Every other week, we will feature a selection of our favourite book reviews from UK bloggers. If you’ve been featured or would like to be featured in the future, feel free to get in touch.
Tess Gerritsen – The Silent Girl
Having just completed her recent UK tour, there is much excitement around the newest addition to Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles series, The Silent Girl. Thomas, who blogs over at Crime and Publishing, says of the book, “Filled with the detailed police procedural elements and macabre scientific scenes that have become the hallmarks of Gerritsen’s thrillers, The Silent Girl is also pacy, sharply written, intricately plotted and filled with a raft of wonderfully nuanced, intriguing characters.” This is Gerritsen’s ninth Rizzoli & Isles novel – she is currently working on the tenth. Details regarding the next book are shady as of yet, but Tess did have this to say, “No title yet, but I do know it takes place in an isolated school in Maine, where bad things have started happening…”
Rowan Coleman – Lessons in Laughing Out Loud
Bestselling novelist Rowan Coleman returns to her chick-lit roots after two YA thrillers with Lessons in Laughing Out Loud, which some readers are even calling Coleman’s ‘best novel yet’. One More Page went as far as to say: “Lessons in Laughing Out Loud is perfect for readers looking for a thoughtful and thought provoking read that isn’t afraid to address serious issues. With well drawn characters and an element of mystery, I’d recommend this to fans of Lisa Jewell and Marian Keyes.”
Paige Toon – Baby Be Mine
Chick-lit lovers have another treat in store with Paige Toon’s latest novel, Baby Be Mine, which follows up on the events in Johnny Be Good, and the stunning cliffhanger that had readers clamouring for more. According to Novelicious, Baby Be Mine is “the perfect blend of classic chick lit with a deeper, emotional story behind the main character”. Although a sequel to Johnny Be Good, newcomers to the series will feel just as comfortable with the characters and plot. As Mel’s blog says, ”I hadn’t read a Paige Toon book before but on the strength of this one I shall be sure to seek out more”.
Matt Haig – The Radleys
It seems that vampires are set to continue to be popular this summer. Matt Haig’s grown-up tale of blood and bites, The Radleys, offers a more mature exploration than YA vampire romances, and his entertaining and witty take on the difficulties of blood lust has won him a feature on The TV Book Club on More4 on 7 August. A film adaptation has also been confirmed, with acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón (The Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men) onboard as producer. Farm Lane Books praises The Radleys as “an original idea that has been cleverly executed”, while Calm Your Beans has featured it as one of their top 5 summer holiday books of 2011.
Sophie Kinsella – ‘Mini Shopaholic’
Mini Shopaholic is the sixth installment in Sophie Kinsella’s wildly popular Shopaholic series. Its paperback release has come in perfect timing for the holiday season, as with Mini Shopaholic Kinsella has produced the ultimate light summer read. As Belle About Town asserts, ‘this is chick-lit at it’s best; with memorable characters, entertaining scenes, the undercurrent of romance and a hint of the outlandish – a perfectly frivolous and frothy read’, truly making it “a Shopaholic classic“.
Urban Waites – The Terror of Living
When it first debuted as a hardback it would have been easy to pass by Urban Waites’ psychological thriller The Terror of Living, but the acclaim the novel has received since has ensured that it is firmly in the spotlight for its paperback release. With praise such as “a meaty, textured story with plenty of bite” and “an astonishingly taut thriller for a debut novelist and one of my tips for 2011“, The Terror of Living is not to be missed. Find out why James Hughes heralds Waites as “one of the finest literary discoveries of recent years“.
Susan Hill – The Small Hand
Susan Hill has long been haunting readers with her suspenseful gothic ghost stories, and her most recent publication, The Small Hand, is no exception. Victorian Geek describes The Small Hand as “atmospheric and well-paced, leading to a satisfying and tragic conclusion”, and Other Stories praises it as “a stunning little book”. The novella is set to be adapted for BBC2 on Christmas Eve of this year by Bafta winning screenwriter Barbara Machin. Her most famous novel, The Woman in Black, is also set for a second film adaptation to be released next year.