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Informative, candid and trusted, book reviews by our own book experts are unique to Lovereading. But within our loyal members and browsers of Lovereading are also prolific readers with years of experience and a real passion for sharing their love of books. So, we decided to invite them to join the Lovereading Reader Review Panel. All the titles in this category have been selected and reviewed by our own Lovereading editorial experts but also reviewed by members of our Reader Review Panel, a panel of book lovers across the UK.

Books of the Month

The Spy by Paulo Coelho
The Spy
Paulo Coelho
October 2017 Book of the Month A short, emotional and entirely captivating novel based on the real events that surrounded, enclosed and smothered the notorious Mata Hari. Mata Hari is a name that still evokes and conjures vivid images,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Arrowood by Laura McHugh
Arrowood
Laura McHugh
London 1895, gloriously brought to life in all its grizzly glory. Arrowood is a weathered Private Investigator with a soft heart and a weakness for a drink. He shares the same skies as the famous, revered detective, Sherlock Holmes and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2017
Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary
Quieter Than Killing
Sarah Hilary
Another fabulous addition to the mind-blowingly good ‘D.I. Marnie Rome’ series. Marnie and Noah find themselves slap in the middle of the deeds of a deviously twisted mind. Pain and suffering slyly join hands as the past haunts the present....
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore
Birdcage Walk
Helen Dunmore
A breathtaking, evocative, and stormy tale set in the early 1790’s, just as the fallout from the French Revolution was spilling over into life in Britain. Lizzie Fawkes, daughter of a radical thinker and writer, has settled in Bristol and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017
Behind Her Eyes  by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
February 2017 Book of the Month. Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and deceit, kept me teetering on a razor sharp wire of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

Reader Reviewed Good Me Bad Me
Ali Land
September 2017 Book of the Month Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Ooh, this truly is a fabulously captivating and unpredictable tale, and it kept me...

Best Laid Plans by Kathy Lette

Reader Reviewed Best Laid Plans
Kathy Lette
Gosh, what a funny, emotional, romp of a story this is. Lucy begins her tale with the moment she gets arrested for picking up an undercover police officer while trying...

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Reader Reviewed The Good Daughter
Karin Slaughter
Gosh, what a story this is, dramatic, powerful, and so incredibly addictive. The Good Daughter is a standalone novel from Karin Slaughter. 28 years ago, as murder tore apart their...

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

Reader Reviewed The Stolen Child
Sanjida Kay
Terrific, truly a one-sitting read so be warned and allow space for it to be so. Zoe and Ollie adopt baby Evie, the unwanted child of a drug addict, father...

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

Reader Reviewed The Watcher
Ross Armstrong
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. A clever first novel with a sinister setting in London where blocks of flats are being demolished. The juxtaposition of...

The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick

Reader Reviewed The Autumn Throne
Elizabeth Chadwick
The third and final volume of this magnificent trilogy of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine starts with her release from the Palace of Sarum, Wiltshire in April 1176 where...

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Reader Reviewed Mischling
Affinity Konar
Not a thriller by any means, unless the quest by a twin sister to discover what happened to her other half in the horror of the concentration camps might qualify...

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

Reader Reviewed Moonglow
Michael Chabon
Absolutely fascinating, a beautiful yet quirky read, this is a tale to make you wonder, to make you feel… A grandfather, on his deathbed, tells his grandson about his life,...

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Reader Reviewed Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Balli Kaur Jaswal
Courage, strength and erotica is at the heart of this humorous, heart-warming tale about a clash of cultures and the women in our lives we should never take for granted....

The Month Before's Featured Books

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

Reader Reviewed The People at Number 9
Felicity Everett
September 2017 Debut of the Month Solid, surburban couple with two boys at the local school have their safe, perhaps a little monotonous, life disrupted by the arrival of an...

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Reader Reviewed All the Missing Girls
Megan Miranda
August 2017 Book of the Month A clever, suspense-filled story told in reverse, from day 15 through to day 1, and boy does the premise work! Nicolette returns home after...

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old by Hendrik Groen

Reader Reviewed The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Hendrik Groen
Poignant, moving and funny, I chuckled my way through this delightful (but no longer secret) diary from the rather lovable Hendrik Groen. Hendrik has reached the age where his address...

The Ghost of Helen Addison by Charles E. McGarry

Reader Reviewed The Ghost of Helen Addison
Charles E. McGarry
A fascinating, charmingly descriptive murder mystery, where disturbing elements of satanism, visions, and ghosts creep through the story. Leo Moran, fastidious, exacting, and a private investigator, assists the police in...

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Reader Reviewed The Dinner
Herman Koch
This is one of those books like The Slap and We Need to Talk About Kevin where no one is likeable and the outcome difficult to predict. Here...

The Party by Elizabeth Day

Reader Reviewed The Party
Elizabeth Day
The party is where it all unravels and where the dark secret between rich, aristocratic Ben and poor, middle-class Martin is exposed. We are kept very much in the dark...

Woman of State by Simon Berthon

Reader Reviewed Woman of State
Simon Berthon
July 2017 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A fascinating, intelligent and penetrating political thriller set in Belfast, Dublin and London. In 1991...

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett

Reader Reviewed Greatest Hits
Laura Barnett
A powerfully lyrical day-in-the-life portrait of a successful singer-songwriter reflecting on the ebbs and flows of her life as she prepares her Greatest Hits release after long absence from the...

The Invitation by Lucy Foley

Reader Reviewed The Invitation
Lucy Foley
A sophisticated, expressive, and emotional story set in the glamorous Italian film promotion world of the 1950’s. Hal and Stella meet at a party, an immediate connection flares into life,...

They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen

Reader Reviewed They All Fall Down
Tammy Cohen
This smart, sharp psychological page-turner will keep crime and thriller fans gripped for ‘just’ one more chapter until the early hours. It’s a riveting, read-in-one-sitting rollercoaster fuelled by engrossing emotional...

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Reader Reviewed Borne
Jeff VanderMeer
Finch, the last VanderMeer that I read, was referred to as ‘fungal noir’, a wonderful phrase. With that in mind Borne could be described as a post-apocalyptic thriller with...

The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne

Reader Reviewed The Boy Who Saw
Simon Toyne
Click here to view the page for the KOBO edition of this book. In Solomon Creed we were introduced to a mysterious hero, a...

Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

Reader Reviewed Persons Unknown
Susie Steiner
Manon Bradshaw of Missing, Presumed is back only she is now pregnant, attached to the Cambridgeshire police but working on cold cases until a murder occurs close to the...

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Reader Reviewed The Music Shop
Rachel Joyce
A heartrending love story. An ode to vinyl. A poignant evocation of a community of shopkeepers in the late eighties. Like the music beloved by its protagonist, this pitch-perfect novel...

The Other Twin by L. V. Hay

Reader Reviewed The Other Twin
L. V. Hay
July 2017 Debut of the Month. Slickly suspenseful Brighton-set thriller in which the darkest recesses of human nature and social media are exposed following a young...

Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills

Reader Reviewed Where Dead Men Meet
Mark Mills
Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast-paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing. Why is Luke Hamilton, intelligence officer at the British Embassy...

The Four Horsemen by Gregory Dowling

Reader Reviewed The Four Horsemen
Gregory Dowling
A captivating, vibrant, and exciting tale of secret societies, death and disorder in the middle of Venice in the 1750’s. This is the second in the ‘Alvise Marangon Mystery...

Give Me the Child by Melanie McGrath

Reader Reviewed Give Me the Child
Melanie McGrath
August 2017 Debut of the Month A provocative tale that creeps over skin and worms its way into thoughts. A knock at the door one night reveals Cat’s husband has...

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Reader Reviewed Then She Was Gone
Lisa Jewell
August 2017 Book of the Month THEN - She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an...

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Reader Reviewed The Unquiet Dead
Ausma Zehanat Khan
August 2017 Debut of the Month Provocative and stimulating, this debut crime thriller set in Canada, slams with impact. Two detectives begin an investigation into the death of a man...

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

Reader Reviewed Under a Pole Star
Stef Penney
Flora Mackie leads a remarkable life. Daughter of a whaling captain, with her mother dead, she spent many of her teenage years sailing with him and living with the Inuit...

Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

Reader Reviewed Kill the Father
Sandrone Dazieri
A huge, almost sprawling thriller awaits, yet one that is ferocious, intense, and so, so readable. Set in Italy, Dante Torre and Captain Columba Caselli, both tortured souls, are enticed...

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop

Reader Reviewed Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop
Three years ago Cardiff born Ellie moved into a small block of twelve flats in Kensal Rise, London. Her life is dull. She does tele-ad sales for a trade mag...

The Cutaway The gripping thriller set in the explosive world of Washington's TV news by Christina Kovac

Reader Reviewed The Cutaway The gripping thriller set in the explosive world of Washington's TV news
Christina Kovac
A compelling and stylish psychological thriller from a fine new voice in crime fiction. Indomitable Virginia Knightly is a TV producer with a self-confessed attraction to the “unknowable”, which is...

Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

Reader Reviewed Dangerous Crossing
Rachel Rhys
All aboard for an Agatha Christie-esque mystery set on a ship bound for the distant shores of Australia in 1939. As the world teeters on the edge of another war,...

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In 2012 however, to complement our expert reviews and human-based Like-for-Like comparisons we decided to invite Lovereading members to join the newly created Lovereading Reader Review Panel. It has been a massive success.

We've now attracted over 1000 and 100's of books have now been read and reviewed by them. Many of them have their own book blogs and help us to spread the word of mouth on a book they've enjoyed. Panel members put themselves forward to read and review a book that we have advance copies of and their reviews are then loaded onto the site and complement those of our own Lovereading editorial experts. We're even now receiving feedback from visitors to Lovereading that the 'Reader Review Panel' reviews are as valued as those of our own Lovereading book experts!

 

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