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  • American,  Crime fiction

    You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

    I was one of the lucky readers to get a very early review copy of Megan Abbott‘s next novel, You Will Know Me, to be published in the UK on the 30th of June, 2016. I hit a reading slump and I had no idea how to get out of there. Simon Savidge was in a similar situation, and when author Paula Hawkins spotted us talking on Twitter – knowing me quite well – she recommended I gave Abbott’s novel a try. It just what I needed. Megan Abbott has had the infinite wisdom of spotting a silence in contemporary crime fiction and she has masterfully filled it: teenage girls.…

  • Author Interviews,  Features

    Exclusive Interview: Megan Abbott on Girls, Feminism, and Crime Fiction

    Today and I am very happy, excited and proud to welcome American author Megan Abbott to Books & Reviews. After reviewing her upcoming novel You Will Know Me (out next June), I contacted Megan to talk about her middle-class American girls signature narrative, feminism, and many other topics that I thought would be interesting for those of us who do feminism, crime fiction and female main characters. Welcome to Books & Reviews Megan, and thank you for everything: You have inscribed the female teenage experience in contemporary crime fiction inaugurating a new crime fiction subgenre. Why and when did you decide to start writing about female teenagers in such a…

  • American,  Crime fiction

    The Fever by Megan Abbott

    I was kindly sent a review copy of Megan Abbott’s The Fever by Emma Bravo from PanMacMillan along with another book I requested. They say never judge a book by its cover, but the hardback edition of The Fever I was sent was high quality and I rushed to read the description on the back. Here is what I found: From Goodreads: The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community. The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their…

  • Book sightings,  Random

    10 Summer 2016 Releases

    As this post goes live I will be in Cardiff doing some relaxing and book buying in the best of companies. Living in Spain has been making it more and more difficult to purchase books in English physically. On the one hand, because of the lack of diversity local bookshops offer, and, on the second-hand, because of the taxes – anything labelled “culture” gets a 21% tax in Spain – make small paperback editions cost up to 15 € (12 pounds). So, while I am doing some book browsing and book buying I thought I would give you a list of 10 summer releases that I love or can’t wait…

  • American,  Crime fiction

    Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

    Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman has been on my radar ever since it was published in May 2016. I did not get a review copy back then but as bookish magic goes, I found the book at Bristol Public Library. This was the last book that I borrowed during my visit to England, and it was the cherry on top. Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman focuses on the friendship between two girls in a small American town. Following the necessary tend started by Megan Abbott, Wasserman goes against popular believes of young girls as shallow creatures and reminds readers that girlhood can be the perfect foundation for a…

  • First Look

    First Look: Meagan Abbott’s You Will Know Me (Out June 2016)

    Tonight I am inaugurating a new section on the blog. I have realised that I get a lot of review copies, and when they arrive I usually look at the edition, the cover design, maybe read a few pages, or the author’s bio if I don’t know them… So, it was time I shared this with you! The new section is called ‘First Look’ and you will find it filed in the Random category on the menu bar. I will try to keep it interesting showing you early review copies, or beautiful editions, but I will post about books that I get from my beloved one as well. I hope…

  • Book Releases,  Features

    5 Crime Fiction Releases for Spring 2018

    Happy first day of Spring! To celebrate that many of us are getting more daylight and warmer temperatures and we can finally read outside I’ve decided to share some of my favourite crime fiction releases with you today. I can’t wait to take these beauties out with me to read int he sun! Sunburn by Laura Lippman UK: 1st March Faber & Faber US: 20th February William & Morrow OK, so not *technically* Spring, but still very close. Lippman’s latest novel has been praised all over the Internet by Megan Abbott, Gillian Flynn and fellow crime fiction fans. I have only read one of Lippman’s books until now, but I am…

  • Best Books,  Random

    2016 In Review: Crime, Fiction, and Women

    2016 has been an interesting year. As I write this we have just heard of Carrie Fisher’s death. Bowie. Prince. Cohen. Brexit. Trump. Aleppo. The ‘alt-right’. George Michael. Spain’s turn to the right, once more. Let’s take a deep breath. 2016 has not been kind to us. Reading is, for many of us bookworms, a necessity, but also escapism. When I joined the blogging community 6 years ago (!!!!) I discovered that reading for escapism was considered a bad habit. You should read to become a better person, to learn. But, what if escaping our lives makes us better people? What if turning the news off and enjoying a good…

  • American,  Crime fiction,  Essays,  Random

    The Future and the Truth are Female: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

      Crime fiction is one of the most political forms of popular literature, and American women authors are killing it (no pun intended) with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman being responsible for a new golden age. The reasons for the success of female-authored crime fiction novels are many, but considering the current political climate, it is just natural to see how these narratives about social injustice and trauma as the perfect breeding ground for those stories that women have been keeping silent for years or even decades. Megan Miranda’s latest novel The Perfect Stranger (2017) perfectly exemplifies this new era and the role women are proactively…

  • American,  Crime fiction

    Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

    A few months ago I discovered American author Laura Lippman – a bit late to the party, I know – and I started following her on Twitter. She and Megan Abbott saw my confession and told me about Lippman’s upcoming stand-alone novel, Wilde Lake, to be published in the UK the 7th July by Faber Books. So, thanks to Laura I got in contact with Faber Books and they kindly sent me a review copy of Wilde Lake. Abbott suggested I would love it, and she was right. Wilde Lake tells the story of Louisa ‘Lu’ Brant, newly elected – and first female! – State’s Attorney of Howard County (Maryland).…

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