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My Top 12 Books Of 2019

My Top 12 Books Of 2019

Every year, I spend some time looking over my reviews of the books from that were published during that year and find myself faced with the same quandary. What have been my favourite books? The books that I recommended, enjoyed and passed onto friends to share the experience.

2019 has been no different, it’s a cracking year for debuts, ‘The Silent Patient’, ‘The Flat Share’ and ‘The Truth and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ were all fantastic books that have soared through the books charts

After ten years of writing, C.L. Taylor received numerous accolades for her book called ‘Sleep’ and who can forget that sunny day in July when I read both ‘Those People’ and ‘The Family Upstairs’.

This was initially a list of my top 5 books of 2019, then it became my top 10 before finally becoming a top 12 books of 2019.

So, if you’re looking for some ideas for the book lover in your life, then look no further!

1. ‘Lies Lie Lies’ by Adele Parks
2. ‘The Passengers’ by John Marrs
3. ‘The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ by Anstey Harris
4. ‘The Family Upstairs’ by Lisa Jewell
5. ‘Blood Orange’ by Harriet Tyce
6. ‘Those People’ by Louise Candlish
7. ‘Half a World Away’ by Mike Gayle
8. ‘Tell Me Your Secret’ by Dorothy Koomson
9. ‘Sleep’ by C.L. Taylor
10. ‘Louis and Louise’ by Julie Cohen
11. ‘The Flat Share’ by Beth O’Leary
12. ‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides

The Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs’The Family Upstairs’ is the latest book by Lisa Jewell.

You thought they were just staying for the weekend. They looked harmless enough – with only two suitcases and a cat in a wicker box. But soon things turn very, very dark. It happens slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly. Now you and your sister must find a way to survive.

Was it any surprise that the minute I started Lisa Jewell’s latest book, I was unable to put it down until I reached the final page, thrilling with unlikable and unreliable characters, this book had gripping written all over it.

The story is seen from multiple perspectives and flows in past and present tense, giving the reader a feel for the drama that is being unfolded.

Libby always knew that she was adopted and when she reaches her 25th birthday, she’s given a house that was in a trust for her. Shocked and bemused, she starts to investigate her family and is unprepared for the secrets that she discovers. As well as the narrative from Libby, there’s also the narrative from another person who’s set in the past tense and tells the reader about the cult that Libby’s family were embroiled with and how their family was consumed and fell apart. There is also one other voice called Lucy, a broke single mother who is trying to make a better life for her three children, but is struggling in another country with no security and hiding from others.

‘The Family Upstairs’ is another gripping story from Lisa, with a clever and intriguing plot and interesting characters, this book is an additive story that was impossible to put down. The different narratives gave a fascinating insight into the story into the mystery of the family and what happened in that infamous house. Masterfully crafted with twists and turns that kept the reader engaged throughout, ‘The Family Upstairs’ is another shining example of how seamlessly transitioned from female fiction writer to thriller.

You can pre-order The Family Upstairs from Amazon and will be available to buy good bookshops from 25th July 2019.

Lisa Jewell Reveals New Book – The Family Upstairs

The Family UpstairsI’m so excited to reveal Lisa Jewell’s book for 2019 called ‘The Family Upstairs’

What the back cover says –

You thought they were just staying for the weekend. They looked harmless enough – with only two suitcases and a cat in a wicker box.

But soon things turn very, very dark. It happens slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly.

Now you and your sister must find a way to survive…

As a huge fan of Lisa’s books, I’m already on the countdown for this book!

You can pre-order The Family Upstairs from Amazon and will be available to buy good bookshops from 25th July 2019.

My 12 Books Of 2018

My 12 Books Of 2018

I’ve been extremely fortunate to have read some fantastic books this year, including some cracker debuts. So if you’re looking for book inspiration for Christmas ideas for yourselves or for that special someone in your life, then I would highly recommend these books, as they made me laugh, cry and keep me on the edge of my seat throughout 2018.

I’ve included my reviews of the books, to give you an idea of what I loved about them.

‘The Importance Of Being Aisling’ by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
‘Roar’ by Cecelia Ahern
‘I invited Her In’ by Adele Parks
‘You Let Me In’ by Lucy Clarke
‘One Day In December’ by Josie Silver
‘One In A Million’ by Lindsey Kelk
‘Watching You’ by Lisa Jewell
‘Five Years From Now’ by Paige Toon
‘The Man I Think I Know’ by Mike Gayle
‘Almost Love’ by Louise O’Neill
‘Our House’ by Louise Candlish
‘Faking Friends’ by Jane Fallon

Happy reading!

Murder One – New International Crime-Writing Festival For Dublin

Murder One

A stellar cast of crime and thriller writers have been lined up for a new crime writing festival taking place in Dublin in November. Murder One will feature a host international authors including Peter James, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, Lynda La Plante, Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware, Mick Herron and Robert Goddard together with many of your favourite Irish crime writers including Liz Nugent, Jane Casey, Patricia Gibney, Jo Spain, Karen Perry, Sam Blake and many more.

A three-day long weekend crime writing festival running from 2 – 4 November, Murder One will also feature readings and interviews with Irish and international authors, panel events, a speakers’ corner and forensics and writing workshops. Murder One will be a broad church which will aim to accommodate the kindred genres of thrillers and spy fiction.

International bestseller, Michael Connelly will open the festival with a special preview event on October 28th at 2.00pm in City Hall with Declan Burke moderating. Thereafter the main programme takes place in Smock Alley, one of Dublin’s premier event venues, from 2nd – 4th November.

International bestseller Lynda La Plante brings festival attendees a unique free workshop for anyone interested in the world of forensics or Crime Scene Investigation. This interactive event is hosted by Think Forensic whose experts include CSI’s, forensic scientists, and senior investigating officers. In Lynda La Plante’s CSI Murder Room, get a hands on introduction to forensic science and be briefed on the crime of the day, inspired by Lynda’s newest thriller Murder Mile. Lynda herself will be interviewed by Niamh O’Connor on Saturday 3rd November, talking about Murder Mile and the Steve McQueen movie due out in November, based on her novel ‘Widows’.

Murder One has been developed and will be curated by two of Ireland’s most experienced literary event programmers, Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin of Writing.ie, and Bert Wright formerly of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival and currently curator of The Dublin Festival of History and the DLR Voices Series. Working with Dublin City Libraries, Dublin City Events, and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, the organisers aim to attract not just an avid local audience but also literary tourists from all over the world.

With crime writing consistently the highest selling genre worldwide, the time is ripe for a great literary city to expand its festival portfolio and Murder One, it is hoped, will become one of the key events in the national and international crime festival calendar.

Bert Wright said: “Not for nothing was Dublin chosen as one of the first UNESCO Cities of Literature. UK visitors always remark upon the enthusiasm and sophistication of Dublin audiences and this has been a festival waiting to happen. Irish crime writers are now rightly respected and admired the world over. England Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own crime festivals, so it really was time for Dublin to step up to the plate. It’s all enormously exciting and we can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Vanessa O’Loughlin said: “As a crime writer myself I’m constantly delighted by the passion and enthusiasm of Irish crime fans and I’m confident that they will welcome this new landmark festival in Dublin. In addition to my fellow Irish writers, we have attracted some major international names to make our first year a memorable one. In 2017, the top three bestselling books were thrillers and we plan to thrill festival goers whether they enjoy cosy whodunits or Cold War spy dramas. Check out murderone.ie to see the plot unfold.”

Alison Lyons, Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, added: “Crime novels are enjoyed by a wider variety of readers than possibly any other genre, and are consistently among the most popular titles borrowed in libraries, so we have no doubt that there is a huge appetite for Murder One. We look forward to being a part of the festival and bringing readers and authors together, especially our widely celebrated and internationally renowned Irish writers of crime fiction.”

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