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This Time Last Year…

I thought it was time for another wander down memory book lane! This time last year I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of ‘The Muse’ by Jessie Burton – it became one of my top reads of 2016 and I would love to experience it for the first time all over again.
This time two years ago I was reading ‘Burnt Paper Sky’ by Gilly Macmillan, this book deserved more attention than it received in my humble opinion. It was a gripping thriller and I recommend you seek it out.

 

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THE MUSE by JESSIE BURTON – MARCH 2016

The story of a lost masterpiece, two young women, love and deception. A great premise for a book – how often have we looked at paintings and wondered about the story behind them.
I got completely swept away with both Odelle and Olive’s tales. This book was completely and utterly captivating. Once again Jessie Burton has proven herself to be a superb storyteller, in fact I enjoyed this more than ‘The Miniaturist’!

Switching between Sixties London and Thirties Spain, the dual time line works wonderfully. The girls lives become entwined as Odelle start to discover the story behind a lost masterpiece in the Sixties and the story unfolds for the readers with flashbacks to its creation in the Thirties. Both head strong female leads are trying to shed the expectations of the lives they have been brought up in, Odelle has left Trinidad to pursue her talent of writing in London. And Olive is desperate to prove her talent with painting. Both are endearing, strong characters and you can’t help but take them to your heart and champion throughout the book.

I loved this book right from the first page and am envious of those who are about to read it for the first time. I can’t recommend it enough.

 

BOOKISH CORNER RATING – 5/5 STARS

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BURNT PAPER SKY by GILLY MACMILLAN – MARCH 2015

 
Rachel Jenner and her son Ben are enjoying an afternoon in the woods, then Ben runs ahead and in that split-second Rachel loses her son.

A fast paced and gripping page turner, you get a real sense of the clock ticking as you race along to discover what has happened to Ben. Told from both Rachel and Jim’s (the leading detective) perspectives you get a complete picture of both sides the investigation. And the little twists that appear through the book really keep you turning the pages. The book also offers an interesting, thought-provoking and topical look at how the press and public can turn so easily on someone in crisis and throw blame around.
A definite recommend if you like a grippy thriller!

BOOKISH CORNER RATING – 5/5 STARS

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