• Adult Book Reviews,  Modern Fiction

    Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Review

    Everything I Never Told You is the debut novel by Celeste Ng. I’d heard such positive things about this and her other novel, Little Fires Everywhere. I decided to start with the debut, which was released in 2014. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Review: Plot When Lydia Lee’s body is found in a local lake, her family is thrown into a pit of devastation and guilt. Lydia was the teenage daughter of Marilyn and James and both parents had high hopes for her future. James is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and Lydia’s, make them conspicuous in any setting. James, who never…

  • Adult Book Reviews,  Historical Fiction

    The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman Review

    I’d heard great things about The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. It had rave reviews and I knew it had also been made into a film starring Michael Fassbender. In an attempt to work my way through my huge to-read-pile, I decided to read it and see what all the fuss is about. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman Review: Plot Tom is a lighthouse keeper on a remote island where he and his wife are the sole occupants. They live a quiet existence, one that lately has been marred by sadness. One night a boat washes up on the shore holding a dead man and…

  • Adult Book Reviews,  Modern Fiction

    Believe Me by J.P. Delaney Review

    I read Playing Nice by J.P. Delaney after it was featured on the Richard and Judy Book Club Spring 2021 list. I already had Believe Me by the same author on my bookshelf so in an attempt to read the books I actually already have rather than buying more I decided to give that one a try too! Believe Me by J.P. Delaney Review: Plot Claire is a British struggling actor living in America without a green card and she needs work and money to survive. She agrees to work for a firm of divorce lawyers hired to entrap straying husbands. However, Claire’s life changes when the wife of one…

  • Adult Book Reviews,  Modern Fiction

    An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

    I’ve read a couple of Shari Lapena novels and while they always seem to receive really good reviews, I’ve always been slightly disappointed in them. The Couple Next Door was one that I was looking forward to reading after hearing great things about it, and whilst I did enjoy it, I didn’t really understand the hype. However, I loved the premise of An Unwanted Guest so I thought I’d give it a go. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena: Plot As the guests arrive at a remote, secluded inn deep in the forest, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Miles from anywhere, they’re hoping it will be the…

  • Adult Book Reviews,  Modern Fiction

    The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel Review

    The Recovery of Rose Gold first caught my attention when it was featured in Richard and Judy’s Spring 2021 list. It was the debut novel by Stephanie Wrobel and the premise sounded really promising. I’ve never read a book about Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy so I was intrigued to see how the story developed. The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel Review: Plot Rose Gold lived her life believing she was ill. She thought she needed a feeding tube, surgery and a wheelchair. However, it turns out that her mother was just a really good liar. Her mother, Patty, is sent to jail for the mistreatment of her daughter…