I adored The Nightingale, the first book of Hannah’s that I’d read, so snapped this one up when I spotted it on the shelves in my fave book store in Byron and devoured it in one delicious reading binge. Having taken us on a heartbreaking journey to occupied France in The Nightingale, this time she takes us to the wilds of Alaska and a very different tale.  So, if you’re thinking of giving it a whirl, here’s my review of Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone. The Great Alone – the title inspired from a poem about Alaska called “The Shooting of Dan… View Post

Crazy Rich Asians is really having its moment in the sun with the recent release of the movie adaption of the same name, so it was the obvious choice for my beach bag, when I spent a couple of weeks in Byron recently.  Written by Kevin Kwan, it’s the first in a trilogy, is told from the perspectives of the five key characters and is a satirical, epic yarn which brings together two different cultures and classes with disastrous results. When Chinese-American Economics professor Rachel Chu is invited by her Singaporean boyfriend, Nick, to attend his best mate’s wedding back home,… View Post

A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode.  That’s the premise of this thriller and it well and truly sucked me in from the first few paragraphs which is the litmus test of any prospective page-turner isn’t it?!  It’s an interesting and well written debut from Aussie crime writer Sarah Bailey, effectively told through the perspective of a female detective, who is quite the complex character; Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is struggling with her relationship with the father of her child, having an affair with a colleague and clearly holding onto grief and events from… View Post

Can a health retreat really change your life forever? This is the premise of Liane Moriarty’s new book and it’s a corker. Vintage Moriarty, she brings together a group of people in a fairly innocuous setting – this time a health retreat so straying slightly from her typically suburban setting – and switches between story threads and characters with ease, as secrets and back stories are revealed, before walloping you in the face with a twist that you just don’t see coming! So, did I enjoy it? Hell yes, I enjoyed it muchily, boshed it in an afternoon, sprinting through… View Post