book review: no place like home by caroline overington

This book was sent to me by Random House Australia. I have been asked to write a review and my review is truthful to my opinion of the book.

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From the press release:

From bestselling author and award-winning journalist Caroline Overington comes another thought-provoking and heart-rending story, that reaches from the heart of Bondi to a small village in Tanzania.

Shortly after 9.30 in the morning, a young man walks into Surf City, Bondi’s newest shopping complex. He’s wearing a dark grey hoodie – and a bomb around his neck.

Just a few minutes later he is locked in a shop on the upper floor. And trapped with him are four innocent bystanders.  Read More

book review: burned by persephone nicholas

This book was sent to me by Random House Australia. I have been asked to write a review and my review is truthful to my opinion of the book.

burned

From the press release:

When a tragic event occurs in a quiet town in England, no one could predict just how it would ripply through the four people from opposite sides of the world who physically and emotionally collide in this multi-faceted tale.

Kate Daniels is grappling with the freak death of her estranged husband, whilst trying to rebuild a life for herself and her precocious and space-obsessed young son, Noah.

Meanwhile, Malcolm Martin is still paralysed with grief twenty years after the death of his son. Home for him is now a park bench by the canal.

And then there’s Matthew Hooper – a classmate of Noah’s – who has come to suspect his older brother, Tom, has a dangerous obsession with fire. Read More

book review: all the birds singing by evie wyld

This book was sent to me by Random House Australia. I have been asked to write a review and my review is truthful to my opinion of the book.

all the birds singing

From the press release:

Who or what is watching Jake Whyte from the woods?

“The human eye senses movement before all else” — What if you saw something watching you from the woods? Something beastly, something that had been slaughtering your sheep, one-by-one? Something that might not be human…

Jake Whyte lives on her farm with her companion, Dog, and her much-loved herd of sheep. Her farm is on a small, remote island, nothing unsual except for the wild and windy weather and the cheeky crows that watch over her each day.

Nothing seems out of the ordinary until another one of Jake’s sheep is found mangled, making it two deaths in a month. Then one night, Jake sees a figure on her farm and files a trespassing report with the police. Ironically they dismiss the complaint and suggest the loneliness is getting to her.

But when she starts hearing strange noises and seeing things out in the woods, she is convinced that someone, or something, is watching her. Read More

book review: shift by hugh howey

This book was sent to me by Random House Australia. I have been asked to write a review and my review is truthful to my opinion of the book.

Shift

From the press release:

In a future less than fifty years away, the world is still as we know it. Time continues to tick by. The truth is that it is ticking away.

A powerful few know what lies ahead.

They are preparing for it.

They are trying to protect us.

They are setting us on a path from which we can never return. Read More

book review: life after life by kate atkinson

This book was sent to me by Random House Australia. I have been asked to write a review and my review is truthful to my opinion of the book.

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From the press release:

Kate Atkinson’s stunning new novel spans the most turbulent events of the 20th century and asks:

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.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Read More

book review: run to me by diane hester

This book was sent to me by Random House Australia. I have been asked to write a review and my review is truthful to my opinion of the book.

Run to Me

From the press release:

It’s been two years since Shyler O’Neil’s beloved son Jesse was killed – but his final moments are as vivid to her now as they were that dreadful day. Suffering from post-traumatic stress, and convinced she did not do enough to protect him, she retreats to an isolated cabin in the woods of nothern Maine.

Meanwhile, Zack Ballinger – a ten-year-old boy who has never known a mother’s love – finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s seen too much and is now running for his life.

Fleeing into the woods, Zack soon finds himself at Shyler’s cabin. He’ll take whatever help she can give – even though, for some reason, she keeps calling him Jesse… Read More

book review: shallow breath by sara foster

This book was sent to me by Random House Australia. I have been asked to write a review and my review is truthful to my opinion of the book.

Shallow Breath

From the press release:

Two years ago, Desi Priest made a horrific mistake and destroyed her family.

Now, she is coming home to make amends: to her daughter, Maya, who’s nurturing her own dangerous plans; to her brother, Jackson, who blames himself; and to her close friend, Pete, who has spent years shielding her from a devastating truth.

But as Desi returns to her beloved house by the ocean, there is a stranger waiting for her. Someone who needs her help. Someone whose arrival will reveal a chain of secrets hidden for over twenty years. Read More

book review: the heavy by dara-lynn weiss

This book was sent to me by Random House Australia. I have been asked to write a review and my review is truthful to my opinion of the book.

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I was a bit apprehensive to read this book. I didn’t know how I felt about a mother who puts her seven-year-old on a diet, but similarly, I don’t know how I feel about a mother who “allows” (and I say this loosely) their seven-year-old to become obese. But you know the saying, until you’ve walked a mile (or more locally, kilometre) in someone else’s shoes, you can’t really judge. After reading Dara-Lynn Weiss’ memoir The Heavy, I couldn’t agree more. Read More