Reviews

15 Jan 2018

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Katey Kontent, daughter of an immigrant Russian family, reminisces about her life in New York after seeing photographs of some of her early friends in an exhibition. The story is one of post-depression, pre-2WW New York, of the WASP culture, the at once egalitarian/hierarchical society, and the many choices one makes that define a path through life.

8 Jan 2018

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry

My last read of 2017 and also one of the best! This novel follows an interesting cast of characters through the streets of New York in 1895 - there is Odile from a Coney Island sideshow searching for her sister Belle, Alphie who has wound up in a grizzly lunatic asylum and Sylvan, a down and out, who finds himself with an orphaned baby.

8 Jan 2018

Edge of Truth by Brynn Kelly

Edge of truth is another adrenaline roller coaster ride from Brynn Kelly, the author who brought us the fantastic mash-up of thriller/romance that was Deception Island. Edge of truth is a story of international conspiracy and war-mongering, played out in the Horn of Africa. Tess Newell is a well -known tele-journalist, unfortunately more known for a high-profile romance break-up than for her journalism. But Tess has uncovered a huge story of corruption and conspiracy, and is desperate to get the story out before the world is plunged into a major conflict - but she has been captured by the conspirators.