• 21st Century,  General Fiction,  Postcolonial

    Lullaby (The Perfect Nanny) by Leïla Slimani – Translation by Sam Taylor

    A few weeks ago both my Twitter and Instagram feeds went crazy with a new crime fiction book. With a seemingly naïve cover portraying a blue dress with a peter pan collar and the line “The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds”, Leïla Slimani’s Lullaby – entitled The Perfect Nanny in the US – became the book everyone was reading. Marketed as the next Gone Girl (will it ever end?) and with a delightful translation by Sam Taylor, the novel published by Faber & Faber promised to be one of the books of 2018. Lullaby – Chanson Douce in the French original – tells the story of…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    Shame by Melanie Finn

    When I read a quote from Shame by Melanie Finn on Elizabeth Preston’s and Simon Savidge‘s Twitter feeds, I knew I had to get my hands on it. After some research I found out that the book had been published last year and that the team behind it thought it was one of the best things they had ever published. Thanks to Weidenfeld & Nicholson for the review copy. The first pages of Shame describe how the main character, Pilgrim Jones, sees a small gesture between her husband and an unknown woman in a meeting in Switzerland. It was something small, maybe a smile, maybe the way they were too…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Disclaimer by Renee Knight

    I first heard about Disclaimer by Renee Knight as I usually do: on Twitter. Agent Felicity Blunt and publicist Alison Barrow started an amazing campaign: What if the book you are reading werte actually about you? Pre-order from BookDepository Catherine Ravenscroft is a middle-aged woman who, apparently, leads the most normal of lives. She has a husband and a child, she has a job that she loves, and she likes reading. Now that her child earns his own living, she has just moved to a new, smaller house with her husband. In the chaos that comes with moving, she finds herself reading, The Perfect Stranger, a book she does not…