Title: Bad Men

Author: Julie Mae Cohen

Pages: 314 Pages

Publisher: Bonnier Books

The Blurb

Saffy Huntley-Oliver has a secret. A secret that she is deeply ashamed of. It’s not the fact that she’s a serial killer in her free time. In fact, she’s quite proud of that. After all she’s only killing the bad men. She is making the world a better place.

No, her secret is far worse than that. Saffy has a messy, inexplicable, uncontrollable crush. So while she’s busy plotting her next murder, she also has the much harder task of figuring out how to get a boyfriend.

But if there’s one thing Saffy knows, it’s how to get her man . . .

The Review

Bad Men is a funny book. I could leave the review at that but I won’t.

You have heard of boy math. You have heard of girl math. Now we need to look at killer math. Saffy Huntley-Oliver is a bit of a sociopath. She has spent her life as a vigilante. She murders men who she thinks shouldn’t be alive anymore. When Saffy falls in love with a crime podcaster she sets about staging a meet cute with very bad consequences.

Julie Mae Cohen has really struck a funny note with this book. I love the concept and the delivery was excellent. It reminded me of the Sweetpea series by CJ Skuse. Saffy is a seriously intimidating protagonist who you cannot help but love. There were things she did – not the murdery things, this isn’t a confession – that I totally understood and I have to applaud Julie Mae Cohen for creating such a memorable character. I only wish there were more stories featuring Saffy Huntley-Oliver.

Bad Men. Buy it now!

Bad Men by Julie Mae Cohen is available now.

For more information regarding Julie Mae Cohen (@julie_cohen) please visit www.julie-cohen.com.

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Title: Family of Liars

Author: E Lockhart

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Bonnier Books/Hot Key Books

The Blurb

The thrilling prequel to the TikTok phenomenon and #1 New York Times bestseller We Were Liars takes readers back to the story of another summer, another generation, and the secrets that will haunt them for decades to come.

A windswept private island off the coast of Massachusetts.A hungry ocean, churning with secrets and sorrow.A fiery, addicted heiress. An irresistible, unpredictable boy.A summer of unforgivable betrayal and terrible mistakes.

Welcome back to the Sinclair family.They were always liars.

The Review

The long-awaited new book in the Sinclair saga. Family of Liars is the prequel to the smash hit We Were Liars by E Lockhart and in it we see how keeping secrets seems to be a family trait and with a very regal “never complain, never explain” ethos we can see how the Sinclair family have managed to survive all these years. Deception is part of their DNA make-up.

You don’t have to have read We Were Liars to enjoy this book. It does in fact reveal a few spoilers when read the wrong way round. You cannot help but feel completely engaged with this dynastic (if not completely messed up) family.

I really hope that there are more secrets to be uncovered.

Family of Liars by E Lockhart is available now.

For more information regarding E Lockhart (@elockhart) please visit www.emilylockhart.com

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Title: The Gifts

Author: Liz Hyder

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Bonnier Books

The Blurb

In an age defined by men, it will take something extraordinary to show four women who they truly are . . .

October 1840. A young woman staggers alone through a forest in Shropshire as a huge pair of impossible wings rip themselves from her shoulders.

Meanwhile, when rumours of a ‘fallen angel’ cause a frenzy across London, a surgeon desperate for fame and fortune finds himself in the grips of a dangerous obsession, one that will place the women he seeks in the most terrible danger . . .

The Gifts is the astonishing debut adult novel from the lauded author of Bearmouth. A gripping and ambitious book told through five different perspectives and set against the luminous backdrop of nineteenth century London, it explores science, nature and religion, enlightenment, the role of women in society and the dark danger of ambition.

The Review

Okay. I feel really bad about this because this review is unfair to the author. The Gifts by Liz Hyder – what I read of it – is really well written. The London setting is evocative, the characters are well written and the multi-perspective narrative is really good but the type of story and the way the story developed just wasn’t my cup of tea. I think other people will like it and I desperately did want to but I couldn’t get invested in the story.

Sadly, it was a DNF for me.

The Gifts by Liz Hyder is available now.

For more information regarding Liz Hyder (@LondonBessie) please visit her Twitter page.

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Title: Charlotte

Author: Helen Moffett

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Bonnier

The Blurb

Everybody believes that Charlotte Lucas has no prospects. She is unmarried, plain, poor and reaching a dangerous age. 

When she stuns the neighbourhood by accepting the proposal of buffoonish clergyman Mr Collins, her best friend Lizzy Bennet is appalled by her decision. 

Yet this the only way Charlotte knows how to provide for her future. Her married life will propel her into a new world: not only of duty and longed-for children, but secrets, grief, unexpected love and friendship, and a kind of freedom.

Jane Austen cared deeply about the constraints on women in Regency England. This powerful reimagining takes up where Austen left off in Pride and Prejudice, showing us a woman determined to carve a place for herself in the world. 

Charlotte offers a fresh, feminist addition to the post-Austen canon, beautifully imagined, and brimming with passion and intelligence.

The Review

Do you ever read a book and wonder what happens to characters after you turn the final page? Me too. And so – it seems – does Helen Moffett. That is how the story of Charlotte was created. Charlotte Lucas – a character in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – is the star of her own story now. We see her life after the consequence of decisions that she makes. Her story and her growth as a character is lovely to read about.

Her tale is one of love, tragedy, and following the rules of Regency Britain…and breaking them.

In Charlotte, we get a protagonist that we are now allowed to fully connect with and it is lovely reading her story.

Charlotte by Helen Moffett is available now.

For more information regarding Helen Moffett (@Heckitty) please visit www.helenmoffett.com.

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Title: Snowflake

Author: Louise Nealon

Pages: 256 Pages

Publishers: Bonnier Books

The Blurb

The biggest literary debut from Bonnier Books UK in 2021.

A novel for a generation. A debut that defines our time.

Eighteen-year-old Debbie White lives on a dairy farm with her mother, Maeve, and her uncle, Billy. Billy sleeps out in a caravan in the garden with a bottle of whiskey and the stars overhead for company. Maeve spends her days recording her dreams, which she believes to be prophecies.

This world is Debbie’s normal, but she is about to step into life as a student at Trinity College in Dublin. As she navigates between sophisticated new friends and the family bubble, things begin to unravel. Maeve’s eccentricity tilts into something darker, while Billy’s drinking gets worse. Debbie struggles to cope with the weirdest, most difficult parts of herself, her family and her small life. But the fierce love of the White family is never in doubt, and Debbie discovers that even the oddest of families are places of safety.

A startling, honest, laugh and cry novel about growing up and leaving home, only to find that you’ve taken it with you, Snowflake is a novel for a generation, a story about being young, being an outsider and discovering that, underneath it all, we’re all outsiders.

The Review

Snowflake is a coming of age story about Debbie White, a young girl who has spent her life in a small village and everything that life entails. She begins to find herself when she gets a chance to study in Dublin. However the transition from country girl to city life isn’t easy when the ties to home are so strong.

I really enjoyed Snowflake. Louise Nealon’s voice is fresh and shows what it is like to be young in rural Ireland today. Whilst her protagonist Debbie can sometimes be unlikable she is always easy to feel sympathy for. What is a lovely surprise is that at the end of the story is that you are feeling hopeful for Debbie. This is not something I have seen in modern literature recently.

Snowflake by Louise Nealon is available now.

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