If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch

I still can’t really make up my mind about this book. I enjoyed reading it – it’s original and well-written, thoughtful and compelling yet I can’t say I loved it. I think the problem is that it’s supposed to be a thriller yet I think I would have liked it better if it wasn’t. That sounds very counter-intuitive but I hope I can explain myself. … Continue reading If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

I chose to read this novel because it had such good reviews and was the winner of the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition. It was actually even better than I thought it would be. Detective Cat Kinsella is part of the murder investigation team that discover the body of a woman called Alice Lapaine. Her body is discovered in very close proximity … Continue reading Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

I really wanted to like this book and I had been looking forward to reading it since I picked up my copy. I love the jacket and thought the blurb sounded great. Unfortunately this novel did not live up to expectations and I didn’t really enjoy reading it. It wasn’t bad, by any stretch – there are some wonderful bits of writing and some interesting, … Continue reading Swing Time by Zadie Smith

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I loved The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (see my review here), even though it is a book that seems to polarise opinion, so I thought it was about time that I read Tartt’s 1992 modern classic, The Secret History. The story is about a group of college students and what happens when they murder one of their friends. This sounds like it should be a … Continue reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt