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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.
One of our Books of the Year 2013. Catherine Alliott’s funny, heart-warming, rural novels are always a treat and My Husband Next Door, an engaging and insightful look at relationships, won’t disappoint her fans.Ella has a chaotic life and a dysfunctional family / marriage but can the amorous attentions of Ludo the landscape gardner be the solution? Or does she need to face up to some hidden secrets from the past?This easy enjoyable story is heart warming, fun, with a little bit of pathos - all the ingredients for a perfect Summer Read. August 2013 Book of the Month.
An addictive mix of humour, surprise and several scoops of teenage romance. A new departure for award winning Choc Lit author Chistina Courtenay. Privileged, British and expelled from another boarding school Rain Mackensie finds herself at a local high school in New England USA as punishment. With very different rules she struggles to fit in and when she starts falling for the hot guy with tattoos it can only get more complicated... Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the 2012 Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for New England Rocks a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'New England Rocks is a perfect mix of humour and surprise obviously joined with several scoops of teenage romance. I absolutely loved it!' Scroll down to read more reviews...
August 2013 Debut of the Month. A great debut, menacing, gripping and full of twists and surprises. Rachel and Clara are school friends, emotionally bound together, but now in their late twenties are miles apart in their lives. Then Clara goes missing under suspicious circumstances and Rachel discovers things that make her question the whole relationship.This is one of those incredibly compelling stories that simply drags you along, whether you like it or not. Highly recommended.
Winter Damage is set not very far from the here and now, in a world where things have fallen apart. It is a poetic, chilling and moving debut that will embrace you in its icy grip then thaw you from the heart out. It is a book that Rebecca McNally, Publishing Director for Bloomsbury Children’s Books, loved on first reading and feels is a future classic - download a Piece of Passion from Rebecca here. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Winter Damage a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'Winter Damage is an intense, emotional and soul searching story following fifthteen year-old Ennor who is desperate to find her long lost mum.' Scroll down to read more.
August 2013 Book of the Month. With laugh-aloud satire Mr Lynch's Holiday, from the Galaxy British Book Newcomer of the Year in 2008, is a very funny and moving story about the clash of generations; about how families break apart and come together again; about how living abroad can feel less like a long holiday and more of a life sentence.Eamonn’s father has never been abroad then he turns up, pretty much unannounced, at Eamonn’s villa expecting a lovely time with Eamonn and his wife. But the villa is really a building site and there is no wife to be seen...A great comic novel from Costa Award Winning What Was Lost. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for 'Mr Lynch's Holiday' a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'Mr Lynch's holiday was delightful...I loved this beautiful book and even shed a tear. The perfect read for the summer holidays.' Sarah Davis. Scroll down to read more reviews.
One of our Books of the Year 2013. The harrowing subject of domestic violence and its destructive consequences are expertly handled in Camilla Lackberg's new psychological thriller which will be irresistible for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. Mats Sverin was Fjallbacka’s financial director on a regeneration project worth millions. When he is found murdered, Detective Patrik Hedstrom must find answers. Is it just a coincidence that his high school sweetheart, Nathalie, has returned to the area? What does she know about who Mats really was? As the murder investigation draws a blank, the police have to dig deeper – and before long, everyone’s lives will be dragged into the light ... With a plot that tightens like a noose throughout the book it is pretty hard to put down. August 2013 Book of the Month. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Lost Boy a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The Lost Boy is a delight from start to finish, in the course of which Ms Lackberg weaves together a seemingly disparate series of plot lines with her customary skill.' - Chris Nolan. Scroll down to read more reviews.
A brilliantly brain-warping thriller and a love story that leaps back and forth in time - All Our Yesterdays is an amazing first novel, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games. A small number of our readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This is amazing and I would definitely recommend it to people who like thrilling books full of excitement. I think this is one of the best books I have ever read!' - Rose Derbyshire Scroll down to read more reviews...
Traditional, warm and cosy, if such a thing can be said about a book where a murder has been committed in the first few pages… Two months on from the end of ‘The Reluctant Detective’ and Faith is feeling a little more settled in her new role as Vicar of Little Worthy. Christmas is coming, far too quickly and Faith has a mountainous list of things to do; she herself admits she is nosy parker and therefore it seems more than natural for her to also start to investigate the latest murder in the village! It’s always enjoyable to play armchair detective and particularly rewarding if you are able to guess whodunnit before Faith and her Detective Inspector ex-suitor. This is settling in to be a good series and is a thoroughly entertaining read. ~ Liz Robinson The Faith Morgan Series:1. The Reluctant Detective2. The Advent of Murder3. A Saintly Killing
The second novel in the bestselling INSURRECTION trilogy, an epic new historical novel from the author of BRETHREN.
August 2013 Debut of the Month. A dark, taut, chilling, high-concept psychological suspense thriller for fans of Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. Ten years ago Amy Archer went missing. Then a stranger introduces her mother to a little girl who seems to be Amy - but she hasn’t aged a day... What has happened to Amy and how far will her mother go to find the truth? In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Second Life of Amy Archer a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'This story has everything. It's a chilling psychological thriller, a peek into the world of psychics and reincarnation, and a heart-rending tale of loss, grief and remorse...' - Lynda DeFreitas. Scroll down to read more reviews.
The unsettling, gripping and fast-paced style established in the The Hypnotist and The Nightmare continue in the third book in the Joona Linna series, The Fire Witness.Detective Inspector Joona Linna, under internal review by the National Police for an alleged infraction, is on leave to solve some troubling personal business when he is called in to "observe" the investigation of a gruesome and strange murder at Birgittagarden, a youth home for wayward teenage girls.Psychologically tense and with great appeal to fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. A 'Piece of Passion' from the editor...‘Two savage murders at a girls’ remand home north of Stockholm, a girl from the home on the run in a stolen car, with a little boy strapped into the back seat and, several hundred miles away, a clairvoyant who claims to know what happened...it is a case only Detective Inspector Joona Linna is able to solve. The Fire Witness is the third outing for Lars Kepler’s taciturn detective, first encountered in The Hypnotist and then in The Nightmare. It is one of the most gripping thrillers I have ever read: well written, intelligently plotted and with a truly heart-stopping climax. I defy anyone not to gasp in surprise when the meaning of the title, The Fire Witness, is revealed. Scandinavian crime at it’s very, very best.’ Patrick Janson-Smith In addition, some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
August 2013 Book of the Month. A cleverly constructed literary thriller exploring the, sometimes, dark memories of childhood that can direct our actions in adult life. A screenwriter on his uppers is thrown a lifeline by a mysterious billionaire who turns out to be an old school friend. Quickly drawn into an intoxicating group of hangers-on, his life looks to be coming back on track - but as events unfold he begins to question his school friend's motives.A excellent read well suited to fans of William Boyd. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Long Shadow a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'Scary and tense, exciting, humorous, romantic and never letting the reader know what to believe and what to question, this is a great read.' - Peter Land. Scroll down to read more reviews.
Real Reviews from Real Passionate Readers
Since its inception Lovereading has taken a different approach to book reviews relying uniquely on the selection and review of books by editorial experts, all of whom have had many years of experience working within the book trade. They know what makes a good read whatever the genre and actually read the whole book before telling you what they think - radical we know, but sometimes old fashioned ways are the best.
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!
With that in mind we thought it would be very helpful to everyone if we created a category and put all the books that have also been reviewed by some of our Reader Review Panel members, in one easy to find place.
Here are a few testimonials from some of our 'Reader Review Panel' members:
If I can ever do another review for you, it would be my pleasure. Thanks again Josephine S
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to review for Lovereading, it's a great site Lindsay H
Thanks for sending me another fantastic book to review! Emily W
The book reviewing has been a real treat, thank you for a wonderful experience. Tracey U
Just click on any title in this category and you will, in addition to the review from one of Lovereading's editorial experts also see a link through to reviews by members of our Reader Review Panel.