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BLOG TOUR!!! The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby

Corn Burns CoverBirmingham, 1885.

Born in a gaol and raised in a workhouse, Cora Burns has always struggled to control the violence inside her.

Haunted by memories of a terrible crime, she seeks a new life working as a servant in the house of scientist Thomas Jerwood. Here, Cora befriends a young girl, Violet, who seems to the subject of a living experiment. But is Jerwood also secretly studying Cora…?

I’ve been really enjoying historical fiction of late so I jumped at the chance to be part of the blog tour for Carolyn Kirby’s debut, The Conviction of Cora Burns. When the book arrived, not only was I wowed by the beautiful cover and design (gotta love French flaps, especially when they have a gorgeous map on the inside of them) but I was thrilled to discover that the book was set in Victorian Birmingham, a city that I know well. And the story itself did not disappoint, with The Conviction of Cora Burns proving to be a deliciously dark debut.

The plot revolves around twenty-year-old Cora, a workhouse orphan recently released from prison for an unrevealed crime. With few choices available to her, Cora reluctantly takes a position as between-maid at The Larches, home of photographer and scientist Thomas Jerwood and his ward Violet.

Raised in the workhouse, Cora isn’t afraid of hard work and soon settles into her new role, despite the suspicions of her fellow staff, Jerwood’s strange habits and his wife’s intense and unexplained hatred of her. But Cora is just biding her time, waiting until she can find her childhood friend Alice Salt and begin planning a new life, free from burdens of her past in the workhouse and the gaol.

But when her employer begins to ask for her assistance in ‘testing’ his ward, Cora begins to wonder if all is as it seems at The Larches? Why does Mrs Jerwood seem to recognise Cora? What does Thomas Jerwood know about Cora’s mother? And why does Cora’s medal, a beloved keepsake from Alice, seem to match those in Jerwood’s display cabinet? As Cora delves deeper into The Larches many mysteries, she must confront the ghosts of her past in order to realise her future.

There is, as you can probably tell, quite a lot going on in this novel and it is a testament to Carolyn Kirby’s skill that she manages to weave all of the apparently disparate strands, time frames, interspersed newspaper articles and letters,  together into a coherent narrative. And, remarkably, the novel never feels dense despite its complexity. Instead, it is a smoothly told and rich tale, like the literary equivalent of eating a chocolate torte.

Victorian Birmingham is brilliantly realised, from the intense poverty of the slums with its coating of soot and grime to the leafy outskirts where the upper classes live far away from the toil of the industries that support them, Kirby has created a vivid backdrop to the lives of her characters.

And those characters are an intriguing bunch. Cora herself is as hard as iron. Steely, determined and stubborn, she occasionally becomes filled with sudden and violent bursts of rage that both terrify and confuse her. Where does this violence come from? Is it the product of her difficult childhood, or an indelible taint within her nature? It is this uncertainty, and her determination to not let her past define her, that make Cora a sympathetic character in spite of her spikiness. And as the novel unfolds and the reality of what has happened to Cora becomes clearer, I only felt for her situation more.

Because there are one or two moments in this book that are not for the faint-hearted. Cora’s life has not been an easy one and there are a couple of very difficult scenes amidst Cora’s tragic past. They are, however, deftly handled – Kirby uses Cora’s trauma to deepen the development of her character and weave together the many mysteries of Cora’s past, all of which seem to have answers within the walls of The Larches.

Overall, The Conviction of Cora Burns is a rich, multi-layered tapestry of a novel, with many strands woven ingeniously together to create a compellingly intricate tale with a powerful heroine at its heart. It’s an accomplished and immersive debut that is sure to delight historical fiction fans, as well as anyone seeking an insightful and intricate read.

The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby is published by No Exit Press and is available now in paperback and ebook from all good booksellers and online retailers including Hive, Waterstones, Book Depository and Amazon. My thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy of the book in return for an honest and unbiased review, and to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the tour.

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REVIEW!! Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

Ghost WallTeenage Silvie and her parents are living in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology.

Her father is a difficult man, obsessed with imagining and enacting the harshness of Iron Age life.

Haunting Silvie’s narrative is the story of a bog girl, a young woman sacrificed by those closest to her, and the landscape both keeps and reveals the secrets of past violence and ritual as the summer builds to its harrowing climax.

I mentioned in my post on the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 longlist that I had read and was still processing Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss’ strangely sinister novella about teenage Silvia and an experimental archaeology exercise that goes badly wrong. If I’m completely honest, I’m still not entirely sure what I think of it.

Ghost Wall is a strange story. The novella has a haunting lyricism that lingers long after the final pages but, despite its many excellent qualities, I can’t help feeling that there was something missing from my reading experience with it.

The undoubted strength of the book is the writing. Moss has a beautiful sense of style, creating stunningly lyrical sentences from deceptively simple prose. Her descriptions of the natural world; the landscape of the moor and the beach, is majestic, and there is a northern lyricism to the novel in the cadence of Silvie’s voice and her connection with this landscape. Take, for example, this passage, in which Silvie and some of her fellow students go foraging:

“We followed the green-signposted Public Footpath along a stone wall and over a stile towards the moor. As the hill rose, we could see Hadrian’s Wall drawn across the next rise as if it was made of something different from the rest of the landscape, as if someone had drawn it in marker pen on a photo. Dad and I had walked its whole length, Newcastle to Carlisle, at Easter the previous year, and I knew we were near the best bit now, the section where steep ground and sudden drops made a millennium’s worth of northern farmers not bother themselves to pull down milecastles and miles of dressed stone to build sheep-pens and byres. I half closed my eyes, imagined hearing on the wind the Arabic conversations of the Syrian soldiers who’d dug the ditches and hoisted the stones two thousand years ago.” 

The interconnection between past and present is a strong theme of the novel, as Silvie and her fellows become ever more intertwined with the lives of the Iron Age settlers they are supposedly interpreting. Amidst the beauty of this desolate landscape, lie hidden acts of violence that threaten to play out in the modern day.

This should make for a tense and claustrophobic reading experience, as the past and the present become ever more blurred, yet I found Ghost Wall strangely flat at times. At the start of the novel, as Silvie’s relationship with her difficult father and troubled mother becomes apparent, you could cut the narrative with a knife. Yet after a violent explosion at the midpoint of the novel, all that tension deflated and I felt that the story never really regained its former momentum – it seemed by turns meandering and then racing, rushing towards a conclusion that was both inevitable and strangely unsatisfying.

If this review seems a little vague, its because I really don’t want to give away any of the plot. At just under 150 pages, Ghost Wall is a spare novel and, for anyone thinking of reading it, it really is best enjoyed without spoilers. And it will most definitely wrap you up whilst reading it – I read it over two sittings, then spent about a fortnight digesting what I had read before I felt I could form a coherent opinion about it.

Because, for all its flaws, Ghost Wall is a mesmerising and accomplished book. As I said at the start of the review, it has a lingering quality that is hard to pin down. Yes, the ending is hasty and the characters occasionally little more than pencil sketches, but the overall effect retains a surprising force and impact. The overall moral of the book may be a little heavy-handed but the depiction of a complex father-daughter relationship, marred by both a strange kind of love and violent oppression, is one of the best I’ve read. Ghost Wall certainly deserves its place on the Women’s Prize longlist – like the ghosts that flitter through its page, it haunts the reader long after you’ve turned the final page.

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss and published by Granta Books is available now from all good booksellers and online retailers including Hive, Waterstones and Book Depository

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BLOG TOUR REVIEW!! The Golden Hour by Malia Zaidi

The Golden Hour coverLady Evelyn Carlisle has barely arrived in London when familial duty calls her away again. Her cousin Gemma is desperate for help with her ailing mother before her imminent wedding, which Evelyn knew nothing about!

Aunt Agnes in tow, she journeys to Scotland, expecting to find Malmo Manor in turmoil. To her surprise, her Scottish family has been keeping far more secrets than the troubled state of their matriarch.

Adding to the tension in the house a neighbour has opened his home, Elderbrooke Park, as a retreat for artistic veterans of the Great War. This development does not sit well with everyone in the community. Is the suspicion towards the residents a catalyst for murder?

A tragedy at Elderbrooke Park’s May Day celebration awakens Evelyn’s sleuthing instinct, which is strengthened when the story of another unsolved death emerges, connected to her own family. What she uncovers on her quest to expose the truth will change several lives forever, including her own. With the shadow of history looming over her, Evelyn must trust in her instinct and ability to comb through the past to understand the present, before the murderer can stop her and tragedy strikes again. 

When I was invited on to this blog tour I fully expected the Lady Evelyn Mysteries, (of which The Golden Hour is the fourth) to be your standard cosy historical – period setting, feisty aristocratic female sleuth, and country house parties galore. As a fan of the Daisy Dalrymple series, that would certainly not have been a problem, however, whilst there are similarities between the two series, I was surprised by the depth of The Golden Hour.

Whilst there is indeed a feisty aristocratic female sleuth at the heart of the series, Evelyn hasn’t had the easiest of upbringings and feels quite different from many of her cosy mystery contemporaries. Orphaned at a young age, much of the book involves gentle explorations of her family ties – including a burgeoning friendship with her stern Aunt Agnes, and a renewal of relationships with the Scottish branch of her family.  Like Daisy, Evelyn jumps off the page and has a vivacity that allows her to jump across the gap of ages (the book is set in the late 1920s) and feel relatable to the reader of today without feeling anachronistic.

Supporting characters are also nicely realised – I particularly liked Evelyn’s somewhat spiky Aunt Agnes, a wonderful picture of a traditional Edwardian matriarch who has begun to mellow under the influence of a new romance.  There were, however, quite a lot of characters, especially once the action of the book moves up to Scotland, and at times I did find it a little difficult to distinguish who was who. A list of characters at the start of the book would have been helpful, especially for readers new to the series (like me) who are unfamiliar with Evelyn and her relationships with established characters such as Aunt Agnes, or Evelyn’s fiancee Daniel and his family.

The mystery itself is well handled – without recourse to science or police resources, Evelyn has to rely on good old-fashioned common sense and logical thinking to unravel the clues and restore harmony to Elderbrooke Park. The pace is somewhat stately – at times I did feel the plot was meandering – but the languid pace does add to the absorption into the period detail and the world of the characters.

And one of the things that I did really like about the book was the fact that the mystery, whilst it does drive the plot forward, isn’t always the central facet of the book. Instead, it feels like you’re just living a few days with these characters, eavesdropping on their conversations and getting a real feel for the period and the everyday concerns of those living in it, whether that is a triviality such as debating over what to wear or a more serious topic such as the way to assist traumatised veterans of the first world war.

Overall I very much enjoyed The Golden Hour. Whilst it was the fourth in the series, it didn’t take too long to pick up the key characters and their backstory and the mystery element is fully standalone. Fans of the Daisy Dalrymple series will certainly find much to enjoy here, with a similar focus on well-drawn characters and immersive period detail. And with three previous outings, for new readers like me, there’s plenty more from Lady Evelyn to go back and enjoy!

The Golden Hour: A Lady Evelyn Mystery by Malia Zaidi is available now in paperback and ebook from Amazon, Book Depository, and Hive. My thanks go to the author for providing a copy of the book in return for an honest and unbiased review, and to Emma Welton from damppebbles for inviting me to take part in this blog tour. The tour continues until 24 April 2019 so please do check out the other stops for more reviews, extracts and more! 

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2019

Womens PrizeGiven how busy I’ve been with university work recently, I’ve tried not to set myself too many reading goals. I get my MA reading done and I keep on top of my blog tour reading but, after that, I read according to whim. As a result, a lot of the book prizes of the past year have passed me by.

That might have to change however with the announcement of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist. Because this list looks absolutely AMAZING!! There are so many titles on here that have been lingering on my TBR, calling out for their turn to be read. So, whilst I don’t think I’ll read the whole longlist, I did want to discuss the longlisted titles and the ones that I’m hoping to read.

I already own, or have borrowed, ten of the sixteen shortlisted titles but have only read two of them – Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss, a strange but haunting novella that I’ll be reviewing in the next couple of weeks, and My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, which I enjoyed but didn’t love. The characters were fantastic and it’s definitely a quick read with a great narrative voice, but I found the ending a little lacklustre and I was left with a sense that nothing had really changed for the characters, despite the events of the book.

The other books that I own are:

Circe by Madeline Miller

I absolutely loved Miller’s debut, The Song of Achilles, which gave an evocative voice to an over-looked character from Greek myth. I’ve heard only excellent things about Circe so I can’t wait to see what she has done with this complex mythological woman.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Myth re-tellings are having a bit of a moment at the moment. This re-telling of the Trojan War promises to give voice to the women of Troy. Euripides’ tragedy The Trojan Women was the high point of my undergraduate classics module so I am looking forward to seeing what Barker, author of the evocative Regeneration trilogy, does with the story.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney seems to be the author of the moment – is there a shortlist that Normal People hasn’t been on this year? I have to admit to being a little worried that this won’t live up to the hype but I’m reassured by her short story, Mr Salary, which I read and very much enjoyed earlier this year. If Mr Salary is anything to go by, Rooney has a real eye for detail and for capturing the idiosyncrasies of human interaction.

Milkman by Anna Burns

I’ve had this one on my shelf since it won the Man Booker Prize last year. If I’m honest, I’m not sure I’ll like it – I’ve heard that the style can be rather inaccessible and it seems to be quite the Marmite book. I’m hoping that the Women’s Prize will give me a push to try it so that I can decide for myself one way or the other.

Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenburg-Jephcott

Okay, so this one was a random NetGalley download that has lingered on my Kindle for far too long. I downloaded it after my book group read Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, which I found fascinating as much for its author’s compelling voice as anything else. So when I heard about a book centred on Capote, and the literary grenade he detonated amidst an elite circle of Manhattan socialites, I put in a request. I freely admit that I’d almost forgotten that I’d downloaded this but it’s definitely one I want to get around too.

Since the longlist was announced, I’ve also bought An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Ordinary People by Diana Evans, as well as Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton (which is currently one of the featured reads for NB Magazine so available for an absolute steal on their website), all of which sound right up my reading street.

Out of the remaining titles on the longlist, I am hoping to borrow Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive & Bernice L. McFadden’s Praise Song for the Butterflies from the library. Both sound like they could be enjoyable but I’m not 100% sure whether the style is going to be for me – they seem like more literary titles and, whilst I do enjoy literary fiction, I do find some books can be a little too ‘high’ in their style.

I have heard amazing things about the remaining longlist titles – Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, The Pisces by Melissa Broder, Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li, and Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn – but they don’t immediately grab me and, with eight books to read already, I think I’ve got my work cut out for me as it is!

I would love to hear from any of you who have read any of these books though, as I am open to being persuaded which I should read first. At the moment, I’m inclined to start with either Swan Song or Circe – both have been languishing in my TBR for far too long. So please do drop me a comment down below, or come say hi over on Twitter and, until next time…

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BLOG TOUR REVIEW!!! The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North

Perfect Betrayal Cover“I thought she was our friend. I thought she was trying to help us.”

After the sudden death of her husband, Tess is drowning in grief. All she has left is her son, Jamie, and she’ll do anything to protect him – but she’s struggling to cope. 

When grief counsellor Shelley knocks on their door; everything changes. Shelley is beautiful, confident and takes control when Tess can’t bear to face the outside world.

But when questions arise over her husband’s death and strange things start to happen, Tess begins to suspect that Shelley may have an ulterior motive. Tess knows she must do everything she can to keep Jamie safe – but who can she trust?

As I mentioned in my recent review of The Silent Patient, I’ve been starting to suffer from thriller fatigue recently. The genre has, for me at least, begun to feel a little over-saturated and, whilst there’s some great writing out there, there seems less that’s unique in terms of premise or twists.

So it’s a big thank you very much to Lauren North for restoring my faith with her satisfyingly intriguing debut psychological suspense novel, The Perfect Betrayal!

Newly widowed Tess is a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Struggling with overwhelming grief, her life is further complicated by the secrets that her husband Mark seems to have been keeping from her. Taking comfort in hearing Mark’s voice and rejecting the anti-depressants prescribed by her doctor, the only thing keeping Tess functioning is her love for her son Jamie.

So when grief counsellor Shelley knocks on the door, it’s like a light shining through the darkness for Tess. Having experienced the loss of her own son, Shelley offers comfort and sympathy, whilst helping Tess to organise the debris left in the wake of Mark’s death. But who really is Shelley? And why is she so interested in Jamie?

To say anything more about the plot would be to give away too much, but I have to say that the twist at the end of this book is both heart-rending and powerful. It’s a twist that completely re-casts the book you think you’ve been reading and causes you to re-evaluate everything that you thought you knew about the characters – definitely one of the best endings I’ve read for a good long while

There’s also wonderful depth to Tess’ character, offering a complex and multifaceted portrayal of grief and mental illness. Yes, Tess comes across as irrational, paranoid and difficult but she’s also grieving and her grief is all-encompassing. It makes her very relatable and this all adds to the emotional punch when the real truth is revealed.

Some of the other characters were, for me, a little less successful. Without giving spoilers, there’s one fairly major character who practically screams villain in every action they take. And some of the more minor characters felt like set-dressing, without any real sense of why they were in the book.

And I do think that the plot is overly complex at times – I didn’t think the mysteries surrounding Mark’s work, or the mysterious telephone calls that Tess receives, added anything to the book other than extraneous characters. The central story of Tess, Shelley and Jamie was, for me, strong enough to stand on its own without the unnecessary diversions.

This is a particular shame because North’s writing is just SO GOOD. There’s a real flow and style to her writing that is rare for the genre, and the central plot is so cleverly crafted that it keeps the pace and tension high even in the slower moments. It’s writing that stirs up the emotions, bringing the reader so totally into Tess’ world that, at times, I felt like a voyeur spying on the intense rawness of her grief.

As a psychological suspense though, The Perfect Betrayal really did keep me guessing until the very end. With its heart-rending evocation of grief and a main character that only the most stone-hearted of readers will fail to feel compassion for, North has written an impressive debut and set the bar very high for her follow up! Psychological thriller fans are in for a treat, and for those like me who were feeling fatigued, Lauren Noth has done a brilliant job of showing that there’s life in the genre yet.

The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North, published by Corgi, is available now as an ebook and is published in paperback on 27 June 2019. My thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy of the book in return for an honest and unbiased review, and to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in this blog tour. The tour continues until 23 March 2019 so please do check out the other stops for more reviews, extracts and more!

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REVIEW!! West by Carys Davies

39071267When Cy Bellman, American settler and widowed father, reads in the newspaper that huge ancient bones have been discovered in a Kentucky swamp, he is filled with a sense of burning purpose. He leaves his small Pennsylvania farm and young daughter to find out if the rumours are true: that the giant monsters are still alive, and roam uncharted territory beyond the Mississippi River.

West is an unusual book and it’s taken me a little time to decide exactly what I think of it in order to be able to write this review.

Slender in size and rather thin in terms of plot, it manages to pack a remarkable amount into its 150 pages. Ostensibly a novella about one man’s journey into uncharted territory, and his daughter’s growth into womanhood back home, the book becomes so much more, transforming into a meditation of family, belonging, love, loss, loneliness and regret. It has a slow, meditative pace that belies an underlying peril and tension that results in the final few pages packing a hefty emotional punch.

Davies writing is stunning and the novella is filled with rich, lyrical prose. Her descriptions of the American landscape, one still filled with unknown dangers and uncharted territory, are lush and vivid. I could see myself riding alongside the rushing river with Bellman and his Shawnee guide, or watching the mules graze in the field with Bess alongside me. Davies has a real eye for the rhythms of the natural world and the small, intimate moments that arise from human encounters with it. It all makes for wonderfully realised prose and is an absolute joy to read as a result.

With its slow pacing and thinly-structured narrative, West won’t be a book that appeals to every reader. But this isn’t a book that you come to for the action. Instead, it invites you to read, pause and then digest. With a poignant immediacy, West has a stark narrative power that is reminiscent of a classic folk tale, a myth of the ‘Wild West’ in the making.

Offering visionary prose and a quiet, meditative narrative, West is a tale that rewards considered reading. Like a fine wine or a good meal, this is a novella to be savoured not gulped down and to be ruminated over afterwards in discussions with friends.

West by Carys Davies is published by Granta and is available now from Hive, Waterstones, and Amazon. The paperback will be published on 04 April 2019. My thanks go to NB Magazine for providing a copy of the book in return for an honest and unbiased review. 

 

 

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BLOG TOUR REVIEW!!! Unlawful Things by Anna Sayburn Lane

Unlawful Things Front CoverA hidden masterpiece. A deadly secret buried for 500 years. And one woman determined to uncover the truth.

When Helen Oddfellow meets a historian on the trail of a lost manuscript, she’s intrigued by the mystery – and the man. But what starts as a literary puzzle quickly becomes a quest with deadly consequences. 

A man runs through a Deptford churchyard, blood pouring between his fingers. Collapsing into a nearby pub, he manages to whisper a few final words: “Cut is the branch…”

And with that dramatic opening, Anna Sayburn Lane’s debut thriller Unlawful Things grabbed me by the hand and didn’t let up until I’d turned the final page a mere 24 breathless reading hours later!

Combining a literary historical mystery with the pacing of a contemporary thriller, Unlawful Things sees PhD student and Christopher Marlowe expert Helen Oddfellow team up with historian Richard Watson and local newspaper reporter Nick Wilson to unravel a 500-year-old mystery.

As Helen and Richard work together to uncover the links between a lost Marlowe play, Sir Thomas Becket and a distant Cobham ancestor, Nick is investigating a group of far-right white nationalists hellbent on destroying a local mosque. But why is their leader so interested in Helen and Richard’s research? Whatever secrets are hiding amongst the papers of Cobham Hall, someone is desperate to keep them hidden – and is prepared to kill to make sure of it. Soon, Helen, Richard and Nick are running for their lives, determined to stay one step ahead of their pursuers and solve the mystery behind Marlowe’s last, lost play.

The plot is undoubtedly similar to that of The Da Vinci Code and The Shakespeare Secret but I have to say that I enjoyed the journey offered by Unlawful Things considerably more. The literary mystery elements are really well-handled, with a trail of tantalising breadcrumbs drip-fed through the plot to make a neat intellectual puzzle that is clearly the result of substantial research into Marlowe, Becket and the fraught political scene of Elizabethan England. This historical mystery is then confidently embedded into a twenty-first-century narrative that is packed with intrigue, danger and edge-of-your-seat intensity.

The characters are well-rounded and interesting, although I have to admit to getting frustrated with Helen at times. For an intelligent woman, it was frustrating to see her fall into some obvious cliches (such as continually failing to tell anyone where she’s going, even when the danger is ever-present), or making irrational emotional decisions (such as contaminating an active crime scene). She is by no means an unpleasant lead – for the most part, she’s witty, clever and extremely determined – but this only made her occasional naivety seem more unlikely to me.

The villains, on the other hand, are brilliantly, terrifyingly realised. From the insane religious mania of one character to the out and out torture inflicted by another, Sayburn Lane doesn’t shy away from violence when necessary and there are a few difficult scenes in Unlawful Things. This never felt unnecessary, however, and the sometimes brutal nature of the violence felt completely in-keeping with the characterisation of the villains.

Overall, Unlawful Things was a really enjoyable reading experience. With its fast pace and complex, interweaving investigations, it really does deserve to be called a page-turner! This is definitely a thriller that has some meat on its bones – Sayburn Lane’s clear yet crafted writing really brings each action-packed scene to life, whilst the densely plotted historical mystery means there’s plenty packed into the pages. Perfect for thriller fans looking to move away from domestic noir, Unlawful Things is a book filled with shocking twists, elegant turns and plenty of memorable moments.

Unlawful Things by Anna Sayburn Lane is available now in paperback and ebook from Hive, Waterstones, and Amazon. My thanks go to the author for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest and unbiased review, and to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in this blog tour. The blog tour continues until 13 March 2019 so please do check out the other stops along the way for further reviews, extracts and more! 

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