December Round Up – The Books I Read In December 2015

In December I read six books, all of which were fiction– The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil (Scribner) – This tells the story of a Manhattan lawyer whose enviable lifestyle is not all it seems to be. Featuring stolen identities and a love triangle it is an intriguing tale of identity that raises a …

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Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson

Having enjoyed Snowblind earlier in the year I eagerly awaited the release of Nightblind this month, the second in Ragnar Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series. Set around five years after the events in Snowblind we catch up with Ari Thor Arason, a police officer in the small town of Siglufjordur. ‘There was something unsettling about that …

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Influence by Chris Parker

I was intrigued to hear about Influence; a psychological thriller which I was interested to see is set in my home city of Nottingham. What I discovered upon reading was a fascinating crime thriller with an interesting concept. ‘You were born with nothing. Knowing nothing. And from the moment you took your first breath the …

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The Ballroom by Anna Hope

From the moment I heard about Anna Hope’s second novel, The Ballroom, I couldn’t wait to read it. Set over the heatwave summer of 1911 it is a love story like no other, a story of a love that is hindered by the high walls and barred windows of Sharston Mental Asylum in Yorkshire.  ‘She …

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A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

When his young son asked what Father Christmas was like as a boy Matt Haig responded by writing his latest children’s book – A Boy Called Christmas. The recommended age range runs from seven-year olds to pre-teen but as a self confessed ‘Big Kid’ and lover of the festive season I picked up a copy …

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The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil

Originally published in France in 2013, The Age of Reinvention was a bestseller and made the shortlist for the Prix Goncourt. Two years later, Karine Tuil’s story of deception, identity and love has been published in the UK. ‘Let’s begin with his wound. Yes, let’s begin there. The last of the stigmata inflicted during a …

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