“Welcome to the Game, apprentices.” Alex walks down the steps and on to the sand, smiling at us. “Be happy. You are the chosen few.” The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay is a young adult thriller about a boarding school tradition that quickly takes a perilous turn. Cate is a slightly above average student surrounded by … Continue reading Book Review: The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay
How do we know when something is menacing? What cues us that something is not innocent? Instinct always trumps reason. Iain Reid takes readers on an enigmatic journey through back country roads and a desolate, deserted school in his debut fiction novel I'm Thinking of Ending Things Jake meets his girlfriend, our narrator, at a … Continue reading Book Review: I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
A young woman with a broken bicycle. The man she might, so easily, have missed: cycling past, not stopping, carrying with him a whole life, a life that might never have been hers to share. The Versions of Us follows Eva and Jim through three potential lifetimes and examines how the choices we make ultimately … Continue reading Book Review: The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
"Arthur explained about the bracelet and how he was tracing the story behind the charms, so he could learn more about Miriam before they met. "I am learning more about myself, too," he admitted. "With each person I encounter, with each story I hear, I feel as if I am changing and growing. And maybe … Continue reading Book Review: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
"They take up room. So much room. I was married to Howard for twenty-eight years and yet he made only a piddling dent in my memory. A little nick. But certain others, they move in and make themselves at home and start flapping their arms in the story you make of your life. They have … Continue reading Book Review: The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
Set and France and Germany during WWII All The Light We Cannot See explores what it means to do right even when it appears to be the wrong choice. We meet Marie-Laure a blind girl in France with a love for natural history and a honest interaction with the world around her. We meet Werner, a curious boy … Continue reading Review: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A complete review of the novel Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.