• 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…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of Rufi Thorpe’s debut novel The Girls from Coronal de Mar at Naomi’s blog The Writes of Woman. So, last week, after reading too much crime fiction – I never dreamed this would happen – I longed for the twisted, dark and emotionally haunting story that Naomi had told me The Girls from Corona del Mar was. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Please beware, this review contains spoilers. From Goodreads: Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers…