Our Book Recommendations September 2022 are here

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney 

Reviewed by Zissy

Published by  Pan Macmillan

In a nutshell 

Daisy Darker arrives at her grandmother’s house for her 80th birthday along with the rest of her dysfunctional family. Her grandmother lives in Seaglass, a crumbling Cornish house perched on a private island, an island that when the tide comes in becomes isolated from the rest of the world for eight hours. Which wouldn’t be such a bad thing except that her family hasn’t been together for over a decade and trouble begins fast. When the tide goes out nothing will be the same…because one of them is a killer. 

Book club Notes 

Do you ever finish a book and want to start it over because now that you know how it ends you want to look for the little clues that pointed to the answer? It’s how I felt when I finished this book. It’s masterfully written, smart and deliciously thrilling. I loved the whole thing but when the mystery finally unraveled, I was left mouth agape in the way only a really good book can deliver. It’s one of my best reads this year.

Words that Stuck with Me

Sometimes we have to let go of what we had in order to hold on to what we’ve got.  

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Reviewed by Zissy 

Published by Hyperion Books

In a nutshell 

This fable explores what heaven may look like through our complicated yet loveable protagonist Eddie. Eddie is a war veteran trapped in what he feels is a meaningless existence, fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday Eddie dies in a freak accident trying to save a little girl. He awakens in the afterlife where he learns that Heaven isn’t a paradise but rather a place where your life is explained to you by five people who were in it that changed it forever. He has to go through all five to find the answer that plagues him. Did he save the little girl?

Book club Notes 

Mitch Albom has a gift of writing stories that are poignant and wise, and this book is no exception. It’s a sweet original take on what happens after we die and weaves meaning into each encounter. It’s a small book with big lessons and heart proving that sometimes less is more. A charming and wonderful read. 

Words that Stuck with Me

All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time

Notes on Falling by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

Reviewed by Feige

Published by Penguin Books

In a nutshell 

This novel links the stories of Thalia, a university student in the nineties in South Africa, Robert, a photographer in the seventies in New York and Paige a south African ballet dancer who heads to New York in the seventies to pursue her dancing dreams.

Thalia heads to New York after university to study photography and pick up a close to non-existent trail left by someone she has never known. She finds her way as an artist but not the answers she seeks. 

Book club Notes 

I had such a good feeling about this book, but it was a letdown. The storyline dragged on and read as a plotless plot. I kept trying to speed read the pages to get to the good parts or a profound aha moment that never seemed to come. The story telling was not engaging and I failed to connect with any of the characters.

Suspects by Danielle Steel

Reviewed by Feige

Published by Pan Macmillan

In a nutshell 

Theodora Morgan is the founder of a popular online fashion store and one of the most successful businesswomen in the world. Following the tragic conclusion of the kidnapping of her industry mogul husband and only child, the case has gone cold, and she reluctantly goes back to work.

When CIA agent Mike Andrews discovers she’s on the same flight as a potential suspect, he fears for her safety and goes on a covert mission posing as a lawyer. When he meets Theo at an opening party for one of her stores, their connection is instant, but Theo has no idea who he is, what his objectives are and that her life is in danger.

Book club Notes 

This book read very YA to me – it is a candy floss read. The storyline was interesting enough, albeit completely predictable. The biggest failure for me surprisingly was not the annoyingly unrealistic characters and romance trajectory, but rather how much repetition there was throughout the book. The same facts and background information was repeated multiple times, which made it a very unstimulating read. The 300 pages could have been cut in half and resulted in the exact same story.

It reminded of a quote by Jonathon Ball that Zissy shared; “Good books are not necessarily best sellers and best sellers are not all good books”

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Reviewed by Feige

Published by Pan Macmillan

In a nutshell 

In this futuristic science fiction thriller, Logan Ramsay has been targeted for an upgrade. His genes have been hacked but it wasn’t his choice.

To discover why and the limits of his new capabilities, he must confront his horrific family legacy, unveil a terrifying plan in place to upgrade the world’s population and stop what has already been set in motion.

Book club Notes 

In a sea of misses for me this month, this book shone through. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. It’s layered with fast paced action, thrilling suspense, interesting characters, and some moral dilemmas thrown in for good measure. It entertains you but also makes you question the limits of humanity.

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