Month: June 2022

May 2022 Wrap Up

Posted June 1, 2022 by louisesr in Review / 1 Comment

I’ve posted 16 reviews in here this month. Not all of the books I’ve read but I find reviewing books so much more difficult than reading them! If there’s any of them that you’ve missed then you can find the links to them below

I’ve managed to read a grand total of 21 books this month, equating to 8121 pages! This month has been a really good reading month, there hasn’t been any books which I DNF’d and there have been a lot of 4+ stars.

Although it’s showing as it taking an average of 7 days to finish a book, obvously I wouldn’t have managed to read 21 books if they took this long! These figures were skewed by 2 books – 22 Seconds by James Patterson and The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley both of which took me a couple of weeks to get through as I was only reading the odd chapter at a time. The majority of books were read in 1-2 days.

No surprise that I read predominantly thrillers this month, this is definitely where I naturally gravitate to, although I have been drawn to romance and literary fiction a little bit more recently.

My favourite read this month was Lesson’s In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. Honestly, everyone should read this book! I’m going to be reviewing it in June, I’m not sure anything I say about it can do it justice.

How was your reading month?

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The Cherry Robbers

Posted June 1, 2022 by louisesr in Review / 0 Comments

The Cherry RobbersThe Cherry Robbers by Sarai Walker
Published by Serpent's Tail on June 2, 2022
Genres: Literary
Pages: 471
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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The reclusive Sylvia Wren, one of the most important American artists of the past century, has been running from her past for sixty years. Born Iris Chapel, of the Chapel munitions dynasty, second youngest of six sisters, she grew up in a palatial Victorian 'Wedding Cake House' in New England, neglected by her distant father and troubled, haunted mother.

The sisters longed to escape, but the only way out was marriage. Not long after the first Chapel sister walks down the aisle, she dies of mysterious causes, a tragedy that repeats with the second sister, leaving the rest to navigate the wreckage, with heart-wrenching consequences.

“This story is jagged, could cut a deep wound. It isn’t a story I can tell with a thread and a needle, stitching in clean lines. It’s shards or nothing.”

You know when they say “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”? I chose this book because I loved the cover. Didn’t actually have a clue what it was about but I thought it looked pretty. It was such a good choice, the writing and the story are both excellent.

The whole novel is told as diary entries from Sylvia Wren, an artist and recluse who barely leaves the house. She is haunted by the ghosts of her past that she has been running from most of her life. Her life when she was Iris Chapel.

“Sylvia Wren is a ghost …What a terrible thing to be a ghost while still alive.”

The Chapel firearms dynasty are an odd bunch. Their father is absent, even on their annual holiday he stays in the room working, away from his family, only making an occasional appearance to ensure that all appears to be ok with his wife and children. Their mother never wanted to marry, didn’t want to have children and yet has had 6 girls, all of whom rely on each other for company.

“Most children can’t imagine their mothers having a life before them, but for my sisters and me, it was the opposite. The wedding day was always the end of her story. We were the epilogue.”

From the start of the novel we know that Iris is the only one of the 6 sisters to survive, she has escaped her past and is living under a new name.

This is a slow burn, gothic mystery. It’s an exploration of femininity and neglect. The need to be loved and the need to escape. I was completely sucked in by the story and the writing, there are unanswered questions at the end which was frustrating but the journey to the end was amazing.

About Sarai Walker

Sarai Walker is the author of the novel THE CHERRY ROBBERS, which will be published by Harper Books on May 17, 2022. Her first novel, DIETLAND, has been published in more than a dozen countries and was adapted as a television series for AMC. She has lectured on feminism and body image internationally, and has spoken about these topics widely in the media. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and elsewhere, and she worked as a writer and editor on an updated version of Our Bodies, Ourselves. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College and a PhD in English from the University of London.

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