Published in 2018, Read in 2018, Thriller

The Winter’s Child (Review)

The Winter’s Child by Cassandra Parkin follows a Mother through the heartbreak of loosing her only child. Nobody knows where 15 year old Joel went, or if he’s still alive, but his Mother keeps hope that Joel will one day return.

We follow Susannah as she works through memories, both through her blog and through psychic readings. At first you take everything she says for truth, but slowly the lines between reality and fantasy become blurred.

I enjoyed reading this book, but there were some parts that did not work for me. Some of the blog posts were long and did not add much to the story. I would have also liked to hear what Nick and John thought of the ending, but we never find out.

Dystopian, Published in 2018, Read in 2018

The Book of M (Review)

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A man from India looses his shadow. Soon he is broadcast live around the world. What initially was thought of as a miracle, soon turns out to be a disaster, when the man starts loosing his memories as well. The phenomenon spreads, and what happens to a world wherein people can’t remember who they are, or how to do things?

This book follows a few different characters, and shows this catastrophe from different points of view. The most interesting in my opinion is the one that follows a husband and wife, still both with their shadows, when one day one of them ends up loosing their shadow. The way Shepherd manages to describe their relationship, and how they deal with this situation is hauntingly beautiful.

For a debut novel, this has been done amazingly well. She manages to weave all the different points of view into one cohesive storyline. It’s nearly 500 pages long, but it doesn’t feel that way. This is an absolute page turner and I had a really hard time putting it down. This will appeal to readers who love dystopian novels; books like Station Eleven and The Road.