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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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton: First Impressions (100 Pages)

Book lovers will know the unrivalled anticipation of counting the days to the publication date of your most anticipated read of the year. Well, there is no better feeling than being blessed by Waterstones to receive your pre-order a couple of days early. I received my pre-order of Stuart Turton’s The Devil and the Dark Water on Tuesday and immediately devoured the first one hundred pages. To celebrate the publication day of this dark, mysterious and deliciously addictive read I’m going to share my initial impressions of the pages I’ve read. *

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People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Non-Spoiler Review

As soon as I read the synopsis for Clare Whitfield’s debut novel, People of Abandoned Character, following Daniel Bassett’s Instagram review (@Dantheman1504) I just had to read it. Like many, I am fascinated by the Jack the Ripper case focusing on the unsolved 1888 murders of five women in Whitechapel, London. The very concept of unsolved cases which have remained at the forefront of public knowledge for over one-hundred years and the continuous research surrounding both the perpetrator and his victims has remained fascinating since my early high school years. Discussions of Victorian surgery, nursing and doctors often come hand-in-hand with discussions of Jack the Ripper and his victims, so People of Abandoned Character also piqued my academic interests due to the focus on the body. You can imagine, therefore, how ecstatic I was to see the invitation to this wonderful blog tour pop into my inbox. I’m so happy to be participating in the Head of Zeus blog tour running from September 21st to 27th so please check out my fellow reviewers.

If this book sounds right up your street, I highly recommend reading it either alongside or directly preceding Hallie Rubenhold’s The Five, the ground-breaking historical account of the canonical five women’s lives and a powerful condemnation of the misogyny surrounding them.

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