The Swap by Robyn Harding Review

The Swap by Robyn Harding Review
The Swap by Robyn Harding, ISBN 9781760854232, 336pp, out July 2020

The Swap is the first book I’ve read by Robyn Harding, but it won’t be the last. It’s full of disturbing, morally grey characters that make for compulsive reading. I just couldn’t put this book down! If you like domestic fiction with a side of dark and twisted, then this is the book for you.

Low Morrison is a teenage girl who is a bit of a loner. She doesn’t have any friends and was raised by unconventional polyamorous hippie parents in an isolated island hometown in the Pacific Northwest. Low just doesn’t fit in – and neither does newcomer Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer.

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The Switch by Beth O’Leary Review

The Switch by Beth O'Leary Review
The Switch by Beth O’Leary, ISBN 9781787475007, 330pp

I loved Beth O’Leary‘s first book The Flatshare so I was super excited to get my hands on her second book The Switch. It tells the story of granddaughter and grandmother duo Leena and Eileen Cotton. Leena works in a stressful job in London and blows a client presentation after having a panic attack. This leads to her boss making her take a two month break from work. Eileen is about to turn eighty and lives in a small Yorkshire village that has little in the way of eligible men. She wants to try dating again after her husband of many years leaves her.

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Gathering Dark by Candice Fox Review

Gathering Dark by Candice Fox review
Gathering Dark by Candice Fox, ISBN 9780143789178, 400pp

Gathering Dark is the latest book by Aussie crime writer Candice Fox. I loved Candice’s Crimson Lake series, so I was excited to start this book. Unlike previous Candice Fox books that are set in Australia, Gathering Dark takes place in LA. It tells the story of a young woman’s disappearance and how a bunch of very different women band together to find her.

Blair Harbour was once a respected surgeon until she went to jail for killing a neighbour and lost custody of her child. Now she’s out and trying to keep her nose clean. But then her former cellmate, Sneak, comes crashing back into her life. Sneak’s daughter Dayley is missing and she needs Blair’s help finding her. Their investigation will see them team up with another former prison mate, Ada Maverick, and with the woman who arrested Blair years ago, Detective Jessica Sanchez. Continue reading

The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren Review

The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren, ISBN 9780349426846, 308pp

The Honey Don’t List is the latest release from my favourite writing duo Christina Lauren. Since I discovered their books last year, I now buy every new book they release without even looking at the blurb. I had a long wait for this one as it took a month for it to arrive in Australia from the Book Depository.

The Honey Don’t List is about Carey and James, two assistants to a married, renovating/decorating TV duo named Melissa and Rusty Tripp. Carey has been working with the Tripps for a decade from their humble beginnings running a homewares store to their meteoric rise as TV home renovation darlings. The Tripps used to love each other, but now they can’t stand to be in the same room together and are forced to keep up appearances for the cameras. They have also just released a book on marriage, so they need to stay together.

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If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane Review

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane book review
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane, ISBN 9780008169480, 421pp

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane was a book I discovered via bookstagram. I love a good chick-lit read, especially if it’s set in England, so I was excited to try this one. Laurie is a thirty-something lawyer who is dumped unexpectedly by her partner of eighteen years, Dan. Then it turns out that his reason for ending their relationship is not to ‘find himself’ but because he found someone else. Laurie is blindsided and humiliated, especially because she still has to work with her ex and their break-up becomes common knowledge around the office. Continue reading

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer Review

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer Review
The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer, ISBN 9780733639180, 413pp

The Things We Cannot Say was my first book by Kelly Rimmer and it won’t be my last. The story unfolds over dual timelines – Poland in World War II and present day Florida. It’s an emotional account of family secrets, the effects of war, and love in its many forms.

In the present day, Alice is having trouble coping with her demanding autistic son Eddie and the lack of support from her husband. Her beloved grandmother has been hospitalised and can no longer communicate verbally. But there’s something she desperately wants Alice to do for her before she dies. In the summer of 1939 in Poland, teenagers Alina and Tomasz are childhood sweethearts. The night before he leaves for college, Tomasz proposes marriage. But when their village falls to the Nazis, Alina doesn’t know if she will ever see Tomasz again. Meanwhile, in the present day, Alice must journey to Poland to uncover the story her grandmother is desperate to tell.

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Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty Review

Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty Review
Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty, ISBN 9781460753316, 448pp

I’m a big fan of Liane Moriarty’s books, but I haven’t read her sister Nicola Moriarty‘s books before. Then I spotted a copy of Those Other Women at a book fair and snapped it up back in February. I don’t want to judge Nicola’s writing against her sister’s, but I will say that she’s a great writer in her own right.

Those Other Women was an entertaining and slightly stressful read. Why? Because it’s a book that pits women against women in the online world of Facebook groups. And as you know, women can be very mean to each other. In this book, the rivalry springs up between the Mum’s Online in Parramatta Facebook group (MOP) and a non-mum’s group called NOP. NOP is started by Poppy, who never wanted to have kids and thought her husband agreed. But then her husband leaves her for her best friend and has a child. Feeling left out and excluded from female Facebook groups where entry is based solely on being a mum, Poppy decides to start a non-mum’s group with her work friend, Annalise. Continue reading

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguru Review

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, ISBN 9780571224135, 282pp

Never Let Me Go was my first read by Kazuo Ishiguro. I’ve had a few of his books sitting on my shelf for a long time, waiting to be read. He has always been an author who I wanted to try. So, I finally picked up this book and gave it a read.

I’ve been thinking about what to say about Never Let Me Go for a while. Is it the acclaimed literary masterpiece many people call it, or is it a book that’s overrated? I’m still not entirely sure what I think about it. Continue reading