Tag: music

The Cliff House by Chris Brookmyre

One hen weekend, seven secrets… but only one worth killing for. Jen’s hen party is going to be out of control… She’s rented a luxury getaway on its own private island. The helicopter won’t be back for seventy-two hours. They are alone. They think. As well as Jen, there’s the pop diva and the estranged ex-bandmate, the tennis pro and the fashion guru, the … Read More The Cliff House by Chris Brookmyre

My Top 8 Books of 2022 – Part Two

Here are my favourite eight books of the second quarter of 2022. You will notice that it doesn’t include any crime dramas, detective novels or serial killer thrillers. While I love those genres, they rarely bring something totally new to the table and my favourites tend to be feel-good, whimsical or magical realism. Or totally original or make me cry. There are a couple of … Read More My Top 8 Books of 2022 – Part Two

Nothing Else by Louise Beech

Heather Harris is a piano teacher and professional musician, whose quiet life revolves around music, whose memories centre on a single song that haunts her. A song she longs to perform again. A song she wrote as a child, to drown out the violence in their home. A song she played with her little sister, Harriet. But Harriet is gone … she disappeared when … Read More Nothing Else by Louise Beech

Villager by Tom Cox

Tom Cox’s masterful debut novel synthesises his passion for music, nature and folklore into a psychedelic and enthralling exploration of village life and the countryside that sustains it. There’s so much to know. It will never end, I suspect, even when it does. So much in all these lives, so many stories, even in this small place. Villages are full of tales: some are … Read More Villager by Tom Cox

When the Music Stops by Joe Heap

This is the story of Ella. And Robert. And of all the things they should have said, but never did.‘What have you been up to?’I shrug, ‘Just existing, I guess.’‘Looks like more than just existing.’Robert gestures at the baby, the lifeboat, the ocean.‘All right, not existing. Surviving.’He laughs, not unkindly. ‘Sounds grim.’‘It wasn’t so bad, really. But I wish you’d been there.’ #WhentheMusicStops @Joe_Heap_ … Read More When the Music Stops by Joe Heap