Victoria Goldman - Editorial Expert

About Victoria Goldman

Victoria Goldman has always had a passion for reading and writing, with a childhood dream of becoming a crime fiction author. She gained a Biomedical Science BSc degree, planning to follow this with a PhD in Forensics, but then became sidetracked, realising she loved writing too much to spend the rest of her life in a lab. She gained an MSc in Science Communication instead, and became a freelance health journalist and editor, specialising in consumer health. 

Twenty-five years on, as well being Freelance Health Editor for Bupa, Victoria contributes to various consumer and pharmacy magazines on a monthly basis. She is the author of a book on children’s allergies and, over the years, has contributed to (and edited) other health and science books for adults and children.

Victoria has recently updated the bestselling baby health book Your Baby: Week by Week by Dr Caroline Fertleman & Simone Cave for Ebury/Vermilion (Penguin Random House UK). She is represented for non-fiction (health) by the Barbara Levy Literary Agency.

In her spare time, Victoria runs a successful books website called Off-the-Shelf Books and can often be found tweeting her book love (@VictoriaGoldma2). She is also writing crime fiction, still intending to fulfil her childhood dream. She is married with two teenage sons and loves relaxing at the end of a busy day by diving into a good book.

http://off-the-shelfbooks.blogspot.co.uk/ 

 

 

Latest Reviews By Victoria Goldman

Where Demons Hide
Where Demons Hide is a beautifully written crime novel that weaves together several compelling strands. I was pulled into the story straightaway by the atmospheric first chapter, with its vivid descriptions and supernatural undertones. I'm new to Douglas Skelton's books, and Where Demons Hide is the fourth book in the Rebecca Connolly series. Fortunately, the author has included plenty of backstory, so it didn't long for me to feel as though I knew the main characters very well. I loved how the book focuses not just on the crime investigations, but on the characters' personal lives, creating multiple layers. I ... View Full Review
The Goldenacre
Goldenacre is a gritty murder mystery focusing on Edinburgh's art world. It's twisty and sharp, with a steady pace from beginning to end, exposing treachery and deception. It features a whole host of unsavoury, ruthless characters motivated by wealth and desire. I could sense the passion driving both investigators, art expert Thomas Tallis and newspaper reporter Shona Sandison, as they linked the history of a legendary painting with a series of brutal murders. I could also sense the author's passion for Edinburgh as he brought the city to life with his vivid sense of place. I love learning something from ... View Full Review
Braver
Braver by Deborah Jenkins is a feel-good story of vulnerability, friendship and community. It's an easy-going read, relatable and real on so many levels, about what it means to be different and what it can take to become accepted. The book sheds light on various darker contemporary themes, from mental health and bullying to trauma and loss. Its astute observations bring the story to life, weaving the diverse characters' lives together with ease, and I found myself rooting for Virginia, Harry and Hazel, and happy endings. The poetic writing is vivid and emotional, painting pictures through words, and every so ... View Full Review
Six Wounds
Six Wounds is an action-packed, entertaining mixture of pacy thriller and gritty whodunnit. Set in the sunny Costa Blanca, it provides the perfect balance of darkness and humour, with vivid descriptions that made me feel like I was there in the Spanish sunshine too, watching events unfold through a camera lens. Author Morgan Cry has created a solid cast of unforgettable characters, all larger than life with their individual quirks, flaws and eccentricities. Daniella Coulstoun is a feisty protagonist with plenty of attitude and a strong stubborn streak, bubbling with a rollercoaster of emotions as she learns more about her ... View Full Review
Equinox
Equinox is a historical mystery with a sixteenth century feel and a fantasy twist. The writing is highly descriptive, and the graphic world-building drew me into the setting straight away, with its gloomy backdrop of war and witchcraft. This is a tale of two halves, literally. Two brothers inhabit the same body, one by day and one by night, with echoes of Jekyll and Hyde. They have distinct personalities and careers - the cynical witch hunter versus the musician - and know very little about how they each spend their time, yet they end up having to work together somehow. ... View Full Review
The Blood Tide
Neil Lancaster has written a twisty, high-octane police procedural that thrilled and intrigued me from beginning to end. Starting with several dramatic scenes, this book drew me in straightaway, following DS Max Craigie and colleagues as they investigate two seemingly linked deaths. I've not read the first book in this series - Dead Man's Grave - but this didn't matter at all, as The Blood Tide works well as a standalone, with enough back story to fill in any gaps. The writing is beautifully descriptive, bringing the diverse characters, stunning Scottish countryside and fast-paced action scenes to life (it seemed ... View Full Review
Out of Isolation A Charity Anthology
Out of Isolation: A Charity Anthology is a collection of poems, essays, diaries and personal reflections from well-known writers, all written during the Covid-19 pandemic. This book provided me with much-needed distraction over a weekend, away from the rest of the world, as I dipped in and out of its written treasures. It took me on a literary journey across time and space. All of the entries were thought-provoking and beautifully written. The most poignant contributions for me included the anonymous contribution by a junior doctor, the diary of a complicated pregnancy, and an amusing poem about being stuck inside ... View Full Review
Shadow Girls
I loved this atmospheric, coming-of-age novel, with its ghostly and tragic undertones. Shadow Girls explores the fragility and intensity of teenage friendships in the mid-1960s. The book instantly conjured up memories of my own school days in the 1980s – adolescent emotions, rebellious behaviour, first relationships and cliquey peer groups. The characters leapt out of the page, thanks to the stunning, highly descriptive prose and believable dialogue. The first half of the book is a slowburn, building up the tension and feelings of nostalgia; the second half is unsettling and much darker. The supernatural element of the book worked ... View Full Review
Top Girl
Top Girl is a shocking and harrowing account of an impressionable teenage girl's descent into a world of drugs, gangs and crime. Danielle Martin talks honestly about life in London's gangland and how so many vulnerable children are seeking ways to survive in this brutal world. Most importantly, she talks about how she eventually managed to climb her way out of it, providing hope and reassurance that this is possible. Top Girl provides a valuable insight into gang culture - how members use violence and illegal dealings to make money, yet also provide support and protection for one another. The ... View Full Review
I'm the Yorkshire Ripper
Many people have an obsession with true crime books and TV shows and it's easy to see why - a natural curiosity about human nature and what could prompt someone to commit heinous crimes, especially murder. I'm the Yorkshire Ripper explores the mindset of Peter Sutcliffe who died in 2020. He murdered 13 women and attempted to murder seven others (maybe more). As with all crime books, this one is filled with plot twists, red herrings, missed clues and cliffhangers, and it's easy to forget that this is fact not fiction and that these are real events, real places and real people. ... View Full Review
Calm the F**k Down Journal
This journal helps you gather your thoughts so you worry less about the little things in life and learn to stop dwelling on the things you can’t change. A great way to reduce your anxiety levels, now and in the future. You can read it as a standalone, but it works particularly well with the other books in the series. View Full Review
The Lighthouse
A newly renovated lighthouse on a remote island provides a perfect atmospheric setting for any crime novel. Fran Dorricott's vivid, creepy descriptions certainly set the scene in The Lighthouse, when a group of six old friends hold a reunion weekend. There's a strong sense of isolation and abandonment, particularly with the worsening weather. Group dynamics are shattered as the tension builds, and the characters' linked pasts create unease and distrust. Meanwhile, something or someone on the island wants to stay hidden - and wants them to leave - bringing a supernatural/horror element to the plot, too. This is a ... View Full Review