The Booktrail Travel Agency opens its doors

We’re very proud to be able to show you tomorrow what we’ve been working on – a revamp and more interactive booktrail.

It’s the Booktrail Literary Travel Agency!

Travel the world with books

We’ve travelled for years with books and novels and notes scribbled in diaries and notebooks – we’re slowly going through them and putting them into the new format so now booktrailers all around the world can travel with novels and literary map guides – online!

We really hope you love exploring the site – there’s a good selection there to start off with but we’ll be adding all the time so it is a work in progress. We’ve covered many countries, cities and islands so wherever you travel -either for real or in your armchair, there’s a good range of places to go.

Your Literary holiday awaits…

Destination

Both real and a few fictional (Ann Cleeves’ Mardle is in there) as is  Agatha Christie’s St Mary Mead!

Setting

What about a book set in a large house? On an island? Maybe you fancy a stay in a hotel? We’ve selected the main setting of each book for a novel way to search. There’s books set in bookshops as well which is our favourite!

Your Travel Guide and Booktrail Boarding Pass

The author is your travel guide so pick an author and see where they take you! Like a real traveller, they each have a Booktrail Boarding Pass with their information on it. We hope you love the new site and we’re really looking forward to creating more maps and helping to spread the literary wanderlust and have your trails featured too!

A book map to cover the world…..All thanks to Passepartout from the Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days. This is what he started and inspired.

With one million thanks to the fantastic team at web design and development agency Union Room who are the most amazing and creative team we could have wished for. This is their vision as much as it is ours.

We really hope you stop by and enjoy the one look and can’t wait to get your trails on the map! There is also a fantastic competition with Ann Cleeves to enter coming up tomorrow Booktrailto kick start the party!

http://www.thebooktrail.com/

Nightblind – Iceland – Ragnar Jónasson

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2000s, 1982: Siglufjörður: a quiet little fishing village until a policeman is shot in the dead of night

Why a booktrail?

Siglufjörður is unique in Iceland for being the only village accessible by a tunnel to the world outside. Life in the village is good and peaceful but when a policeman is shot at one night, at a deserted house, the sense that something bad is lurking amongst this close knit community.  Policeman Ari Thor is joined by his old boss Tomas, who has been recalled from a move to Reykjavik to get to the bottom of what is going on.

That’s just the problem however for the deeper they delve into the case, the more it looks as if local politics are involved and a newcomer to the village, could have brought with her, bad remnants from her past.

Meanwhile, in an psychiatric ward, not far away, some one is starting to talk…

Place and setting

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Siglufjörður is the place, safe and protected from the outside world where if something comes to break that peace, the result can be more deadly and more threatening than most. The town rather like the cover of the novel itself is dark and foreboding, the snow covers the village and muffles what really goes on behind those pretty closed doors. The community starts to unravel, threats are made and the biggest threat could be hiding in plain sight.

With a policeman shot, in a country where violence is practically unheard of, the effects are shattering. Gun ownership on the island is not uncommon as they are traditionally a nation of hunters after all, yet this has never been heard of before and so unsettles many.

Ari Thór has an uphill struggle on this hands as he knows everyone in the village, everyone knows him, yet no one seems to be talking. And a desolate house on the outskirts near to the tunnel holds the darkest secrets yet. A newly installed Mayor is making his presence felt, making a mark on the town, and a newcomer to the village has a secret no one knows about.

Meanwhile, with the chilling Icelandic winds,a voice can be heard…of someone locked in a psychiatric ward, seemingly against their will. Chilling as to what they reveal and whether those in the small village of will hear what could tear them apart

A small town, suffocating secrets, and a chillingly disturbing denouement

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Snapshots of Siglufjörður (C) Ragnar Jonasson

 

Review..

This man is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. How he writes so poetically and evokes so much in so few words is just outstanding. The book comes in at just over 200 pages but the world created within it is every bit as perfect as  you could imagine. The sheer beauty of the Icelandic setting, an insight into a community now linked to the rest of the island by a tunnel, the dark foreboding of a policeman’s shooting and hidden secrets make for one heck of a novel. Ragnar grew up reading and translating Agatha Christie and ti shows for the adept plotting, the sense of fear and foreboding and hiding the killer in plain sight are masterstrokes that I’m sure the great lady herself would be proud of.

There’s even time for very well developed characters in the local policeman Ari Thor, his family life and that of new characters too. The overall effect is one where you can literally see them, hear them, see their breath in the chilling Icelandic air. And sense that you are in a very unique place indeed.

Once I found out just what the ramblings of the person in the psychiatric ward was all about – well…..

A lovely note too is added at the end where Ragnar prints a small passage that his grandfather wrote about the chilling yet beautiful period where the sun disappears behind Siglufjörður’s mountains. A lovely and poignant end to a story his grandfather would be proud of.

Author information:

Twitter: @ragnarjo

Web: ragnar-jonasson

Authors and bloggers talk books

We asked 3 top authors and 2 top bloggers to share with us a few little literary tips as to what they’re read and loved and what they are most looking forward to. Look at the lovely guests we have! Of course we served tea and cake and had a right good natter….here’s what they said:

 

PETERJPETER JAMES

Creator Of The Roy Grace Thrillers

“My one book of 2015 has to be I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.

The story begins in a UK urban environment and then moves to the Welsh coast.  It is very rare for a book to grip me so completely from the very first sentence, and then, halfway through, to throw a twist that turns the entire story on its head – and leaves me gasping. But this story did.  Further there were yet more twists to come.  Beautifully written and immensely satisfying.

The book I’m most looking forward to reading in 2016 is Get Even by Martina Cole.  I’m interviewing her on stage at Harrogate in July, so am busy boning up on her canon of work!  I love the raw energy in her writing.”

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ANNCANN CLEEVES

Creator of Vera and Shetland

Ann Cleeves has gone for two writers who she loved their latest books and is looking forward to seeing what they produce next. Ray Celestin was a favourite with his debut The Axeman’s Jazz which won the Crime Thriller Award on ITV in

Set in New Orleans in 1919 this is a shockingly true story of a man who terrorised the city of jazz with an eerie swan song of his own. The whole city was petrified by the so called AxeMan and the city of New Orleans at the time was a heady mix of jazz, bourbon and mob rule.

Sara Paretsky was her other top author to look out for. Her main character VI Warshawski. She is a fictional private investigator from Chicago and all except one of the novels are written in the first person giving them a real insider view of the work and the mind of such a person.

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LIZFLIZ FENWICK

No body writes about Cornwall like Liz Fenwick

My best book of 2015 was…hard to choose. I read Not Forgetting the Whale by John Ironmonger in proof form in 2014 and it came out in 2015. I LOVED this book. But if you had to pin me to one I read in 2015 it would be H is Hawk by Helen Mcdonald. Simply brilliant and such a surprise. I never imagine a book about hawks and grief could be so uplifting.

I am counting the days until The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon comes out. I have loved Jo’s blog posts which are written with such and humanity that I can not wait to see how this translates to a novel.

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If forced to pick one I will go for Untouchable by Ava Marsh…so different from my normal crime thriller.

2016 has the final part of the Pierce Brown trilogy which is due in March.  There are probably some amazing books coming that I don’t know about yet so lets go with Morning Star by Pierce Brown.  Set on Mars…and a very popular choice it seems!

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LIZ LOVES BOOKS

dar insideI think I’ll have to say when pushed to name one (my own Top Ten of the Year blogpost had a joint No 1) that my best read of 2015 came via Rod Reynolds and his debut “The Dark Inside” Set in 1940’s America, it is a brilliantly compelling and atmospheric murder mystery based on actual events, but the real heart of it comes in the personal and redemptive journey of its main protagonist Charlie Yates. For me  there were several reasons why this one hit the spot over and above any of the other fantastic books I read – the unique and rarely found true southern noir style of the writing and some genuinely old school storytelling art, reading The Dark Inside was like revisiting classic movies and realising that they really don’t make them like they used to! Well Rod Reynolds DOES make them like they used to but manages to also weave a modern contemporary twist to the ambience of it which means you get the best of both worlds. The best debut I have read since Elizabeth Haynes “Into the Darkest Corner” and trust me, that is saying something.

My most anticipated is OUT OF THIS WORLD!

My most anticipated novel of 2016 comes in the form of the finale to the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown – the much desired “Morning Star” Red Rising was my No 1 book of its year and Golden Son was in my top ten of 2015. The pure energy of the writing just sucks you into a vortex of emotional flux – you will laugh, cry, pull your hair out, beg for mercy and feel every darned moment of this tale, often putting the book (s) down and glaring at them from a distance whilst trying to decide if you can actually take any more trauma. But of course you can because it is quite simply the most addictive and most emotionally charged reading experience you will ever have. The end of Golden Son most determinedly  blew my mind and therefore Morning Star is a must have. So much so that I have taken the release day off work and intend to set booby traps around my house for anyone daring to disturb me..

With thanks to all you lovely authors and bloggers for your insights into the best of last year and what you’re most looking forward to! Now we’re off to read some more…

Richard and Judy picks 2

The list this year for the Richard and Judy WHSMITH bookclub is really impressive and we review the second batch of four in brief to help you choose your next read from the list.

bones of youEngland – Sussex

The Bones of You

Debbie Howells

This is the ultimate – you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors kind of novel. The one where you’re thinking some people have the most perfect lives until you realise differently. The village life in England seems perfect, the fact that the missing girl has a nice family life, people go horse riding together etc

This is more of a character study than a booktrail book but it’s the family insight was what got me. What you think you see and what actually exists. How appearances can be deceptive. It’s a bit like Lovely Bones too as the dead girl Rosie talks to you the reader from time to time and describes events that Kate, a neighbour and friend is finding out.

Susan

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The Samaritan

Mason Cross

A man praying on lone female drivers in LA – and acting as a Samaritan is the ultimate monster really when you thin about it. someone who seems to want to help and then does the exact opposite.

I think what made it even more of a thriller was the fact that the locations – LA and the Santa Monica mountains are the very palaces that would be scary to drive through on your own. I think everyone not just women is scared of something happening like this. The hunt for the person responsible is a real thriller and  the reveal of the victims and how and why this is being done… well  when you read about Carter Blake and the ways he sets about tracking down the Samaritan was a road trip that was very violent in place and sickening to a large extent but the thriller thread wove all the way through for me.

Susan

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England

Jenny Eclair

Not so much a booktrail but a novel all about family, ghosts of the past and people. A house opens up it doors for a viewing and the woman who lives there guides him round with each room revealing a secret or two as well as many memories. The house transports her back to her early life and the fifty so years she’s lived in the house. As well as the boxes of possessions, she’s packing away the memories and nostalgia as well and this is harder to let go off. Some are nice memories to recall whilst others not so much.

Edwina is not the only one with a claim to this house though – others in the family tell their story and the house suddenly takes on more colour, fabric of their lives and the tears and holes within

The house is a major character itself and written with the wit, charm of Jenny Eclair, this is a real winner for me. I could hear her talk as I read the book and am sure this really gave it the edge!

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Our Endless Numbered Days

Claire Fuller

It was the fairytale aspect of the story which got me in the first place. The idea of the Hansel and Gretel cottage in the middle of the forest where a girl is taken by her father to live. The forest is huge and dark and they have to find food by foraging like animals, killing and hunting to survive. The Girl, Peggy is only 8 and has been told by her father who is a survivalist, that the end of the world is nigh. There are still people who live like this in America – who prepare for the end and the hut is going to be their salvation. Life is good for  a while but the reasons for his rift with his wife and the hardship of having to life so basic, the mindset of the father himself becomes even more harsh and difficult. The story is told by Peggy as she grows up and I was shocked at the end. This was a dark fairytale with lots of hidden meaning and a reason not to go into the woods anytime soon.

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Southampton/London – The Widow – Fiona Barton

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Why a booktrail?

2010: You know those women who stand beside their husbands who have been accused of terrible crimes? What do the wives really think and know?

Story

Told in three separate voices – the reporter, the detective and the widow of course following the death of the widow’s husband, accused of abducting a two year old girl. When the husband dies, the woman who has stood by his side all this time gets to talk and say her piece. The story starts as the reporter comes to the widow’s door and flashbacks show why and what events have led to this point. What did Jean really know of Glen and his past? What really does go on behind closed doors?

Place and setting

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*Greenwich London Where Jean worked as a hairdresser when she meets Glen *Premier inn South London where Sparkes and co eat breakfast before calling on the widow *Southampton Westland Bella goes missing from here *Southhampton police station where the police enquiry is centered from. Bob Sparkes is from the Hampshire police force

Bella a two year old girl has been abducted from her garden  in Southampton and the main suspect is Glen Taylor who works as a delivery driver. When the police arrive to question him, the secrets start spilling out and Glen Taylor’s character is revealed in flashbacks and drip by drip revelation.

Four years after the little girl has gone missing, Glen dies and this is when Jean says that she will speak and tell her side of the story. A lot has happened since this time. The setting here is behind closed doors and into the darkest recesses of the human mind.

One terrible crime unsettling in the nature of it and the suspect that Glen is one part of a much bigger criminal activity involving children. Chilling and unsettling. How would it feel to be married to someone suspected of this? Jean needs to start talking and stop acting the quiet, meek little woman in the dark.

What happens when the cameras of the world stop watching and life attempts to carry on…

Review

What secrets are hidden inside a marriage. When one is suspected of a crime, can the other person really not know what was going on? Fiona starts the novel by stating that she has worked as a journalist and mentions the range of people she has interviewed from victims to suspect and that it’s not always the people in the spotlight that leave the biggest impression. She says we have all seen the widow on the television and wondered what she knew and that this is her story. It was quite a story and although I felt really uncomfortable reading the sections about child abuse and those who commit it, the bits where you got to see the relationship between the media and the people involved was interesting.

I really didn’t know how to feel about Jean though as she changed quite considerably throughout the story. The whole novel centered around what she did and didn’t know and so the end was for me a bit…i’m not sure. I’ve been thinking about this and I’m still not sure several days after having read it.

But that is the sign of a book that gets you in some way – an unreliable narrator and getting inside a trial by media. This for me was the most interesting part of the novel and the fact that Fiona was such an expert on it really gave it added depth.

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Richard and Judy Spring 2016

The Richard and Judy book club is a great book club where the two broadcasters choose books that they love and champion. My favourites have often been on there and Dinah Jefferies book last year was a particular book that I was so pleased got the extra recognition it deserved.

This year, a few of my favs have again appeared on the list and once again I’m excited to see them in pride of place in WHSMITHS when you walk in the store. Here’s the top four- well for me at least. I’d love to know what you think!

Richard and Judy Spring Book club 2016

VERSIONSEngland, Cambridge

The Versions of Us

Laura Barnett

A gem of a novel I think for the sheer novel premise of a girl and a boy meeting by chance in various scenarios throughout time. There are three different outcomes to what happens and the  exciting part about it is that this could be all our lives. One moment, one split second can change the way things pan out and sometimes we’re not even aware of the choices. Cambridge for the setting has that feeling of people fleetingly coming into each others life with the university and the transient nature of life there. A real gem of a book. Great to see on the list.

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The Quality of Silence

Rosamund Lupton

I love this book. Quietly unassuming but oh so powerful. I mean the narrator is a deaf 10 year old who sees sounds and feels sounds to describe the world around her. Her dad tells her stories and she remembers falling asleep with ‘ his fingers still making the words in front of my eyelids” The father has gone missing in the Alaskan wilderness and so the mother and ten year old Ruby go in search. the darkness, the unknown mixing with the insular world of a little girl lost. It was a haunting read and I felt the chill of the snow and saw the blackness of the landscape stretching out in front. What an evocative read!

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In a Dark Dark Wood

Ruth Ware

Not that I’m biased in any way but there’s something exciting about reading a book based in a place that you love. And Kielder Forest, Northumberland, stars as that place in this book about a group of girls who haven’t met for years since school, back together for a hen do.

One guest has a bit of a backstory with the bride to be it would seem and doesn’t know the other guests so getting together in a remote house in the middle of the woods where there is no phone

may not be such a good idea? Great for the story though as this was creepy and I did not guess the end! Talk about building the creepiness as if every turn of the page was the tap of a tree branch on a window at night.

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A year of Marvellous Ways

Sarah Winman

So sweet, heartwarming and I just love Marvellous! Marvellous by name and Marvellous by nature. She lives life as she wants to, quietly in a creek in Cornwall. She is  a lovely woman living her life beside the river, telescope in hand waiting for something but she’s unsure as to what. Her landscape is her world and I loved the way her surroundings are evoked and are part of her everyday.

I awoke dazed, looking up through a portal to a star-drenched sky. And beyond the stars bands of milky light stretched out to the hush of infinity.

There’s a place mentioned (a fictional setting) that becomes a place you will never forget once you find out its significance and her view of her home landscape.  Drake, a soldier, comes into her life and theirs is a very special relationship of salvation, redemption and hope.  I would describe this as magical realism and quirky Cornwall legends.

There’s four more in the list. Reading them as we speak…..Four more treats in store.

Hong Kong – Able Seacat Simon – Lynne Barrett-Lee

seacat simonWhy a booktrail?

1948 – True story of a cat found and smuggled on board HMS Amethyst, all through the eyes of the very cat himself.

Story

Sea cat Simon knows that cats have nine lives and it’s the first thing he remembers his mother telling him. With this heartwarming start, Blackie or Kitty as he is sometimes called remembers his mothers kind words and the kind heart of the humans who take him under their wing and feed him on Stonecutter Island, who takes him on  his ship – George the human who becomes his saviour and experiences life on board a very long journey at sea. With his new human friends and more experiences than anyone could ever hope for, even for a cat wit nine lives, this is a story trough the eyes of a small but very adventurous little kitten.

Place and Setting

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From the shores of Stonecutter island(on the map above) in Hong Kong, a small kitten is found and rescued by a British sailor who smuggles him aboard HMS Amethyst.

Imagine the noise and the chaos from the eyes of a small cat:

“The Quayside is an assault on all my senses”

His world is changed in an instant – from a lonely existence where he doesn’t know what happened to his brothers and sisters, and where fear is his only companion. Now George a sailor offers him a sardine (fish can come in tins don’t you know), and a chance of a new life.

But a cat has to explore and on the ship, this brings new challenges such as judging distances close to so much water, avoiding slippery surfaces, the resident dog and finding the resident mice. But he thinks its rude to wake up his human friend and so cuddles up on the edge of the bed and dreams of moths instead.

“And then the pre-dawn Cacophany, also human in origin that started up long before the sun peeked over the horizon.”

When disaster strikes, Seacat Simon learn about survival in many other ways and about war and chaos. The human world he sees as not being too different to the troubles of cats but the way they deal and struggle is very much the same. His only wish is to abide by the sailing code and the code that sailors see cats as lucky. When the ship arrives in the Yangtse river, history unfolds and we learn of what it means to be in enemy territory on every level.

A very poignant tale of a emotional event in history told in a very clever way.

Booktrail thoughts

If you’ve ever thought what a cat might think and do then this is the book for you. How can you be sure that it likes the name you’ve chosen for it? I’d be careful if I were you as they have a strong opinion on the subject if Simon is anything to go by. Cats keep sailors safe he is told and so as he starts to live life more comfortably on the ship, his confidence grows and he speaks of joining the crew which I found hilarious!

This cat has some attitude and then some! It’s a lovely true story and very inventive to tell I thought the eyes of the cat! Life is all about order and routines he says. The day he describes as his first kill, and the day she meets Peggy the dog…..

This is such a charming read with a serious back story that it really has to be read to be believed and appreciated. The story of the Yangtse river incident is heartbreaking and even more poignant from the eyes of a cat. Oh and the ending! No spoilers here but it’s emotional.

Lynne Barrett Lee evokes the war and the fate of the Amethyst in a way I’ve not seen before and it was a joy yet a heartbreaking one at that to read.

Author info:

Twitter: @LynneBarrettLee

Facebook: /Lynne-Barrett-Lee

Web: lynnebarrett-lee.com

Books on TV

I’ve recently watched an adaptation of a book on television – Harry Price Ghost Hunter  –  and would love to know what other people thought of it. How did the book in your head appear on the screen and what about the casting? Was the story the same for example?

Harry Price – Ghost Hunter

I have to say first of all that this is a cracking story but it’s  not the one in the book. It’s about Harry Price and his attempts at debunking the myths peddled by those who claim to see ghosts and speak to spirits (Psychics for example) is a great real life character and I love the thrill of ‘living’ history in some way by reading and watching stories about someone who really existed.

The book

The haunting of the Borley Rectory in Essex is said to have started after a local nun and monk fell in love and attempted to run away and get married. However, they were caught and sentenced to death.  Years later there were rumours that the couple were still in the house as spirits and that they were angry as to what had happened to them.

I am a bit of a scaredy cat at times and this was a chilling read and then some! I really should not read these books in the dark. What I loved about it though was the interesting true story – the fact that the creator of Sherlock Holmes became so involved with spiritualism that he was buried standing up in accordance with his spiritualism beliefs. That Harry Price really did what is described in the novel. That Borley Rectory really was once the most haunted house in the UK before it was destroyed by fire.

The television version

I admit that I didn’t read the blurb of the TV version as I expected it to be the same as the book – the real life haunting of Borley Rectory in Essex and this is not it. The same characters are involved however and Harry Price was just as I imagined him so that was a nice surprise. In this case, he’s been called to a house of an upcoming politician as his wife is having delusions and will be placed in an asylum if  her problems can’t be solved. She’s found naked one day in the town square, wandering and hallucinating. She claims to hear things, see things and when she goes to play hide and seek at a party – blimey I remember that scene!

The cast and story were very good and it was nicely paced. I really wanted to know what the deal was. Was there a ghost and why was the politician’s wife being targeted in this way? The house is old and spooky, and has a rather interesting history in itself.

Harry was fascinating in the novel and so I really hoped to find out more about him which we did. His character and background were explored as was his relationship with his assistant. His ways of debunking the claims of those who claim to see ghosts (his attendance at a psychic show is classic Harry) is interestingly done and it was fascinating to see ‘behind the scenes’ of the man and what he stood for.

I wish they would make this into a series with Harry investigating more cases as this would be very interesting.

A literary journey around the world and back again

Literary journey around the world part 2 – more countries to cover and more adventures to be had:

EEgypt 

The Visitors

Sally Beauman

If you’ve ever wanted to feel as you’re standing beside an iconic figure in history as he makes that history, then how about meeting Harold Carter and being one of the first into the tomb of  Tutankhamen ?

I really enjoyed this book for the mix of fact and fiction. Much of it was based on real people and certainly real places and the iconic moment of discovering the tomb, revealed as if being there yourself, was just a very memorable reading experience. I love stepping back in time and seeing an event or a person as it might have happened and this was particularly real I felt. A book to read and immerse yourself in. I had no particular interest in  Egyptian history as such before reading this book but this was an eye opener!

OCEThe South Atlantic

How to Be Brave

Louise Beech

Two stories woven together in a very creative and clever way. A mother showing concern and love for her daughter who is sick, tells her the story of the girl’s grandfather who was adrift at sea. By telling her the story, they forget momentarily their own anguish but bring themselves closer to the grandfather and his bravery. The overall theme is survival and hope in the most extreme circumstances – lost in an illness or the ocean, the feeling is the same but bravery and the power of hope can help them all.

https://thebooktrail.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/middle-of-the-south-atlantic-ocean-how-to-be-brave-louise-beech/

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A holiday retreat on a mountain

The Lie

C L Taylor

The sense of adventure with this book was breathtaking. Holidaying up a mountain retreat with your best friends? It might be in the wilds of nowhere but you’re with people you know and trust right? Isolation can b both relaxing and frightening at the same time and this for me ramped up the tension. A retreat sounded great, even if I’ve never done yoga myself, yet the twists and turns I  felt with this book made me think as if I have now.

https://thebooktrail.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/the-lie-wales-and-nepal-c-l-taylor/

Back home….to the UK

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I Let You Go

Clare Mackintosh

This was a novel I was not expecting. Not from the blurb or the general information out there on the web. I’d heard of ‘the twist’ but was still not expecting the one that came.

Written by a former detective, this gave it added gravitas but was especially clever was the way we followed Jenna and judged what she did and what she was doing without thinking of the bigger picture. Jenna is trying to escape but from what exactly? She settles in Wales and lives an isolated life but sometimes silence can be deafening. This book was one of Richard and Judy’s summer picks for 2015 and was reviewed on Loose Women so everyone was talking about it and still is!

https://thebooktrail.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/i-let-you-go-wales-and-bristol-clare-mackintosh/

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The Versions of Us

Laura Barnett

Remember those books that you read as a child where you could pick the end or the turn of events? Where you felt you had a part to play in the fate of the characters? This is the  grown up version of that idea – the Sliding Doors  of the book world – where you go literally on a journey with the characters and see how things could have turned out had they happened differently. I loved the style of this, the idea and the way it was written. It was one of the most involving novels I’ve read in a long while and stands out for being very different and a real treat. It’s on the Richard and Judy picks for 2016 and very well deserved!

https://thebooktrail.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/the-versions-of-us-cambridge-laura-barnett/

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