Fiction reviews

Fiction book reviews, looking at some of the best new literature publications, including hardback and paperback releases, new authors and the review of existing classics.

Joseph Kanon, Leaving Berlin review

Joseph Kanon, Leaving Berlin review

There can be a lot of shallow reading when it comes to espionage thrillers, but in Leaving Berlin Joseph Kanon has built up a fast paced and fascinating account of post war life in the gated city. While there are lots of reasons why the book is such a good read, it all hangs on(…)

Stephen King, Revival review

Stephen King, Revival review

Stephen King stormed back into the hardback book charts with the release of his latest dark novel, Revival, in late 2014 and while it’s far from a classic it does enough to unsettle in typical King style. It’s well written and richly described, but it struggles to surprise, which is unlike the man who brought(…)

The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins review

The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins review

If we had to boil our review of Paula Hawkins’ debut novel, The Girl On The Train to a short and to the point directive to readers, it would just be something along the lines of, “just read it for yourself”, because it’s a brilliantly tense suspense thriller that you’re better off knowing as little(…)

The Miniaturist review – Jessie Burton falls short of debut novel class

The Miniaturist review – Jessie Burton falls short of debut novel class

With a lot of media attention and both the Specsaver and Waterstones Book Of The Year awards under its belt, we were hoping for a masterpiece of modern day historical fiction in Jessie Burton’s debut novel, The Miniaturist, but it misses the mark a little in its attempt to cover too many big subject areas.(…)

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road To The Deep North review

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road To The Deep North review

At an award ceremony London’s Guildhall in October last year, Richard Flanagan was named as the 2014 Booker Prize winner for his stunning historical drama, The Narrow Road To The Deep North and having read the book recently, we can only agree with the judging panel’s decision. It’s a wonderfully crafted drama that blurs the massive(…)

J by Howard Jacobson review

J by Howard Jacobson review

Howard Jacobson’s J is about as difficult to like as it is to finish, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t worthy of a read. It doesn’t try to be liked; it isn’t going to go out of its way to get you to finish it, but for anyone that pushes through, with slightly(…)

Meena Kandasamy The Gypsy Goddess review

Meena Kandasamy The Gypsy Goddess review

It’s not often for us to read a new novel and not wish we could change one element or another, but in Meena Kandasamy’s The Gypsy Goddess we think we may have met our match, as there isn’t a single thing that we’d change. That inevitably means that our review of the poet’s debut novel(…)

Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall review

Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall review

Though we’re a little late to the party in our review of Hilary Mantel‘s Wolf Hall, we can’t help but add our take on the scintillating novel that has already won The Booker Prize, The Walter Scott Prize for Literature and The National Book Critics Circle Award. There’s probably a lot of avid readers that(…)

Laurent Binet HHhH review

Laurent Binet HHhH review

By Martin Leese The first and most important thing to mention about HHhH is that despite it’s location in the fiction department of your local book retailer, website or library it is, for the most part, a work of astounding, obsessive non-fiction. The attention to detail and historical accuracy in the tale of second world(…)

Terry Pratchett, Snuff review

Terry Pratchett, Snuff review

Terry Pratchett’s Snuff is the latest novel in the brilliant City Watch series featuring the impassible Commander Samuel Vimes as he’s sort of forced on holiday with his wife Lady Sybil Ramkin and their young son Sam. It’s also the 39th Discworld Novel written by Pratchett, showing the prolific impact he’s had on the fantasy(…)

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