Title: The Trial

Author: Rob Rinder

Pages: 358 Pages

Publisher: Random House

The Blurb

ONE MURDER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE CASE. WHO IS GUILTY?

When hero policeman Grant Cliveden dies from a poisoning in the Old Bailey, it threatens to shake the country to its core.

The evidence points to one man. Jimmy Knight has been convicted of multiple offences before and defending him will be no easy task. Not least because this is trainee barrister Adam Green’s first case.

But it will quickly become clear that Jimmy Knight is not the only person in Cliveden’s past with an axe to grind.

The only thing that’s certain is that this is a trial which will push Adam – and the justice system itself – to the limit.

The Review

What an absolute corker of a courtroom thriller.

The Trial by Rob Rinder presents us with Adam Green, trainee solicitor who is desperate to win a coveted place in a respected office. When he is put on a high profile murder case he is expected to do grunt work and kowtow to his teacher. However, the more he looks into the case the more inconsistencies he sees and Adam begins to question whether his client is guilty or not.

This is a fantastic debut from Rob Rinder. When you read it, you know that the legalese is going to be accurate but even better than that is a well crafted story with a likeable protagonist who you feel could carry a whole series. I cannot wait for the sequel!

The Trial by Rob Rinder is available now.

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Title: Adultery

Author: Paulo Coelho

Pages: 272 Pages

Publisher: Random House

The Blurb

The thought-provoking new novel from the international bestselling author whose words change lives. 

Linda knows she’s lucky. 

Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again.

Her friends recommend medication.

But Linda wants to feel more, not less.

And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she – respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist – thought had disappeared.

Even she can’t predict what will happen next…

The Review

I won’t lie, I downloaded this book nearly ten years ago and I just managed to read it. It wasn’t the best book I have read.

Adultery is about 30-something Linda who has hit a state of ennui with her life. She has realised that this really is it and she is lost because the mundanity of the every day has set in. She then sets off on a self-destructive path looking for a dopamine kick.

Overall I thought it was a story that has been done before. Linda was unlikable and so I didn’t find any sympathy for her whatsoever.

I just wasn’t a fan.

Adultery by Paulo Coelho is available now.

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Title: What You Are Looking for is in the Library

Author: Michiko Aoyama

Pages: 304 Pages

Publisher: Random House

The Blurb

Sayuri Komachi is no ordinary librarian. Sensing exactly what someone is searching for in life, she provides just the book recommendation to help them find it.

In this uplifting book, we meet five of Sayuri’s customers, each at a different crossroads:

– the restless retail assistant eager to pick up new skills

– the mother faced with a demotion at work after maternity leave

– the conscientious accountant who yearns to open an antique store

– the gifted young manga artist in search of motivation

– the recently retired salaryman on a quest for newfound purpose

Can she help them find what they are looking for? 

What You Are Looking For is in the Library is about the magic of community libraries and the discovery of connection. Already loved by thousands of readers all over the world, this inspirational tale shows how, by listening to our hearts, seizing opportunity and reaching out, we too can fulfil our long-held dreams.

Which book will you recommend?

The Review

What You Are Looking for is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama can best be described as a bowl of hot, homemade soup on a cold winter day. It was so comforting. It is a hot water bottle. A big fluffy blanket. It is a deep conversation with your best friend. It is, quite simply, stunning.

To put it really simply, What You Are Looking for is in the Library is similar to Love Actually. Interconnecting stories of people who live in a specific area whose lives generally don’t infringe on – but they sit on the periphery –  of each others worlds. All the while, the invisible line that does connect them is Sayuri Komachi – the local librarian.

What You Are Looking for is in the Library is a celebration of the power – nay, the magic – of a librarian. It is a love story to the library and the librarians and a reminder that they have powers way beyond our ken and we should protect them at all costs.

What You Are Looking for is in the Library is likely to be in my top 10 books of the year because it is just that gorgeous.

What You Are Looking for is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama is available now.

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Title: Idol

Author: Louise O’Neill

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Random House / Transworld Publications / Bantam Press

The Blurb

‘Follow your heart and speak your truth.’

For Samantha Miller’s young fans – her ‘girls’ – she’s everything they want to be. She’s an oracle, telling them how to live their lives, how to be happy, how to find and honour their ‘truth’. 

And her career is booming: she’s just hit three million followers, her new book Chaste has gone straight to the top of the bestseller lists and she’s appearing at sell-out events. 

Determined to speak her truth and bare all to her adoring fans, she’s written an essay about her sexual awakening as a teenager, with her female best friend, Lisa. She’s never told a soul but now she’s telling the world. The essay goes viral.

But then – years since they last spoke – Lisa gets in touch to say that she doesn’t remember it that way at all. Her memory of that night is far darker. It’s Sam’s word against Lisa’s – so who gets to tell the story? Whose ‘truth’ is really a lie?  

‘You put yourself on that pedestal, Samantha. You only have yourself to blame.’

Riveting, compulsive and bold, IDOL interrogates our relationship with our heroes and explores the world of online influencers, asking how well we can ever really know those whose carefully curated profiles we follow online. And it asks us to consider how two memories of the same event can differ, and how effortlessly we choose which stories to believe. 

The Review

Louise O’Neill is my ‘must buy’ author. I have always enjoyed reading her books. From Asking For It to After the Silence and the rest in between I love reading her stories. Idol has just joined that list of books I enjoyed.

Idol is the story of Samantha Miller – lifestyle guru is a 3 million strong following. Her latest book release has been a huge success helped along by an article that she released a few days earlier where she talks about an important sexual experience she had. However, when the person discussed in the article makes claims that Samantha is lying, that things didn’t happen that way and that Samantha took advantage, Samantha’s world begins to fall apart.

Idol was brilliant and what Louise O’Neill has expertly done is to dissect the argument that famous people are at a disadvantage in the sense that because of their fame they are prey to people trying to take advantage take them down a peg or two whilst also looking at the alternative argument that people who are famous are privileged and believe that their fame allows them guilt free behaviour.

Coupled with this we also have two really unreliable characters Samantha and Lisa. As a reader, you are constantly on your toes trying to figure out who you believe and who is telling the absolute truth.

Idol is a ten ticket thrill ride of a novel and one that will have you hooked from the very first page. I loved it!

Idol by Louise O’Neill is available now.

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Title: When You Call My Name

Author: Tucker Shaw

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children’s UK

The Blurb

A heartrending novel about two gay teens coming of age in New York – perfect for fans of It’s a Sin and Adam Silvera.

It’s 1990 in New York City.

Adam is falling in love for the first time. Ben is leaving home for the last.

Drawn by the city’s irresistible energy, the boys are swept up into the queer scene, where the potential for life and love seems limitless.

But as the shadows of prejudice gather, Ben and Adam discover how their newfound community is facing the looming threat of AIDS, which will touch their lives more closely than they ever could have imagined. 

Heartbreaking yet hopeful, When You Call My Name tells the story of the moments that break our hearts and the people who make us whole – and shows how together we burn brightest in times of darkness.

The Review

Oh my wow. I loved When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw.

Tucker Shaw’s novel tells the story of two young men living during the turn of the decade from the 80s into the 90s in New York. The AIDS pandemic was on the rise and emotions were running high within the LGBT+ community and outside of it. Ben and Adam met through a chance encounter and form an unusual friendship that is tested by the world around them. Can Adam and Ben maintain their friendship in a world that is constantly changing?

I read a lot of LGBT+ fiction. It is something that I am passionate about. As an ally, I feel the best way that I can educate myself of the LGBT+ community is by learning the stories – whether they be fiction or non-fiction – and opening myself up to knowing the history. When You Call My Name is a fictional story but it is not too far from the truth. There will have been Bens and Adams all over the world going through what they went through which is why stories like When You Call My Name are vital.

For me, the absolute power in this book comes from very certain moments. It is not what Tucker Shaw has had his characters say. The power comes in what was not said – the Pinter pauses that say so much whilst saying absolutely nothing at all. That was writing at its most perfect.

When You Call My Name had me in absolute bits. It has shot to the top spot in my books of 2022.

When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw is available now.

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