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The Savage Garden
A quick, easy and absorbing read with a mildly compelling plot and an interesting cast of characters. I wasn't too impressed with the quality of the w...more
Dec 2008
Dec 03, 2008
The Gallows Curse
Like Karen Maitland's other two books, Company of Liars and The Owl Killers (both great, by the way), this is a complex, labyrinthine mystery set in m...more
Mar 07, 2011
Oct 15, 2010
I read Beasts in about two hours on a hot day and felt like it could have been a dream, or a hallucination. A short, hazy, spellbinding story, it quit...more
Jul 13, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp
I think The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp is Eva Rice's fourth novel. I might be wrong about that number, but in any case, it is the long-awaited fol...more
Mar 08, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
The Sleep Room
Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.

A naive young doctor, James Richards, is offered an intriguing position as the head of a mental hospi...more
Nov 29, 2013
Oct 05, 2013
Expo 58
It's 1958 and Thomas Foley, a civil servant who writes copy for government pamphlets, is unexpectedly given a new role: he is to travel to Brussels fo...more
Sep 29, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
The Other Typist
Set in Prohibition-era New York City, The Other Typist is a deliciously dark adventure, related by a classic unreliable narrator. Rose Baker is a typi...more
May 15, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
Petite Mort
Adèle Roux is a girl from a small French town who becomes captivated by a silent movie, starring the beautiful Terpsichore, and sets her heart on beco...more
May 26, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
Set in the mid-1870s, Affinity is the story of lonely Margaret Prior. Nearing thirty, unmarried, and recovering from a series of difficult and upsetti...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
The Little Stranger
I don't know why I didn't write a review of this when I read it, presumably because I didn't have time - I'll have to rectify this at some point, but...more
Jan 2010
Jan 14, 2010
The Winter Ghosts
This was a thoroughly enjoyable little story with plenty of atmosphere and intrigue. I've only read one other book by Kate Mosse - the readable but so...more
Oct 21, 2010
Oct 15, 2010
Mistress of Rome (The Empress of Rome, #1)
While I liked this book a lot, I'm surprised so many reviewers have described it as literary... For me, it was a trashy potboiler, a definite guilty p...more
Jun 2010
Jun 22, 2010
What They Do in the Dark
I wasn't going to write a review of this, as I've been incredibly busy lately - which is why I've only read one book in March so far. However, the end...more
Mar 17, 2012
Jul 27, 2011
Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.

Marina is the last of Carlos Ruiz Zafón's existing books to be translated into English, following the...more
Oct 20, 2013
Apr 30, 2013
The Goddess and the Thief
Over the course of just three books, Essie Fox has established herself as an author I am keen to follow and can rely on to produce atmospheric, compel...more
Jan 29, 2014
Oct 28, 2013
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
I liked this a lot - much more than I expected to, in fact - but for some reason I am finding it exceptionally difficult to come up with anything to s...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
Isabel's Skin
To some extent, Isabel's Skin is a straightforward pastiche of, or homage to, the traditional gothic novel. Set in the early 20th century, it has an e...more
Dec 12, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
The Séance: A Victorian Mystery
After a somewhat dry and uninspiring start, this book developed into an excellently crafted and superbly chilling cross between a period mystery and a...more
Oct 2009
Oct 21, 2009
Way too young for me, but good fun and a nice palate-cleanser. Jackaby is a paranormal historical detective story, set in a 19th-century American port...more
Sep 10, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
One of the most brilliant books I've ever read in my life. Amazing from start to finish and (it goes without saying, really) totally magical.
Jan 2007
Aug 12, 2007
The Mist in the Mirror
This is the third Susan Hill ghost story I've read, following The Woman in Black and The Man in the Picture, and the formula is much the same as the o...more
Mar 13, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
Daughters of Rome (The Empress of Rome, #2)
I read Kate Quinn's debut, Mistress of Rome, last year and found it an extremely enjoyable read, so I'd been looking forward to her follow-up ever sin...more
Apr 23, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
Dark Matter
This is subtitled A Ghost Story, so I knew what to expect... or at least, I thought so. While it will be lapped up by lovers of traditional ghost stor...more
Jun 25, 2011
May 14, 2011
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)
I read Carlos Ruiz Zafón's The Angel's Game earlier in the year; this book was actually written first, but The Angel's Game is a prequel to it, so I c...more
Sep 2010
Sep 01, 2010
Under a Blood Red Sky
I have nursed a slight obsession with Russia for years, so I was naturally intrigued by this, despite my concern that it might turn out to be a syrupy...more
Nov 2008
Nov 14, 2008
Company of Liars
The second book I've read by this author in as many months, this was just as enjoyable and satisfying as The Owl Killers. Maitland is brilliant at bri...more
Jun 2010
May 31, 2010
The Prince of Mist (Mist, #1)
The latest of Carlos Ruiz Zafón's works to be translated into English is also the first book the author had published. It was originally intended for...more
Apr 27, 2011
May 03, 2011
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
Before I say anything else about this book, I'd like to state for the record that I am definitely not a fan of 'chick lit'; anything with a pastel cov...more
Aug 2007
Aug 12, 2007
The Midnight Palace
Obsessive followers of my reviews (come on, I know there's loads of you out there) may have noted that back when I reviewed Carlos Ruiz Zafón's previo...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
This will sound a bit silly, but upon starting this book, I was thrown by the fact that it isn't set in England. Everything about the title, premise a...more
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
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