See what I have done by Sarah Schmidt

Penny See What I Have DoneSee what I have done is a must read for lovers of murder mysteries and historical fiction.

Lizzie Borden’s parents Andrew and Abbey are found brutally murdered in their Massachusetts home. The novel takes the reader back to events leading up to that fateful day in 1892.

Lizzie becomes an immediate suspect in this crime and is send to trial for the murders. The question is did the daughter Lizzie take and axe and butcher her parents or not?

Sarah Schmidt is an Australian author and this is her first novel.

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The natural way of things by Charlotte Wood

Penny The natural way of things

It has been a while since I have read a book that I couldn’t put down. The Natural Way of Things had me hooked from the get go. Ten women are drugged and kidnapped and taken to a camp in the Australian outback. The girls all have something in common, related to a sexual scandal. The book is about survival of the fittest and what people will do for self-preservation.

A dark, ugly read – I loved it

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The collected works of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

pennyThey say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, however that’s exactly what I did when I saw ‘The Collected Works Of A.J. Fikry’ by Gabrielle Zevin in a book store in Manly. I loved the cover and knew that I just had to read the book.

Without giving too much away AJ is left to run a struggling book store by himself after his wife is tragically killed. His prized book of Poe poems has also been stolen. AJ’s life is going from bad to worse, until one day a special package arrives on his door step. His whole life is transformed from that day on. Continue reading