Our House [review]

Our House - Louise Candlish

Title: Our House
Author: Louise Candlish
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK


On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue.
Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it.

For better, for worse.

When Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house, she is completely blind-sided. Trinity Avenue has been her family’s home for years. Where are all her belongings? How could this have happened? Desperately calling her ex-husband, Bram, who owns the house with her, Fi discovers he has disappeared.

For richer, for poorer.

The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been turned upside by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party? What has Bram hidden from her – and what has she hidden from him?

Till death us do part.

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I had high expectations for this novel from the start and was hoping it would live up to them… and I needn’t have worried because I hugely enjoyed this novel!

Our House is actually less ‘thriller’ than I thought it would be, but this wasn’t a negative; it concentrated more on excellent character development and interactions, plus it added in some great twists to keep things interesting! There wasn’t actually a huge amount of mystery about the plot because you find out a significant amount from fairly near the start, but as the novel continues you realise that there’s more and more which isn’t quite what it seems…! It’s definitely a fantastic example of the hugely popular Domestic Noir genre.

I’m not going to rehash the synopsis or the plot here, but I will say that the way the book is structured – partly showing Fi’s experience, partly through excerpts of the real-life ‘victim’ podcast she is appearing on, and partly through excerpts from a word document her ex-husband is writing (but to whom, and why?) means the reader, at times, knows more than Fi does as we’ve heard directly from Bram, giving us an interesting edge over Fi herself, who is supposed to be recounting the story.  I enjoyed trying to work out exactly what had happened with her ex-husband, and how everything got to the state it’s in when we first join Fi, on Friday 13 January 2017.

Just when you think it’s figured out, something else surprises you, and this made for riveting reading. I’ve really enjoyed other novels by Louise Candlish and this is no exception. Beautifully crafted – as the tension slowly builds, Our House will grab you tightly in its grip and not let you go until you’ve finished the last page!

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.



The Darkness [review]

The Darkness - Ragnar Jonasson

Title: The Darkness
Author: Ragnar Jonasson
Publisher: Michael Joseph


Be the first to read the incredible, chilling first novel in the new Hulda crime series from Icelandic superstar Ragnar Jónasson…

At sixty-four, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik Police is about to take on her last case before she retires: A young woman, an asylum seeker from Russia, found murdered on the seaweed covered rocks of the Vatnsleysuströnd in Iceland.

When Hulda starts to ask questions it isn’t long before she realizes that no one can be trusted, and that no one is telling the whole truth. Spanning Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and the cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is a thrilling new crime thriller from one of the biggest new names in Scandi noir.

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[My Review]

This is an intriguing, well-crafted novel which I hugely enjoyed. I have to admit I haven’t read any other novels by Ragnar Jónasson despite hearing so many great things, so I jumped at the chance to review the first book in a new series, as then it doesn’t matter if I haven’t read others. And I’m so glad to say that The Darkness is was a solid, really enjoyable read!

Firstly, this series (Hidden Iceland #1) looks set to be pretty unique as it’s actually the end of a series; subsequent novels will apparently cover previous cases (something I actually didn’t realise until I finished this book!). I really like the idea of this, and also Hulda as a character – she’s pretty abrupt and may to some seem unlikable, but I did warm to her as the novel went on – you see as you continue reading that she has had a lot to deal with over her lifetime. Plus, the police haven’t exactly been great to her – she’s being forced into an early retirement because they seem to want to create a younger workforce! I really liked that the main character is someone older as this makes a change from many other books.

The plot isn’t overly complex but enjoyable to read, and though there are quite a few people involved in the case it wasn’t too confusing. I found the writing really easy to read and raced through this (at under 300 pages it’s not too long, either). It’s not too gorey but has the right level of darkness and eeriness, making you imagine you’re there with Hulda in the Icelandic landscape.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Darkness and it’s definitely made want to read both more of this series and other novels by Ragnar Jónasson too!

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

The Darkness is out in the UK in ebook and hardback on 15 March 2018! Pre-order / buy on Amazon here.


The Perfect Girlfriend by @KJHAuthor [review]

The Perfect Girlfriend

Title: The Perfect Girlfriend
Author: Karen Hamilton
Publisher: Wildfire


Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

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[My Review]

The Perfect Girlfriend is a truly addictive, can’t-stop-reading psyschological thriller! It’s actually a fairly slow-moving story but Juliette is such a deliciously devious, complex character that I found myself absorbed in every step of the story. She’s a great character because she’s not all out ‘crazy’, she’s not a completely awful person, but she has some truly chilling traits which makes her such an interesting person to read about. Sometimes I felt (a little) sorry for her but most of the time I just continued reading on and on, in abject fascination, as things got more and more intense! Therefore you can easily imagine meeting someone like her in real life. In fact, you probably have and perhaps just didn’t quite twig…!

As I mentioned, the story is not all action, which I don’t say as a negative at all because the pace at which it does move along reflects the mounting tension of Juliette’s mood, mind and actions. I honestly can’t fault this story; though some parts are a bit more dramatic the character of Juliette is so convincingly odd that I just felt myself believing it all, and it kept me reading on page after page!

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to Wildfire Books for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

The Perfect Girlfriend is out on 22 March in hardback or available to buy NOW in ebook format (buy from Amazon or ibooks).



My Mother’s Secret [review]

My Mother's Secret - Sanjida Kay

Title: My Mother’s Secret
Author: Sanjida Kay
Publisher: Corvus


Your mother has a secret.
Do you really want to know what it is?

Stella’s mum, Emma, has always been a little strange, but now she’s behaving really oddly. Stella is convinced her mother has a secret. She knows something terrible happened in her mum’s past, but she doesn’t know what; even her dad, Jack, says Emma won’t talk to him about it.

The teenager decides to follow her mother and find out what she’s hiding. But Stella has a dark secret of her own.

Nothing can prepare Stella for the shocking truth. And now she knows that if anyone else finds out their secrets, the revelation will tear their family apart.

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[My Review]

I am a huge fan of Sanjida Kay, having raved about Bone by Bone and The Stolen Child [read my 5* reviews here and here]. So I was really excited to see that she has a new release, My Mother’s Secret – a story that in some ways is fairly different to her other two but is equally as gripping!

Focusing more on a family with a mother that has a big secret, this novel addresses a whole range of issues whilst slowly revealing what Emma is hiding as the novel goes on. Bit by bit the reader starts to realise that people are linked in surprising ways, and I loved the slow reveal of clues and information.

This isn’t a fast-paced, all-action novel; rather it’s a steady but completely absorbing story which I raced through in no time at all. The characters are all so well crafted and convincing (as, I feel, is always the case in Sanjida Kay’s novels) and there were some truly heartbreaking decisions for characters in this novel.

I don’t want to say much more, as I don’t want to spoil anything, but to me the ending was surprising but just right and it really makes you think about how you’d react in the same situation. I hugely enjoyed this read and would definitely recommend it!

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to Corvus and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.



Low-sugar, so simple [review] #cookbook

Low-sugar, so simple

Title: Low-sugar, so simple
Author: Elviira Krebber
Publisher: Fair Winds Press


Low Sugar, So Simple will get the sugar off your plate for good with 100 recipes free of the sugars that are sabotaging your health.

Sugar is quickly becoming the next health epidemic. Numerous studies have confirmed that sugar is a highly addictive substance with catastrophic effects on our health. Research has shown that drinking a can of soda a day increases the risk of a heart attack nearly as much as smoking.

Sugar lurks in everything from condiments to salad dressing to deli meat. Combine that with the fact that many foods contain things like starches, fillers, and artificial ingredients which actlike sugar in the body, and you’ve got a perfect storm for lifelong sugar addiction and compromised health.

Low-Sugar, So Simple shows you how to get sugar off your plate for good. Popular blogger Elviira Krebber of Low-Carb, So Simpleprovides 100 low and no sugar recipes for everything from condiments to main dishes to desserts. Learn healthy substitutions for sugar, how to remove stealth sugars, and get the sugar pretenders like starches, fillers, and additives out of your diet for good. Done in the author’s trademark approachable style, living the low-sugar lifestyle is easy with 100 recipes that are delicious, healthy, and easy to prepare.

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[My Review]

I am often looking for ways to eat less sugar (both refined sugar, which immediately springs to mind, and also sugar hidden in foods like bread, pasta, etc). This book is a great help in providing inspirational, uncomplicated recipes to try out. I often cook vegetarian or pescetarian dishes for me and my partner as he is pescetarian, so we obviously wouldn’t cook the meat-based recipes together but I might try some on my own, or we’d adapt them with vegetarian replacements.

I really like that this book has low sugar/ low carb versions of old favourites, so you won’t feel like you’re missing out. I should point out that this does not mean that these are all super healthy recipes, because they’re not necessarily classed as that. They are, however, lower in sugar and, in many cases, in carbs in general, so if that fits in your lifestyle then it’s a great book to have on hand! It also very handily lists the nutrition info including protein, fats, and carbs (very handy!), not only by servings but in total too – great if you have a big appetite, like me, and usually double the ‘recommended’ servings because otherwise I’d still be hungry afterwards! This is also really useful if you track your macros, too. I haven’t seen a lot of cookbooks provide as useful nutritional info with their recipe as this one, so that’s really impressed me and means I will be turning back to this book time after time.

There are plenty of sections with information about cooking without sugar and replacing traditional refined sugar with other, more natural, alternatives; this is interesting but the parts I enjoyed the most were, of course, the recipes! There are sections for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts, and drinks – covers all bases really. I found the lunch and dinner sections most interesting, as they are my most-coveted meals, and I went throufh and noted some recipes to try at a later date. I particularly like the look of the ‘savoury ricotta butternut squash tart’, the ‘cauli-rice seafood paella’, and the ‘rich no-potato clam chowder’ plus some very appealing-looking desserts (easy fudgy brownies or peanut butter cake mug, anyone?). My only criticism is that I wish there was more dinner recipes – it didn’t feel like a big enough section in my opinion. I’d have preferred to sacrifice the drinks section for a larger dinner section, but I’m sure other people might feel differently!

Overall this is a really simple to use, well-laid-out recipe book which not only has some clear recipes but lots of useful information too. There are some nice accompanying photos and, as I said, I love the inclusion of the nutritional info. Very impressed.

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to Fair Winds Press for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.


The Friend [review]

The Friend - Dorothy Koomson

Title: The Friend
Author: Dorothy Koomson
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK


What secrets would you kill to keep? 

After her husband’s big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret.

Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school – the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children.

Already anxious about making friends when the parents seem so cliquey, Cece is now also worried about her children’s safety. By chance she meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome and reassure her about her new life.

That is until Cece discovers the police believe one of her new friends tried to kill Yvonne. Reluctant to spy on her friends but determined to discover the truth, Cece must uncover the potential murderer before they strike again…

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[My Review]

This is an absorbing, intriguing novel which centers largely around friendship, betrayal and secrets… lots of secrets!

The characters really make this novel; Dorothy Koomson has created a varied and interesting cast of people, all with their own problems and worries, and so as the reader I couldn’t help but find myself caring about some of them. There are a lot of names and relationships to get to grips with, especially at the start when the narrative suddenly switches between people, but before long they became almost well-known to me.

I really liked main character Cece and felt for her as time went on, as well as some of the other women, but there was one person who really seemed to be the worst – I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but it will soon become apparent! There’s people you feel you can get behind, others that I really disliked, and the slightly slower-moving pace means you find yourself really engrossed in their lives.

It’s not an all-action, hugely suspenseful novel; the mystery about what happened to Yvonne is almost secondary to the stories each person has and the way their relationships and friendships are affected by certain lasting actions.I personally really enjoyed the element of mystery in this novel, as it kept it the story on the right track; it felt like we were going somewhere, and I am a reader that can easily get distracted or disengaged if it feels like there’s no real journey in a story – not at all the case in The Friend, I’m pleased to say.

I absolutely loved The Ice Cream Girls (also by Dorothy Koomson) and have had That Girl From Nowhere on my ‘to read’ list for ages, so I jumped at the chance to review The Friend. I can say, for fans of this author or any new readers, this is well worth a read. It’s fairly long at almost 500 pages, so prepare to settle in for this one and don’t expect a quick read, but it’s worth the wait – a great mix of character development, tension, and mystery.

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to Random House UK for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

The Friend is out to buy now!


500 Ketogenic Recipes [review] #cookbook #food

500 ketogenic recipes

Title: 500 Ketogenic Recipes 
Author: Dana Carpender
Publisher: Fair Winds Press


At last, a comprehensive cookbook to the hottest eating plan around! 500 Ketogenic Recipes is the ultimate starter guide to getting healthy, building muscle, and managing blood sugar.

The ketogenic diet emphasizes high ratios of healthy fats, moderate protein, and low carbohydrate intake. While the ketogenic diet isn’t new — there is newly emerging research that the ketogenic lifestyle may help reverse illness, promote longevity, and be the best diet for losing weight. Millions of people are transitioning to a ketogenic diet to look and feel their best.

However, doing the ketogenic lifestyle the right way isn’t always easy. How do you keep your macronutrients properly balanced? Which foods are keto-friendly and which aren’t? 500 Ketogenic Recipes is here with the answers.

Low-carb queen and bestselling author Dana Carpender shows how to live the ketogenic lifestyle deliciously with 500 easy-to-prepare recipes for everything from snacks and appetizers, to main dishes, to drinks and dessert. 500 Ketogenic Recipesmakes staying in the ketogenic zone simple with hundreds of recipes, pantry and shopping lists, and ketogenic do’s and don’t’s.

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[My Review]

Firstly, full disclosure: I’ve wondered about going keto for my diet for a long time, but as I cook food together with my partner who is vegetarian (well, pescetarian), the food choices feel like they’d be so so restricted that I don’t think we’d manage it. If I was cooking just for myself, as a meat-eater, then no problem, but together… probably not. However, I do try to eat fairly low-carb most of the time, so wanted to use this as inspiration for super-low-carb recipes and to learn a bit more about the keto diet. This ticked both boxes beautifully!

I love the ideas for lowering carbs in meals, especially the items they use to replace them in recipes – it is very inspirational, and much of the recipes you can take and tweak slightly. There are recipe ideas for snacks/ finger food, baked goods, side dishes, dishes with a variety of meats and fish in, soups, desserts… the list goes on! So much choice and so many fab ideas, I love this cookbook!

one thing I will say, which links to my first paragraph, is that – understandably with a keto diet – a lot of the recipes involve meat (particularly pork rinds which must be a great low-carb replacement for breadcrumbs), so if you don’t eat meat then you’ll find your choices in this book very limited. However, I am saving most of these for when I’m cooking for myself, and planning to make some of the fish dishes (if you eat fish then you’ll probably be really impressed at the choice of dishes, as there are plenty of fish dishes and they all look SO tasty!). Quite a lot of recipes include shirataki noodles or miracle rice, which are low carb, low calorie replacements for noodles/ pasta/ rice, so you’d have to check you actually like them – I am going to try them in some meals myself as it could be a revelation! The only thing I will say is there aren’t really any photos, so if you’re someone who needs to see how the finished dish will look, you might be a bit disappointed.

I’m really looking forward to trying out a lot of the recipes, particularly Trout with Saffron (will probably replace trout with a different fish I’ve got in the freezer though), sweet and smoky salmon, angel hair with shrimp, fish in coconut child sauce, sweet and salty almond crust, crisp chocolate crust…. ahh the options are endless!

I’d 100% recommend this for anyone thinking of doing a keto diet, or loosing for ultra low-carb recipes. Very thorough and with plenty of inspiration, you’ll have lots of great ideas for keto-friendly dishes.

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to Fair Winds Press for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.



Bring Me Back [review]

Bring Me Back - B.A.Paris

Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B.A. Paris
Publisher: HQ



A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?

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[My Review]

Well, this kept me reading all day and all night, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I hugely enjoyed The Breakdown, also by B.A. Paris, so had high hopes for this one too – and it didn’t disappoint.

As well as the addictive plot (what really happened to Finn’s girlfriend Layla, who really knows what, and how on earth can she still be alive – if indeed, she is?) and the constant feeling of unease around Finn with his questionable temper, I also felt that the fact that I really couldn’t being to guess what the outcome would be made this such an addictive read.

The story itself focuses a lot on Finn’s life today as he has seemingly moved on, and is happily coupled up with none other than Layla’s sister Emma! However there are also flashbacks to that night, and chapters which reveal the thoughts of the person leaving these mysterious Russian dolls – could it be Layla herself, and if so where has she been all this time? I liked the characterisation B.A. Paris provides, making you care about what’s happening even though I really didn’t like Finn himself. It’s obvious he’s supposed to be a bit of a questionable character, as the reader never knows if he actually knows a lot more than he let on, and his attitude in general towards both Layla, back when they were together, and in the present day with her sister Emma, jarred with me – particularly his constant comparisons between them. This made me want him to get his comeuppance in some way, whether he did do something awful all those years ago or not! I always like reading about ‘questionable’ main characters, and here the author has effectively created some truly strange people, and people I really enjoyed reading about!

There’s plenty of mystery throughout Bring Me Back, with some red herrings along the way, and although some parts were perhaps a little unbelievable I still raced through it, right until the rather satisfying ending! I feel that this is another riveting read from B.A. Paris and would definitely recommend it.

[Rating: 4.5/5]

Many thanks to HQ for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

Bring Me Back is out on 8 March – pre-order/ buy here.


The Dark Lake [blog tour review] @sarahbailey1982

The Dark Lake

Today I am so excited to be on the blog tour for Sarah Bailey’s crime debut The Dark Lake. Read on to find out what I thought…

Title: The Dark Lake 
Author: Sarah Bailey
Publisher: Atlantic Books


A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode…A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses.

Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before.But that’s not all Gemma’s trying to hide. As the investigation digs deeper into the victim’s past, other secrets threaten to come to light, secrets that were supposed to remain buried.

The lake holds the key to solving the murder, but it also has the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths…

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[My Review]

The Dark Lake ticked all the boxes for a great crime debut for me: an intriguing plot, convincing and three-dimensional characterisation, and police procedural details, not to mention plenty of atmosphere! AND it’s the first in a new series, too!

Firstly, I really warmed to the brilliant DS Gemma Woodstock. She’s a wonderfully flawed female lead (the kind of character I always enjoy reading about) but she’s also sharp, strong and determined. I don’t agree with everything she has or does do, but she’s definitely interesting to read about! If you only really enjoy reading about ‘likeable’ characters, then Gemma – with all her angst and dubious decisions in her personal life – won’t be for you – but to those people I’d also say, who in real life is really like that anyway? She’s also the first in a whole array of convincing and, most importantly, interesting characters that end up being linked in unexpected ways, which I loved.

What sets this apart from some other novels of the same genre is it’s definitely a character-focussed/ driven crime novel; I felt myself being drawn more and more into the book’s world, not just because I wanted to know ‘whodunnit’, but because I cared about what would happen to these characters who had been so skillfully developed. Sarah Bailey’s writing is, for me, spot on – full of imagery without the language being too flowery and people who don’t fit too neatly into a certain ‘type’ of character – ‘baddie’, ‘goodie’, ‘sensible’ etc. They feel like real people, not caricatures.

The mystery itself kept me interested throughout; I really do enjoy following the steps in an investigation from start to finish, and The Dark Lake‘s slightly slower pace allowed for this, as well as throwing in plenty of twists and red herrings too. The case definitely had some dark elements which added to the chilled and slightly eerie atmosphere, and the novel finished with an ending that left me satisfied. Great stuff – bring on book two!

[Rating: 4.5/5]

Many thanks to Anne Cater and Atlantic Books for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review, and for inviting me onto the blog tour!

The Dark Lake is out now – buy on Amazon here!

Sarah Bailey Author Picture

About the author

Sarah’s first novel, The Dark Lake, was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in May 2017 and in the USA and Canada in October.

Sarah lives in Melbourne, Australia and has two young sons. She has fifteen years experience in the advertising industry and is currently a director at creative projects company Mr Smith.

Sarah’s second book, Into The Night, featuring Detective Gemma Woodstock, will be published in 2018.

Follow Sarah on twitter @sarahbailey1982 or visit her website: www.sarahbaileyauthor.com

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Exhibit Alexandra [review]

Exhibit Alexandra - Natasha Bell

Title: Exhibit Alexandra
Author: Natasha Bell
Publisher: Michael Joseph UK


Alexandra Southwood: a devoted mother, a talented artist and now a missing wife.

Marc’s world is seemingly perfect, complete with two daughters and a loving wife. Until the day she vanishes.

Police, friends and family pull together to find Alex but their hopes quickly turn into a nightmare as the missing person case becomes a murder investigation.

But Marc refuses to accept his wife is dead and embarks on his own frantic search which leads him into the heart of the New York art world that so gripped his wife.

Meanwhile, in a locked room, news clips of the police investigation and the family’s grief are played out in front of a terrified woman. It is Alex. As the weeks pass all she can do is torment herself with images of her family’s life without her.

As Marc begins to piece together hidden parts of Alex’s life, he begins to question whether he really knew her at all…

But this is Alex’s story.

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[My Review]

This wasn’t quite what I expected; I feel like the synopsis reads more as a thriller/ mystery (and did really make me excited to read this, to be fair) but in reality is more of a slow burning analysis of Alexandra and her family/ relationships from when she met her husband Marc in college to the present day. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll keep this brief, but we find out a lot more about Alexandra and the book is sort of a psychological evaluation of her at times. We see how her family is coping and there is always that mystery of what has actually happened to her; this is what kept me reading on, as I found a lot of the chapters about their past a little long and uninteresting.

This is definitely not your average psychological thriller, and if you’re a little bored of the same kind of  book in this genre over and over again then this will definitely provide a different kind of read. I unfortunately struggled to keep attention until the end part, which I really enjoyed! Once I’d got to the end, I flicked back and looked over the parts which I hadn’t picked up on at the time but which now made more sense, and I love it when a book makes me want to do that. It’s definitely clever and I liked some of the themes and theories it puts forward, particularly around how art and life mix – it made me really think.

Overall, this is something a little different which I appreciate, but the first 2/3 of the book just didn’t hold my attention properly. I would, however, recommend if you like your thrillers a little slower but still rather clever.

[Rating: 3.5/5]

Many thanks to Michael Joseph for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

Pre-order/ buy Exhibit Alexandra on Amazon.co.uk here (out 8 March)