I don't often read historical fiction but I've been very successful with some historicalThis review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies
I don't often read historical fiction but I've been very successful with some historical YA recently and I felt ready to give The Things We Did For Love by Natashsa Farrant a chance. I'd read one or two reviews of it when it was published in hardback last year, but thankfully, when it came down to reading the book, I found that I didn't have any previous knowledge of the storyline that might have spoilt things for me.
What strikes me the most about this book is that it is based on a true story. I find that really harrowing as some quite horrific things happen during The Things We Did For Love and the author has written a short piece at the end of the novel letting the reader know at which points she has fictionalised the account and what she believes did occur in France during WWII according to eyewitness accounts. I found that to be quite chilling and it really made me stop and think.
While this book is mostly a love story between two teenagers, Luc and Arriane, during the French resistance in World War II, I found myself not particularly being emotionally invested in their romantic relationship. I liked both Luc and Arriane and I really liked their original relationship as friends who connect over their shared loss. But after years of separation, when Luc and Arriane are reunited and things are back on track romantically for them, there just seemed to be something lacking in their relationship. I don't know quite what it was missing, but either way, I still enjoyed the story that is built around them enough to carry on reading. The book isn't that long at all, and I liked reading of war-time France and how these teenagers spend their time and getting a feel for what it would have been like for people like Luc and Arriane.
I found Luc's need to get involved in the war to be very believeable, even though it endangers his own life. Arriane's little brother really surprised me with the ways in which he involves himself in gaining knowledge of those around him and using that knowledge to his own benefit. And while I could see how Arriane was very unsure of Luc and their tenuous relationship, I felt the lengths that she went to in order to keep him from joining up felt really honest. I was expecting the 'betrayal' by another character to be of a different nature and I found myself really surprised by the way in which things end up.
I'm really glad that I read this book. It was enlightening, reading of this small town in France where nothing much ever happens and how things changed very suddenly and dramatically during World War II. ...more
Secrets and Sapphires is the first book in a new series called 'At Somerton' by Leila RaThis review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies
Secrets and Sapphires is the first book in a new series called 'At Somerton' by Leila Rasheed. It's been billed as 'Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey' and I was hugely excited to read it. While it's always been a bit hit-and-miss with historical fiction for me, I found myself to be hugely excited to read this book and I wasn't at all disappointed. In fact, I kind of want to read more in this series AND finally start watching Downton Abbey!
Despite the fact that there is quite a large cast of characters that crop up in this slim book, I didn't find myself at all confused, as I thought I might, between all of the characters and their different storylines. In fact, half way through reading Secrets and Sapphires, I thought to myself that I'm really quite glad that there a huge number of characters, as I'm hoping that there will be more stories to be told! I'd definitely be interested.
In this book, we are introduced to the residents, both upstairs and downstairs at Somerton Court. Despite living a great deal of time in India, the Averley family have returned following the disgrace of Lord Averley in the military in India. Lord Averley is to wed a wealthy widow and her and her children descend upon Somerton Court and shake things up a bit in terms of scandal and scheming and secrets. It was such fun to witness.
I really loved all of the characters, but the storylines that I was most interested in were that of Ada and Rose's. Ada is a lady and she's getting ready for her first season in London, but she couldn't care less about it. Instead, Ada daydreams not of balls and gowns but for the life of an Oxford student. She wants to make something of herself be educated. And despite the marriage proposal of an older family friend, Ada also finds herself with growing romantic feelings for the man's protege, Ravi. Despite how society would view such a match as Ada and Ravi, they continue to correspond with each other via the help of Ada's new maid, Rose.
Now Rose was always going to uncover some great secret about herself that her mother has been hiding all these years, but I still wanted good things for Rose. She's musically very gifted, but because of her station in life, she's never been able to practice the piano freely. Like Ada, she wants more for herself but feels helpless in the pursuit of her dreams.
While Rose and Ada help each other in the struggles of maintaining a forbidden friendship with a man and Rose's continuation of playing the piano, the rest of the house is a nest of scandal and secrets. Charlotte and her maid Stella are particularly sneaky and deceiving and I loved to hate them both! It was also interesting to see Sebastian's difficulties in dealing with a former lover.
All in all, Secrets and Sapphires was a hugely fun novel to read, with many different strands of narrative joining together to paint a complex picture of scandal and society. I cannot wait to read more in this series!...more
Easy by Tammara Webber really surprised me! I'd heard really good things about it from oThis review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies
Easy by Tammara Webber really surprised me! I'd heard really good things about it from other book bloggers that I trust, so I shouldn't have been that surprised. But I was. Mostly because this book is always referred to as 'New Adult' and to me, most of the 'new adult' books I've read haven't been great.
I like the idea of a New Adult category of books, with slightly older characters and a possible university setting, but I don't like the inclusion of needless sex to incorporate the 50 Shades popularity bandwagon which I've found that a lot of NA books include. And I didn't know where Easy stood in relation to those other books.
And I'm quite happy to say that Easy is a great book, whatever the label or category that it is placed under. I began reading it one afternoon thinking that perhaps I would read a few chapters to get the feel of the book and all of a sudden I found myself at 2am desperate to turn those last pages and see if there'd be the happy ending that I wanted for these characters.
The story revolves around Jacqueline, a university student who goes to a party after the horrible break-up of her long-term relationship with her boyfriend. As she is leaving the party, she is assaulted by a friend of her ex-boyfriend and is very nearly raped except that a handsome stranger intervenes. I love that most of the story is about how Jacqueline begins to come to terms with what has happened to her but also her attempt at moving on and moving forward following the break-up of a long-standing romantic relationship.
Easy is an incredibly addictive book to read, I really just could not put it down. It has wonderful characters and it covers the topic of rape and attempted rape in a sensitive way. My only misgivings about this book is the amount of rape included. I can't tell if the the secondary characters who have experiences of this traumatic crime actually take something away from the story or not. I'm not quite sure if the emotional impact is lessened when we hear so much of this crime occurring? While I really felt for Jacqueline and the things she goes through, I found myself being slightly desensitised to the stories of rape that occurs to the others. If that makes sense? I still really enjoyed the story and especially the message that Jacqueline and the reader learn to accept, that the fault is not the victim's.
I really liked Lucas's character. He's very swoonworthy, and I love the tension and attraction between the two. I could see how Jacqueline would feel less inclined to trust him though and it felt believeable. It was interesting to see that Jacqueline initially doesn't confide in her roommate and best friend following her attack, but I do love the way in which Jacqueline's friends rally around her when they do know and how much her roommate tries to empower Jacqueline to feel more in control by going to a self-defense class.
I'm really glad that I was able to read Easy and that I didn't let my preconcieved notions of what 'new adult' is put me off. I will certainly be looking out to read other books in the future by Tammara Webber!...more
This review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies I really enjoyed Irresistible by Liz Bankes! I thought it was absolutely hilarious and wThis review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies I really enjoyed Irresistible by Liz Bankes! I thought it was absolutely hilarious and within the first few chapters, I had already laughed out loud several times, much to the annoyance of my husband who was trying to watch a film next to me. I couldn't help it, there's some really funny stuff in this book.
I was a bit worried about the rest of the content though. My copy of the book has a 15 warning on the front cover and warns that this book 'contains scenes of a passionate nature.' I was thinking that perhaps the sexytimes within the book would end up taking over the story, but I needn't have worried. Liz Bankes writes some really great and chemistry-filled scenes between her characters, but it is in fitting with the story and is really quite tasteful.
I really liked the characters in Irresistible, especially the main character, Mia, who at the start of the story is being interviewed for a job at the restaurant of a fancy country club nearby. Despite Mia's doubts, she ends up with the job and in a very short space of time she is both attracted to the owner's son, bad boy Jamie Elliot-Fox and is also flirting with the cute and nice Dan, who works in the kitchen. Aside from Mia's romantic problems, I also really enjoyed Mia's complicated relationship with her step-father Jeff and also her friendship with her best friend.
Right from the start, I really liked Dan. I like how uncomplicated this relationship seems to be. There's no games or secrets in Dan's feelings for Mia and they seem to really get along. But I can also understand and sympathise with Mia's growing attraction to Jamie. He's not very nice and he seems to use the people around him for his own entertainment purposes. But oh, the sex appeal he emits! He certainly seems to be 'irresistible' both to Mia and to me as the reader and thankfully throughout the novel we can see some softer sides to him in his relationship with his little sister and also in some of the more private moments that he and Mia share. But we know right from the beginning that Jamie Elliot-Fox is toxic and I really worried what troubles Mia will get into, especially with her emerging friendship with Jamie's girlfriend, Cleo!
Irresistible was a quick read for me, I really flew through the pages wanting to know what happens next. I love the characters and the chemistry between Dan and Mia and Jamie. I look forward to reading what Liz Bankes will bring next!
Irresistible by Liz Bankes is currently available as an e-book and will be published in April by Piccadilly Press as a physical book. Look out for it!...more
I'm absolutely surprised and blown away by A World Between Us by Lydia Syson! I'd only bThis review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies
I'm absolutely surprised and blown away by A World Between Us by Lydia Syson! I'd only been vaguely aware of this book previous to a tweet by one of the lovely ladies at Hot Key Books, but when I was offered it for review, I said 'yes' straightaway. And even though I'm not always the biggest fan of historical fiction, something about this book appealed to me.
And when A World Between Us arrived, I decided not to delay any more and just to dive right into it. And right from the very beginning, I was absolutely fascinated by this book. I think Lydia Syson does an incredible job balancing the story of this book told from the perspectives of its three main characters and also giving the reader a good sense of historical detail and what it would have been like during the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. This is a time period that I know absolutely *nothing* about, but I was gripped by it all. I found each detail about the horrors of war, the response from the media, and the many ways in which this war changed the lives of many people to be hugely interesting. I didn't want to stop reading this book and I read most of it in one sitting.
I truly loved each of the three main characters within this book. First, there's Felix, a young nurse who on her way home one day stumbles into an anti-fascist protest in London. There, she meets Nat, this passionate guy who believes he can help the Republicans in Spain fight against the fascist regime of Franco. When Felix has the chance to follow Nat to Spain and volunteer as a nurse to help in this civil war, she does so not quite knowing the full extent of the horrors she will face there. And as Felix has followed Nat to Spain, so George follows Felix. George is an old family friend, someone who Felix has known for awhile but she has seemed to miss all the signs of his growing feelings for her until just before Felix flees to Spain. George manages to change his work assignment and ends up in Spain as a foreign correspondent covering the war.
I can hardly describe how much I loved this book or why. I really fell for each of the characters and I was fascinated by the experiences that they each have. I loved seeing this war from three very different points of view. I thought the relationships between George and Felix and Felix and Nat were done very sweetly and these three really made my heart ache. This book began with some excitement and adventure and romance and it was very interesting to see how much the war takes out of all three of these characters and to see how each of their feelings begin to change. Right to the very last page, I found myself very emotionally invested in George and Felix and Nat and also about their shared cause of anti-fascism in Spain. Because I knew nothing about this Civil War previous to this book, I really didn't know how it would all end up!
I finished A World Between Us by Lydia Syson with a happy smile on my face despite the tears. I'm really glad to have read it, to have gained a bit more historical knowledge than I had before and I finished the book absolutely inspired to read more about the Spanish Civil War and also to read more about history in general. I love being inspired in this way. A huge thank you to Hot Key Books and to Lydia Syson for this. This book is out now, I highly recommend that you read it!...more
Oh man. Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd was such an emotional roller coaster. Why hasThis review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies
Oh man. Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd was such an emotional roller coaster. Why has it taken me so long to pick up another book by this amazing author?! Siobhan Dowd writes so beautifully and with such emotion. I am in awe of her and also hugely saddened that she is no longer with us.
Last year I read A Swift Pure Cry and almost didn't have the words to describe the feelings that I felt when reading and because of that, I put off writing the review for that book for a very long time. Now, with Solace of the Road, I am determined that that will not happen again.
In some ways, I was a little intimdated by reading Solace of the Road. Everyone I know who has read books by Siobhan Dowd rates them all very highly. I wanted to love it too and I was worried that I wouldn't. I can see now how much needless worry that I wasted because Solace of the Road was incredible.
I love road trip stories very much. I love the excitement of them. I love the interesting people that you can meet and how things usually end up going a bit wrong or at least very differently to how you imagine this journey to take. All of this is very much true for the road trip that takes place within this book.
But really, it is Holly's story and her character that really drew me into Solace of the Road. I really felt for her, as I read about Holly being in care, about her experiences (which are usually not great) with other foster families. Her important relationship with Miko and some of the other care babes. You can tell from the way that Holly speaks about her mother, that she really maintains hope that Holly's mother is in Ireland waiting for Holly. So when Holly is placed in a permanent foster family, Holly feels a little bit threatened and even more determined to make it to Ireland on her own. She finds a blonde wig in her foster's mother's room and takes on the persona of 'Solace' who is older and more confident and who will hitchhike her way to Ireland and take back her own freedom and find the mother that she knows is there.
I really do love the beautiful way in which Siobhan Dowd tells this story. I love how as Holly gets closer to her destination, her memories about how she came to be in care come back to her slowly. I love that she meets some really lovely people when she is alone and in need. I love each of those people who went out of their way to do something nice reminds Holly (and the reader) that there is good in the world. That nice feeling of goodness balances out the harshness of Holly's reality.
There aren't a great many books about people like Holly. Children and young people who have gone through a great deal of experience in life and Siobhan Dowd gave a voice to them in a really wonderful and sympathetic way. She doesn't sugar coat anything, just tells this story very naturally. I had tears streaming down my face as I finished this book. I was crying for the beauty and the sadness and the strength of Holly. It certainly won't take me as long to pick up the other books that Siobhan Dowd has written. ...more
Ooh, I was really looking forward to reading this second book in the Night School series byThis review was originally posted at Fluttering Butterflies
Ooh, I was really looking forward to reading this second book in the Night School series by CJ Daugherty. I really loved Night School, with its secrets and creepy boarding school setting and with Legacy, everything just felt more. The risk of danger felt greater, the excitement was at a higher level, and because I knew these characters, I felt myself growing that much more emotionally invested. Legacy is a fantastic sequel and this series has quickly become one of my favourites!
I really love Allie as a main character. She's funny and feisty and in this book she's really doing her best to be able to protect herself and to find out the answers to those burning questions she has about Night School and her family. But she's also got it a bit tough, with friendships, relationships and knowing who to trust.
The first scene in Night School Legacy was really intense, as Allie is being tracked and hunted by these unknown men in suits. It got my heartrate beating fast and was a brilliant way to start this rollercoaster ride of a book. I do very much love Cimmeria Academy. I love the idea of boarding schools and this one in particular with its shady secret society is wonderful. Because of the events in the previous book and the fact that Allie was targeted at the start of the book, the whole book is set up with Allie and the reader questioning who to trust? And to make matters worse, Allie is forced to interrogate the person she is closest to.
Which leads me to mention something about Allie's confused relationship status. I really loved Carter in the first book. He's the bad boy who sneaks out and breaks the rules. He sticks up for Allie when Sylvain's brain takes a vacation at the formal ball in the previous book. But can Allie really trust Carter? Can she see past his protectiveness and rely on him to be there still? And despite the way in which Sylvain acted that one time, Allie can see how much Sylvain has done since then to make up for his terrible behaviour. I really enjoyed how much my feelings about both Carter and Sylvain change throughout reading this book. I know some people are weary of love triangles, but for me, I'm still for them when they are written this well. I've read both books in this series so far and while I had periods of knowing definitely that one boy was better suited to Allie than the other, now I'm not so sure. It could go either way and I'm on the edge of my seat to find out...
But this book is definitely more than just romantic involvements. There's lots to be learned about Night School and who Allie's grandmother is. There's the return of some dubious characters, a death, some heart-stopping action scenes and plenty of rule-breaking going on. Night School Legacy is an exciting, action-packed sequel and I urge you all to pick this series up!...more
I really loved The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna. Right from the very first page, I lovedThis review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies
I really loved The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna. Right from the very first page, I loved Eva's voice and I wanted to know more about her story. I think the thing I loved the most about this book was the strength and determination of Eva to survive and also that there were so many people around her who cared for her.
The Lost Girl is the story of a girl who is not in control over her own life. She has been created by the weavers as a substitute. If something were ever to happen to Eva's Other, Eva would have to take that girl's place and Eva spends her days trying to study and mimic the actions of Amarra. Eva isn't supposed to experience things that Amarra hasn't done, taste things that Amarra hasn't tasted and she certainly isn't meant to fall in love or have her own hopes and dreams. Only those of Amarra's are important.
After sixteen years of isolation and study, Eva should be ready to step in straightaway, especially after she hears that Amarra has died suddenly in a car accident. And while Eva has always struggled with following the rules, now that she steps in as Amarra in India, she has to be very careful in the things she says and does as her very life depends on her getting it right as Amarra.
Can I say right now that I loved that Eva/Amarra are both Indian. There definitely needs to be more main characters that aren't white for the readers out there (like me!) who are also not white. And I loved both the settings of Eva in England and also Eva-as-Amarra in India. I think India is definitely one of those places that needs to be written about more in YA! I also love the way in which Frankenstein is woven into the storyline. It is the rule that is never broken, allowing Echos to read the story of Frankenstein. The Lost Girl really made me curious to pick up this book and to read it with Eva's story and her perspective in mind.
It's a really interesting concept, this one. I found myself endlessly fascinated with the origin of the weavers and of their work and how the concept evolved. It was interesting to see how Eva is treated by her classmates and other people who know she is an echo and then to see the contrast of that with her guardians. Especially Mina Ma, who has quickly become one of my favourite recent secondary characters. Their relationship, the strength of it, really made me cry on several different occasions because that sort of emotional connection and bond between two people who aren't related is what I search for on a personal level! It came across as really believable and emotional. And while I loved Sean utterly and entirely and I found myself falling in love with him just as Eva does, it is Mina Ma who steals the show for me!
Eva has an incredible voice. There's such beauty in her thoughts and actions. And I loved seeing the different sides of grief and bereavement after the death of Amarra. This from Amarra's younger siblings, her parents, her friends and from her boyfriend. All of whom react very differently and connect with Eva-as-Amarra in very different ways.
I think Eva-as-Amarra goes through some incredibly hard situations within this book and I really love that while things are tough, there's always that sense of hope and fight within Eva to keep going with the idea that things could be better. The Lost Girl is an incredible, beautiful and hopeful debut novel and I really recommend that you read it! ...more
Wow. The Seeing by Diana Hendry is a very disturbing book to read. It isn't a very longThis review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies
Wow. The Seeing by Diana Hendry is a very disturbing book to read. It isn't a very long book, but it also isn't a quick book to zip through either. It's one of those books where that feeling of unease and a bit of dread kind of creeps up on you without you ever realising it. I love books like that, and I really enjoying reading The Seeing.
I'm not generally a fan of books set in historical time periods. The Seeing is a story about three children post-World War II and I can't say that I've read much, if anything, about this time period. But I found myself really interested as soon as I began reading, to see how much the war had played a part in these children's lives. I'd never considered that before and I do love when books make me think in ways that I hadn't previously.
Before I say very much about the story, can I just say that I really loved the format of this book. It's told in three points of view. A narrative voice from Lizzie, a young girl, who is feeling a bit lonely and wants a bit of excitement in her life, which she gets when she befriends Natalie one summer. There is also diary entries from Natalie, which show more of her emotional baggage and issues than we realise from Lizzie's perspective. And finally, there are letters written from an artist to his sister about the summer and his progress in painting the locals, including Lizzie, Natalie and Natalie's younger brother, Philip. Usually when a book is written in such a way, I find myself liking certain sections over others, but for each of these three perspectives, I was fascinated. There was some overlap between the narratives, but whenever that happened, it seemed to add a bit more dimension to the story.
I really think Diana Hendry did a wonderful job with the characters in this book. I could close my eyes and just see Lizzie, this normal girl from a good family living in this boring seaside town and wanting something to happen. She's still got that childhood innocence and naivety about her and when new girl, Natalie, shows up, all exciting and daring, Lizzie is drawn to her. There's just something wild about Natalie. But we can see as the story goes on that Natalie's wildness stems from a dark place - from the inattention of Natalie's mother, from the over-attention shown by the 'bastard uncles' that populate the house.
And together, Lizzie, Natalie and Philip turn this summer of kindred spirits and running wild into something really quite sinister. These three children have grown up during the war and now that it's peacetime, the three children are still struggling with what it all meant and about evil. Convinced that Philip can see what is in people's hearts, Natalie leads this hunt to root out Left-Over Nazis and to force them out of their homes and this town.
It was really interesting this book. There's so much about loss of innocence here and about the different ways of seeing, from Philip's psychic ability, to actual eyesight, and the sight that comes with imagination. I was amazed by how disturbed that I became while reading this book and my heart was in my mouth for the build-up to that final harrowing scene. The Seeing by Diana Hendry is a very powerful and emotional story, one that I'm quite glad to have read!...more
I find books like The Taming of Lilah May by Vanessa Curtis to be really interesting. I'This review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies
I find books like The Taming of Lilah May by Vanessa Curtis to be really interesting. I've not come across many books to do with anger management issues very often, and especially not girl characters dealing with their anger and rage. I like that. I first came across Vanessa Curtis when I read Zelah Green, about a girl dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder. Again, I love the difference in these topics to other more mainstream YA novels. I shall certainly be looking out for more stories by Vanessa Curtis!
The Taming of Lilah May really made me think and feel. This book isn't very long, just under 200 pages, but there is a lot of emotion packed into what there is of it. I really felt for Lilah May, as she's struggling with the disappearance of her older brother and she's not entirely sure how to express her excess of feelings except through acting out. Her parents have taken her to counsellors, and she writes an anger diary, but it only helps to an extent.
Together with her anger diary and her all-important friendship with her best friend, Bindi, Lilah is only just coping with things. I could fully relate to Lilah's feelings of guilt and that feeling comes out really strongly in this book. Her older brother has run away several years ago and Lilah can't help but blame herself for that happening. Now her parents argue and Lilah struggles to connect with other people at school, aside from Bindi.
I think Lilah's story is told in a really heart-felt way. I really found it heart-breaking to see her relationship with her brother disintegrate through reading Lilah's memories of what happened in the lead-up to his disappearance. Her classmates don't really get Lilah and her acting out makes it difficult for her to make friends or speak in a normal way to the boy she really fancies.
I also really liked Lilah's relationship with her parents, especially her dad, who seem to be hanging by a thread but are still supportive enough to come up with other ways of Lilah to express her feelings and her anger. I think a lot of readers can relate to feelings of frustration and anger and with expressing strong emotions and will be able to connect with Lilah's story.
There has also been a sequel published, Lilah May's Manic Days, which I will for sure be looking out for! ...more
I really love this new series, The Murder Notebooks, by Anne Cassidy. The first book inThis review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies
I really love this new series, The Murder Notebooks, by Anne Cassidy. The first book in the series, Dead Time, was my first introduction to Anne Cassidy's novels, and I will certainly pick up her backlist on the strength of these two books. I really love the idea behind the books, but especially the characters.
The Murder Notebooks series is based around the disppearance of Rose and Joshua's parents many years ago. Both Rose's mum and Joshua's dad were police officers working cold cases and were all set to get married and make the four of them into a proper family. But one day, the two disappear, presumed dead and Rose and Joshua are shipped off to different areas of the country. Then Joshua gets in contact with Rose and together with Joshua's roommate, Skeggsy, they begin to piece together the events of many years ago and try to get to the bottom of the disappearance of their parents.
This series is really wonderfully done, with a fast pace, great characters, an exciting murder to solve and really tantalising clues about their parents and what they could have been up to. I was very, very excited to read the second book in the series, Killing Rachel, and as soon as the book arrived, I dove into it immediately. Rose and Joshua are really brilliant characters. I especially love Rose's confusion about her feelings for Joshua. They spent several years together as step-siblings but have spent the last 5 years away from each other. And while Rose still values Joshua as a missing family member, she's also feeling jealous over the time he spends with another girl and is beginning to realise that she doesn't see him quite as a brother any longer.
But really, this relationship between Rose and Joshua is quite a small but important storyline in something much bigger. With Killing Rachel, we delve more into Rose's experience in the past at a boarding school in which she had a complicated friendship with a girl called Rachel. At the beginning of Killing Rachel, Rose begins to get communication from Rachel ... letters mostly, but also phone calls. As the reader, we're not yet privy to Rose and Rachel's past friendship but it must be something complicated and interesting from the way Rose reacts. As the novel goes on, we're let in on more of the interactions between Rose and Rachel and really get a feeling for this important experience that shapes who Rose has become.
And as Rose faces up to her friendship with Rachel, Joshua is still hell-bent on finding out everything that he can about his father's last known cases and his whereabouts shortly before he went missing. Digging into different leads, Joshua goes on his own search around the Norfolk coast and winds up in a dangerous position! I really love both of these characters, from how driven Joshua is in finding out the truth to how emotionally distant that Rose seems to be. I really cannot wait to see where the story will go next and what new information can be found out by this pair of sleuths!
Killing Rachel by Anne Cassidy is being published by Bloomsbury this month. I urge you to pick up both Dead Time and Killing Rachel and to dive into this intriguing series! ...more