Book Reviews

I typically post between two and three book reviews a week. Please refer to my review policy if you’d like to submit a book for consideration. I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter to get a summary of my reviews once  a month.

Book Review: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Book Review: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

There is something so soothing about Emily St. John Mandel's writing, even when she's describing a world that sounds intimidating. Her newest book Sea of Tranquility features a few characters from her last mega-hit The Glass Hotel, but you don't need to have read that...

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Book Review: Local Gone Missing by Fiona Barton

Book Review: Local Gone Missing by Fiona Barton

It has been a few years since I read my last Fiona Barton book, but a quick glance through my review of it reminded me how much I enjoyed her writing, and her latest release Local Gone Missing is another winner. This is more of a police procedural than a thriller, and...

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Book Review: Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay

Book Review: Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay

I enjoy a good Linwood Barclay book - this Canadian journalist turned novelist writes suspense incredibly well and he's got a biting sense of humour that sparingly shines through the darkest of plots. His latest book Take Your Breath Away was just released a few...

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Book Review: Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

Book Review: Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

I pay for an online subscription to Canada's major newspaper, The Globe and Mail, mainly to access their book review section. Occasionally I'll glance at their bestseller lists just so I can get a sense of what most folks are reading, and like many Canadians and...

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Book Review: Geiger by Gustaf Skördeman

Book Review: Geiger by Gustaf Skördeman

I distinctly remember picking this book out from a long list of pitches sent by a publisher, simply because the premise hooked me immediately; an old woman picks up the phone, hears one word, and shoots dead the husband she’s been married to for decades before fleeing...

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Book Review: The Rebellious Tide by Eddy Boudel Tan

Book Review: The Rebellious Tide by Eddy Boudel Tan

Yet another book that takes place on a boat, The Rebellious Tide by Eddy Boudel Tan is a more serious, character-driven novel that tackles the class divide that is so painfully obvious on a cruise ship. Much like the book The Swells that I read a few weeks ago, the...

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Book Review: All the Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac

Book Review: All the Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac

These past few weeks I've been checking my news feed every few hours, hoping for a break in the case of missing author Dawn Dumont and her son, and I'm happy to report she has been found safe with her son, in the U.S. There will be some difficult times ahead for them,...

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Book Review: This Strange Visible Air by Sharon Butala

Book Review: This Strange Visible Air by Sharon Butala

The subtitle of Sharon Butala's latest book This Strange Visible Air is: Essays on Aging and the Writing Life. Maybe it's because I'm keenly aware that my forties are now in my sights, or maybe it's because I recently discovered I may have trouble digesting gluten and...

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Book Review: The Swells by Will Aitken

Book Review: The Swells by Will Aitken

I save all my ‘summerish’ books for reading in July and August, and because The Swells by Will Aitken takes places on a boat, I figured it would be a great novel to dive into while at my family cottage. At first glance I thought this book would make for great dockside...

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Book Review: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

Book Review: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

While on vacation I indulged by reading my favourite author of all time, David Sedaris. I picked up this quirky little collection of animal-themed stories Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk at the Calgary Reads book sale a few months ago, and because this is a departure from his...

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Book Review: The Birds That Stay by Ann Lambert

Book Review: The Birds That Stay by Ann Lambert

I'm finding it harder and harder these days to find a simple mystery among the new books released each month. So many big publishers seem to be churning out a never-ending barrage of thrillers, yet the good ol' fashioned mystery seems to be falling out of style. This...

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