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    My First Time Reading Romance: One Day in December by Josie Silver (Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick, December 2018)

    Confession time: I had never read a contemporary romance novel until 2018. It was not something intentional and definitely not something based on any prejudices. I think it all comes from not being a particularly romantic person – anyone else out there running from big gestures? But some of my favourite Booktubers and bloggers love romance, so by 2018 I had learned quite a bit about the genre. For example, that it is socially estimagtised and marked as ‘women’s reading’ or ‘chick-lit’ because it is something read mostly by women. It was precisely this snippet of information that so much resembles the perception of crime fiction that made me become…

  • Monthly Recommendations
    American,  Crime fiction,  Monthly Recommendations

    September Recommendations: Southern Crime Fiction

    Bodies in the Library’s recommendations come out the last day of each month and they aim to bring together great crime fiction reads for fans of the genre. The lists are eclectic and diverse, and they celebrate contemporary crime fiction writers and classics alike. Southern culture is a big thing for me. My Mum brought me up listening to Johnny Cash and I carried on the family obsession by becoming June Carter Cash’s biggest fan as soon as I had access to the Internet. I love a good pair of cowboy boots, and my English-speaking friends think it’s funny I “y’all” people around even though I have a British accent.…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

    Ruth Ware became an instant best-selling author when her debut crime novel In a Dark, Dark Wood came out in 2015. Since then, she has also published The Woman in Cabin 10, and the film rights to her first novel have been acquired by Reese Witherspoon. Ware’s latest novel The Lying Game came out this summer, and I was lucky to have been sent a review copy by Harvill Secker while I was away in England. The Lying Game starts with Isa, a new mom to baby Freya, who leaves her settled and middle-class life in London as soon as she gets a text messsage saying ‘I need you’. The…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

    Last summer I discovered author Ruth Ware whose debut novel In a Dark, Dark Wood made quite an impact in crime fiction in a year that had been mainly dominated by the success of The Girl on the Train. Back then I knew Ware was writing her second novel, to be published by Harvill Secker in 2016. Imagine my surprise when I was one of the lucky bloggers to get an advanced review copy of The Woman in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware’s second novel out on the 30th June 2016. The Woman in Cabin 10 follows In a Dark, Dark Wood‘s focus on a young, white woman who tells the…

  • Crime fiction,  TV/Movies

    Gone Girl (2014) Directed by David Fincher

    Finally! One of the most anticipated bookish movie adaptations is here. Produced by Reese Witherspoon, directed by David Fincher and adapted to the screen by its author, Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl (2014) stars Rosamund Pike as Amy and Ben Affleck as Nick. And it is one great adaptation. I will keep this short and talk about some key issues. Please beware this review contains spoilers. The movie follows the book’s structure: the first third is Nick’s version of the story; the second third is Amy’s and the third one is a common narrative, the Dunne’s dialogue. And, regarding early reports, Flynn has not changed the controversial ending, so, as it…

  • 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…

  • American,  Crime fiction

    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

    I bought Gone GirlĀ  by Gillian Flynn two weeks ago and decided to read it as soon as possible so as to avoid spoilers. I’d been lucky enough to go from the publishing date til today without hearing anything more than it was the story of a marriage and it all started when the wife disappeared so that the novel was a mystery/thriller/crime one. Good. Everyone who had also read it thought I was fine knowing that, neither too little nor too much. So, on Saturday night I tucked into bed and started reading. It took me longer than I expected (I finished it yesterday evening) but overall I’m glad…