Tag Archives: Harper

The Secretary by Renée Knight

Christine Butcher, the protagonist in Renée Knight’s second novel, has been the personal assistant to Mina Appleton, a supermarket heiress for over eighteen years. From the first-day Christine was hired, she knew what Mina expected from her. For a handsome salary, Mina wanted Christine’s loyalty and availability at all times, and Christine never hesitated to […]

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Unsheltered is the award-winning American novelist Barbara Kingsolver’s ninth novel in which the narrative alternates between the years 2016 and 1870s. Its contemporary tale begins with Willa who has come to live in an old inherited house in Vineland, New Jersey with her family in the most unexpected way. For most of their lives, Willa […]

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Had The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock not been shortlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction, I don’t think I’d have picked it up. It’s historical fiction, with a dash of romance and fantasy thrown in for good measure. Since the latter is not my jam, I found the notion of reading a 500-page novel featuring mermaids […]

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Sweet Little Lies has been on several most anticipated summer reading lists, so I was very excited to read it. It has an intriguing premise too. Cat Kinsella is a police detective based in London who seems to be somewhat stuck in her life. During a family visit to Ireland when Cat was eight-years-old, Maryanne […]