‘Room’ by Emma Donaghue
Told from the perspective of Jack, a five year old who has been trapped in ‘Room’ with his mother since he was born. Tells of their life and ultimate escape.
‘Miss Smilla’s feeling for snow’ by Peter Hoeg
One snowy day in Copenhagen a six year old falls to his death from a city rooftop. Accident? Smilla, an expert in the ways of snow and ice, suspects murder.
I’d recommend this to anyone who loves this sort of Scandinavian setting. More than just an exciting thriller, but it is, this book explores how our environment affects our personality and made me appreciate snow in a whole new way.
‘The catcher in the rye’ by J.D Salinger
Holden Caulfield is expelled from school (again), wanders aimlessly around New York for a few days, realises that most adults are “phoneys” and meets his little sister, whom he realises is the most important person in his life. He ends up in a mental institute, but is optimistic about the future.
‘Before I go to sleep’ by S.J Watson
This book is about a woman who suffered head injuries which left her with memory problems. She feels safe in the company of her husband until things start to unravel.
A page turner and keeps you guessing.
‘A thousand splendid suns’ by Khaled Hosseini
Set in Afghanistan, the story focuses on the lives of two women, Marian and Laila, who are brought together by a chain of events.
The one book that made me so full of anger and rage, I couldn’t put it down. Transports you to another time and place, told with startling reality. Oddly the ending gave me peace.
‘Burial Rites’ by Hannah Kent
Based on a true story set in Iceland. Hannah Kent weaves a story around the last woman to be executed in Iceland in 1829. Agnes is accused of the brutal murder of her former master. She is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. As the story progresses, the farmer’s wife and daughters get to know Agnes and her version of what had happened. At the end, the feel compassion and a sense of injustice for her…
‘Never let me go’ by Kazuo Ismiguro
This is a story about a group of children growing up in a home not realising what the future holds for them.
The style of writing just gets you! It’s difficult to explain but it’s very haunting and emotional and you want to keep reading…
‘Making it up as I go along’ by Marian Keyes
A collection of journal articles and blogs from her website covering Marian’s everyday life in Ireland and her travels as a best selling author.