Book reviews, musings and waffle from a British lit addict

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Review: ‘The End We Start From’ by Megan Hunter

Review: ‘The End We Start From’ by Megan Hunter

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars As London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, she and her baby are forced to leave their home in search of safety. They head north through a newly dangerous […]

Review: ‘Dust and Shadow’ by Lyndsay Faye

Review: ‘Dust and Shadow’ by Lyndsay Faye

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars As England’s greatest specialist in criminal detection, Sherlock Holmes is unwavering in his quest to capture the killer responsible for terrifying London’s East End. He hires an “unfortunate” known as Mary Ann Monk, the friend of a fellow streetwalker […]

Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’: Audiobook v. Paperback

Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’: Audiobook v. Paperback

“It’s called Yes Please because it is the constant struggle and often the right answer. Can we figure out what we want, ask for it, and stop talking? Yes please. Is being vulnerable a power position? Yes please. Am I allowed to take up space? […]

Review: ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson

Review: ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson

Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. […]

Review: ‘Dark Places’ by Gillian Flynn

Review: ‘Dark Places’ by Gillian Flynn

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers […]

Review: ‘Perfect’ by Rachel Joyce

Review: ‘Perfect’ by Rachel Joyce

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was in order to balance clock time with the movement of the earth. Byron Hemming knew this because James Lowe had told him and James was the cleverest boy at […]

Historical Fiction Review: ‘The Wild Girl’ by Kate Forsyth

Historical Fiction Review: ‘The Wild Girl’ by Kate Forsyth

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Once there were six sisters. The pretty one, the musical one, the clever one, the helpful one, the young one…and then there was the wild one.  Dortchen Wild has loved Wilhelm Grimm since she was a young girl. Under […]

Review: ‘HHhH’ by Laurent Binet

Review: ‘HHhH’ by Laurent Binet

Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars Everyone has heard of Reinhard Heydrich, “the Butcher of Prague.” And most have heard stories of his spectacular assassination at the hands of two Czechoslovakian partisans. But who exactly were the forgotten heroes who killed one of history’s most […]

Review: ‘The Penelopiad’ by Margaret Atwood

Review: ‘The Penelopiad’ by Margaret Atwood

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars “In Homer’s account in The Odyssey, Penelope – wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy – is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty […]

Review: ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

Review: ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on […]