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Review: How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

How to be a Good Wife is a cold, harrowing psychological thriller that wades through the murky waters of marriage, trauma and madness. Set in a remote, unnamed Scandinavian village, this is British writer Emma Chapman’s debut novel, a suspenseful and cleverly written mystery with parallels to S.J. Watson’s bestselling Before I Go to Sleep.

Review: In One Person by John Irving

Brave and beautiful at times, In One Person is a tragicomic story of desire, longing and sexual identity. It both delights in and agonises over sexual differences and gender-bending, with a diverse cast of characters and a conflicted narrator who comes to understand that “we are formed by what we desire.” This is John Irving’s […]

Review: Beautiful Fools by R Clifton Spargo

There’s something seductive about the legacy of F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald that makes them the perfect subjects for fiction. Beautiful and volatile, the novelist and his muse were icons of the 1920s Jazz Age, where everything seemed shimmering and decadent and reckless. But the aftermath of youth hit them hard, and their story quickly […]

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Seeping with darkness, pulsing with dread and jagged as barbed wire, Gone Girl delves deep into the trenches of a very twisted marriage. A compelling and sharp-edged psychological thriller, Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel grapples with the manipulations, games and lies that go on in relationships, and asks the chilling question: how well can you ever […]

Review: Animal Wise by Virginia Morell

Anyone who has ever loved a pet will tell you without hesitation that animals have thoughts and feelings – but what do we really know about how they think and feel?  In Animal Wise, science journalist Virginia Morell delves into the current pool of knowledge we have about the minds of our fellow creatures, surveying […]

Review: Indiscretion by Charles Dubow

Indiscretion is a sensuous novel about desire, folly and love in all its permutations. Set against the alluring backdrops of the Hamptons, Manhattan, Rome and Paris, debut novelist Charles Dubow tells the story of the splintering of a seemingly perfect marriage. Though not exactly a literary masterpiece, this is an engaging beach read that blends […]

Review: All the Way by Marie Darrieussecq

In the small French village of Clèves – a sleepy place, where the main attractions are a seedy nightclub and a yearly carnival, and where “the whole school is obsessed by sex” – teenage Solange is navigating the anxieties of her ever-growing sexual desire. All the Way is the latest work from award-winning French author […]

Review: Sufficient Grace by Amy Espeseth

Sufficient Grace has been longlisted for the very first Stella Prize, a major new literary award for Australian women’s writing. Deep in the heart of rural Wisconsin, 13-year old Ruth and her cousin Naomi are grappling with sin, penance and the dark tensions of adulthood. Living in a small community tightly bound by their Pentecostal […]

Review: Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy

Like a House on Fire has been longlisted for the very first Stella Prize, a major new literary award for Australian women’s writing. A man takes a trip with his overbearing, difficult mother to scatter his father’s ashes. A new mother returns to work from maternity leave, feeling dislocated and empty in a suddenly uncomfortable […]

If you’re looking for a book to read…

Looking for something to read? I can help! Here are some great books I reviewed over the past year… Blood by Tony Birch An absorbing and affecting story about the bond between siblings and the strength of children in a world where the adults are unreliable, Blood was an impressive contender for the 2012 Miles […]