Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Bookish Thoughts

Here are the book reviews featured on my blog as an alphabetical list by author surname. Author interviews, guest posts and so on are listed below this, again A-Z by author surname.

Megan Abbott - The End of Everything
Rachel Abbott - Only the Innocent
Rachel Abbott - The Back Road
Sarah Addison Allen - The Peach Keeper
Jaimie Admans - Kismetology
Anne Allen - Dangerous Waters
Anne Allen - Finding Mother
Jennifer Arnold - Through a Dog's Eyes
Mary Arrigan - The Rabbit Girl
Kalinda Ashton - The Danger Game
Jenn Ashworth - Cold Light
Kate Atkinson - Life After Life
Jami Attenberg - The Middlesteins
Mandy Baggot - Taking Charge
Lisa Ballantyne - The Guilty Ones
Linwood Barclay - The Accident
Jenny Barden - The Lost Duchess
Pat Barker - Toby's Room
Priya Basil - The Obscure Logic of the Heart
Belinda Bauer - Rubbernecker
Zana Bell - Close to the Wind
A. K. Benedict - The Beauty of Murder
Laurent Binet - HHhH
Tony Black - His Father's Son
Kevin Brophy - The Berlin Crossing
John Boyne - The Absolutist
Melvyn Bragg - Grace and Mary
Rhidian Brook - The Aftermath
Iain Broome - A is for Angelica
Sheryl Browne - Somebody to Love
Carol Rifka Brunt - Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Suzanne Bugler - The Child Inside
Tanya Byrne - Heart-Shaped Bruise
Rachel Carter - Ethan's Voice
Diane Chamberlain - The Midwife's Confession
Diane Chamberlain - The Good Father
Diane Chamberlain - Necessary Lies
Emma Chapman - How to be a Good Wife
Rory's Boys - Alan Clark
Chris Cleave - Gold
Tamar Cohen - The Mistress's Revenge
Tamar Cohen - The War of the Wives
Brian Conaghan - When Mr Dog Bites
Amanda Coplin - The Orchardist
Christina Courtenay - Highland Storms
Christina Courtenay - New England Rocks
Julia Crouch - Every Vow You Break
Paula Daly - Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
Bea Davenport - In Too Deep
Jill Dawson - The Tell-Tale Heart
Barbara Delinsky - Escape
Vanessa Diffenbaugh - The Language of Flowers
Robert Dinsdale - Little Exiles
Sophie Divry - The Library of Unrequited Love
Nell Dixon - Renovation, Renovation, Renovation
Louise Douglas - The Secrets Between Us
Jenny Downham - You Against Me
Paul Dowswell - Sektion 20
Charles Dubow - Indiscretion
Helena Duggan - A Place Called Perfect
Kim Edwards - The Lake of Dreams
Martin Edwards - The Coffin Trail
Jane Elson - A Room Full Of Chocolate
Gavin Extence - The Universe Versus Alex Woods
Jane Feaver - An Inventory of Heaven
Ellen Feldman - Next to Love
Catherine Fisher - The Obsidian Mirror
Christopher Fowler - Full Dark House
Elizabeth Forbes - Nearest Thing to Crazy
Jamie Ford - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Kate Forsyth - Bitter Greens
Kate Forsyth - The Wild Girl
Essie Fox - The Goddess and the Thief
Laurie Frankel - Goodbye For Now
Anna Funder - All That I Am 
Janey Fraser - The Au pair
Dawn French - A Tiny Bit Marvellous
Rachael Fuller - Faerytale
Jeff Gardiner - Myopia
Anna Gavalda - Breaking Away
Lisa Genova - Left Neglected
Alex George - A Good American
Nicci Gerrard - Missing Persons
Helene Gestern - The People in the Photo
Linda Gillard - A Lifetime Burning
Linda Gillard - The Glass Guardian
Linda Gillard - Untying the Knot
Linda Gillard - Emotional Geology
Karen Jones Gowen - Lighting Candles in the Snow
Laurie Graham - A Humble Companion
Lesley Glaister - Chosen
Daniel Glattauer - Love Virtually
Daniel Glattauer - Every Seventh Wave
Robert Goolrick - Heading Out to Wonderful
Simon Gough - The White Goddess: An Encounter
Harriet Grace - Cells
Joanne Graham - Lacey's House
Heather Gudenkauf - One Breath Away
Mark Haddon - The Red House
Araminta Hall - Everything and Nothing
Catherine Hall - The Proof of Love
Emylia Hall - The Book of Summers
Emylia Hall - A Heart Bent Out of Shape
M. R. Hall - The Flight
Linn B. Halton - The Quintessential Gemini
Hilary Thayer Hamann - Anthropology of an American Girl
Laura Harrington - Alice Bliss
A.S.A. Harrison - The Silent Wife
Helen Hart - The Black Banner
Ben Hatch - Are We Nearly There Yet?
Paula Hawkins - The Girl on the Train
Noah Hawley - The Good Father
Elizabeth Haynes - Into the Darkest Corner
Elizabeth Haynes - Revenge of the Tide
Elizabeth Haynes - Human Remains
Elizabeth Haynes - Under a Silent Moon
Peter Heller - The Dog Stars
Amanda Hodgkinson - 22 Britannia Road
Edward Hogan - The Hunger Trace
Mary Hooper - Fallen Grace
Mary Horlock - The Book of Lies
Janice Horton - Reaching for the Stars
Janice Horton - How do you Voodoo?
Eva Hudson - The Senior Moment
Kerry Hudson - Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before he Stole My Ma
Catherine Ryan Hyde - When You Were Older
Catherine Ryan Hyde - Walk Me Home
Karen Inglis - The Secret Lake
Eowyn Ivey - The Snow Child
Dinah Jefferies - The Separation
Amanda Jennings - Sworn Secret
Pam Jenoff - The Ambassador's Daughter
Kate Johnson - The UnTied Kingdom
Sue Johnson - Fable's Fortune
Suzanne Joinson - A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
Catherine Jones - Wonder Girls
Sadie Jones - The Outcast
Sadie Jones - The Uninvited Guests
Susanna Jones - When Nights Were Cold
Wendy Jones - The Thoughts & Happenings of Wilfred Price
Wendy Jones - The World is a Wedding
Rachel Joyce - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Pia Juul - The Murder of Halland
Russell Kane - The Humorist
Mary Beth Keane - Fever
Claire Kendal - The Book of You
Liz Kessler - North of Nowhere
Claire King - The Night Rainbow
Sophie King - Tales from the Heart
Judith Kinghorn - The Last Summer
Judith Kinghorn - The Memory of Lost Senses
Liza Klaussmann - Tigers in Red Weather
Daniela Krien - Someday We'll Tell Each Other Everything
Victoria Lamb - The Queen's Secret
Victoria Lamb - Witchstruck
Victoria Lamb - His Dark Lady
William Landay - Defending Jacob
Kay Langdale - Her Giant Octopus Moment
Antoine Laurain - The President's Hat
Valerie Laws - Lydia Bennet's Blog
Jonathan Lee - Joy
Julian Lees - The House of Trembling Leaves
Simon Lelic - The Child Who
Pierre Lemaitre - Alex
Margaret Leroy - The Collaborator
Lois Leveen - The Secrets of Mary Bowser
Nell Leyshon - The Colour of Milk
Anya Lipska - Where the Devil Can't Go
David Long - Murders of London
Charlie Lovett - The Bookman's Tale
Grace McCleen - The Land of Decoration
Belinda McKeon - Solace
Claire McGowan - The Fall
Claire McGowan - The Lost
Katharine McMahon - Season of Light
Katharine McMahon - The Woman in the Picture
Linda MacDonald - Meeting Lydia
Kathleen MacMahon - This is How it Ends
Audrey Magee - The Undertaking
Alexander Maksik - You Deserve Nothing
Liza Marklund - The Bomber
Liza Marklund - Vanished
Liza Marklund - Last Will
JJ Marsh - Behind Closed Doors
Rebecca Mascull - The Visitors
Simon Mawer - Trapeze/The Girl who Fell from the Sky
Nicola May - Working it Out
Louise Millar - The Playdate
Linda Mitchelmore - To Turn Full Circle
Lottie Moggach - Kiss Me First
Sue Moorcroft - Love and Freedom
Liz Moore - Heft
Jojo Moyes - The Girl You Left Behind
Jojo Moyes - The One Plus One
Guillaume Musso - Where Would I Be Without You?
Fuminori Nakamura - The Thief
Annemarie Neary - A Parachute in the Lime Tree
Patrick Ness - The Crane Wife
Hakan Nesser - Hour of the Wolf
Nele Neuhaus - Snow White Must Die
Elle Newmark - The Sandalwood Tree
David Nobbs - Obstacles to Young Love
Charity Norman - After the Fall
Charity Norma - The Son-in-Law
Freya North - Rumours
Martin O'Brien - The Dying Minutes
Maggie O'Farrell - Instructions for a Heatwave
Lauren Oliver - Liesl and Po
Hanne Orstavik - The Blue Room
Mez Packer - The Game is Altered
Simon Packham - Silenced
R. J. Palacio - Wonder
R. J. Palacio - The Julian Chapter
Tony Parsons - Catching the Sun
Elliot Perlman - The Street Sweeper
Liza Perrat - Wolfsangel
Leif Persson - Another Time, Another Life
Alison Pick - Far To Go
Jodi Picoult - Lone Wolf
Frances di Plino - Bad Moon Rising
Francine Prose - Reading Like A Writer
Anna Quindlen - Every Last One
Ross Raisin - Waterline
Austin Ratner - The Jump Artist
Anna Raverat - Signs of Life
Louisa Reid - Black Heart Blue
Roberta Rich - The Midwife of Venice
Hannah Richell - The Shadow Year
Peggy Riley - Amity and Sorrow
Bethan Roberts - My Policeman
David W. Robinson - The Filey Connection
Charlotte Rogan - The Lifeboat
Jennie Rooney - Red Joan
William Ryan - The Holy Thief
William Ryan - The Bloody Meadow
William Ryan - The Twelfth Department
Ana Sampson - Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright…
Ana Sampson - Poems to Learn by Heart
C. J. Sansom - Dominion
Patricia Scanlan - With All My Love
Ferdinand von Schirach - The Collini Case
John Burnham Schwartz - Northwest Corner
Maria Semple - Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
Ruta Sepetys - Between Shades of Gray
Leanne Shapton - Swimming Studies
Lynn Shepherd - Tom-All-Alone's
Lynn Shepherd - A Treacherous Likeness
Maggie Shipstead - Seating Arrangements
Rachel Simon - The Story of Beautiful Girl
Helen Simonson - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Project
Philip Sington - The Valley of Unknowing
Jennifer E. Smith - The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Helen Smith - Alison Wonderland
Natasha Solomons - The Novel in the Viola
Gunnar Staalesen - Cold Hearts
M. L. Stedman - The Light Between Oceans
Neil R. Storey - The Little Book of Murder
Barbara L. B. Storey - Perfect Need
Mari Strachan - Blow on a Dead Man's Embers
Ellen Sussman - French Lessons
Deborah Swift - The Gilded Lily
Graham Swift - Wish You Were Here
Sean Taylor - A Waste of Good Paper
Jessica Thom - Welcome to Biscuit Land
Rosy Thornton - Ninepins
Rose Tremain - Merivel: A Man of His Time
Jonathan Tropper - One Last Thing Before I Go
Anne Tyler - The Beginner's Goodbye
Sue Uden - Dear Dee
Susan Vaught - Freaks Like Us
Salley Vickers - The Cleaner of Chartres
Louise Voss & Mark Edwards - Catch Your Death
Louise Voss & Mark Edwards - Killing Cupid
Louise Voss & Mark Edwards - All Fall Down
Sasha Wagstaff - Recipe for Love
Rebecca Wait - The View on the Way Down
K. B. Walker - Once Removed
Karen Thompson Walker - The Age of Miracles
Wendy Wallace - The Painted Bridge
Helen Walsh - The Lemon Grove
Evonne Wareham - Never Coming Home
Ann Weisgarber - The Promise
Nicky Wells - Sophie's Turn
Louise Welsh - The Girl on the Stairs
Paul Wilson - The Visiting Angel
Isabel Wolff - Ghostwritten
Chris Womersley - Bereft
Benjamin Wood - The Bellwether Revivals
Susan Elliot Wright - The Things We Never Said
Carol E. Wyer - Mini Skirts & Laughter Lines
Carol E. Wyer - Surfing in Stilletos
Stefan Zweig - The Post Office Girl
Stefan Zweig - Journey into the Past
Stefan Zweig - Fear


Author interviews/chats/guest posts/features, with:

Iain Broome - interview
Sheryl Browne
Susan Buchanan - interview
Barbara Delinsky
Donna Douglas - guest post
Mark Edwards - guest post
Essie Fox - guest post
Harriet Grace
Roberta Rich
Michael Russell - guest post
Linda Gillard & Guest post
Linda Gillard - on designing a book cover
Linn B. Halton
Helen Hart
Helen Hollick - guest post
Janice Horton 
Kerry Hudson - guest post
Eowyn Ivey - guest post
Catherine Jones - guest post
Victoria Lamb
Rebecca Mascull - author interview
Peggy Riley - guest post
Irene Rozdobudko - guest post
Manda Scott - excerpt
Nancy Scrofano - guest post
Ellen Sussman 
Sue Uden
Nicky Wells
Carol E. Wyer - guest post

Quick Reads - feature