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Non 1001 Book Review: Dark Pines by Will Dean


Dark Pines by Will Dean
Published in: 2018
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★★★]

This ARC was provided by One World Publications (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads: An isolated Swedish town. A deaf reporter terrified of nature. A dense spruce forest overdue for harvest. A pair of eyeless hunters found murdered in the woods.

It’s week one of the Swedish elk hunt and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings twenty years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.

BookWorm’s Thoughts: This is a fantastic first book in what I hope proves to be a long and fantastic series, book 2 is due to be published next year and I am super excited about this.

I would class this as a murder mystery story as opposed to a chiller/thriller and trust me that is no bad thing, however due to the nature of the story there is not much you can say in a review without giving away spoilers so you are just going to have to bear with me while I gush over all the things I loved about this book.

The first thing I love is Tuva Moodyson. Tuva is a young bisexual deaf woman working as a reporter, she has left the bright lights of London to return to Sweden to be close to her dying mother. Tuva is scared of nature but is facing her fears, she is at home with her deafness while also accepting that it sets her apart from other people, she is a single woman doing what she wants to do, she is a reporter who is actually interested in the truth and the people behind the headlines in short Tuva rocks. I love the way Tuva’s deafness is very much a part of her story from her vibrating pillow alarm clock (genius) to the way she must always be prepared for the battery running out in her hearing aid.

The second thing I love is the villagers. Each villager is distinct and unusual in their own way, ok most of them are eccentric and perhaps other readers might find this stretches credulity but me, I loved them.

Utgard forest. The forest is very much a character in this book not just a setting. It provides the murder scenes, it provides uncertainty and fear, it also provides nature in the form of mice, elks, mosquitos and ticks.

Please indulge me while I share this beautiful description on how wool makes Tuva feel:

“I reach back awkwardly and pull the red yarn out of my backpack. It feels like Mum before Dad died; like Mum before she gave up all her hobbies; her bridge and knitting and backing and birdwatching; before she quit her job as an optician, before she gave up on life, before she gave up on me. The soft wool, springy in my fingers, feels like the good years before everything changed. It feels safe.”

Who would enjoy this: Well you may guess from my review that I think everyone should read this but if I have to get specific I would say this is a book for those who like slower paced murder mysteries where character study is a big part of the story and where there is not too much blood and gore involved.

We want to hear from you! Have you read this book? What did you think? 

Margaret Atwood Announces The Handmaid’s Tale Sequel



Is this the most exciting bookish news this year?

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Non 1001 Book Review: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward


What happens when the lives of a poor family in Mississippi clash with hurricane Katrina?

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Non 1001 Book Review: The Line Becomes a River Francisco Cantú


The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú
Published in: 2018
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★★]
Find it here: [jen will add amazon link]

A timely look at the immigration situation between Mexico and the USA.

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Non 1001 Book Review: Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas


And now for something completely different…

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The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Published in: 2018
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★★]
Find it here: [jen will add amazon link]

This ARC was provided by Orion Publishing Group (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Amazon: As a child, Daniel Sempere discovered among the passageways of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books an extraordinary novel that would change the course of his life. Now a young man in the Barcelona of the late 1950s, Daniel runs the Sempere & Sons bookshop and enjoys a seemingly fulfilling life with his loving wife and son. Yet the mystery surrounding the death of his mother continues to plague his soul despite the moving efforts of his wife Bea and his faithful friend Fermín to save him.

Just when Daniel believes he is close to solving this enigma, a conspiracy more sinister than he could have imagined spreads its tentacles from the hellish regime. That is when Alicia Gris appears, a soul born out of the nightmare of the war. She is the one who will lead Daniel to the edge of the abyss and reveal the secret history of his family, although at a terrifying price.

The Labyrinth of the Spirits is an electrifying tale of passion, intrigue and adventure. Within its haunting pages Carlos Ruiz Zafón masterfully weaves together plots and subplots in an intricate and intensely imagined homage to books, the art of storytelling and that magical bridge between literature and our lives.

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Non 1001 Book Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher



Vox by Christina Dalcher
Published in: 2018
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★★]
Find it here: [jen will add amazon link]

This ARC was provided by HQ (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads: Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial—this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

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Non 1001 Book Review: I Still Dream by James Smythe


I Still Dream by James Smythe
Published in: 2018
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★★]
Find it here: [jen will add amazon link]

This ARC was provided by Harper Collins UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads: 1997.

17-year-old Laura Bow has invented a rudimentary artificial intelligence, and named it Organon. At first it’s intended to be a sounding-board for her teenage frustrations, a surrogate best friend; but as she grows older, Organon grows with her.

As the world becomes a very different place, technology changes the way we live, love and die; massive corporations develop rival intelligences to Laura’s, ones without safety barriers or morals; and Laura is forced to decide whether or not to share her creation with the world. If it falls into the wrong hands, she knows, its power could be abused. But what if Organon is the only thing that can stop humanity from hurting itself irreparably?

I Still Dream is a powerful tale of love, loss and hope; a frightening, heartbreakingly human look at who we are now–and who we can be, if we only allow ourselves.

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Non 1001 Book Review: It Ends with You by S K Wright


It Ends with You by S K Wright
Published in: 2018
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★]
Find it here: [jen will add amazon link]

This ARC was provided by Little Brown Book Group UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads: ‘If I’d told the truth, it would have been fiction’

Everyone loves Eva. Beautiful, bright, fun, generous – she’s perfect.

So when her dead body is found in a ditch in the local woods the only thing anyone wants to know is: Who could have done this?

It has to be Luke, her boyfriend. He has the motive, the means, the opportunity and he’s no stranger to the police.

Even though the picture is incomplete, the pieces fit. But as time passes, stories change.

Told from six narrative strands, this cleverly woven and utterly compulsive novel challenges preconceptions; makes you second, third and fourth guess yourself; and holds an uncomfortable mirror up to the way societies and systems treat those they perceive to be on the outside.

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October Roundup

the milkman

As Jen is really busy in the real world you are stuck with me for a little while. I apologise in advance for not being as on the ball in terms of updates and formatting as Jen usually is but rest assured normal service will resume soon.

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