The Five: Stories begging to be told

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold is an incredible book which tells the stories of five women murdered by Jack the Ripper. Rubenhold explores these women's tales from childhood to adulthood in such an atmospheric way, I often forgot that this was non-fiction. Aside from... Continue Reading →

Women in publishing: Our trials and tribulations

Last night, I attended Women Working in Publishing: Past, Present and Future led by the SYP London team (inc me!). It was SUCH an inspiring event and brought to light issues faced across all areas of the business, all ages and types of woman. I decided to do a bit of a round-up of some... Continue Reading →

The Hunger: A chilling true story

The Hunger by Alma Katsu is an intelligent and eerily written portrayal of the true events of the Donner party as they attempted to make it to California in 1846. This book chilled me to the core; it was spooky and yet all too realistic, as the individual characters and storylines wove together and tore... Continue Reading →

Resin: A disturbing tale…

I feel like Resin by Ane Riel would have been an old wives' tale back in the day. It would have served as a cautionary tale about coveting too many things and never having enough; it would have been told to prevent gluttony and hoarding. Resin is a dark, atmospheric story which sits alongside the... Continue Reading →

Snap by Belinda Bauer: A review

Snap by Belinda Bauer is truly a great work of crime fiction. The use and interweaving of the multiple narratives to create a great cold murder case was ingenious. I feel that there are not many people who could weave a story like this into fruition without creating some plot holes along the way, but... Continue Reading →

Social Creature: A different kind of story

Reading Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton left me rather surprised. It was quite different to the more traditional gothic horror titles in the Bloomsbury Raven series, but very much confirmed for me that the gothic can be written in the modern day and in a city environment. The narrative is well-told with intriguing, self-absorbed characters who's... Continue Reading →

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