Manazuru_Hiromi Kawakami

Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami

Twelve years have passed since Kei’s husband, Rei, mysteriously vanished without a trace, leaving behind her and their 3-year-old daughter, Momo. Since then, Kei’s life has remained in a sort of limbo, populated by memories of Rei and their life together prior to his disappearance. She is ‘involved’ with a married man named Seiji, their […]... Read More
The New Moon with the Old_Dodie Smith

The New Moon with the Old by Dodie Smith

In the last two months, I’ve managed to achieve a kind of balance in regards to my reading repertoire, and as a reward to myself, I broke my cozy-reading fast with the fluffiest-sounding book I could find in my To-Read stack, The New Moon with the Old by Dodie Smith. Now, I’m familiar with Smith’s […]... Read More
Penance_Kanae Minato

Penance by Kanae Minato

Ever since reading her gripping first novel, Confessions, I’ve kept Kanae Minato on my growing watchlist of Japanese authors. Hailed in Japan as the Queen of ‘Iyamisu’, a subgenre of mystery fiction that delves into the sinister side of human nature, Minato’s darkly woven tale of a mother seeking vengeance after the murder of her […]... Read More
Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs

Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs

“But what about the victim, Oldfield? Who is Tither? What is she?” “I was coming to that. She’s an old maid who lives in Hilary Magna and about the biggest paul-pry in the county. Nothing goes on that she doesn’t know about, or rather didn’t.” Death of a Busybody is my first read from the British Library […]... Read More
Orkney by Amy Sackville

Orkney by Amy Sackville

Orkney tells the haunting tale of an aging literature professor named Richard who, after a year of ‘unspoken courtship’, marries his former student, an unnamed silver-haired, waif-like young woman almost 40 years his junior. At the bride’s behest, the newlyweds journey north to spend their honeymoon on a windswept island in the Orkney archipelago. Against […]... Read More