Books I’ve read recently

Here are some brief opinions about the books I have read recently. The number represents my recommendation:

10 = a must read

1 = it’s up to you, but …

The girl who fell from the sky by Simon Mawer

Good plot – exciting with twists


Five on Brexit island by Bruno Vincent

I flipped between Five as children and Five as adults; not sure in the end. If you want to wallow in nostalgia it would be better to go back to Enid Blyton.


The Rachel papers by Martin Amis

Martin Amis’ first book – it would seem to be autobiographical. Confusing in parts because of flash backs


Towards the end of the morning by Michael Frayn

Funny and sad. Excellent characterisations.


Water for elephants by Sara Gruen

A circus love story. Some cruelty to elephants. A little light.


The trouble with goats and sheep by Joanna Cannon

The ‘investigations’ of two ten -year-old girls reveals how the secret their neighbours share from the past explains their behaviour today.


The white tiger by Aravind Adiga

Story telling at its best. One persons journey from poverty to murder.


The mark and the void by Paul Murray

Weak story line. Far-fetched and somewhat confusing.


No place for woman by Val Wood

Strong emotional story. Be prepared for tears.


Lying in wait by Liz Nugent

A intriguing story. Motherly love in the extreme.