Paper dolls

Although Lisa Bradley’s thriller got off to a slow start, half way through it picked up to a truly astonishing pace and the novel takes unexpected turn after unexpected turn. You think you know what’s going on? Think again. The Plot In a Nutshell Leah’s been not working for a while now, ever since she […]

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The Witch House

Ann Rawson’s debut novel is the perfect blend of murder mystery, family feud and Roman history. The Plot in a Nutshell History buff Alice Hunter is trying to get her life back together after a brief stay in a mental health facility. Following the death of her beloved grandmother, she was committed after a fire […]

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Saint Frances

Saint Frances is sweet and subtle and touching. It deals with issues that are sometimes so hard to admit we think about. Kelly O’Sullivan is fantastic as Bridget and I hope I get to see her again soon. The Plot in a Nutshell Bridget is a 34 year-old waitress whose friend has recommended her for […]

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The Midnight Circus

Jane Yolen’s new short story collection is nothing short of magical. Here she brings together tales and poems that were either published elsewhere previously or written for the dark fairy-tale collection. The Plot in a Nutshell As this is a short story collection, I will try to summarise each story in a sentence or two, […]

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The Assistant

A tense gem of a film that most of you will have missed The Assistant is beautifully simple and will also make you squirm. The Plot in a Nutshell Jane (Julia Garner) is a low level assistant at a company in the film industry. The film shows 24 hours in her life, from being the […]

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Just Like You

The new Nick Hornby is not a romance. It’s a story about love, sure, but not a romance. The premise, two opposite people falling in love, poses a lot of interesting questions. However, I feel that Hornby failed to answer them on a deeper level. I really liked the opening of Just Like You, reading […]

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Top Five Ann Rule Books

You may have heard the name ‘Ann Rule’ when listening to true crime podcasts or perhaps she’s been recommended to you by another true crime fan. Maybe you haven’t heard of her at all but you were drawn here by a wild search for true crime books. Or perhaps you’re her biggest fan and you’re […]

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Yellow Jessamine

Caitlin Starling’s gothic horror Yellow Jasmine is atmospheric and page turning. In this gothic tale a mysterious affliction troubles the city of Delphinium. With a few more developments this could have been one of my favourites of 2020, but there were a few things that held it back. The Plot in a Nutshell Yellow Jessamine’s […]

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Misbehaviour

The Plot in a Nutshell Misbehaviour tells the true story of the Women’s Liberation Movement’s protest against the Miss World pagent in 1970. Sally Alexander (Keira Knightly) is a history student and mum who is very concerned about the world her daughter is being born into. She is part of a women’s movement and attends […]

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

There’s little doubt that Suzanne Collins is a terrific writer, but does the prequel stand up to the original trilogy? And how is it as a stand along novel? The Hunger Games Just in case you’ve been LIVING UNDER A ROCK, here’s what the Hunger Games is all about. The country of Panem was raged […]

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