#BlogTour | #BookReview | FOR WHEN IM GONE by Rebecca Ley @RebeccaHelenLey @orionbooks (September 3rd 2020) @Tr4cyF3nt0n #ForWhenImGone

Thank you very much to Tracy @ Compulsive Readers and Rebecca Ley for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

A life cut short. A grieving family. A mother’s guide to surviving without her…

On the surface Sylvia and Paul’s marriage is perfection: she is beautiful, alluringly spiky and brilliantly clever, he is a devoted and doting husband and father to their two young children, Megan and Jude.

When Sylvia is diagnosed with terminal cancer at 38, she knows that she must help Paul navigate the chaos of family life in her absence and that the time has come for a secret she has kept from him throughout their marriage to finally be aired. Sylvia starts to write a manual: a guidebook to their shared domesticity.

As Paul learns to live and love without Sylvia, he realises the extent of her legacy and finds himself indebted once more to his extraordinary, difficult wife, for saving them from an even greater tragedy…

FOR WHEN I’M GONE is about what it means to leave life unfinished, as well as the compromises of a marriage and motherhood. Inspiring and heart-breaking in equal measure, this debut marks Rebecca Ley out as a stunning new talent.

Review:

Because there is never enough time to say goodbye…

Sylvia’s time is running out, at 38 and diagnosed with terminal cancer she knows she will never get better. So she has decided to write a handbook to leave for husband Paul to help guide him through the rest of his life and raising a young family, without her.

This isn’t normally a book I would pick up but the blurb moved me to give it a go, and I was so glad I did. Heartbreaking and poignant this book is split between present day and the past, taking you through Sylvia’s life from when she met Paul to present day and how Paul is coping raising his family without Sylvia in his life anymore. Personifying that old adage of you do not know what you have till it’s gone, Paul realises just how much of an input, even into the little things, Sylvia had in their lives.

I loved this story of love and loss, I will hold my family a little closer to me after reading this as no one knows what is around the corner.

I cannot wait to pick up another book by Rebecca soon.

[K]

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | KILLING DAD AND OTHER CRIME SHORT STORIES by Keith Wright @keithwwright (July 2nd 2020) @BOTBSPublicity #BOTBS

Hello, welcome to our spot on the Killing Dad And Other Crime Short Stories blog tour.

Thank you very much to Sarah @ BookOnTheBrightSide and Keith Wright for providing a copy of the book to [K].

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

KILLING DAD

A family plagued by an abusive father finally take their revenge.

THE SHIFT

A detective completes a shift at work like no other. He couldn’t see the hit coming, and he couldn’t see the positive impact he’d had on so many lives.

THE MISSING LINK

A detective holds a retirement party. His old friend indicates he knows the truth.

THE PARCEL

A devoted son carries out his mother’s wishes.

DEAD TO THE WORLD

A detective stumbles across a murder. The problem is, he is alone with the killer and there is no way out.

THE VERDICT

A woman is abused in her back garden. But are things really what they seem?

THE CONFESSION

A Catholic priest is new to the parish and befriends a lady parishioner.

THE SLEEPER

A loving husband and father, discovers a horrific scene and blames himself.

APPOLLONIA’S MIST

An aging artist falls in love with his muse. But is she as devoted to him?

FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS

An elderly couple find themselves next door to a problem family. Surely they will listen to reason?

FROM THE CRADLE

A young detective discovers his partners impropriety, but he learns a life lesson which conflicts with his instincts.

JIMMY TICKLE’S CHRISTMAS

A boy from an underprivileged family has a run-in with an intruder. It ends in tears…of joy.  

Review:

Killing Dad and other Crime short Stories are a set of brilliantly written fast paced short stories, which when I started I found I was halfway through in a very quick time indeed! As this is a compilation of short stories it is easy to pick this book up and put down as and when you wish. Personally though I found I could not put them down, I loved the speed with which I was immersed into these little page turners and felt for the characters. Just as I figured out what had happened there was an unexpected twist, some of which made me gasp out loud (thankfully I was reading at home otherwise this could have been a little embarrassing!) 

I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends and family who love good crime novels.

This was my first book by Keith but it will not be my last, I am now looking at reading his Detective novels  which are set in my own hometown!

[K]

Author Bio:

Keith Wright is the Author of the crime novels in the ‘Inspector Stark series’ available on Amazon, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited|Audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

Visit website: Keithwrightauthor.co.uk

Follow on twitter: @keithwwright

You can buy Killing Dad And Other Stories from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | GILDING THE LILY by Justine John @justinecjohn (July 21st 2020) @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Hello and welcome to our stop on the Guilding The Lily blog tour!

Thank you very much to Kelly @ LoveBooksTours and Justine John for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

A gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies.

An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics.

Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…

When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wits’ end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them answers, but the ruthless truth is something no one expected…

Review:

When Amelia is invited to her estranged father, 75th birthday she jumps at the chance to mend bridges and rekindle their relationship. After he divorced her mother when she was a child, he has had a string of partners which Amelia never warmed to. Feeling guilty at her disapproval of her father’s choice in women she decides to try and befriend his latest partner Evelyn in an effort to improve their connection.

As soon as I started this book I found I could not actually put it down and finished in record time. Just as I thought I had the characters all worked out something else was thrown into the mix and collapsed my theories. I loved the way the chapters alternated through certain characters so as a reader we got a better insight into what was happening at the time.

I was completely enthralled by the depth of the jealousy and lies that threaded throughout the story, and just when I thought it had reached the end, there was another twist and a little more.

I know I will definitely be picking up more books by this author as soon as I can!

[K]

Author Bio:

After thirty years in corporate life in London, half of which was running a successful events company, I decided to take a chance to write the novel that was ‘in me’ since I was a child. Gilding the Lily is the result of this and is a domestic noir story which I hope will keep you on the edge of your chair/sofa/bed/train/plane-seat….

http://www.justinejohn.co.uk/

You can buy Gilding The Lily from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | GONE WITH THE WAVES (GONE WITH THE WAVES #3) by Brian David Bruns (July 21st 2020) @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Hello and welcome to our stop on the Gone With The Waves blog tour!

Thank you very much to Kelly @ LoveBooksTours and Brian David Bruns for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

He’s emerged as a swanky, tuxedo-wearing, cruise-ship rock star. But will it be enough to win his girlfriend’s heart?

Brian would walk the plank if it plucked Romina from her awful bottom-of-the-boat job. But knowing that their only way out of the hellish working conditions is to beat ships at their own game, he bids her adieu to learn the competitive trade of art auctioneering. And though he takes his fair share of hard knocks, he’s finally hitting the big time.

Becoming a master auctioneer, he lives like a cigar-smoking king aboard elite luxury liners with access to anything he wants. But when he returns victorious to whisk his love away to better things, Romina mysteriously refuses. And he worries that, in chasing his ambitions—regardless of good intentions—he may have lost her forever…

Can Brian persuade Romina that the world is their oyster, or will she push his grand vision overboard?

Gone with the Waves is the dramatic conclusion to the Gone with the Waves romantic comedy series, entirely of real events in the author’s life. If you like charming humor, conflicted hearts, and more twists than a whirlpool, then you’ll adore Brian David Bruns’s sweeping odyssey.

Review:

This is the conclusion to the Gone With The Waves trilogy, and Brian has finally made it big. The plans that he and Romina have been making can finally happen! When he arrives to whisk her away, she strangely refuses his offer….

Throughout this series we have experienced Brian and Romina’s highs and lows of working on cruise ships and trying to maintain a long distance relationship. We have met a myriad of characters and I have enjoyed learning about the fascinating lives of those who work on cruise ships and what goes on behind the scenes, including the trials and tribulations, to ensure we – the customer – have an enjoyable trip.

As I finished the last page I feel as though I have said goodbye to a friend, someone who has written correspondence to me regularly like a pen pal. To remedy this, I think I may pick up book 1 and start this series all over again!

Author Bio:

Brian David Bruns has adventured in over 60 countries to gather material for his books and won dozens of literary awards, including the USA REBA Grand Prize. Since his debut, Cruise Confidential, became a national bestseller, he has been featured on ABC 20/20, CBS Inside Edition, and in articles translated for a dozen nations.

Bruns writes of his global experiences with a self-mocking wit, an astute insight into human behaviour, and a love of quirky history. After several years residing in Dracula’s hometown (yes, really), he and his Romanian wife now live in Las Vegas with their two old rescue cats, Julius and Caesar.

You can buy Gone With The Waves from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE YEARBOOK COMMITTEE by Sarah Ayoub @bysarahayoub | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, May 19th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

Five teenagers. Five lives. One final year.

The school captain: Ryan has it all … or at least he did, until an accident snatched his dreams away. How will he rebuild his life and what does the future hold for him now?

The newcomer: Charlie’s just moved interstate and she’s determined not to fit in. She’s just biding her time until Year 12 is over and she can head back to her real life and her real friends …

The loner: At school, nobody really notices Matty. But at home, Matty is everything. He’s been single-handedly holding things together since his mum’s breakdown, and he’s never felt so alone.

The popular girl: Well, the popular girl’s best friend … cool by association. Tammi’s always bowed to peer pressure, but when the expectations become too much to handle, will she finally stand up for herself?

The politician’s daughter: Gillian’s dad is one of the most recognisable people in the state and she’s learning the hard way that life in the spotlight comes at a very heavy price.

Five unlikely teammates thrust together against their will. Can they find a way to make their final year a memorable one or will their differences tear their world apart?

Review:

📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚

‘The Yearbook Committee’ by Sarah Ayoub

Reading the blurb for this book – it was clear that I was embarking on this generations attempt of ‘The Breakfast Club’.

“Five unlikely teammates thrust together against their will. Can they find a way to make their final year a memorable one or will their differences tear their world apart?”

That is exactly what I got! Five teenagers, in their final year at school (NB. This is based in a prestigious school in Sydney, where the students are in Year 12, about to sit their HSC) who have been tasked with one thing – create the Yearbook.

As with most of these tales in the beginning, animosity fills the air as each of the teens are trying to read each other. But as time progresses, friendships and alliances are made.

Each chapter is written from one of the fives perspective, which is great as it gives you a true insight into each of the students; their friends and social circle, their home lives and their parents. Each with its own set of problems.

This was a great read – a quick read (polished it off in a day!) but still an enjoyable read 🙂

-S.

#BlogTour | #BookReview | WET ORPHEUS (GONE WITH THE WAVES #2) by Brian David Bruns (April 13th 2020) @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Hello and welcome to our stop on the Wet Orpheus blog tour!

Thank you very much to Kelly @ LoveBooksTours and Brian David Bruns for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

He chose her over the company. He’s about to find out the real cost of romance…

Brian’s love for Romina may be strong, but he’s sailing into troubled waters. And he’s even prepared to endure torturous months apart working like a dog on another ship, if it means he can get them back together. Though he’s unprepared for the sadistic challenges his cruel new boss implements to break him body and soul.

Enduring extreme anti-Americanism, food deprivation, and 100-hour-long work weeks, Brian’s only beacon of hope is the messages sent from his soulmate. With her emails to sustain him, he vows to stay the course and outsmart the higher-ups of the cruise-line giant.

Can Brian survive the stormy conflict threatening to drown his hopes of reuniting with Romina?

Wet Orpheus is the second book in the wild Gone with the Waves romantic comedy series, entirely of true events in the author’s life. If you like insider accounts of work below deck, heart-aching emotion, and passionate love stories, then you’ll adore Brian David Bruns’s tale of overcoming impossible odds.

Review:

Brian and Romina are still unfortunately working on seperate ships, but Brian is determined to make enough money to be able to afford the life he wants with her. Which means he needs to keep working hard despite the trials his new boss is putting him through.

We have already been introduced to Brian, Romina, their friends and collegues in book 1, so now we learn more about them. Unfortunately Brian’s new boss is making his life an absolute nightmare. With the tasks and challenges he is assigned and long hours working he barely has any time to correspond with Romina.

This is the second book in the adaptation of Brian’s journals of his life at sea, yet again brilliantly written and can’t wait to read book 3 and see what happens next!

Author Bio:

Brian David Bruns has adventured in over 60 countries to gather material for his books and won dozens of literary awards, including the USA REBA Grand Prize. Since his debut, Cruise Confidential, became a national bestseller, he has been featured on ABC 20/20, CBS Inside Edition, and in articles translated for a dozen nations.

Bruns writes of his global experiences with a self-mocking wit, an astute insight into human behaviour, and a love of quirky history. After several years residing in Dracula’s hometown (yes, really), he and his Romanian wife now live in Las Vegas with their two old rescue cats, Julius and Caesar.

You can buy Wet Orpheus from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)  | Amazon (AU)

To read [K]’s review of book 1 From Romania With Love please click here

#BlogTour | #BookReview | YOU LET HIM IN by J A Andrews @jasona1980 (August 19th 2020) #YouLetHimIn @BOTBSPublicity #BOTBS

Hello and welcome to our stop on the You Let Him In blog tour!

Thank you very much to Sarah @ BookOnTheBrightSide and J A Andrews for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

The only thing she was guilty of was trusting him

All Jenny Clifton ever wanted was to be the ideal wife and mother. When she married Michael in a fairytale wedding, followed by the birth of baby Daniel, her life was complete.

Yet just three years later, the shine has faded. Now, money is tight, and the occasional argument has become daily screaming matches between Jenny and Michael.

Something needs to change… and it does, when Michael is killed in a brutal hit and run, breathing his last with a stranger holding
his hand.

Lonely and distraught, Jenny strikes up an unlikely friendship with the witness to the accident, clinging to the connection with the man who watched Michael die.

But as she uncovers the secrets that her husband was keeping, Jenny realises that her perfect life may have been a perfect lie – and worse, that her new friend may be harbouring dangerous secrets of his own…

A gripping, twisty psychological thriller packed with suspense and a jaw-dropping ending. Fans of T.M. Logan, C.L. Taylor and K.L. Slater won’t be able to put this one down.

Review:

Jenny has a picture perfect family life, unfortunately in reality things were not picture perfect. The shine has faded from her marriage, finances are causing a strain and fuelling the daily arguments between her and her husband Michael. 

After a horrible accident, Jenny’s unconventional friendship with the last person to see her husband alive leads her to discover things that may have been better left hidden.

We are quickly thrown into the action with this story, and I found the pace did not slow down. I loved the characters, even if I did get frustrated with Jenny for not seeing what was infront of her face. (Readers perspective, being able to see the bigger picture, where the characters cannot) 

This was a cleverly executed storyline that was a pleasure to read. Whilst this was my first book by J A Andrews, but definitely will not be my last and am eager to start reading another book of his soon

[K]

Author Bio:

JA Andrews is an author of dark psychological thrillers with books published by Hera, having given up gaming journalism to write novels. When he’s not thinking about sinister plot lines, he often enjoys kickboxing, traveling abroad to sunny climates and reality television shows. Can also be found on Twitter @JasonA1980

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#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | JASPER JONES by Craig Silvey | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, May 19th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

Late on a hot summer night in 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan.

Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him to his secret glade in the bush, and it’s here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper’s horrible discovery.

With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.

And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse.

In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.

Review:

📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚

Reading Challenge Prompt; A National Book Award Winner

‘Jasper Jones’ by Craig Silvey

Jasper Jones appears at Charlie Bucktin’s window and asks for help. Charlie obliges, until he discovers the grisly reason for the request.

Charlie hasn’t been the same since that night, he is now trapped in a cycle of helping Jasper, falling in love, trying to keep his best friend grounded and maintaining a ‘normal’ relationship with his parents.

It’s easy to forget at points that this book is set in Western Australia, in a small mining town; Corrigin (just over 200km outside of Perth)…as Silvey has been able to describe a town that could easily fit into an American setting, or further beyond.

This is a great read, which has the reader constantly questioning the motives and behaviours of each character. The ending leaves the reader wanting more, whilst being able to close the chapter. 😊

Have you read ‘Jasper Jones’? What did you think?

-S.

#BlogTour | #BookReview | ECHO HALL by Virginia Moffatt @aroomofmyown1 @unbounders @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Hello and welcome to our stop on the Echo Hall blog tour!

Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and Virginia Moffatt for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Set against the backdrop of three wars – the 1991 Gulf War, World War 2 and World War 1 – the novel follows the fortunes of three women who become involved with the Flint family, the owners of Echo Hall.

Phoebe Flint visits Echo Hall in 2014, where she follows in her mother’s footsteps to uncover the stories of a house ‘full of unhappy women, and bitter, angry men’.

Ruth Flint arrives at Echo Hall in 1990 – newlywed, pregnant, and uncertain of her relationship with her husband, Adam. Ghostly encounters, a locked door, and a set of photographs pique her curiosity. But Adam and his grandfather refuse to let her investigate. And her marriage is further strained, when Adam, a reservist, is called up to fight in the Gulf War.

In 1942, Elsie Flint is already living at Echo Hall with her children, the guest of her unsympathetic in-laws, whilst her husband Jack is away with the RAF. Her only friend is Jack’s cousin Daniel, but Daniel is hiding secrets, which when revealed could destroy their friendship for good.

Rachel and Leah Walters meet Jacob Flint at a dinner party in 1911. Whilst Leah is drawn to Jacob, Rachel rejects him leading to conflict with her sister that will reverberate through the generations.

As Ruth discovers the secrets of Echo Hall, she is able to finally bring peace to the Flint family, and in doing so, discover what she really needs and wants.

Echo Hall is a novel about the past, but it is very much a novel of the now. Does history always have to repeat itself, or can we find another way?

Review:

Starting this story, we are in 2014 when Phoebe visits Echo Hall to see the reality behind the tales her mother has told her. This sparks a travel through time for the reader, flowing back to 1990, 1942 and 1911 following the women who have been involved with the Flint family.

Yet again Virgina Moffatt has put me through the emotional wringer, she always manages to pull my emotions into her tales, by the end of the book I was reading with tears in my eyes. (A previous read of hers, The Wave, had me in tears!)

I loved the depths of the characters in the book, some that I became really attached to and others that I really began to really hate, whether that be their attitude or their treatment on the characters I was fond of there was a genuine dislike brewing! I noticed echoes of personality traits through the characters which was a clever way to keep the characters intertwined throughout the generations. 

I was absorbed into this novel, following the women through their lives, willing their decisions to be the correct ones that would not lead to hurt and heartbreak. I found myself that involved with this book I actually had a dream I was in the building in the 1940s!

I am addicted to the emotional turmoil Virgina creates for me and cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!

[K]

Author Bio:

Virginia Moffatt was born in London, one of eight children, several of whom are writers. ‘The Wave’ is her second novel. Her previous publications are ‘Echo Hall’ (Unbound) and ‘Rapture and what comes after’ (Flash fiction collection published by Gumbo Press). She also writes non fiction. Virginia is married to Chris Cole, Director of Drone Wars UK. They have two daughters at University and a son still living with them in Oxford.

Social Media:

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Publishing Info:

Published in paperback, audio and digital formats by Unbound on 28th November 2017

You can buy Echo Hall from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE by Anne Rice @AnneRiceAuthor | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, May 15th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside. Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even “settle down” for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia’s struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are.

Louis and Claudia travel Europe, eventually coming to Paris and the ragingly successful Theatre des Vampires–a theatre of vampires pretending to be mortals pretending to be vampires. Here they meet the magnetic and ethereal Armand, who brings them into a whole society of vampires. But Louis and Claudia find that finding others like themselves provides no easy answers and in fact presents dangers they scarcely imagined.

Originally begun as a short story, the book took off as Anne wrote it, spinning the tragic and triumphant life experiences of a soul. As well as the struggles of its characters, Interview captures the political and social changes of two continents. The novel also introduces Lestat, Anne’s most enduring character, a heady mixture of attraction and revulsion. The book, full of lush description, centers on the themes of immortality, change, loss, sexuality, and power.
source: annerice.com

Review:

📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚

‘Interview with the Vampire’ by Anne Rice

Fellow P.Turner *M* has been begging me to read this for nearly 4 years now and I’ve always told her I’ll get round to it….

Fast forward four years and I have just drained this book in less than four days!! It was certainly worth the wait.

For those who haven’t heard of this book (I would ask WHERE have you been?!) the premise is simple. Louis, a vampire from New Orleans, sits with a reporter and proceeds to tell him about his life. From a mortal man to vampire, the people he meets along the way, including his maker; the infamous Lestat and how his immortal life has taken him on an international journey.

This is certainly an oxymoron, but I’ve never read a more ‘realistic’ interpretation of vampires; from how they are turned (including the more ‘filthy’ details they certainly leave out in most vampire novels/TV shows/movies), to then how they conduct themselves throughout their immortality, both with mortal beings and those of their own kind.

I can now also start to see how vampires in later stories (Buffy, The Vampire Diaries, Twilight, True Blood, etc) have all taken varied amounts of inspiration from Rice’s writing.

A truly great read!! Only another 13 books in the series!!

I think the movie needs a rewatch at some point 😊

What is your favourite vampire novel? Have you read the Anne Rice series?

-S.