I Could Feel The Afterglow by @megiddings

Nº15 in the PlatypusPress 2412 chapbook series *** [I died in a haunted house) *** (PlatypusPress, 15 December 2016, ebook, 12 pages, freebie from the publisher) *** GET A COPY *** This is my first time reading the author. I really enjoyed the short stories in this little collection. They are written in the first…

A Woman of War by Mandy Robotham

Germany, 1944. Taken from the camps to serve the Fuhrer himself, Anke Hoff has been assigned as midwife to one of Hitler’s inner circle. If she refuses, her family will die. Torn between her duty as a caregiver and her hatred for the regime she’s now a part of, Anke is quickly swept into a…

The Hate U Give by @angiecthomas

A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century. “A stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.” John Green No. 1 New York Times bestseller. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school…

Like Any Good Daughter by @Geula_Yentl

Nº14 in the Platypus Press 2412 chapbook series *** [Men andwomen lay in the grass by the river, naked— lapping up the sun like thirstydogs – BY THE RIVER] *** (Platypus Press, 14 December 2016, ebook,12 pages, freebie from the publisher) *** GET A FREE COPY *** Poems included: By the River Daughter ofJephthah Hunger…

The Lido by @LibbyPageWrites

Kate is a twenty-six-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in Brixton, London, covering forgettably small stories. When she’s assigned to write about the closing of the local lido (an outdoor pool and recreation centre), she meets Rosemary, an eighty-six-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since…

Red Clocks by @lenizumas

Five women. One question. What is a woman for? In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old…

Half Moon Bay by @alaplante

Jane loses everything when her teenage daughter is killed in a senseless accident. Jane is devastated, but sometime later; she makes one tiny stab at a new life: she moves from San Francisco to the tiny seaside town of Half Moon Bay. She is inconsolable, and yet, as the months go by, she is able…

All the Beautiful Girls by @ElizJChurch

It was unimaginable. When she was eight years old, Lily Decker somehow survived the auto accident that killed her parents and sister, but neither her emotionally distant aunt nor her all-too-attentive uncle could ease her grief. Dancing proves to be Lily’s only solace, and eventually she receives a “scholarship” to a local dance academy–courtesy of…

I Only Killed Him Once by @ghostfinder

A blend of science fiction and stylish mystery noir featuring a robot detective: the newest stand-alone instalment in the Ray Electromatic mystery series Another Hollywood night, another job for electric-detective-turned-robotic-hitman Raymond Electromatic. The target is a tall man in a black hat, and while Ray completes his mission successfully, he makes a startling discovery—one he…

Sherlock Holmes (The Devi’s Dust) by James Lovegrove

It is 1884, and when a fellow landlady finds her lodger poisoned, Mrs Hudson turns to Sherlock Holmes. The police suspect thelandlady of murder, but Mrs Hudson insists that her friend is innocent. Thecompanions discover that the lodger, a civil servant recently returned fromIndia, was living in almost complete seclusion, and that his last act…