Review

Book Review. The Good People by Hannah Kent

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Blurb

From the bestselling author of the multi-award-winning Burial Rites

County Kerry, Ireland, 1825.

The fires on the hills smouldered orange as the women left, pockets charged with ashes to guard them from the night. Watching them fade into the grey fall of snow, Nance thought she could hear Maggie’s voice. A whisper in the dark.

“Some folk are born different, Nance. They are born on the outside of things, with a skin a little thinner, eyes a little keener to what goes unnoticed by most. Their hearts swallow more blood than ordinary hearts; the river runs differently for them.”

Nóra Leahy has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year, and is now burdened with the care of her four-year-old grandson, Micheál. The boy cannot walk, or speak, and Nora, mistrustful of the tongues of gossips, has kept the child hidden from those who might see in his deformity evidence of otherworldly interference.

Unable to care for the child alone, Nóra hires a fourteen-year-old servant girl, Mary, who soon hears the whispers in the valley about the blasted creature causing grief to fall upon the widow’s house.

Alone, hedged in by rumour, Mary and her mistress seek out the only person in the valley who might be able to help Micheál. For although her neighbours are wary of her, it is said that old Nance Roche has the knowledge. That she consorts with Them, the Good People. And that only she can return those whom they have taken.

my review

It has taken me a a couple of days to gather my thoughts on this book. It gave me a lot to get my head around and to understand . I first came across Hannah Kent about a year ago when I read Burial Rites which I loved, so I was really delighted to be  approved by the publisher to review this novel.

The Good People I found was  beautifully written very atmospheric and bewitching.  I loved the elements of folklore  fairytale and superstition woven into the narrative. I understand the book came about  (or the seed was sown) while Hannah Ken was researching the novel  ‘Burial rights’ an article was found concerning a woman accused of a nasty crime, with an astonishing defence trial.

The Pacing of this book was slightly slow at times but it gave you time to absorb what was happening

I cannot wait for Kent’s next book.

Rating 

A Bewitching Read

4 out of 5 stars

Review

Book Review ”My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal”

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Blurb

A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And the only way home is to find him.

Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to take Jake away and give him to strangers. Because Jake is white and Leon is not.

As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile – like Curly Wurlys, riding his bike fast downhill, burying his hands deep in the soil, hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad), and stealing enough coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum.

Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how – just when we least expect it – we somehow manage to find our way home

 

my review

 

This book was just breathtakingly amazing. (I devoured most of it within a day)

It is set on the back drop of Riots and a Royal Wedding  in the early 1980’s in England.It tells the story of Leon  who is nine and his journey through the foster care system at this time

From the first page I felt as though I was just on this journey with Leon, I laughed and I cried along with him.  I loved that the narrative was only told from Leon’s prospective,there is something special about a child protagonist

I wish I could force everyone to read this book  just see how wonderful it is.

 

a High 5 out of 5 stars  from me

 

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Book Review Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

 

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Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

my review

Wow I did not expect to like this book as much as I did.  At the moment it is being really hyped up.So when I saw this at the library I thought I would pick it up and give it ago. I have previously read one other book by this author (The Husband’s Secret).

The outset of the book was quite slow to begin with but it soon picked up pace and I was completely drawn into the story  and just wanted to know what was going to happen.

As the story carries on there was plenty of secrets  which get unravelled with heaps of OMG twists throughout.

4.5 stars (the out was very slow hence not quite a 5 star review for me)

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***Blog Tour*** The Dry by Jane Harper

Blurb

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well…

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret… A secret Falk thought long-buried… A secret which Luke’s death starts to bring to the surface

 

my review

Thank you Little Brown Books for sending myself a copy of this for an honest review

The Dry is Jane Harpers Debut novel.

It was very well plotted with lots of suspense. It was  weaved with plenty of twists and turns  most of which I did not see coming . I was shocked that I did not figure out who the murderer was my money was on someone else!

I have decided to award this a 4 out of 5 stars although I really enjoyed this book. I have decided to get a bit stricter with my ratings. I will be looking out for future work my this autho

So a very high 4 out of 5 stars