When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis

What if your best friends were also the ones who could destroy you? This is the dilemma explored by When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis. The book begins with six old university friends en route to a reunion picnic in Hyde Park, with neither one especially looking forward to the get together. The six women are aware that they always argue or chastise one another these days, with most of them wondering why they still bother with these obligatory meet-ups. Most concerned is Siobhan, who has had the day…

Disclaimer by Renée Knight

Welcome to our monthly feature here at BCC! Each month I will be sharing a selection of releases I’m most looking forward to, as well as giving you all an insight into what is on my TBR pile for that month. I’d love to hear if you’re anticipating (or reading) the same titles as I am! COVETED APRIL RELEASES With a busy month ahead as I move to a new job, I’m hoping to read as many of these titles as I can, especially as April holds some particularly interesting…

A Good Excuse to be Bad by Miranda Parker

The first in a new series that introduces us to the sassy Angel Crawford, A Good Excuse to be Bad by Miranda Parker kicks off in dramatic style with a glance at Angel’s day job as a bail recovery agent. What this job entails is tracking down those who have skipped bail and bringing them back into custody, with the first couple of chapters witnessing Angel (full name Evangeline) capturing a particularly dangerous criminal in a nightclub. She is injured in the process and taken to hospital, where her attractive…

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

A novel of love, loss and a new chance at life, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George serves to establish the value of reading and the meaning it can bring to someone’s life. Jean Perdu is the owner of a stationary barge named the Literary Apothecary, from which he operates an expansive bookshop that he has built up over the past two decades. His bookshop is unique in that he only sells customers the books he thinks will benefit them the most, and will even refuse to sell a…

Legion by William Peter Blatty

Having not read The Exorcist, I didn’t really have any expectations when starting Legion by William Peter Blatty. Instead, I was slightly confused when the opening of this book delves into a philosophical rambling from the main protagonist, Lieutenant Kinderman. He is preoccupied with life’s big questions, which somewhat detracts from the main event of the book as the body of a young boy is discovered. This boy was carrying out his morning paper round when he was killed at a boathouse and is found in a crucified position. However,…

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

One of the most poignant and memorable books I have read in a long time, Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum explores the condition of marital identity and the desire to be loved. Anna Benz lives in Dietlikon, a suburb of Zurich, Switzerland, with her husband Bruno and their three young children. They have two perfect sons, Victor and Charles, and a baby daughter named Polly Jean. They live in relative comfort in the city, but Anna, an American expat, struggles to connect with her husband or their neighbours. She has…

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REVIEW: Filthy Rich by Dawn Ryder

Filthy Rich by Dawn Ryder

A romance novel that is preoccupied with boundaries, Filthy Rich by Dawn Ryder is all about the heroine learning to readjust to a normal relationship. Celeste Connor was a victim of an emotionally and physically abusive husband, who is now behind bars for an assault on another woman. She has since divorced him and begun to rebuild her life, becoming a black belt in tae kwon do and surrounding herself with various security devices. Determined not to be any man’s plaything again, she is also resolute on ignoring the affections…

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