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Good DaughterThe Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter review: The best suspense novel of the year

Express, James Murray

 

He never trusts lying, bullying cops, feels magnetically drawn to underdogs and bends over backwards to justify appalling acts of violence perpetrated by those who hire him.

However, his idealism is put to the ultimate test when one of the twisted souls he saved from jail visits his home to say he has no intention of paying long-awaited legal bills. Bestselling author Karin Slaughter shows how the violent at heart behave when events don’t go to plan.

 

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the Tigers Prey

A cyclone of nonstop action-adventure with enough swordplay and bodice-ripping to recall the Errol Flynn swashbuckler pirate movies of old.

Kirkus Reviews

 

Tom is persona non grata in England, suspected of murdering his brother Black Billy, but he's done well in exile. Currently he’s trading along the East African coast. It’s perilous, though. Tom must avoid the East India Company, which enforces its monopoly with its own military. There are also dread pirates. In fact, a recent confrontation cost Tom his ship. Now he’s retreated to Cape Town to outfit a new ship, Kestrel. With his brother Dorian and their wives aboard, the Kestrel’s fleet enough to slip into the East India Company’s rich territory. All goes well until a monsoon tosses Tom’s crew into the clutches of a vicious jungle queen.

 

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Light we lostLove Means Growing Up: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Chigago Now, Kelly Konrad

 

Jill Santopolo's The Light We Lost is an easy-to-get-lost-in read, meant to pull at your heartstrings and have you comparing it to Me Before You.

The book's protagonist and sole narrator, Lucy Carter, begins the story as a college student in New York City and finishes the tale a married mother of three, with a successful career as a television producer. In the end, I think we are supposed to weep for her. A little? A Lot? Depends on the reader and your take on romantic relationships of all kinds — in this case, those that lead to a life together.

 

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Original Ginny moon

In Benjamin Ludwig’s new novel, Ginny Moon’s “Forever Family” do their best to help her adjust, but they aren’t privy to the secrets from her past that make it impossible to let go.

The Star, Tara Henley

 

In Ginny Moon, we find the titular character living in the “Blue House” with her “Forever Mom,” Maura Moon, and “Forever Dad,” Brian Moon. Having bounced from one foster care placement to another, Ginny has finally landed at this, her “Forever Home.” She listens to the music of idol Michael Jackson, eats precisely nine grapes at a time, watches movies, follows rules religiously — and pines for the Baby Doll she had at age nine, when she was forcibly removed from the care of her abusive, drug-addicted mother, Gloria.

 

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Love StoryMegabestseller Kingsbury on crafting “life-changing fiction” that “connects with the heart”

Publisher's Weekly

 

While love, forgiveness, loss, redemption, and, of course, God are dominant themes in her writing, Karen Kingsbury’s work can’t be pigeonholed as Christian fiction. “It is important to me that people not of the Christian faith read my work,” Kingsbury says. “When I hear that more than half of my readers are not Christian believers, I smile. It tells me that I’m writing strong fiction, stories that connect with the heart. That’s my goal.”

 

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Man BookerMan Booker prize 2017 longlist – in pictures

The Guardian

 

Find out more about the 13 novels in contention this year for the most prestigious prize in the British books world.

 

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the lesser bohemian The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride review – a brilliant evocation of sex and intimacy

The Guardian,

 

Reading the opening pages of The Lesser Bohemians, I wondered if I might still be in the world of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. Here was a diffident 18-year-old Irish girl talking, writing or thinking in Eimear McBride’s characteristic broken sentences, gliding between the demotic and the lyrical. “Daub my soul with a good few pints til my mouth swings wide with unutterable shite. Laughing lots too, like it’s true. Worldening maybe, I think. I hope.” I felt anxious that the voice that had seemed to be created for the heroine of A Girl had suddenly become the voice of an apparently different character, and that we were expected to accept this and read these sentences as though for the first time.

 

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To the Bright Edge of the WorldThis follow-up to The Snow Child explores the boundary between the human and natural world with compelling results

The Guardian, Geraldine Brooks

 

Eowyn Ivey is a deft craftswoman, attentive to the shape and heft of her sentences. Like the couple in her first novel, The Snow Child, who build an icy model of a little girl that magically transforms into a living child, Ivey fashions characters who come to warm and vivid life against her frozen Alaskan landscapes.

Her second novel, To the Bright Edge of the World, is again set in Alaska but in 1885, a few decades earlier than the previous book: this is an era of explorers and prospectors rather than hardscrabble homesteaders. Through journal entries, military reports, letters and documents, Ivey lays down her story in shards, requiring the reader to piece together the final narrative.

 

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Bad SoldierWar-torn writer: ex-SAS soldier turned author Chris Ryan on his new book

The Irish News, Hannah Stephenson

 

Geordie ex-SAS soldier Chris Ryan has spent much of his career in the thick of war zones and life-threatening situations – but these days, he'd much rather be writing fiction.

Ryan was famously the only member of the eight-man SAS mission Bravo Two Zero to escape from Iraq in 1991 – four of his patrol were captured, three died – as described in his bestseller The One That Got Away, which was adapted for screen.

He has since written 22 novels, three non-fiction books and has now moved to Florida.

 

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Ballerina Dreams ENG

Michaela DePrince: ‘There are practically no black dancers in ballet, so I need to speak out’

 

Michaela DePrince was born in Sierra Leone in 1995 during the civil war. At age three, she lost both her parents and was sent to an orphanage where she was mistreated by staff who believed she was the “devil’s child” due to her pigmented skin (caused by vitiligo). She and her best friend were adopted by an American couple when they were four. In 2011 DePrince starred in the ballet documentary First Position, and she is now a professional ballerina with the Dutch National Ballet. She has just published her memoir.

 

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Rules Do Not Apply The Rules Do Not Apply

It's a Book thing Blog, Kelly Ansara

 

There are a bucket load of epic autobiographies that aren’t really seen as ‘epic’. A trend started at the pen of Lena Dunham, Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling – women we see, women we love. If you haven’t heard of Ariel Levy, and don’t worry I’ll give you this one because I hadn’t either, you will now. For this woman will turn your heart to soft gooey custard and then man-it-up in mere pages.


Rupi Kaur BookRupi Kaur reveals the cover and title of her new book

 

the sun and her flowers is the second collection of poetry and illustrations by Kaur, whose first collection, milk and honey, was a #1 New York Times and international bestseller and has sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide.

 

the Boy on the BridgeThe Boy on The bridge Review

RT Book Reviews


Readers of Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts will know something about where this novel is going as soon as the Rosalind Franklin is introduced. He certainly has done an excellent job with having the two books intersect in fascinating ways, but this novel is self-contained enough that it makes for a gripping narrative on its own. As with the first half of the story, this volume excels at getting inside the head of multiple characters while presenting a believably harrowing account of a post-human world of constant danger and raising the stakes until something has to break. If all zombie (and zombie-type) novels were this thoughtful and compelling, the genre wouldn’t feel as tired as it often can in lesser hands.

 

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the essex serpentThe Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry - book review: A thing of beauty inside and out

The Independent UK, Lucy Scholes

 

Sarah Perry’s new novel The Essex Serpent is a thing of beauty inside and out. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned a book’s cover in a review before, but Peter Dyer’s William Morris-inspired design is stunning, a tantalizing taste of the equally sumptuous prose that lies within.

Set at the very end of the nineteenth century, the Essex marshes become Perry’s Dover Beach, the setting for a three-way clash between science, religion and superstition, three serpents entwined: the snake of Asclepius coiling round its staff, that from the Garden of Eden, and a mythical terrible beast, “a monstrous serpent with eyes like a sheep, come out of the Essex waters and up to the birch woods and commons,” claiming human and animal lives alike.

 

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9780008184902The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu by Charlie English review – how precious manuscripts were saved

The Guardian

 

In April 2012, the jihadist army of the Saharan branch of al-Qaida drove a fleet of their armoured pick-up trucks into the centre of the ancient caravan town of Timbuktu in northern Mali. As black flags were hoisted atop the minarets, and as trapped and terrified government conscripts scrambled out of their uniforms, the jihadists began imposing their own puritanical interpretation of sharia law. Music was forbidden, modest clothing was forced on the women, stoning was imposed as a punishment for adultery and a war declared on “unIslamic superstition”.

 

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the blood miracles

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney - review

Evening Standard, Arifa Akbar

 

That book was one of 2016’s literary sensations, winning effusive critical acclaim and a clutch of awards. Ireland had apparently found its Irvine Welsh in McInerney, who gave graphic life to the dark side of County Cork. 

How does a novelist follow that rock ’n’ roll success? With more of the same, it turns out. The Blood Miracles features Cusack a few years on, now aged 20, getting further embroiled with mobsters. The first 20 pages recap the plot of the last book and beyond that we find the same characters still up to no good. 

 

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