It’s a sweltering August in the Bay of Naples in AD 79. The Aqua Augusta, the greatest aqueduct in the world, mysteriously fails along the coastline. Newly appointed engineer Marcus Attilius must travel to Pompeii to locate and clear the blockage in the shadow of Vesuvius and get the water flowing. But instinct tells him there is more to the story... what could have caused this mysterious blockage, and could be it be a sign of a bigger disaster yet to come?
Sylvie hasn't been back to her French family home in years, not since her eldest daughter, Elodie, died some years earlier. Upon returning to sell the run down farmhouse every corner holds memories of Elodie, and they aren't good ones. As forest fires burn nearby a secret tries to break free, a secret Sylvie has been hiding from her youngest daughter, Emma. A secret which tells the truth of what happened that summer. A secret that could change everything.
Family dramas aren't usually my preferred genre but coming off the back of a traumatising thriller I needed a lighter read to lift my spirits (and stop the nightmares). Enter When We Believed in Mermaids, a tale of family complexity, addiction and secrets, well in some cases lies.
We've all been there. You read an epic book. One you can't put down. You rave about it to everyone you meet. You experience book grief when you finish reading it. Then weeks later you hear it is being made into a film. And your heart sinks, because you know there is very (very) strong chance the movie is going to ruin the book for you. So much so you consider not going to watch it. But of course you do because there is that slim hope it may just do it justice and you'll relive that high all over again.
But have you ever considered which of those film flops let you down the most? It turns out there is a way to calculate the worst adaptations ever and I have the results. I wonder if it matches yours? Read on to find out...
The Gargoyle’s nameless narrator is a porn star and cocaine addict who crashes his car into a ravine while high to avoid a shower of hallucinatory arrows he sees coming towards him. The accident leaves him fighting for his life in a hospital burns unit where he meets Marianne Engel, a sculptor and psychiatric patient who believe she and our narrator were lovers in the 14th century. And so begins the story of an enduring romance which defies time, pain and death.
On Cara’s graduation night tragedy occurs, an event so catastrophic it tears Cara’s family apart and sends her sister Anna into a tailspin of depression and alcoholism . But what really happened that fateful night? Is Cara really the victim or is all a cleverly crafted story to save her life?
Oz Jackson is an outcast amongst his Biologist and Ecologist peers who think he is a crack pot for proposing a theory that animal behaviour is changing. But when animals start attacking humans across the globe his radical theory doesn’t sound so crazy anymore...
I've sat down this week and sorted out my Kindle. It was a long process but I now have proper 'read' and 'TBR' folders which makes my soul happy. I can now see all the fab books I have lined up ready to read and prioritised the titles I aim to read over the Summer.
Ellie was her mother's golden girl. At just 15, happy and intelligent, she had her whole life ahead of her, but one day Ellie was gone.
A decade later Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie and when she meets her boyfriend's confident young daughter she is left speechless. Because she is the image of Ellie. All those unanswered questions come flooding back, unraveling Laurel's world. What happened to Ellie? Is she still alive? And who is hiding the biggest secret?
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.
He told the police the truth about that night. Well, most of the truth.
Finn has moved on and is about to marry but when an eerie reminders of his past start to appear he realises his secrets aren't buried as deep as he thought.
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.