The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Non-Spoiler Review

We may have only just reached the end of January, but I’ve already read one of my most anticipated releases of 2021! Laura Purcell was easily my Author of 2020 as I finally picked up her entire backlist, starting with Silent Companions, thanks to a combination of graduating from university, lockdown, and the wonderful Dan singing her praises on Instagram (@dantheman1504). As I loved each of them, to say I was excited for her latest release to follow so soon afterwards is an understatement especially as it was set in Bath, an area I have many happy memories in.

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Keeper by Jessica Moor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Non-Spoiler Review

Happy 2021 everyone! A little note on my absence in the final two months of 2020, I simply needed a break and I’m learning to be okay with that! I started a new full-time job in September of 2020, obviously working from home, I received four Christmas commissions for my Etsy shop crafting owl sculptures, and I wanted to make the most of Christmas with my family. I know all three of those factors make me incredibly fortunate, but they also coincided with quite the reading slump! I’ve certainly cleared that now and I want to get back into blogging, especially to see if it is possible to balance with my job and hobbies. I can’t promise a new post every week, but I’ve got ideas and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy the posts when they do come.

Now, on to today’s exciting post! When it first came out in hardback last year, I saw Jessica Moor’s debut novel Keeper everywhere on my Twitter feed so, of course, I jumped at the chance to participate in the exciting blog tour to celebrate its paperback release on the 21st of January 2021.

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Laura Purcell, My Author of 2020: Three Non-Spoiler Reviews in One

Laura Purcell has always been an author I’ve wanted to try as her titles have consistently popped out to me from bookshop shelves, BookTube videos and Instagram images alike. She’s always been recommended to me as soon as anyone finds out my reading taste for Gothic, medically/anatomically macabre, suspense and intriguing twists. Her books are also published by Raven Books (Bloomsbury imprint) who specialise in these favourite genres and themes of mine and their authors also include Stuart Turton and his debut, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Non-Spoiler Review

As I imagine many of us were, I was introduced to Richard Osman through Pointless alongside Alexander Armstrong, who I was already a fan of thanks to his musical and theatrical connections. Since then he’s an easily recognisable, partly due to his height, source of wit, knowledge and trivia to fuel hundreds of game nights. When I heard he was foraying into the world of fiction, and crime/murder mysteries no less, I was immediately intrigued and even more so when it seemed to be a hit from the moment of the announcement. Viking has put so much behind this book and its been so interesting to watch this roaring success make waves throughout the industry and beyond.

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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Non-Spoiler Review

2020 has been a turbulent year. However, it has remained consistent in both the onslaught of new releases and the anticipated nature of those releases. However, if I had to pick just one highly anticipated release for 2020 it would have to be Stuart Turton’s The Devil and the Dark Water as I adored The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Turton’s debut which won the First Novel Award at the 2018 Costa Book Awards. I’ve already published my first impressions to celebrate publication day, but now I’ve finished all 500+ pages! Let’s find out if this beautifully produced book lived up to my expectations.

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