Book Review Index (by title)

Click on the title to read my review.


A Better Man by Leah McLaren

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

Absolute Mayhem by Kelly Suellentrop

A Carpet of Purple Flowers by Tracey-anne McCartney

Ace of Spiders by Stefan Mohamed

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve

A Death in the Family by Michael Stanley

Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald

After the Bombing by Clare Morrall

A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Alchemy by Chris James

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

All Involved by Ryan Gatiss

All Things Cease To Appear by by Elizabeth Brundage

A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

A Man Called Ove  by Fredrik Backman (translated by Henning Koch)

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Amulet by Alison Thomas

An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It. by Jessie Greengrass

Angel Bird by Sanjida O’Connell

An Honest Deceit by Guy Mankowski

An Honest Man by Simon Michael

An Ounce of Practice by Leo Zeilig

An Unreliable Guide to London by various (short story anthology)

Any Human Heart by William Boyd

An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey

A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale

A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell

A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone

A Tale of Trees by Derek Niemann

A Thousand Cuts by Thomas Mogford

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman


Beauty Tips for Girls by Margaret Montgomery

Being Someone by Adrian Harvey

Bella Mia by Donatella Di Pietrantonio (translated by Franca Scurti Simpson)

Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

Billionaires’ Banquet by Ron Butlin

Bitter Sixteen by Stefan Mohamed

Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson (translated by Quentin Bates)

Black Lake by Johanna Lane

Blood Lake by Kenneth Wishnea

Bone by Bone by Sanjida Kay

Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John

breach by Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Brood by Chase Novak


Carnal Acts by Sam Alexander

Carpe Diem (Riptide Volume 11) by various (short story anthology)

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop

Cat Castles by Carin Oliver

Chains of Sand by Jemma Wayne

Charles_HRH’s guide to Great Britishness by Prince @Charles_HRH

Chickenfeed by Minette Walters

Children of the Mill by David Hanson

Children’s Children by Jan Carson

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Citizens by Kevin Curran

City of Jackals by Parker Bilal

Cold Calling by Russell Mardell

Cold Fusion 2000 by Karl Drinkwater

Confessions by Jaume Cabré

Confessions by Kanae Minato

Corpus Christi by Bret Anthony Johnston

Counternarratives by John Keene

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Cursed by Thomas Enger (translated by Kari Dickson)


Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton

Dance With The Enemy by Rob Sinclair

Dark Fragments by Rob Sinclair

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

Dark River Melody by MD Murphy

Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik

Dark Side of the Moon by Les Wood

Deadly Game by Matt Johnson

Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley

Dear Beneficiary by Janet Kelly

Death and the Seaside by Alison Moore

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

Deep Water by Lu Hersey

Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt

Devil by David Churchill

Diary of a Diva by Barbarella Fokos

Different Class by Joanne Harris

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Duke by David Churchill


Eden Burning by Deirdre Quiery

Electric Souk by Rose McGinty

Ephemeris by Dorothy Lehane

Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus

Escape by Dominique Manotti

Escape To Perdition by James Silvester

Everlasting Lane by Andrew Lovett

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave


Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl (translated by Don Bartlett)

Fan by Danny Rhodes

Feeding Time by Adam Biles

Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine by Diane Williams

Fire Dreamer by Beth Webb

First Love by Gwendoline Riley

Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott

Fleabag and the Fire Cat by Beth Webb

Fleabag and the Ring Fire by Beth Webb

Fleabag and the Ring’s End by Beth Webb

Forbidden Line by Paul Stanbridge

Forget Me Not by Luana Lewis

For the Last Time by Janet Kelly

For The Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser

Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg

Fractured by Clár Ní Chonghaile

Fragile Lives by Professor Stephen Westaby

Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author by Paul Ewen

Freefall Into Us by Tess Rosa Ruiz

Fuck This Journal by Dale Shaw


Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Ginger is a Hero by Beth Webb

Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole

God Future by David Quiles Guilló

Going Back by Rachael English

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Gone by Rebecca Muddiman

Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen

Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie


Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Her Father’s Daughter by Marie Sizun (translated by Adriana Hunter)

Heroin Haikus by William Wantling

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (translated by Nancy Forest-Flier)

High Rise by J.G. Ballard

Hold Still by Tim Adler

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Honeydew by Edith Pearlman

Hotel Arcadia by Sunny Singh

How to be Brave by Louise Beech

How to Play the Piano by James Rhodes


If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel

If You Go Away by Adele Parks

If You Look For Me, I Am Not Here by Sarayu Srivatsa

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson

I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork (translated by Charlotte Barslund)

In a Land of Paper Gods by Rebecca MacKenzie

Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Infinite Rooms by David John Griffin

In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings

Into the Fire by Manda Scott

Inventing the Enemy by Umberto Eco

It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan


Jakob’s Colours by Lindsay Hawdon

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Jihadi by Yusuf Toropov


Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti

Killing the Dead by Marcus Sedgwick

Killing Hapless Ally by Anna Vaught

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell


Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

Larchfield by Polly Clark

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

Leaves by John Simmons

Let’s Compromise and Say I’m Right by Mel Calman

Light Box by KJ Orr

Light From Other Windows by Chris Chalmers

Lillian on Life by Alison Jean Lester

Literary London by Eloise Millar and Sam Jordison

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Little Egypt by Lesley Glaister

London’s Glory by Christopher Fowler

Loop of Jade by Sarah Howe

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lost in Static by Christina Philippou


MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

Malcolm Orange Disappears by Jan Carson

Martin John by Anakana Schofield

Metronome by Oliver Langmead

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Mister Spoonface by Paul Blaney

Moonstone by Sjón (translated by Victoria Cribb)

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Multitudes by Lucy Caldwell

My Father’s House by Bethany Dawson

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman (translated by Henning Koch)

My Name Is Leon by Kit de Waal


Nasty Women by various (essay collection)

Neurotribes by Steve Silberman

Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson (translated by Quentin Bates)

Night School by Lee Child

Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago by Douglas Cowie

No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary


Once Upon A Flock by Lauren Scheuer

One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

Only We Know by Karen Perry

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf


Patchwork Man by D.B. Martin

Pavement by Richard Butchins

Pendulum by Adam Hamdy

Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson

Place Waste Dissent by Paul Hawkins

Playthings by Alex Pheby

Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve

Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

Princess Bari by Hwang Sok-yong

Pseudotooth by Verity Holloway

Purity by Jonathan Franzen


Queerbashing by Tim Morrison

Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary


Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Randall by Jonathan Gibbs

Rebound by Aga Lesiewicz

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant

Ronald Laing by David Boyle

Roseblood by Paul Doherty

Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson (translated by Quentin Bates)


Say Nothing by Brad Parks

Scandal by David Boyle

Sealskin by Su Bristow

Season to Taste by Natalie Young

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

See You Tomorrow by Tore Renberg

Serial Damage by Liz Cowley and Donough O’Brien

Shtum by Jem Lester

Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss

Sirens by Joseph Knox

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy

Six Tudor Queens – Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

Sleeper by JD Fennell

Slow Horses by Mick Herron

Snow by Marcus Sedgwick

Snowblind by Christopher Golden

Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson (translated by Quentin Bates)

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

Spoon’s Carpets by Kit Caless

Spot the Difference by Juno Dawson

Stanly’s Ghost by Stefan Mohamed

Star Dancer by Beth Webb

Starlings by Miranda Gold

Stone Keeper by Beth Webb

Strange Girls and Ordinary Women by Morgan McCarthy

Streets of Darkness by A. A. Dhand

Stuff by Charlie Hill

Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller


Talk of the Toun by Helen MacKinven

Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary

Tenacity by JS Law

That Dark Remembered Day by Tom Vowler

The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E. Hardisty

The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The A-Z of You and Me by James Hannah

The Ballroom by Anna Hope

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn (translated by Rosie Hedger)

The Black Country by Kerry Hadley-Pryce

The Blackheath Séance Parlour by Alan Williams

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bonnie Road by Suzanne d’Corsey

The Book of Tides by Angela Readman

The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerard Kelly

The Brief by Simon Michael

The Burning Man by Christopher Fowler

The Butchers of Berlin by Chris Petit

The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks

The Combinations by Louis Armand

The Contract by JM Gulvin

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Cruelty of Lambs by Angelena Boden

The Daughter’s Secret by Eva Holland

The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell

The Dead Ground by Claire McGowan

The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto (translated by David Hackston)

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer

The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff

The Eliza Doll by Tracey Scott-Townsend

The Empress and the Cake by Linda Stift (translated by Jamie Bolloch)

The Evolution of Fear by Paul E. Hardisty

The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto (translated by David Hackston)

The Forbidden Tomb by Chris Kuzneski

The Foreign Passion by Cristian Aliaga (translated by Ben Bollig)

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

The Girl From Station X by Elisa Segrave

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Glass Painter’s Daughter by Rachel Hore

The Glue Ponys by Chris Wilson

The Good Children by Roopa Farooki

The Good Son by Paul McVeigh

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

The Harrowing by James Aitcheson

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Humans by Matt Haig

The Human Script by Johnny Rich

The Kill by Jane Casey

The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink

The Last Days of Disco by David F. Ross

The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault

The Last Pier by Roma Tearne

The Last Summer by Ricarda Huch (translated by Jamie Bulloch)

The Last Treasure Hunt by Jane Alexander

The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

The Less than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote by Dan Micklethwaite

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr

The Life Assistance Agency by Thomas Hocknell

The Life I left Behind by Colette McBeth

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

The Long Count by JM Gulvin

The Long Fall by Julia Crouch

The Long Gaze Back by various (short story anthology)

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

The Many by Wyl Menmuir

The Million Dollar Blog by Natasha Courtenay-Smith

The Mine by Antti Tuomainen (translated by David Hackston)

The Mountain Can Wait by Sarah Leipciger

The Mountain in my Shoe by Louise Beech

The Murderer In Ruins by Cay Rademacher (translated by Peter Millar)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Nix by Nathan Hill

Then She Was Gone by Luca Veste

The One-In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood

The Other Ida by Amy Mason

The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems

The Place That Didn’t Exist by Mark Watson

The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland

The Restless Dead by Simon Beckett

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old (translated by Hester Velmans)

The Sense of an Elephant by Marco Missiroli (translated by Stephen Twilley)

The Separation by Dinah Jefferies

The Seven Trials of Cameron-Strange by James Calum Campbell

The Shining by Stephen King

The Shogun’s Queen by Lesley Downer

The Silk Merchant’s Daughter by Dinah Jefferies

The Smoke Hunter by Jacquelyn Benson

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw

The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen by Hope Nicholson

The Speech by Andrew Smith

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

The Storyteller by Kate Armstrong

The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones

The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon

The Summer People by Kelly Link

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

The Sun by Sue Lord

The Teacher’s Tales of Terror by Chris Priestley

The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

The Testament of Vida Tremayne by Sarah Vincent

The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake

The Travelers by Chris Pavone

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman (illustrated by Eddie Campbell)

The Unfortunate Englishman by John Lawton

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb by David John Griffin

The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland

The Wacky Man by Lyn G. Farrell

The Weightless World by Anthony Trevelyan

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Widow by Fiona Barton

The White Goddess: An Encounter by Simon Gough

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This is the Water by Yannick Murphy

Timebomb by Scott K. Andrews

Tokyo by Nicholas Hogg

Total Shambles by George F.

Traction City by Philip Reeve

Treats by Lara Williams

Twin Truths by Shelan Rodger


Undertow by Margaret Heathcote

Untouchable Things by Tara Guha

Us by David Nicholls


Vinny’s Wilderness by Janet Shepperson

Viral by Helen Fitzgerald


Waiting for Doggo by Mark B. Mills

Walking the Lights by Deborah Andrews

Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods  written by Tania Del Rio, illustrated by Will Staehle

Wave Hunter by Beth Webb

Ways of the Doomed by Moira McPartlin

We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire by Jules Grant

We Shall Inherit the Wind by Gunnar Staalesen (translated by Don Bartlett)

What a Way to Go by Julia Forster

What to do with Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein by Colette Victor

What Will Remain by Dan Clements

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When the Floods Came by Clare Morrall

Where Roses Never Die by Gunner Staalsen (translated by Don Bartlett)

Wicked Game by Matt Johnson

Wild and Free by Wendy Holden

Winter Siege by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck

Wonder Women by Sam Maggs

Worlds Apart by Azi Ahmed

Written in the Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones

Wrote for Luck by D.J.Taylor


Yellow Room by Shelan Rodger

You Are Here by Chris Hadfield


1066 What Fates Impose by GK Holloway


84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff