Title: Rewind

Author: Catherine Ryan Howard

Pages: 304 Pages

Publisher: Atlantic Books

The Blurb

Psycho meets Fatal Attraction in this explosive story about a twisted voyeur and a terrible crime from the bestselling author of Distress Signals and The Liar’s Girl

PLAY Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?

PAUSE Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for…

REWIND Psycho meets Fatal Attraction in this explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking…

The Review

Rewind is a bloomin’ creepy crime thriller that had me on the edge of my seat and jumping at the slightest noise.

The story starts with the disappearance of Instagram influencer Natalie. We know she has been murdered (this is not a spoiler) and now we have to figure out not just who killed her but why.

Rewind is a multi-persective story and you genuinely spend the whole novel going “he’s the killer, she’s the killer, they’re in it together.” Catherine Ryan Howard really does have you guessing until the very last page…or maybe it is just me because I never see these things coming. Either way Rewind was a damn good read. I loved it.

Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard is available now.

For more information regarding Ryan Howard (@cathryanhoward) please visit www.catherineryanhoward.com/rewind.

For more information regarding Atlantic Books (@AtlanticBooks) please visit www.atlantic-books.co.uk.

SourdoughTitle: Sourdough

Author: Robin Sloan

Pages: 262 Pages

Publisher: Atlantic Books

The Blurb

Leavened by the same infectious intelligence and lovable nerdiness that made Robin Sloan’s Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore such a sensation, Sourdough marks the triumphant return of a unique and beloved young writer.

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighbourhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her – feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.

Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she’s providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer’s market, and a whole new world opens up.

When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?

The Review

Ok, I genuinely don’t know what to write. After nearly four years of book reviews a book has me stumped. I cannot for the life of me tell you what Sourdough was about. I mean on a surface level it is about bread but on a deeper level I don’t have a clue.

I can only say that reading it was an experience but to give an opinion over whether or not I liked it is going to be a bit ambiguous. I would have to go with no I did not enjoy reading Sourdough but mainly because I have no idea what the story was about. That is a very different reason than disliking the writing. Sloan is a good writer and tells the story he wants to tell. That I did not enjoy it is not a reflection on his creativity or writing skills. We just didn’t mesh.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan is available now.

For more information regarding Atlantic Books (@AtlanticBooks) please visit www.atlantic-books.co.uk.

2 Stars

 

The Review

Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of articles from The Rumpus. The advice columnist (known as Sugar) was Cheryl Strayed and she tackled – head on – the problems of those who were in need of guidance. So, what makes Dear Sugar different from other advice columns? Well that would be Cheryl Strayed inimitable style and stories of perseverance.

Strayed broke the conventions of the advice columnist. She opted not to offer cold detached words of wisdom that, let’s be honest, often seem full of contrition and moral direction. Nope, Strayed did her own thing and used experiences from her own rich history to help those coming to her for counsel.

Due to the nature of Tiny Beautiful Things, it is difficult to give a breakdown of what the contents are, however, I can say that it makes you appreciative of all the things that you have going for you. Someone – inevitably those featured in the book asking for advice and those included in the responses – always has it worse.

Read this Tiny Beautiful Things; it is an easy pick up/put down read. You never know, some of the advice given could be relevant to your own experiences.

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed is available now.

Brave EnoughTitle: Brave Enough – A Mini Instruction Manual for the Soul

Author: Cheryl Strayed

Pages: 176 Pages

The Blurb

Across the world, millions of people have found life and depth in the words of Cheryl Strayed. Whether it has been in her bestselling memoir Wild or in her collection of advice on love and life, Tiny Beautiful Things, she has been a companion to those who feel alone, a balm to those who hurt, a co-conspirator to those who laugh, and a steel-toecapped boot to those who need tough love. In this courageous and glittering collection of quotes and thoughts, Cheryl Strayed shows that no matter how much life might get you down, words can have the power to pick you back up.

The Review

Like Cheryl Strayed, I love a good quote and also like Cheryl Strayed – I collect them. I have books, diaries, scraps of paper used as bookmarks all with quotes scribbled on. What Cheryl Strayed has done has compiled a list of quotes that she has said or that others have said that inspire her. We have to give Strayed her due: the woman says some clever things.

Overall, Brave Enough is just a nice little collection to dip in to. If you are having a lousy time or a day that isn’t going your way, Strayed always seems to have some advice at the ready.

Give it a whirl, people. You know you want to.

Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed is available now.

35 Stars