The Doll (Freyja and Huldar Book 5) by Yrsa Sigurdardottir @YrsaSig @HodderBooks #TheDoll #NewRelease #NetGalley #BookReview

The Doll (Freyja and Huldar Book 5) by [Yrsa Sigurdardottir]


It was meant to be a quiet family fishing trip, a chance for mother and daughter to talk. But it changes the course of their lives forever.

They catch nothing except a broken doll that gets tangled in the net. After years in the ocean, the doll a terrifying sight and the mother’s first instinct is to throw it back, but she relents when her daughter pleads to keep it. This simple act of kindness proves fatal. That evening, the mother posts a picture of the doll on social media. By the morning, she is dead and the doll has disappeared.

Several years later and Detective Huldar is in his least favourite place – on a boat in rough waters, searching for possible human remains. However, identifying the skeleton they find on the seabed proves harder than initially thought, and Huldar must draw on psychologist Freyja’s experience to help him. As the mystery of the unidentified body deepens, Huldar is also drawn into an investigation of a homeless drug addict’s murder, and Freyja investigates a suspected case of child abuse at a foster care home.

What swiftly becomes clear is that the cases are linked through a single, missing, vulnerable witness: the young girl who wanted the doll all those years ago.

Taut, terrifying and impossible to put down, The Doll cements Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s reputation as a master of storytelling tension and surprise.


The Doll (Freyja and Huldar Book 5)


I thought that I would be brave reading this book as I have always had a fear of dolls from being a little girl. Believe me, after reading this book, that fear feels very real now!

While out on a small fishing boat with her mother and the owner of the boat, a young girl manages to snare a very sea beaten doll and persuades her mother to let her keep it. That night the girl’s mum dies mysteriously, and the doll goes missing. The story takes on different directions as it follows a young couple working in Spain to camping in Iceland before disappearing. Again it shoots off to a case of child abuse. The stories have no relevant connections.

It is the fifth book in the Freyja and Huldar series, and I have to say here that it is my first one. I was amused at the relationship that these two had, as Huldar was more than a little skittish where Freyja was concerned. I got the feeling early on that she likes to wind this guy up whenever she could.

I did feel at times a little taken aback at how these individual stories come to an abrupt end without having any answers before moving on to a new group of people and a very different path. They all come together, and I am not sure if it was because they were left without an end or not, but I didn’t forget how each had concluded at the time. It is quite a wicked read that brought everything to a conclusion, but left me a nervous wreck.

I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


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Yrsa Sigurdardottir is an award-winning, best-selling crime novelist from Iceland. She began her career writing humorous novels for children but made her crime fiction debut in 2005 with Last Rituals, the first installment in the Thóra Guðmundsdóttir series. Her novels have been translated to 35 languages and in the UK she is published by Hodder. Her work stands “comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world” according to the Times Literary Supplement.

In addition to several stand-alone thrillers Yrsa has embarked on a new series featuring policeman Huldar and child psychologist Freyja. The first book in this series is The Legacy, published by Hodder UK in 2017, followed by the second installment The Reckoning in 2018. The Legacy received the Icelandic Crime book of the year award when it came out and went on to win the Danish prize for best translated crime fiction the following year. In 2015 Yrsa received the UK Petrona Award for best Scandinavian crime novel for Silence of the Sea.

A movie based on her standalone horror novel, I Remember You was premiered in 2017, while adaptation of the Thóra series for English language television is underway.

Yrsa is also a civil engineer and still works as such on geothermal and hydro power plant projects in her native Iceland.

Twitter: @YrsaSig

The Doll (Freyja and Huldar Book 5) by [Yrsa Sigurdardottir]

In the Time of Foxes by Jo Lennan @jolennan @ScribnerUK @midaspr #PaperBack #BookReview #InTheTimeOfFoxes

In the Time of Foxes by [Jo Lennan]


‘Brilliant. Each story takes us into a new world but the collection is bound together by a unified sensibility and a belief in the power of adaptability.’ Michael Billington 

‘A fox could be a shape-shifter, a spirit being. It could appear in human form if this suited its purposes; it could come and go as it pleased, play tricks, lead men astray.’

In Hackney, gigging filmmaker Nina has a fox problem in her garden. Actress Holly is implicated in the fallout of a scandal. Paul, an English tutor, gets too close to an oligarch. And Sebastian, a freelance journalist, hides a devastating secret.

Portraying the young and mobile in a world of hustle, In the Time of Foxes takes the fox as its spirit animal. Gritty and surprising, the stories range from London to Spain, Moscow to Hong Kong, revealing the shapeshifting that goes on in modern life. 

Showing the short story collection at its most compelling and rewarding, In the Time of Foxes is deeply insightful about the times in which we live. It introduces Jo Lennan as an irresistible new storyteller.


In the Time of Foxes


This book makes for the perfect bedside table reads. As each story is between 20 and 30 pages. The theme running through the book is foxes. The first story is about a family of foxes in the garden, with comparisons made to life. I listened to the stories and had to stop when each new one began and go back to the beginning of it. I am not a short story lover as I often read a book a day and see short stories more of a coffee break or bedtime read.

The stories are very different from each other, with the fox or its traits appearing in each one. I particularly liked the ground Zero story as it had a twist I had not seen. We often don’t listen to people and miss what they are trying to say, in these sorts of situations. I had been too busy keeping my eye on the narrator of this story and done just that.

For some of the stories, I had to try to find the connection to the fox theme. In the end, I decided to just enjoy each story, and not over analyse them too much. From that point, I liked the book much more. I will look out for other books from this author. It has a good variety of stories from all over the world.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Born in Australia, Jo Lennan studied in Sydney and Oxford. She has worked as a lawyer and writer, contributing to The Economist1843Time Magazine and The Monthly. Her award-winning short stories and essays feature in anthologies and literary journals. –This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Twitter: @jolennan

In the Time of Foxes by [Jo Lennan]

Damage by Caitlin Wahrer @CaitlinWahrer @MichaelJBooks #NewRelease #BookReveiw #NetGalley #Damage

Damage: An unputdownable and emotionally gripping debut with a twist you won’t see coming by [Caitlin Wahrer]


Sometimes, the true story is the hardest to believe.

TONY has always looked out for his younger brother, Nick. So when it looks like Nick was the victim of sexual assault, Tony’s anger flares.

JULIA is alarmed by her husband Tony’s obsession with Nick’s case. He’s always had a temper, but does she really know what he’s capable of?

NICK went out for a drink. After that, everything’s a blank. When he woke up he found himself in a world of confusion and pain.

Three ordinary people.

One life-shattering event.




When Julia is asked if she will visit a retired detective, who worked on the rape case four years earlier that her brother-in-law was the victim of, she is reluctant to take up the offer. But Detective Rice, a religious man, has terminal cancer and doesn’t have long to live. He needs to make peace with himself and God on a few issues that he feels Julia can lay to rest for him and give him a clear conscience before he meets his maker.

Tony was seventeen when his brother Nick was born and soon became his protector from the neglect he was raised in. When Tony married Julia, she stepped into the caring role for Nick too. With the couples’ guidance, Nick was now a confident young man at university. Nick had a casual relationship with a male friend at university who wasn’t the most reliable person to turn up for a date. When a good looking older man approached Nick, they got on well and, when the man suggested that they go back to his hotel, Nick went with him.

Nick came round in a terrible state, badly beaten, bleeding and eventually ended up at the hospital where he told doctors he had been raped. Tony and Julia were determined to be there for him, and a search began to find the man responsible. The worse was still to come in this riveting story that took a new turn at every chapter. This story dives deep into how the victims family deal with the rape and how the person accused reacts in the story.

Not everyone will feel at ease with the story, not because it is rape but because it is about a man been raped. There are some hard to read pages of life afterwards. This story does not just have twists, it made my mind spin. I had no idea where it would all go. All I can say is read it, it has jaw-dropping chapter after stunning chapter.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Caitlin Wahrer

Caitlin Wahrer is a Maine girl through and through. She was born to two hippies who raised her in Canaan, a small town in central-southern Maine without a single stoplight in it. Caitlin left the state for four years to study criminal justice and marriage and family studies at a college in Pennsylvania. She returned to Maine after graduation to attend law school. She practices civil litigation in Portland. She and her husband, also a lawyer, live in South Portland with their dog. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Twitter: @CaitlinWahrer

Damage: An unputdownable and emotionally gripping debut with a twist you won’t see coming by [Caitlin Wahrer]

The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd @TransworldBooks #NetGalley #NewRelease #BlogReview #TheRisingTide

The Rising Tide by [Sam Lloyd]



The news doesn’t strike cleanly, like a guillotine’s blade. Nothing so merciful. This news is a slovenly traveller, dragging its feet, gradually revealing its horrors. And it announces itself first with violence – the urgent hammering of fists on the front door.

Life can change in a heartbeat.

Lucy has everything she could wish for: a beautiful home high on the clifftops, a devoted husband and two beloved children.

Then one morning, time stops. Their family yacht is recovered, abandoned far out at sea. Lucy’s husband is nowhere to be found and as the seconds tick by, she begins to wonder – what if he was the one who took the boat? And if so, where is he now?

As a once-in-a-generation storm frustrates the rescue operation, Lucy pieces together what happened onboard. And then she makes a fresh discovery. One that plunges her into a nightmare more shocking than any she could ever have imagined . . .


The Rising Tide


Lucy and Daniel Locke are the perfect successful dream couple. Daniel had a tough start in life, but he had worked hard and had a successful business with his partner until recently. Lucy, an artist, has a constant flow of customers for her pictures where she can display and sell them at the Drift Net Cafe, that she manages. Lucy has two children, a teenage daughter Billie, who she had before she met Daniel, and Fin who is seven, Daniel’s son.

The family live on the top of the cliffs overlooking the harbour at Skentel on the Cornish coast. When Daniel’s boat, The Lazy Susan, is found drifting and Daniel is missing, Lucy is determined to go out and find him. The weather takes a turn for the worse with no chance of it improving soon. The sea is rough and threatening. Then things go downhill fast when a further horrific discovery is made.

What a terrific story this is! My emotions ran high as my feelings were all over the place as more of the story unfolded. One of my favourite characters was DI Abraham Rose. Rose, quite a religious man, was hiding his secret. He didn’t take what he saw and heard at face value, he had a lot of experience on the force and had a sense of knowing when something didn’t sit right. Nothing about this couple felt right. They weren’t reacting as they should.

The story has plenty of depth, terrible consequences and strength, that can only be gained, with fight or flight situations. I couldn’t help but feel involved as so many chapters took my breath, whilst others made me cry. I liked this iceberg story, which had far more going on under the surface than I first thought. Cracking characters and story.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd grew up in Hampshire, where he learned his love of storytelling. These days he lives in Surrey with his wife, three young sons and a dog that likes to howl. His debut thriller, The Memory Wood, was published to huge critical acclaim in 2020. This is his second thriller. 

The Rising Tide by [Sam Lloyd]

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller @PenguinUKBooks #BookReview #NetGalley #ThePaperPalace #NewRelease

The Paper Palace by [Miranda Cowley Heller]


‘Tightly woven and immediate, The Paper Palace takes us deep into a vivid summer landscape, a family, and a private, longstanding love story, and holds us there from start to finish’ Meg Wolitzer, bestselling author of The Wife and The Female Persuasion

Before anyone else is awake, on a perfect August morning, Elle Bishop heads out for a swim in the glorious freshwater pond below ‘The Paper Palace’ — the gently decaying summer camp in the back woods of Cape Cod where her family has spent every summer for generations. As she passes the house, Elle glances through the screen porch at the uncleared table from the dinner the previous evening; empty wine glasses, candle wax on the tablecloth, echoes of laughter of family and friends. Then she dives beneath the surface of the freezing water to the shocking memory of the sudden passionate encounter she had the night before, up against the wall behind the house, as her husband and mother chatted to the guests inside.

So begins a story that unfolds over twenty-four hours and across fifty years, as decades of family legacies, love, lies, secrets, and one unspeakable incident in her childhood lead Elle to the precipice of a life-changing decision. Over the next twenty-four hours, Elle will have to decide between the world she has made with her much-loved husband, Peter, and the life she imagined would be hers with her childhood love, Jonas, if a tragic event hadn’t forever changed the course of their lives.

Tender yet devastating, The Paper Palace is a masterful novel that brilliantly illuminates the tensions between desire and safety; the legacy of tragedy, and the crimes and misdemeanours of families.


The Paper Palace


For years Elle has spent her summers at The Paper Palace, a series of cabins to holiday in, in the backwoods of Cape Cod. The cabins sit on the river bank, where the family have always swum. This year is no exception as she, her husband Peter, three children and her mother have returned. It feels like a second home, with life-long friends still in the area. Jonas is very special to Elle, in so many ways. She is older than him but, from childhood, they were drawn together, always there for each other. Now Jonas has married himself, with a family, but the intense relationship he has with Elle has never waned.

Elle loves Peter and Jonas. Over the next twenty-four hours, she has to decide who she wants to be with. Peter has no idea that the life he knows could come crashing down as time ticks away. There are some rather intimate scenes in the story, with the excitement between Elle and Jonas heightened with the risks that they take within sight of their partners.

The story drops back to their childhoods, the break-up of Elle’s parents’ marriage and the subsequent partners they go on to. It changes her life in so many horrendous ways. There are some hard to read scenes that contain child abuse and rape, so please be aware. Things will happen that make an unbreakable bond between Elle and Jonas, whose own childhood was not the easiest.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I like a book that can make me feel so passionate about the characters. There are beautiful descriptions that brought The Paper Palace and people to life. Brilliantly told, not easy to forget.

The Paper Palace by [Miranda Cowley Heller]

In Youth is Pleasure by Denton Welch @penguinrandom #PenguinClassics #BookReview #InYouthIsPleasure

Firstly I wish to thank Matt Hutchinson of Penguin Random House for a paper back edition of In Youth is Pleasure by Denton Welch

In Youth is Pleasure (Paperback)


First published in 1945, In Youth Is Pleasure recounts a summer in the life of 15-year-old Orvil Pym, who is holidaying with his father and brothers in a Kentish hotel, with little to do but explore the countryside and surrounding area. ‘I don’t understand what to do, how to live’: so says the 15-year-old Orvil – who, as a boy who glories and suffers in the agonies of adolescence, dissecting the teenage years with an acuity, stands as a clear (marvelously British) ancestor of The Catcher In The Rye’s Holden Caulfield. A delicate coming-of-age novel, shot through with humour, In Youth Is Pleasure, has long achieved cult status, and earned admirers ranging from Alan Bennett to William Burroughs, Edith Sitwell to John Waters. ‘Maybe there is no better novel in the world that is Denton Welch’s In Youth Is Pleasure,’ wrote Waters. ‘Just holding it my hands… is enough to make illiteracy a worse crime than hunger.’


In Youth Is Pleasure


The book was published in 1945 but takes place before the war. Orvil Pym is a very awkward fifteen-year-old boy. The school has broken up for the summer holidays, and his father has taken his two older brothers and him to stay in a hotel in Kent. His mother died when he was a boy of six, and he doesn’t have a close connection to anyone.

Orvil is fighting his internal battles about his sexuality and seems to have done all his life. A lipstick was knocked from the counter in a shop when he was younger, and as he bent down, he palmed it saying, it had gone under the counter. Later he would experiment with it. He hates everything at the moment, his father, his brothers and everything and everyone at school.

The saving grace of the hotel is its vast grounds and countryside that surrounds it. Although he hates being with people, he is a voyeur, often spying on unsuspecting guests. It was at these times that he came to life. Once seeing a man and two young boys in a shed, he went back when the man was on his own. The man toyed with him, having him do the most bizarre things while Orvil seemed to get more daring. It was Orvil’s summer of self-discovery, told in the most surreal way.

I loved the text, with some words that were unfamiliar to me, the English language then was more poetic than it is now. It is a daring, and fabulous book of its time. A true classic.


Denton Welch was born on 29 March 1915 in Shanghai, the youngest of three brothers. Welch was sent back to England to attend St Michael’s prep school in Uckfield, and then Repton School, where his main achievements were in art. Soon after his sixteenth birthday he ran away from school. With his family’s approval he enrolled at the Goldsmiths’ School of Art in April 1933 to study painting. He showed great promise as an artist but in June 1935, while still a student, he was knocked off his bicycle by a motorist, severely damaging his spine and kidneys; for the rest of his life he was a semi-invalid. Welch settled in Kent, in a succession of rented flats and cottages. His final home was in the village of Crouch, where his faithful friend Eric Oliver cared for him until his premature death on 30 December 1948. –This text refers to the hardcover edition.

In Youth is Pleasure (Paperback)

Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey @silveycat @HarperVoyagerUK #MeetMeInAnotherLife #NewRelease #NetGalley #BookReview

Meet Me in Another Life by [Catriona Silvey]


’Beautifully explored and deeply complex’ Gal Gadot

Joyful, devastating, and profound, Meet Me in Another Life is a story of love and connection in every possible form that will captivate fans of Stuart Turton, Claire North, and Audrey Niffenegger.

Thora and Santi have met before…

Under the clocktower in central Cologne, with nothing but the stars above and their futures ahead.

They will meet again…

They don’t know it yet, but they’ll meet again: in numerous lives they will become friends, colleagues, lovers, enemies – meeting over and over for the first time, every time; each coming to know every version of the other.

Only they can make sure it’s not for the last time.

But as they’re endlessly drawn together and the lines between their different lives begin to blur, they are faced with one question: why?

They must discover the truth of their strange attachment before this, and all their lives, are lost forever.


Meet Me in Another Life


There are times that a book cover can be the reason I chose to read a book or the title, and I don’t read the blurb. This was one of these books. I felt like a child on Christmas day, as I was taken off guard when one of them, what I thought was the main character, died. Then there they were again, both different but the same people. I like, what just happened?

I was fascinated as they got to know everything about each other. We are never the same person to everyone. We are different as a friend than what we are to our parents or children. Each will not know us in these different roles. Going out with friends in the evening is nothing like taking the children out. Thora and Santi get to know every aspect of each other.

They aren’t always the same age, with Santi being Thora’s teacher in one life while she is almost at the end of her life, an old woman, when he is a young man. They will love each other, hate each other, be friends, and eventually try to work out why this is happening to them.

I liked how the author had other characters interwoven in Thora and Santi’s lives, even though they were unaware of the re-births themselves. I wanted to know why this was happening in each chapter, but I did not want it to end. It is a cracking story with an ending that I hadn’t even given a thought to.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Catriona Silvey

Catriona Silvey was born in Glasgow and grew up in Perthshire and Derbyshire, which left her with a strange accent and a distrust of flat places. She overcame the latter to do a BA in English at Cambridge, and spent the next few years there working in scientific publishing. After that she did a PhD in language evolution, in the hope of finding out where all these words came from in the first place.

Following stints in Edinburgh and Chicago, she returned to Cambridge, where she lives with her husband and a very peculiar cat. When she’s not working as a researcher studying meaning in language, she writes fantasy and science fiction. Her short stories have been performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize.

Twitter: @silveycat

Meet Me in Another Life by [Catriona Silvey]

All the Fun of the Fair by Caroline Hulse @CarolineHulse1 @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BlogTour #BookReview #NewRelease

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton, of Compulsive Readers, for inviting me on the Blog Tour for All the Fun of the Fair by Caroline Hulse

All the Fun of the Fair: A hilarious, brilliantly original coming-of-age story that will capture your heart by [Caroline Hulse]


The Fair is the only good thing that happens every year. And Fiona Larson is the only person in town who’s never been.

She’s pretended to go – but she’s never been allowed. Because, before Fiona was even born, her sister died there.

This year, everything will be different.

Fiona is about to turn twelve – older than her sister was. This summer, Fiona will save some money, make new friends, and finally have some fun at The Fair.

But what she’ll actually do is:
– Find a mysterious bag in a bush
– Spy on everyone
– Lose her only friend
– Make a lot of lists
– Learn the truth about what happened at The Fair…

Fresh and hilarious, All the Fun of the Fair is a deeply poignant coming-of-age novel from sensational talent Caroline Hulse.


All the Fun of the Fair


The story steps back into the 1990’s with eleven years old (almost twelve) Fiona making plans to go to the fair when it comes to town in a little over a month. There is a buzz in school, especially about the Waltzer and the young man that spins all the pretty girls in their cars as they giggle. Fiona longs to be one of them, but she has never been allowed to go because her sister Danielle had died there before Fiona was born.

The story is told by Fiona, as she makes endless lists all revolving around either the fair or finding out how her sister died. At eleven, her imagination is an explosion of possibilities. School isn’t easy for her as the ‘mean girls’ taunt her when all she wants to do is fit in. There are some lovely characters in the story. Lewis was another child left on the outside, and so they have each other. Fiona does try to be in charge most of the time. There is a sweet innocence about them that you know won’t last much longer.

Although Fiona lives in a three-bedroom house with her mum and dad, she has the smallest bedroom as Danielle’s bedroom is still a shrine to her. She only hears how perfect her sister had been. It is impossible to compete with someone that her mum can only remember the good things about her. I just wanted to take Fiona out of these pages to hug her and weep for her mum at the same time.

There are some brilliant lighter moments too, a find in the park and what follows had me laughing out at times. It is a story that winds around your heart from the first page. Talk about group hug stuff! Just brilliant.


Caroline Hulse

Caroline Hulse lives in Manchester with her husband and a small controlling dog.

She is the author of The Adults, Like a House on Fire, and All the Fun of the Fair.

Her books have been published in fourteen languages and optioned for television.

Twitter: @CarolineHulse1

That Night by Gillian McAllister @GillianMAuthor @MichaelJBooks #NetGalley #ThatNight #NewRelese #BookReview

That Night: The must-read psychological thriller of summer 2021 from the Sunday Times bestseller by [Gillian McAllister]


What would you do to protect your family?


During a family holiday in Italy, you get an urgent call from your sister.

There’s been an accident: she hit a man with her car and he’s dead.

She’s overcome with terror – fearing years in a foreign jail away from her child.

She asks for your help. It wasn’t her fault, not really. She’d cover for you, so will you do the same for her?

But when the police come calling, the lies start. And you each begin to doubt your trust in one another.

What really happened that night?

Who is lying to who?

Who will be the first to crack?


That Night


Frannie, Joe and Cathy are over the top close with each other. They work together in the family’s veterinary practice, live next door to each other, and holiday together in the Italian villa which they own. They would do anything for each other. Now I have to say here, I did not like any of them and could understand how Joe’s wife felt, sitting on the outside of this trio.

They were on holiday in Italy when a phone from Cathy sent the siblings running to her side, in the middle of the night. She had run a man over, and he was dead. Cathy was near hysterical, terrified that she would go to prison and not be allowed to see her young son. A plan was made-up, to cover up the accident and dispose of the body. The story is told by the siblings, as news of the missing man hits the town.

Now saying that I do not like the siblings is one thing, feeling compelled to read just how far these three will go is another. I liked how the story developed with the involvement of the police and how they were creating a picture. The story jumps between the police and the siblings as more about the man comes to light.

To be a good liar you have to have a good memory but when there are three people not telling the truth is becomes complicated. I liked the pace of this story as it was developing at two speeds, the steady investigation and the paranoia which was rapidly setting in between the siblings.

I was impressed at the twists and turns throughout. Excellent storyline.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.


Gillian McAllister

Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree before working as a lawyer. She lives in Birmingham, where she now writes full-time. She is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything but the Truth, Anything You Do Say, No Further Questions, The Evidence Against You and How To Disappear. –This text refers to the paperback edition.

Twitter: @GillianMAuthor

That Night: The must-read psychological thriller of summer 2021 from the Sunday Times bestseller by [Gillian McAllister]

You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry @PenguinUKBooks #NetGalley #NewRelease #BookReview

You and Me on Vacation by [Emily Henry]


‘A gorgeous romance’ BETH O’LEARY

‘The perfect getaway’ JODI PICOULT


12 SUMMERS AGO: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other, and are pretty confident they’ll never speak again.

11 SUMMERS AGO: They’re forced to share a ride home from college and by the end of it a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together.

10 SUMMERS AGO: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver.
Poppy holds his hand the whole way.

7 SUMMERS AGO: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.

2 SUMMERS AGO: It all goes wrong.

THIS SUMMER: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.

You and Me on Vacation is a love story for fans of When Harry Met Sally and One Day. Get ready to travel the world, snort with laughter and – most of all – lose your heart to Poppy and Alex.


You and Me on Vacation


Poppy and Alex have nothing in common and go out of their way to avoid each other while at college. A year passes until they are brought together for a car share to travel across the country, and an unusual friendship begins. Their friendship blooms, and so every year, they meet up for a vacation.

Poppy works for a travel magazine. She is outgoing, adventurous and impulsive, while Alex is a teacher, reserved and cautious. Everything works for the first ten years, but something happens, so they call an end to the holidays’ and their friendship. Two years pass before Poppy contacts Alex again.

What a great story this is! Its laugh out loud moments are brilliant. You know that they are coming, especially when new characters come into the story, but everything is unpredictable. The story plays out on different timelines, from the present day to years gone by and the hilarious situations they get into. The story works up to the year when everything fell apart.

These two are the stars of the story, with the others characters playing secondary roles. There is so much more to consider than just enjoying each others company. They live miles apart from each other, both have careers, their friends and their families. It is about risking everything. They have only ever known each other on vacation.

What a great love story, with belly, laughs all the way.

I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Emily Henry

Emily Henry studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. Emily’s debut adult novel, Beach Read, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. –This text refers to the paperback edition.

You and Me on Vacation by [Emily Henry]