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Latest Reviews By Charlotte Walker

The Love Hypothesis
TikTok and social media most definitely made me buy this book. It didn't disappoint! An entertaining romance that finds Olive, a third year Ph.D candidate rope tall, dark and unapproachable professor Adam Carlsen into a fake dating scenario, aiming to convince her best friend they're a couple.  As you can probably guess from the synopsis there's plenty of awkward, cringe-worthy moments mixed in with the romance. This book is incredibly readable, the plot's overall predicability is comforting and keeps you turnining the page, reading "just one more chapter" until you reach the inevitable ending. A brilliant feel-good romance, ... View Full Review
The Shelf
Plenty of people (myself most definitely included) have been swept away by the pressures and expectations to work towards big life milestones: getting that promotion, finding a relationship, hearing those wedding bells and welcoming a bundle of joy into the world. This is how we are introduced to Amy, scrolling through the perfect lives she sees on Instagram while waiting for her boyfriend to pop the question. What actually happens lands her not only single in her thirties but a contestant on a gameshow where she must compete with a cast of other women to get off "the shelf" and ... View Full Review
The Switch
I adored Beth O'Leary's debut, The Flatshare, and as soon as I'd finished reading I knew I needed to pick up The Switch. Grandmother and grandaughter Eileen and Leena are both looking for a way to swtich things up in their lives. Eileen is newly single at 80 and struggling to find new love in her tiny Yorkshire Village. While Leena is looking to escape the rush of London and take some time to rest after a disasterous work presentation. This is a light and lovely tale on the surface, while softly touching on  some darker topics. With a ... View Full Review
The Penelopiad
I first read The Penelopiad directly after being introduced to The Odyssey at University. Atwood's perspective on this epic tale was a breath of fresh air. Penelope reflects from the other side of the Styx on the struggles that she faced as Odysseus sailed to Agamemnon's side to resolve the issues caused by Penelope's cousin, Helen of Troy.  Maintaining control of Ithaca, a wayward son and greedy suitors, Penelope weaves her own witty and fiery version of events in order to ensure her story is known. Visit our 'Women's Words - 60+ works of feminist-minded fiction' to explore our collection ... View Full Review
Endgame
This is the final book in Daniel Cole's Ragdoll series. As mentioned in Cole's letter to the reader, for this one you really will benefit from reading Ragdoll and Hangman. The plot kicks off in the immediate aftermath of Hangman too, it might also be a good idea to have a refresh, but I didn't find it absolutely necessary. After what feels like forever, police detectives Wolf and Baxter are finally back! This time they're working on a case much closer to home. A Christie-esque mystery ensues - a completely sealed room with no way out and ... View Full Review
Girl, Woman, Other
This is an astounding novel telling the stories of twelve characters living across the country and through the years.  Each character is vivid as they take centre stage to share their story with us. Whether it's the sassy, argumentative Yazz, or the devastating narratives of Carole and Dominique. This book is filled with humour, culture and passion and I think it is a must-read for everyone. Composed as poetic prose, Bernadine Evaristo's lyricism throughout makes the sections flow, hammers home key points and gives each character their own unique tone. This is a book that will stop you in ... View Full Review
Endgame
This is the final book in Daniel Cole's Ragdoll series. As mentioned in Cole's letter to the reader, for this one you really will benefit from reading Ragdoll and Hangman. The plot kicks off in the immediate aftermath of Hangman too, it might also be a good idea to have a refresh, but I didn't find it absolutely necessary. After what feels like forever, police detectives Wolf and Baxter are finally back! This time they're working on a case much closer to home. A Christie-esque mystery ensues - a completely sealed room with no way out and only one set ... View Full Review