The love of reading.

There is nothing better than curling up with a good book and losing myself in a different reality. I’d love some novel recommendations, if you would like to share yours, please comment below. Here are the last three reviews I wrote for ‘Goodreads’.

Once in a House on FireOnce in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This memoir is essentially an old story about childhood abuse, written from a child’s point of view. However, it’s a beautifully written poetic book approached with such clarity and maturity, I found it compelling and read it in one day. The tactile descriptions of small moments experienced, gave weight and power to the prose. If anyone needs an exercise in showing and not telling, study this book. In the opening chapter, a seemingly cheerful description of the families situation, became laden with foreboding with a few choice words. Writing to lose yourself to.

 

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Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For anyone that likes to look at the dark under-belly of personal relationships, read this book. The direct and simple language make this book an easy read, even though view point and time switches throughout. I consumed this book, in an un-put-down-able fashion. It made my heart race and I brought questions to mind that were disturbing, the story felt extremely vivid.
I did, however, find a couple of points in the book a little un-believable, for this I gave the book four stars instead of five, If you can suspend belief briefly though, this book is a must read, complex and ever changing plot will engage and draw you in, even if it is against your will.

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The Summer We All Ran AwayThe Summer We All Ran Away by Cassandra Parkin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A gripping story from beginning to end, strong characters and quirky setting. The book has alternating chapters of ‘Now’ and ‘Then’ which I enjoyed. Although towards the end of the book the switching to differing settings and characters felt like it was still in a draft version. This was a little confusing and it was a shame as the rest of the book is strong and compelling. The very end, I felt the questions in the book were all tied up within ten pages, if these were staggered I would have enjoyed it more, as it felt like a very concious round up of any loose ends. That said, I will be looking out for other books by this author.

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