What a great book! The direction of our fear looks at the many many small decisions we make every day that result in benefit or harm, to ourselves or to others. Sometimes small harms and slights sometimes catastrophic.
I am a big fan of the short short story form; the stories work like magic, your brain telling you a story based on snippets. McMillan’s My mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions is a great example.
I don’t read many books that fall under the umbrella of mystery/ thriller, but when I do I usually find that it’s accidental – I’ve picked up a book and it’s sucked me into the story and now I can’t put it down.
The Cloud Leopard’s Daughter is the third in Challinor’s Kitty / Smuggler’s Wife series, and as well as pushing the story along she packs it full of backstory for those new to the characters, or maybe to remind her readers who have read the series of what has gone before.
A tale of London – not the London of commerce, science and suffragettes but that of the slums of Walworth with its overcrowding, costermongers and kids scrounging through the mud of the Thames for the odd useful find; the “Real London, the London that is beneath”.
It's the summer of 1969 in Southern California and Evie is living a stifled existence, trapped between childhood and the next step, and biding time until she is shipped off to boarding school in the autumn.