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  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir,  International

    The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

    The Couple Next Door has been on radar for quite some time now, especially since the summer when I downloaded the audiobook. However, I never got to listen to it, so when I found the Spanish translation at my local library I decided to give it a try. I don’t often read translations from English, as I would rather read the book in the original, but I am also a believer in supporting local libraries by using them. It also helped that my librarian said I would enjoy the book, and I would read it in a few sittings. As usual, she was right – librarians’ wisdom! The Couple Next…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir

    Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

    Liane Moriarty’s latest novel Truly Madly Guilty came out last summer and I was kindly sent an early review copy by the publishers. But being a fan of Moriarty – you can check my reviews of her previous novels here – I knew I was in for a treat and I wanted to make sure I had free time to sit and devour the book. When I finally took a month off this summer (better later than never, eh?) I knew that one of the books I would enjoy the most in the pile of selected readings would be Moriarty’s. Turns out, I did not know what I had waiting…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir

    Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

    When I first read that Paula Hawkins had a new novel coming out this year I freaked out. As you recall I loved The Girl on the Train, and I was immediately smitten with Hawkins on her first interview here as soon as she expressed her views on women and crime fiction. You can revisit the interview here. So, when I saw pictures of her new novel Into The Water to be published on the 2nd of May, I knew I had to get my hands on one. I also knew I would love it (spoiler alert: I was right!). Thanks to Paula and to Alison Barrow’s team for sending…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir

    The Widow by Fiona Barton

    If you have a Twitter account, I am sure you heard about Bantami Press’ latest release for which Transworld Books was in charge of promoting: The Widow by Fiona Barton, published on the  14th of January, 2016. Thanks to Ben Willis for sending me the review copy. You see, my husband died three weeks ago. Knocked down by a bus just outside Sainsbury’s. He was there one minute, giving me grief about what sort of cereal I should’ve bought, and the next, dead on the road. Head injuries, they said. Dead, anyway. The Widow tells the story of Jean ‘Jeanie’ Taylor, the recent widow of Glenn Taylor. Aged almost 40,…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir

    The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

    I discovered Liane Moriarty last year when I read her latest novel, Little Lies, about to be adapted into a TV show with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. I loved the novel so much – click here to revisit the review – that I asked the publishers if there were review copies left of her previous novel, The Husband’s Secret, and they kindly sent me one of the new editions. Buy at Book Depository ‘None of us know all the possible courses our lives could have, and maybe, should have taken. It’s probably just as well’. The Husband’s Secret, like Little Lies, is a choral novel that focuses as much…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir

    Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

    I first heard of Liane Moriarty when her previous novel, The Husband’s Secret, was published. I asked for a review copy but I was offered a digital galley instead, and since I am in a love-hate relationship with my Sony e-reader, I politely declined. But, when I read the news that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman were on negotiations to adapt Moriarty’s latest novel, Little Lies (Big Little Lies in the USA), I knew I had to read the book before I watched the film. This time I was luckier and was sent a beautiful hardback review copy from Penguin Press. And not only that, but they are sending me…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir,  Short stories

    Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives by Sarah Weinman

    Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense by Sarah Weinman is a short story anthology of forgotten female crime writers. I was offered a copy to review via email by Lindsay from Penguin Press and gladly accepted it thinking that it was totally up my alley. And I was wrong. This was the perfect book for me and I actually gave it 5 stars at GoodReads, something I do not usually do. From GoodReads: Murderous wives, deranged husbands, deceitful children, and vengeful friends. Few know these characters—and their creators—better than Sarah Weinman. One of today’s preeminent authorities on crime fiction, Weinman asks: Where would bestselling authors…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir

    Just What Kind of Mother Are You by Paula Daly

    Just What Kind of Mother Are You is Paula Daly’s debut novel published in April 2013 by Transworld Publishers. I first heard of the novel via Twitter since Kate Atkinson’s PR- Alison Barrow – is also Daly’s. At the time I heard of the novel, Alison was offering ARCs and I asked her to please send me one and she kindly did. This is a SPOILER-FREE review: From GoodReads: What if your best friend’s child disappears? And it was all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto, overwhelmed working mother of three, one freezing December in the English Lake District. She takes her eye off the ball…