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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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

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

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Review

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid review
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, ISBN 9781501161933, 389pp

I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid back in January. This book was being hyped-up everywhere, so I decided to jump on the reading bandwagon. And it didn’t disappoint! In fact, I went into reading this book not knowing anything and came out feeling pleasantly surprised.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo tells the story of legendary, fictional movie star Evelyn Hugo, who lived and worked in the golden age of Hollywood. A bit like Elizabeth Taylor, Evelyn is known for having been married many times. In her old age, she chooses rookie magazine reporter Monique to interview her and write her memoir. Monique has no idea why she is being chosen by Evelyn, but she jumps at the opportunity. As Evelyn tells her story of making movies and marrying men, Monique finds that her own life is connected to Evelyn’s in a way that she never imagined.

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Grown Ups by Marian Keyes Review

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes book review
Grown Ups by Marian Keyes, ISBN 9780718179755, 637pp

I’m a massive fan of author Marian Keyes and I’ve been reading her books for years. So, you can be sure that I snapped up her latest book Grown Ups as soon as it was released. It’s a seriously chunky read at over 600 pages long. But I found it easy to get through.

Set in Ireland, Grown Ups tells the story of three women: Jessie, Cara and Nell. They are married to the three Casey brothers (Johnny, Ed and Liam). The Casey family likes getting together regularly to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and to go on holidays. They appear to be one big happy family. But like all marriages, and all families, there are plenty of problems, secrets and tensions lurking beneath the surface. And this tension is about to explode at Johnny’s birthday party. Continue reading

When We Were Vikings Review

When We Were Vikings book review
When We Were Vikings, Andrew David Macdonald, ISBN 9781982143282, 336pp

I finished When We Were Vikings by Andrew David Macdonald yesterday and it was such a surprising read. If I hadn’t been sent a review copy by the publisher, I’m not sure if I would ever have picked this up. But I’m so glad I did.

When We Were Vikings is told from the perspective of Zelda, a twenty-one-year-old Viking enthusiast. She lives with her older brother Gert and likes running her life by rules and order. Apart from Vikings and Gert, she loves her boyfriend Marxy and her brother’s ex-girlfriend Annie, who she calls AK47. Zelda lives life wholeheartedly with high functioning Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Continue reading

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman Review

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill book review
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman, ISBN 9781472266217, 332pp

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman was another recent summer read. Nina has a well-organised life: a job in a bookstore, an excellent trivia team and a cat named Phil. As the only daughter of an often absent mother, she is used to her own company. But when the father she never knew about dies and leaves her something in his will, suddenly she has a new family. She is left with half-sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews. Which means she’ll have to speak to strangers! Continue reading