Reviews of fiction books can often be too long and dull, and go into too much detail about the plot and characters, spoiling the pleasure of discovery that awaits the reader. In my reviews I give a succinct overview of all aspects of the book and add all the extra details that make a book fascinating - notes and tidbits about the author's life, their inspiration for the book, their other books and their writing process.
My passions for reading and writing centre around 4 main fiction genres. Look below to find the categories you enjoy the most.
Crime fiction is one of the most popular and bestselling genres. I love a crime novel that grips me from the first page, and compels me to stay up way past my bedtime to keep on reading.
I have become a noir fiction junkie, from the classics of the 40s and 50s to modern authors. In noir fiction, the perpetrator often gets away with it. Just like real life.
A good suspense novel has to have the right level and mix of pacing and tension to maintain the suspense all the way through. It doesn't necessarily have to incorporate a crime, but often does.
I think of a thriller as being a high-octane suspense novel. There's usually lots of action and the stakes are high - the fate of a particular group of people, a country or the world is in the balance.
If there's something about a book I don't like, I'll say so. But I won't review a book that I haven't enjoyed overall ; I can't see the point of that, because it's my enjoyment of books that I like to share.
I'll also disclose here that when I review a book, I use affiliate links to the relevant book retail sites, where possible. This allows me to earn a small commission if you purchase the book using that link, without any extra cost to you.
I look forward to seeing you there.