Pride and Prejudice

Title: Pride and Prejudice Writer: Jane Austen Publishing House: Penguin Clothbound Classics Date of Publication: November 6th 2008  (first published January 28th 1813) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There is a stubbornness in me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others.’’ The greatness of what I consider to be Jane Austen’s finest…

The Murder at the Vicarage

Title: Murder at the Vicarage Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Date of Publication: September 1st 2006 (first published 1930) Rating: 5 stars “The young people think the old people are fools — but the old people know the young people are fools.” THIS!  In the tale that started it all,…

The Mirror and the Light

Title: The Mirror and the Light Writer: Hilary Mantel Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 5th 2020 Rating: 5 stars “This is what life does for you in the end; it arranges a fight you can’t win.” Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Anne of Cleves. Three women that amply demonstrate the saturnine, obsessive and…

Jamaica Inn

Title: Jamaica Inn Writer: Daphne du Maurier Publishing House: Little, Brown and Company Date of Publication: December 17th 2013 (first published 1936) Rating: 5 stars “Dead men tell no tales, Mary.” The story of Mary Wellan and her journey to the haunting, dark and fascinating Cornish cost. The tale of a land haunted by terrible…

Cards On The Table

Title: Cards on the Table Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: William Morrow Paperbacks Date of Publication: December 15th 2003 (first published November 2nd 1936) Rating: 5 stars “He played the part of the devil too successfully. But he was not the devil. Au fond, he was a stupid man. And so – he died.” “Because…

Five Little Pigs

Title: Five Little Pigs Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: Berkley Date of Publication: December 15th 1985 (first published May 1942) Rating: 5 stars “One does not, you know, employ merely the muscles. I do not need to bend and measure the footprints and pick up the cigarette ends and examine the bent blades of grass. It…

At Bertram’s Hotel

Title: At Bertram’s Hotel Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: Harper Date of Publication: 2002 (first published 1965)\ Rating: 5 stars ‘’The children of Lucifer are often beautiful.’’ Hotels are fascinating places. Well, they can be quite a nightmare if you’re careless while booking or if the residents are a bunch of barbarians (which is often…

Things We Say In The Dark

Title: Things We Say In The Dark Writer: Kirsty Logan Publishing House: Harvill Secker Date of Publication: October 3rd 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A house is family. A house is history. A house is a body. One subject that comes up again and again in horror, both new and classic, is houses. Haunted houses, home…

The Vanishing

Title: The Vanishing Writer: Sophia Tobin Publishing House: Simon Schuster UK Date of Publication: June 5th 2018 (first published January 12th 2017) Rating: 4 stars ” Everything was still; no rain, only the touch of wind as I walked, with the occasional call of birds in the desolation. I looked at the reddish bracken; the…

Summerwater

Title: Summerwater Writer: Sarah Moss Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: August 20th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Dawn. There’s no sunrise, no birdsong. Light seeps over the water, through the branches. The sky is lying on the loch, filling the trees, heavy in the spaces between the pine needles, settling between blades of grass and…

Man With A Seagull On His Head

Title: Man With A Seagull On His Head Writer: Harriet Paige Publishing House: Biblioasis Date of Publication:  February 2017 Rating: 5 stars ”The fibrous contents of her shop – so much wool and linen and cotton – seemed a dry and tangled trap around her. But here was a face that opened up a space above her head that was…

Birdsong

Title: Birdsong Writer: Sebastian Faulks Publishing House: Vintage International Date of Publication: June 2nd 1997 (first published September 27th 1993) Rating: 5 stars “But you must live your own life eventually. You have one chance only.” A poetic, heart-breaking novel, about the atrocities of war and the hope that springs even under the most harrowing circumstances. Sebastian Faulks…

The Harpy

Title: The Harpy Writer: Megan Hunter Publishing House: Grove Press Date of Publication: September 17th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”Three. I’d said it out loud, after he did. It made a kind of neat sense, something religious about its structure. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Peter betrayed Jesus three times. A familiar number, for a good Christian girl like…

The Bass Rock

Title: The Bass Rock Writer: Evie Wyld Publishing House: Pantheon Date of Publication: September 1st 2020 (first published February 4th 2020) Rating: 2 stars ”The crow takes off and flies to the top branches of the monkey puzzle tree. It yells at me from there.” Three women, three different eras. Sarah, Ruth, Viviane. Witchcraft, abusing relationships, loss, depressions, danger…

The Voice In My Ear

Title: The Voice In My Ear Writer: Frances Leviston Publishing House: Random House UK Date of Publication:  March 19th 2020 Rating: 2 stars ”…asking tough questions of schools and other institutions, but you’re not questioning the institution you represent, which is the family, which is mothers and fathers. What role do parents play in a child’s abuse?” Ten stories centered…

The Animals at Lockwood Manor

Title: The Animals At Lockwood Manor Writer: Jane Healey Publishing House: Mantles Date of Publication: March 10th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”Lockwood had too many empty rooms. They sat there, hushed and gaping, waiting for my mind to fill them with horrors – spectres and shadows and strange creeping creatures. And sometimes what was already there was frightening enough: empty…

Elmet

Title: Elmet Writer:Fiona Mozley Publishing House: JM Originals Date of Publication: August 10th 2017 Rating: 3 stars ”I spend an evening laid out on a moor, watching the wind, the crows, the distant vehicles caught in memories of this same land, further south; earlier, another time; then likewise caught in memories of home, of family, of the shifts…

The Foundling

Title: The Foundling Writer: Stacey Halls Publishing House: Manilla Press Date of Publication:  February 18th 2020 (paperback edition published April 7th 2020) Rating: 5 stars ”People tossed all sorts into the river, including themselves.” London, 1754. Bess is one of the unfortunate mothers who have to leave their children in the Foundling Hospital, with the desperate hope that…

Dear Mrs Bird

Title: Dear Mrs Bird Writer: A.J.Pearce Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: April 5th 2018 Rating: 4 stars ”Μrs Bird says if people get themselves into a silly pickle, they’ve only themselves to blame.” London is trying to survive in the middle of the Blitz. The Londoners are doing their best to go on with their lives, amidst the…

At Freddie’s

Title: At Freddie’s Writer: Penelope Fitzgerald Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 7th 2013 (first published 1982) Rating: 5 stars ”Although Freddie usually began by saying something gracious, the caller’s first instinct was that of self-preservation, or even to make sure that the door, now to the rear, could be reached in a hurry. Yet in fact, no…