It’s my stop on the “In The Company of Strangers” blog tour! Debut author Awais Khan tells a captivating story giving us a peek at life in high society Pakistan. This book isn't perfect but it is an eye-opening account that I'd recommend as a kind of modern day Pakistani Anna Karenina and if you don't know much about the country, give this one a try!
"The Woman in Cabin 10" started strong and was full of suspense but I began to lose interest in the last third as things took as slightly strange turn. It's 3 stars from me!
"The Single Mum's Wish List" is a story of one woman trying to find herself after a separation. It's a light-hearted read that is funny in parts but the leading lady wasn't likable enough for me to fall in love with this story - 3 stars from me.
I’m not sure I understand the hype surrounding Elizabeth Strout‘s “Olive Kitteridge” but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Some stories I loved but some not so much and I’m beginning to feel that I may need to give it a second chance down the line. For now it’s 3 stars, but I’m not ruling this one out for a re-read at some point.
A wisp of a book, "The Summer Book" is brief with no real plot but it's well written. For me these snippets of life in the summer on a Scandinavian island were enjoyable but nothing I'll be raving about - it's 3 stars from me.
Georgina Horspool is so real it's difficult not to love her. Unemployed and single on the same day and heading home to a roommate who's not her biggest fan either. This rom-com explores some tricky themes but it mostly fun and witty. This wasn't perfect for me but still an enjoyable 3 stars.
"Black Matter" is like a story from Black Mirror, a frightening peek at where technology may take us. When Tommy McGregor gets an implant to track his health statistics he never imagined the tragic consequences. The premise is great but the writing could do with a little work - 3 stars from me.
I somehow found myself immersed in the world of Dorte Hansen, a bored, lost young woman trying to find her place in the world. Nothing that happens is all that interesting, but that's kind of the point. I didn't love it, but I still enjoyed it so it's 3 stars from me.
"The Memory Keeper's Daughter" is devastating and really makes you think about the effects of keeping a secret from those you love. With a promising start, I enjoyed the first half but began to lose interest as the pages went on. I'm glad to finally be taking this off my TBR list, it's 3 stars from me!
A short story of theft, drugs and the lives behind them, "Smash and Grab" is a gritty tale with several twists to keep things interesting. It's a short but enjoyable read that I'd recommend to crime fans - 3 stars from me. Thanks to the author Joe Albanese who sent me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.