Monday 14 June 2021

Reading Round Up 2021#24

 Hands up, who's still been enjoying some lovely weather?

I was still out in my garden reading at 8pm last night, perfect light and temperature, it was blissful!


My reading pace on the other hand, not so good (well by my own standards anyway) but her are a couple of quick reviews for you ...

Dances and Dreams on Diamond Street by Craig Revel Horwood 4 out of 5 stars

Set against the colourful boho backdrop of London’s Camden in the 1990s, Dances and Dreams on Diamond Street, tells the story of an unlikely family of friends who each rent a room in a ramshackle six-bedroom, four-storey townhouse. Like any family, the residents of Diamond Street sometimes fight and often act up but when the chips are down, they’re there for each other in an instant – usually brandishing a cheap bottle of booze, and the offer of an impromptu kitchen disco.

Presided over by the wise-cracking but warm-hearted patriarch of the family, Danny Hall, a professional dancer turned choreographer, the novel follows a year in the life of the inhabitants of Diamond Street, rough diamonds one and all, as they try to achieve their dreams – with unexpected, heart-warming and sometimes hilarious results.


I am due to be a part of the blog tour at the end of the month so for now I will keep this short and sweet, this was a real joy to read.

It oozed of Craig and I loved it.

Felt friendly and familiar, with strong topics included, it was the perfect blend of serious and fun.

Cabin Fever by Alex Dahl 5 out of 5 stars

You are her therapist.

Kristina is a successful therapist in central Oslo. She spends her days helping clients navigate their lives with a cool professionalism that has got her to the top.

She is your client.

But when her client Leah, a successful novelist, arrives at her office clearly distressed, begging Kristina to come to her remote cabin in the woods, she feels the balance begin to slip.

But out here in the woods.

When Leah fails to turn up to her next two sessions, Kristina reluctantly heads out into the wilderness to find her.

Nothing is as it seems.

Alone and isolated, Kristina finds Leah's unfinished manuscript, and as she reads she realises the main character is terrifyingly familiar...


Clever, cunning, curious.

Cabin Fever is a story that draws you in page by page.

Suspense and tension combine to create a tale that literally has you on the edge of your seat. And that ending, my jaw was on the floor!

You can read my full review next month when I hop on board the blog tour.

I'm currently taking part in a readalong for the fantastic novel Animal from author Lisa Taddeo. Check out my Instagram stories for my thoughts on that so far.

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