Australian Author · Mystery · Psychological Thriller · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Suspense

The Shadow House by Anna Downes. (2021).

The Shadow House by Anna Downes. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Single mum Alex has fled her abusive relationship and moved with her teenage son, Ollie, and baby daughter, Kara, to a rural ecovillage - Pine Ridge. It's idyllic: off-grid lifestyle, remote location, a welcoming (mostly) community and a magnetic founder (Kit). But Alex's… Continue reading The Shadow House by Anna Downes. (2021).

Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Read-Reviewed-2021

Burnt Out by Victoria Brookman. (2022).

Burnt Out by Victoria Brookman. (2022). **4 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance readers copy of this novel; published 5 January 2022** Calida is having a very bad week. She's long past deadlines for her still-unwritten second novel, her husband has just left her, and her… Continue reading Burnt Out by Victoria Brookman. (2022).

Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Suspense

The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding. (2021).

The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding. (2021). **4 out of 5 stars** Thomas and Viv have a picture perfect family: affluent and attractive, two well-mannered thriving kids (Eli and Tarryn), a beautiful home and fulfilling jobs. Until one morning their house and car are pelted with eggs. At first they assume it's a prank, but… Continue reading The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding. (2021).

Advance Readers Copy · Historical Fiction · Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2021

The Women of Pearl Island by Polly Crosby. (2021).

The Women of Pearl Island by Polly Crosby. (2021). **3 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 29 September 2021** When Tartelin accepts a job with the reclusive Marianne, she finds herself on a wild island with… Continue reading The Women of Pearl Island by Polly Crosby. (2021).

Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Thriller

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins. (2021).

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins. (2021). **2.5 out of 5 stars* Laura has spent most of her life being judged. She's seen as hot-tempered, troubled, a loner, and some call her dangerous. Miriam knows that just because Laura is witnessed leaving the scene of a horrific murder with blood on her clothes, that… Continue reading A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins. (2021).

Australian Author · Domestic Drama · Psychological Thriller · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Suspense

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth. (2021).

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Tully and Rachel are angry when they discover their father has a new half his age girlfriend, Heather; especially because Stephen is still married to their mother Pam who is in a care facility with Alzheimer's disease. Heather knows she has an uphill… Continue reading The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth. (2021).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2021

Small Acts of Defiance by Michelle Wright. (2021).

Small Acts of Defiance by Michelle Wright. (2021). **4 out of 5 stars** January, 1940. After a tragedy, young Australian woman Lucie and her French mother Yvonne are forced to move to Paris to live with Lucie's authoritarian uncle Gérard. They find themselves trapped as the Second World War engulfs Europe. Using her artistic talents,… Continue reading Small Acts of Defiance by Michelle Wright. (2021).

Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Suspense · Thriller

The Husbands by Chandler Baker. (2021).

The Husbands by Chandler Baker. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Nora has been feeling that 'having it all' - a family, a soon-to-be new house, a successful career - comes with a price, one that her husband Hayden doesn't seem to be paying as heavily. Then her house-hunting takes them to an affluent neighbourhood… Continue reading The Husbands by Chandler Baker. (2021).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2021

The Eighth Wonder by Tania Farrelly. (2021).

The Eighth Wonder by Tania Farrelly. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** New York, 1897. Beautiful, young and privileged, Rose is expected to abide by social etiquette and marry. But she has a rebellious streak and dreams of being an architect. When a precious family heirloom is stolen, Rose becomes her family's most tradable asset.… Continue reading The Eighth Wonder by Tania Farrelly. (2021).

Advance Readers Copy · Fantasy · Read-Reviewed-2021

Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar. (2021).

Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 27 October 2021** Nottingham, 1906. Marietta longs to be a ballerina but as Christmas draws near, her dancing days are numbered because… Continue reading Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar. (2021).