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  • Crime fiction,  International

    The Lake House by Kate Morton

    I have to confess I am a huge fan of Kate Morton’s ever since I read her debut novel The House at Riverton. There is something about her books that makes me feel instantly better, probably because they remind me of my love for literature and words. So, when I learned her latest work would be out in October 2015 I made a mental note of adding it to my Christmas wishlist. It would be the jewel of the crown, that gift that represents all the good feelings and love of Christmas on itself. Thanks to Mum and Dad for the expensive and so beautiful hardcover copy of The Lake…

  • Personal Updates,  Random

    20 Reading Questions

    Gooood morning everyone on a beautiful and sunny Monday morning! Twitter was buzzing with some great blogging activity a few weeks ago and I couldn’t join back then, but following my dear MarinaSofia’s example, I thought I’d answer the 20 Reading Questions here keeping in mind the 280-character Twitter rule 😉 Women’s fiction. I am reading two at the time! Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout (short stories), and Tree of Sighs by Lucrecia Guerrero (Chicano Lit, because there is more to it than J.D). The Disappearing Cake. Always loved a good mystery! I would LOVE to see all of Gillian Flynn’s works adapted for the big/silver screen by Reese…

  • General Fiction,  Personal Updates,  Random

    January and February Reading: An Ode to Public Libraries with Susan Orlean’s The Library Book

    Since life has been getting busier and messier – which is how it should be -, I’ve realised that I’d rather share all my monthly reading updates in one post instead of writing one post for each book. Traditional reviewing is not working anymore for me and my approach to reading and writing is now closer to journaling. Last month I experimented with this new style and I loved the writing process and all the conversations that it sparked. The Inspiration One of the last things I did in 2018 was to contact Atlantic Books to get a review copy of Susan Orelan’s The Library Book, a non-fiction look at…

  • Best Books

    Top Ten Books of 2015

    2015 has come to an end! Here are the Top Ten Books of 2015 at Books & Reviews: 1. Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm Fiction: identity novel. Good for: readers of philosophical fiction, and Margaret Atwood fans. Want more? Read an exclusive interview with author Rebecca Scherm here. 2. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll Fiction: crime novel. Good for: Gone Girl fans. No more indications needed. Bonus points! This is the first book I reviewed for the Los Angeles Review of Books. 3. Forensics by Val McDermid Non-fiction. Good for: CSI fans, crime fiction fans with an interest in criminology. 4. Atonement by Ian McEwan Fiction: contemporary novel. Good for:…

  • She Writes

    She Writes: Sarah Ward

    I first met Sarah Ward through her blog Crimepieces, which you should check right now if you are a fan of Scandi crime. And though she knows her nordic noir perfectly her knowledge about crime fiction goes beyond borders. When I heard that she was publishing her debut crime fiction novel with Faber a few years ago I was ecstatic and my anticipation was not wrong. In Bitter Chill – the first installment in the DC Connie Child series – was a masterpiece. Back then I described it as ‘Kate Morton meets contemporary crime fiction’ because the book exuded that coziness that I love from Morton’s books while being a…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward

    I met Sarah Ward years ago at her wonderful crime fiction blog Crimepieces, and we have become good friends ever since. Last May I had the pleasure of meeting her in the flesh at CrimeFest, and this fall I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy of her debut novel In Bitter Chill. Best part? It was signed! In Bitter Chill tells the story of Rachel and Sophie two children from Derbyshire who get kidnapped one morning on their way to school in 1978. Flash forward to the present, and we find Rachel was actually released, while Sophie has never been found. Their cold case is open again…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings

    Karen Sullivan, founder of Orenda Books, and I have been Twitter friends for some time now. I even got to meet her at CrimeFest15 along with some of her authors. However, I had never read any of the books published by Orenda, despite all of them being amazing crime fiction. So, when I found out about In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings on Twitter, I knew I had to ask Karen for a review copy. She was super excited about my request, and she kindly sent me a lovely paperback edition, the perfect size to carry on my handbag, but not so small so as to make reading difficult. And…

  • Personal Updates,  Random

    January Books

    Hi, there! January has been a great month for books, mainly because Christmas in Spain last until the 6th of January and it was my birthday on the 27th. But I also got some very interesting review copies from publishers, so thank you! Gifted The Lake House by Kate Morton I asked the Three Wise Men for Kate Morton’s latest work knowing that I would love it, but it was even better than I expected. The Lake House (2015) is Morton’s best work til now, and the edition is to die for. Highly recommended for book lovers in general. Gloria Steinem’s WORKS The boyfriend bought me Gloria Steinem’s biography My…

  • Crime fiction,  International

    The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

    I became a Kate Morton fan some years ago, not only because I like her stories, but because I find her style very inspiring. Every time I pick up a Kate Morton, the writer in me craves for a notebook and a pen and millions of colorful stories flood my mind and The Secret Keeper was not an exception. I would like to thank Sophie from Mantle for sending me a review copy months ago and patiently waiting for my review. From Kate Morton.com 1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house…

  • Best Books,  Crime fiction,  International

    The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

    I bought The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton two years ago and although I read until page 230, I gave up. There was something in the story that failed to catch my attention and I found the pace too slow. A month ago, too intrigued by The Distant Hours, also by Kate Morton, I decided to ask the publisher for the book, but silly me, I got the titles mixed up and ended up asking for The Forgotten Garden. So, after all, I decided to give it another try and I could not be happier I did. Buy at Book Depository: A lost child …On the eve of the First…

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