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Book Reviews

You can view our entire archive of book reviews further down the page, or go direct to your preferred genre using the list below. If you would like to submit a book review of your own to be considered for publication, you can do so here.

The Closer I Get by Paul Burston
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

The Closer I Get is the latest novel from Paul Burston and is published by Orenda Books. Described as ‘a compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological thriller, The Closer I Get...

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Posted by Saadia Peerzada in .

Cassandra Clare’s writing style is engrossing and seamless but her plot here suffers from repetition of patterns that the reader has already witnessed in The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. The...

Not Having It All by Jennie Ensor
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Not Having It All is a story that takes a fun and lively look at the stresses of the working mother. Bea Hudson is a neuropsychologist, struggling to stay on top...

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

I need to be open in a very unprofessional way and declare straight off that this book was glorious, absolutely glorious. Daisy Jones is introduced to us in the late...

Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond sit on a bench just a few yards west of the hatch. They are in their low fifties. The years are rolling out like the...

Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott.
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘They told him everything… He told everybody else.’  Swan Song is a book I have been looking forward to reading for quite some time. I purchased a copy a few months...

Tangerine by Christine Mangan
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in .

Alice Shipley lives in a plush apartment in Tangier, Morocco with her husband, John. Her life at Bennington, Vermont is oceans away and she is surrounded daily with the bustle...

Suzy Suzy by William Wall
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

Suzy is a 17-year old Dublin girl in post Celtic Tiger Ireland. Her father collects properties like people collect stamps, lending a suggestion of foreboding to the plot. The health...

The Positive Habit by Fiona Brennan
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

I have an admission to make. I did not read all of Fiona Brennan’s book….not yet…..BUT I have my reasons. As a book reviewer/blogger I read, a lot, mainly in...

Missing by Barry Cummins
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Missing is not an easy read. The women and children discussed in this book are still very present in the hearts and minds of their many relatives today. Most Irish people...