REVIEW: Insatiable by Daisy Buchanan

In brief: Nothing is going to plan in Violet’s life until she meets the glamourous Lottie and Simon. Suddenly, everything is sorted – but for how long? The good: It’s honest about everything. The not-so-good: The ending was a little too neat for me. Why I chose it: Sounded interesting. Thanks to Hachette for the... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Luster by Raven Leilani

In brief: Edie’s life is a mess of wrong choices. When she meets Eric, it’s meant to be nothing but a hook-up but somehow she gets entangled with his whole family The good: It’s warts and all, no pretty Instagram filters here. The not-so-good: Sometimes the reader feels far removed from Edie and the action.... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

  In brief: Four women are trying to keep their heads above water in their competitive lives in Seoul. The good: Different setting, different troubles. The not-so-good: Wasn’t as shocking as other reviews had led me to believe. Why I chose it: Read many excellent reviews. Year: 2020 Pages: 274 Publisher: Viking (Penguin) Setting: Mainly... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

In brief: Jenny’s life is falling apart at the seams. The only thing good is Instagram…until it turns around to bite her too. The good: Some interesting ideas explored. The not-so-good: It really didn’t flow for me and it was difficult to feel for Jenny. Why I chose it: Really, really enjoyed Animals. Year: 2020... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Outlawed by Anna North

In brief: Ada’s life seemed great until she was unable to give her husband a child. Now she’s been thrown out of town and the only real option is to join the Hole in the Wall gang of bushrangers. The good: It’s wonderfully inventive, yet eerily familiar. The not-so-good: Just be aware this contains some... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Beach Read by Emily Henry

In brief: January’s happily ever after life has fallen apart. When she ends up living next to former rival Gus, they form a bet – write a novel in each other’s genre and get it sold first. But they could actually start to become friends or more… The good: Great premise. The not-so-good: I felt... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

In brief: Nina’s life isn’t going completely to plan. While she’s successful at work and has great friends, a relationship has eluded her for years. But when she meets Max, things seem perfect – right? The good: Both fun and sad. The not-so-good: The subplot with the neighbour didn’t quite fall into place for me.... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

In brief: Ada is over online dating, but on an anonymous writing retreat she falls in love with Dutch. But when they return home, they find that they lead completely different lives that are incompatible with each other. Will they find a middle ground? The good: A unique concept full of fun. The not-so-good: Sometimes... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Shelter in Place by David Leavitt

In brief: After Trump’s election, Eva decides she needs an apartment to escape to in Venice. For her friends and husband, this sets off a chain of events that nobody expected. But will anyone come clean? The good: Sharp satire and interesting characters. The not-so-good: I was under the illusion this was a political novel... Continue Reading →

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