Genre: Contemporary

Review: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Review: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Told through alternating chapters, past and present, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley slowly uncovers the tale of Samuel Hawley’s life. Hawley has a daughter, Loo, whom he is raising alone following the death of his wife. Hawley and Loo have constantly been on the move, never living in one place for very long. When […]

Posted April 4, 2017


Review: This Is How It Always Is

Review: This Is How It Always Is

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and, he loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, growing his hair long, and dreams of being a princess. Rosie and Penn have four boys when they decide to try, one last time, for a girl. Claude arrives and they […]

Posted February 24, 2017


Review: All We Shall Know

Review: All We Shall Know

Melody Shee is 33 when she finds herself pregnant. The father of her unborn child is not her husband, but the son of a famous Traveller whom she has been tutoring. Her husband leaves and Melody finds herself alone, contemplating taking her own life. It’s just the thought of her father that keeps her going; […]

Posted September 15, 2016


Review: Everything I Don’t Remember

Review: Everything I Don’t Remember

A young man, Samuel, is killed in a car crash. But was it an accident or was it suicide? An anonymous author decides to uncover the truth. Everything I Don’t Remember is written as transcripts from the author’s interviews with Samuel’s family and friends. At no point does our interviewer tell us who is┬átalking. He […]

Posted September 3, 2016


Review: What We Didn’t Say

Review: What We Didn’t Say

What We Didn’t Say tells the story of Jack and Laura’s marriage. Told through a unique style; a compilation of emails, diary entries and letters, this novel had me captivated from the outset. Jack’s diary tells the story of their separation – or rather his side of the story. Laura has added her own notations, […]

Posted August 1, 2016


Review: Clear To Lift

Review: Clear To Lift

Alison Malone is a 28 year old Navy helicopter pilot. Her most recent posting has seen her stationed in Fallon, Nevada among the Sierra Nevada mountains as part of the Navy’s premier search and rescue squadron, the Longhorns. It’s not a post she desired, it’s more than likely a post that’s going to affect her […]

Posted July 11, 2016


Review: SHTUM

Review: SHTUM

Ben is father to Jonah, a profoundly autistic ten year old who doesn’t speak, has no sense of danger, is doubly incontinent and requires full-time care. The time has come to arrange Jonah’s progression to secondary school. Ben and his wife Emma deem the council’s selected school wholly inappropriate for Jonah’s needs and so face […]

Posted April 7, 2016


Review: The One-In-A-Million Boy

Review: The One-In-A-Million Boy

I’m not quite sure how to explain this story, but here goes! A young boy scout has been visiting Miss Ona Vitkus for weeks. He has been doing chores for her, as well as recording an interview with the 104 year old lady. He’s obsessed with Guinness World Records and together they hatch a plan […]

Posted April 3, 2016