Tell Me The Truth

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A fascinating, insightful and oh-so-wise look at love, through the eyes of a master psychoanalytic therapist, long versed in the compassionate practice of rooting out β€œdilemmas we face in relationships, which draw couples together and tear them apart.” Through the composite sketches provided of thirteen semi-fictional couples, the author…

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Do No Harm

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A life for a life.One of which you dearly love. Could you make the selection? And act on it? A pulse-pounding ride, as much any parent’s worst nightmare as it is the most dastardly decision ever faced between the pages, this book will have you racing to read on,…

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Villager

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gleeful romp, oozing with chaotic energy, magical realism, laugh-out-loud irreverence, dark warnings and so many insights that, if you’re at all like this reader, entire sections will be marked out and dog-eared for re-reading. In its essence a passionately-held treaty on our tremulous and vulnerable earthly communion, (an…

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Clinically Dead

🌟🌟🌟🌟 An absorbing and chatty Scottish-based mix of Agatha Christie meets Emmerdale, this is the first of the Dr. Cathy Moreland series I have had the pleasure to read - a situation I would like to remedy quickly. Dr. Cathy is an earnest, sincere woman, a somewhat-frazzled GP who knows…

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A Tidy Ending

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A top-notch psychological thriller, this book will leave you reeling, heart a-flutter, shaking your head at the clever and oh-so-neatly-executed twist of a (tidy) ending. Infused with menace and foreboding, saturating each page with such deadly apprehension (for this reader, deeply reminiscent of reading the best work of Patricia…

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Fledgling

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 β€œWere it but free, it would soar cloud-high” (Charlotte Bronte) Reading this achingly-tender memoir, embodied through words, is to move beyond words - to the riding of a wave of rapturous, primal connection where emotion, pure and atavistic, soars free. As the author, a young British wife, follows her…

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Audacious Goals

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A fascinating and exhaustively-researched narrative on the lives and accomplishments of three men - Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Theodore Roosevelt, and Roald Amundsen - whose leadership, vision, decisions and drive propelled them to complete two historically β€œbold undertakings” each, in total completing six projects of global and persistent impact. Audacious…

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You’re Always With Me

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A nail-biter of a read, this story’s emotional wallop, sparked from the very first (of many) explosive twists, is destined to keep the reader entirely on edge, right up to the intense and ultimately satisfying finale. Written in a taut, spare and vivid style, the author captures a sense…

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Music of the Night

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A feast for lovers of contemporary crime fiction, this stellar collection of 25 stories, all written by members of CWA and embracing a theme of music, is both a must read and a rare and captivating treat. With stories reaching broadly across the crime genre, including procedural police investigations,…

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Chimera

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 This poignant and thoughtful memoir challenged as much as it compelled me. It’s hard to look death directly in the eye, especially when it’s encroaching, with terrifying intensity, on the time that is left for a shy and sensitive seventeen year-old. Jody White, unexplainably and suddenly diagnosed with…

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