Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I read Landline in a single day and it was an absolute blast. I’d previously read and loved Rowell’s Fangirl and Carry On, so when I came across Landline in the English-language section of an Israeli bookstore, a girl and her shekels were easily parted. (I’d only gone in to see if they had Harry […]

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Desperation by Stephen King

Desperation isn’t the worst Stephen King book I’ve read, but it’s also a long way from the best. I think I left it too long between reading this and twin novel The Regulators (over two years, in fact), although it did make me chuckle on re-reading my review to recall: “ultimately I didn’t care a […]

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies is the sort of read I could see unfolding perfectly as a Desperate Housewives-esque TV show, and for most of the time I spent reading it, I was convinced that I’d watch the series after finishing. Once I reached that point, however, I realised that I’d really already ‘seen’ it all and […]

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Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King

Gwendy’s Button Box would have been a cool addition to a short story collection, but as a standalone novella, it doesn’t really have legs. It has the draw of being set in King’s Castle Rock – probably the town with the world’s fewest TripAdvisor recommendations – but for all that, doesn’t do much with the […]

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I’d had The Miniaturist kicking around on my Kindle for eons, but might never have gotten round to it had it not come up as my reading group’s book of the month. Despite hearing glowing reviews of Jessie Burton’s work from my brother (whose opinion I generally trust, unless he dislikes something I adore), historical […]

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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

I absolutely loved Waking Gods’ predecessor Sleeping Giants – so much so that I read it twice in very short succession, and am pretty sure that I’ll be re-reading it all over again in the not-too-distant future. As a follow-up, Waking Gods did not disappoint. I’m still honestly not sure what has grabbed me so […]

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Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

I loved Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle, and was eager to get my hands on Universal Harvester. The plot sounded like fantastically creepy fun – video store VHS tapes inexplicably spliced with eerie scenes shot at a local barn. Early reviews put me off somewhat – I’ve heard the term “puzzle box” tossed […]

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Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson

I’ve been wanting to read Dark Tales for absolutely ages – and despite the difficulty of obtaining it, am quietly impressed that it isn’t available on Kindle. (I love my Kindle, don’t get me wrong – but this was a perfect book for curling up in bed with with the curtains drawn.) [Edit: Since writing, […]

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