’t see you how you see yourself." I read Sometimes I Lie in the summer. All psychological thrillers mess with your head, that's what we expect, but Alice Feeney has taken a step further with Sometimes I Lie.  A clever, compelling novel, it...
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
Author: Haruki Murakami Publisher: Random House UK Publishing Date: 16 August 2017 Pages: 240 Pages Language: Japanese, English Translator: Philip Gabriel, Ted Goossen Country: Japan Rating: 4/5 “Here's what hurts the most," Kafuku said. "I didn't truly understand her--or at least some crucial part of her. And it may well end that way now that she's dead and gone. Like a small, locked safe lying at the...
Author: Wilkie Collins Publisher: Penguin UK Publishing date: 28 September 2010 (Originally published through 26 November 1859-25 August 1860) Pages: 720 Language: English Rating: 5/5 "This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve." The Woman in White is one of those books that I am kicking myself for not reading sooner! The first 'sensationalist' novel in...

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