If your book features Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, and the history of his writing I’m going to read it. That is a fact of life. As soon as I read the description for Anne Allen’s latest Guernsey novel, I was so excited to see my favourite author feature so heavily in the plot.
I can’t easily describe my personal preference for Victor Hugo’s novels anymore, especially as my three favourite Hugo novels would make up a majority of my favourite novels of all time and they formed the basis of all three of my favourite musicals of all time. Les Misérables is the one that started it all as the epic basis of my go-to favourite musical, which fully converted me into a musical theatre fan, The Man Who Laughs became The Grinning Man which is easily my favourite modern musical ever and every time I read Notre-Dame de Paris it becomes my favourite novel all over again, it was also included in my Undergraduate dissertation and essays, and it became my favourite Disney animated film and stage musical. So, it’s all very close at the top.
I will give a content warning for this novel and by extension this review, for divorce and domestic abuse. As I’ve recently experienced the emotional rollercoaster that is job hunting, and as we’re in a difficult time for employment, I will also state that this novel focuses heavily on employment, and features Tess securing a new job.
As I grew up reading fantasy and classics it was a surprise to discover, a couple of years ago, that I thoroughly enjoy reading slice of life romance narratives thanks to picking up Giovanna Fletcher’s novels via Audiobook and Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare. Due to this discovery, I immediately jumped at the chance to try out a completely new contemporary/romance narrative which popped into my inbox as a blog tour. Please check out my fellow book bloggers and reviewers using the image I’ve included below.
I have seen this book everywhere. As soon as the proofs were released into the world my Twitter and Instagram feeds were flooded with lovely photos of this gorgeous cover. I must admit, this piqued my interest when it fell into my inbox and as soon as I heard secrets, historical fiction and bees I was completely hooked.
As a lover of mysteries with a psychological twist, always looking to read more about suspected witches, I knew I just had to check out Ann Rawson’s The Witch House! Today is my stop on The Witch House blog tour as organised by Red Dog Press, a small indie publisher of all things mysterious, thrilling and crime scene hijinks from unique voices, so if the synopsis intrigues you please do check out the other lovely bloggers posting their reviews.
Alice Hunter, grieving and troubled after a breakdown, stumbles on the body of her friend and trustee, Harry Rook. The police determine he has been ritually murdered, and suspicion falls on the vulnerable Alice, who inherited the place known locally as The Witch House from her grandmother, late High Priestess of the local coven. When the investigations turn up more evidence, and it all seems to point to Alice, even she begins to doubt herself.
Today’s review is an interesting one. I am always on the hunt for a good legal thriller. If I’m not watching Suits, I’ve now given up attempting to count the number of times I’ve watched it, you can find me watching legal-centric YouTube videos from Legal Eagle or Eve Cornwell. This interest has also seeped into my academic life as my current research is focusing explicitly on capital convictions in the US and their representation in literature. It’s almost as if the team at TCK Publishing knew this when their invitation to review The Guilty Die Twice dropped into my inbox and I jumped at the chance.