2016 has been the year for hen parties for my friends and I... I'm just so glad that none of them have ended up like the one in Ruth Ware's In A Dark Dark Wood! I absolutely love psychological thrillers so when I started reading this fantastic debut I couldn't put it down. It has all the elements of a classic... A creepy setting, a ton of suspense, and some genuinely beautiful writing. The tension that builds right from the first page is addictive, and kept me up until the middle of the night because I had to finish it in one sitting. I won't give anything away, but toxic friends and ghosts from the past are hiding in an isolated house in Northumberland, and they are ready to ruin the hen . . .
Review of A Better Man by Leah McLaren
What if the only way to end your marriage was to become the perfect husband? Wow, what an explosion of mind games this book turned out to be! When I received a copy of A Better Man, I instantly loved the concept of a crafty husband trying to end his marriage by playing Mr. Perfect so that he could screw over the mother of his children financially. Nick was instantly unlikable, but as the story progressed, Maya, his unsuspecting wife, was just as infuriating. At times when I was devouring every last inch of their destructive relationship, I just wanted to dive into the pages and bash their heads together! This is a funny and very sharp portrayal of a doomed marriage, with the odd villain . . .
10 Of The Best Outdoor Writing Spaces
I am obsessed with writing rooms and creating the perfect setting to pen my literary masterpiece, so recently I revisited a fabulous trend which goes hand in hand with summer (especially if you live in the UK like I do!) and that is writing outdoors. With the warmer months fast approaching it's time to look forward to lounging in the garden to write instead of staying cooped up in the house. Here I have collected 10 of The Best Outdoor Writing Spaces for inspiration and your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! Be inspired and above all else... go and write outdoors! :) LB x 10 of The Best Outdoor Writing Spaces 1. This beautiful office space makes me want to . . .
Review of The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon
This wonderful debut is a coming-of-age tale full of atmosphere and suspense, with an unexpectedly dark twist As unbelievable as it sounds, I have never been a member of a book group... This fact hit me head on a couple of months ago and so I thought it was only right that I overcompensate and join two! Well technically, I began one myself (more info to follow), but I have also been extremely lucky to be chosen as a member of Curtis Brown's Book Group and was sent a copy of The Summer of Secrets for our first read. Part of the joys of being in a book group is discovering books you maybe wouldn't have come across before and this was certainly true of Sarah Jasmon's debut. This probably . . .
Reviews of Fangirl and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
This week Victoria Shayne shares more of her love of YA with a Rainbow Rowell double review special! Fangirl “I’m just really active in the fandom.” “What the fuck is ‘the fandom’?” Okay, show of hands, who reads fanfic? I figured as much. When you grow up with the Internet like most of us (“us” being Young Adults or New Adults—to keep it kosher), it’s all too easy to run into fanfiction when you search up your favorite series. My thirteen year old cousin is obsessed with The Hobbit fanfic—and I know she’ll kill me for sharing this fun-fact with you. But that just leads me into Fangirl; Cather Avery is a freshman at college and the girl is in the fandom. If you don’t . . .