Pet Sematary by Stephen King | Book Review

Dr Louis Creed has moved his family to a new house in the sprawling Maine countryside. It appears to be an idyllic setting to raise two young kids, except for the speeding trucks which occasionally rumble by on the road outside. But when a lifelong local introduces Louis to the pet burial ground behind the property, something sinister winds its way into the Creed family’s future. Continue reading “Pet Sematary by Stephen King | Book Review”

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | Book Review

Anne and Marco have been invited to a dinner party at their next door neighbour’s house. They’ve been told not to take their baby. The babysitter cancelled at the last minute, so they tuck their daughter up in bed and take the baby monitor with them to dinner. They check on the child every half an hour, but somehow it all goes wrong. They arrive home after 1 AM to find the crib empty. Was she kidnapped? Was she murdered? Will they ever find out who is to blame, and will they ever get their baby back? Continue reading “The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | Book Review”

King Dork by Frank Portman | Book Review

Tom Henderson, also known as King Dork, also known as Chi-Mo, is a nerdy sophomore trying as best as he can to survive high school. When he discovers an array of his late father’s books which feature an unusual code, he finds himself trying to get to the bottom of a bunch of intertwining conspiracy theories and mysteries, all while playing in a rock band with fellow dork and nosebleed aficionado Sam Hellerman. Continue reading “King Dork by Frank Portman | Book Review”

If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura | Book Review

After being diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumour, this tale’s narrator has very little time left to live. As he begins compiling a bucket list, he is visited by the devil who offers him a tantalising deal. He can live for an extra day in exchange for making one thing disappear completely from the world. What will he find himself capable of giving up? What does he value in life? When will he find himself content enough to leave the world behind? And will his cat, Cabbage, find himself disappeared? Continue reading “If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura | Book Review”

Stardust by Neil Gaiman | Book Review

Tristran Thorn has a beautiful girl to impress, and he’ll do so by bringing her a fallen star. He embarks on adventure into a strange, magical and dangerous world, and soon learns that the fallen star is far more valuable than he could ever imagine. Continue reading “Stardust by Neil Gaiman | Book Review”

Wish Upon a Leaf by Teresa Grabs | Book Review

Timothy, Sarah and Edward are a tight-knit and loving little family, regardless of them not being actually related. Having run away from their children’s home and found themselves living under a cobblestone bridge, they’ve learned quickly how to become independent. But is independence all it’s cracked up to be? Is it okay to turn to adults for help? And will the three of them find it within themselves to let go of their difficult pasts and open themselves up to the possibility of a new life? Continue reading “Wish Upon a Leaf by Teresa Grabs | Book Review”

Friend Request by Laura Marshall | Book Review

When Louise receives a Facebook friend request from a high school classmate, a dark, long-held secret is catapulted to the forefront of her mind. The classmate in question is Maria – a girl who went missing and was presumed dead all the way back in 1989. Is someone playing a sick prank? Does somebody know of Louise’s horrifying secret? Or is Maria still alive and looking for revenge? Continue reading “Friend Request by Laura Marshall | Book Review”

Faith in a Flash by Kelvin M. Knight | Book Review

Faith in a Flash is a collection of flash fiction in which each snappy, 100-word tale explores aspects of faith and religion. Many of the stories are set in or near churches, but even those which don’t are intrinsically linked with worship and belief. The stories are divided into fifteen chapters, each of which has a central theme such as Charity, Forgiveness, Darkness, Peacefulness and Hope. Continue reading “Faith in a Flash by Kelvin M. Knight | Book Review”

The King of FU by Benjamin Davis | Book Review

The King of FU is a poetic memoir about a boy – a peculiar boy who describes himself as being covered in fur and with horns – who grows up in America in the 90s. It follows his upbringing from birth until middle school as he figures out his place the world and tries to understand what the fuck adults are all about and what it means to grow up. And it’s fabulous. Continue reading “The King of FU by Benjamin Davis | Book Review”

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon | Book Review

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been on my to-read list for years and I’m annoyed with myself for ignoring it for so long! It was critically acclaimed when first published in 2003 and it’s wholly deserving of the praise it has received – it is simply wonderful. Continue reading “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon | Book Review”