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The Wartime Book Club by Kate Thompson #Review

  The Wartime Book Club is a marvellous historical novel set on Jersey in World War Two. Written by Kate Thompson , it was published by Hodder $ Stoughton on February 13th. Jersey, 1943. Once a warm and neighbourly community, now German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule on the people of the island. Grace La Mottée, the island's only librarian, is ordered to destroy books which threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, postwoman Bea Rose, she wants to fight back. So she forms the wartime book club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading. But as the occupation drags on, the women's quiet acts of bravery become more perilous - and more important - than ever before. And, when tensions turn to violence, they are forced to face the true, terrible cost of resistance . . . Based on astonishing real events, The Wartime Book Club is a love letter

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola *Blog Tour Review*

    I am delighted to be the next stop on Anna Mazzola's Blog Tour for The Unseeing. It is her debut novel and quite  an amazing one at that. I always enjoy historical crime fiction and this one captures the sights and smells of Victorian London. Inspired by the real life case of the murder of Hannah Brown, which became known as 'The Edgware Road Murder', the author's research shines through. You have a real sense of the physical surroundings where the different characters reside and how they impinge on their lives.  

    Set in the 1830's, Sarah Gale has been sentenced to hang for her part in the murder of Hannah Brown who has been dismembered and her body parts scattered through the city. Sarah's ex-lover, James Greenacre is to be hung, accused of the murder. Sarah's case has been passed to Edmund Fleetwood, a barrister, to review. We soon discover that we cannot take at face value the known facts of the case. Sarah is reticent as to what actually happened, leading the reader to feel unsure, as Edmund must be. Building on actual source material, Anna Mazzola has written a fictional account which weaves together a complex web of relationships. We are kept guessing as to how reliable some of the accounts are, even finding Edmund's motives for continuing his investigation open to question.

    I found the descriptions of life inside Newgate Prison both vivid and chilling. Anna Mazola's eye for detail means that the reader has a strong visual image of the world she has created and you come to care about the people in it as you are so thoroughly immersed in it all. Well paced and expertly plotted, it really is a page turner. This is a book which immerses the reader in the Victorian period and keeps you guessing to the end.

In short: A book which oozes with authenticity and intrigue.

My thanks to the publishers, Tinder Press for a copy of the book via Bookbridgr. 

You can connect with the author on her websiteFacebook and Twitter.

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