More Mini Book Reviews

More Mini Book Reviews

Today I have a selection of four mini book reviews. They are all great books and I just wanted to save a little time and give condensed reviews to try and get my reading list to a more manageable level.

Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland

THIS BOOKSHOP KEEPS MANY SECRETS . . .

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Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never show you.

Into her refuge – the York book emporium where she works – come a poet, a lover, a friend, and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories.

Everything is about to change for Loveday. Someone knows about her past and she can’t hide any longer. She must decide who around her she can trust. Can she find the courage to right a heartbreaking wrong? And will she ever  find the words to tell her own story?

It’s time to turn the pages of her past . . .

My Review

I can never resist a book which is based around a bookshop so I was excited to read Lost For Words. The main character Loveday (what a name!) is a quiet, quirky character with a love of reading and writing poetry. However, Loveday has a traumatic past which unfolds with the story and explains why she prefers books to people. I loved her relationship with Archie, the eccentric bookshop owner who became an integral part of Loveday’s life since the age of fifteen. I liked the references to books and quotes which are dotted around the story.

Exhibit Alexandra by Natasha Bell

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ALEXANDRA SOUTHWOOD HAS VANISHED . . .

AND SHE KNOWS THEY WILL NEVER FIND HER . . .

THIS IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER THRILLER YOU’VE READ.

‘This story I have to tell is more than a collection of facts. I have no reason to paint a better or worse picture than what really happened. I’ve already lost everything.’

Alexandra Southwood is missing. Her husband is beside himself, or at least he appears to be. She has vanished into thin air; the only traces left are her bloodied clothes by the riverside. It isn’t long before the police are searching for a body.

But we know that she is alive. That she is being kept somewhere far from her family. That perhaps this wife and mother wasn’t quite what she seemed . . .

Be warned: this isn’t another missing-woman thriller. This is something far more shocking . . .

My Review

I love books about missing people but find them a little predictable. This one certainly wasn’t that! Exhibit Alexandra is written from the perspective of Alexandra, a wife and mother who vanishes without notice. She sees the effect of her disappearance on her loved ones and how things take their toll on husband Marc. I must say that I found the change of timelines confusing but the plot was strong and cleverly thought out.

Bitter by Francesca Jakobi

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