This Time Last Year – Book Reviews – Dorothy Koomson @DorothyKoomson Lucy Hay @LucyVHayAuthor and Tami Oldham Ashcraft

Starting a new meme for reviews posted this time last year for the whole month. Feel free to share and tag me in posts of your own blog reading/reviwing from this time last year and I’ll retweet the posts.

If you didn’t have a blog this time last year, just add (if you can remember) what you were reading in August last year and use the meme, tag me @ReaderAverage and I’ll retweet yours.

Quite often we are sent hardback ARCs of newly published books, so we blog about them, then some time later the author/publisher releases the paperback edition which also deserves attention. Or you read a book from an author’s back catalogue, which also deserves attention and possibly attracts new readers to that particular author. Authors need to eat all year long, so a review of one of their books is helpful all round.

First up for me from August last year is Dorothy Koomson Brighton Mermaid


Crime Fiction is one of my favourite genres, but after reading so many books about the subject I felt like a bit of a breather.

I’ve read books by Dorothy Koomson before and really enjoyed them so when this title appeared as a Kindle offer I snapped it up thinking it would be a good contemporary novel of the human interest variety. Well yes it is that but also so much more. Oh yes and it’s also a crime fiction novel!

Pure serendipity and I’m really glad that I chose to read it because it kept me enthralled throughout.

One of those books were you are just in awe of the writing and wonder how on Earth the author came up with such an excellent plot.

I’m a bit of a genealogy freak too so having one of the main characters research family trees in an effort to find out the identity of a young deceased woman her and her friend discovered on Brighton beach was a bonus for me. I was SO meant to read this book!

There’s a lot going on within the novel and one particular aspect was how the discovery of a body and the impact and fall out from that affected three families in a devastating way throughout decades of their lives.

I didn’t guess the ending at all which was a total surprise.

Shocking. Enthralling and insightful


Adrift by Tami Oldham Ashcraft


As a fan of memoirs this book appealed to me on many levels.

I have to admit that I’m not a sailor, nor am I a good passenger on any form of sailing boat because I get seasick. Although brought up in a busy and historic port, the only boating I ever did was as a passenger on Mersey Ferry boats.

I also have no real knowledge, only a rough idea of the names of necessary equipment on board a boat and luckily there is a helpful glossary at the back of this book.

Having stated all of the above I absolutely love sailing memoirs. The ultimate escape armchair reads for me. There is something about tales of the wide open seas, the places explored, the freedom of it all, the threat of danger from unpredictable weather and the camaraderie amongst the sailing fraternity that is endlessly appealing to me.

It would be wrong of me to reveal here all that happened because the shock factor I think is an important part of the book and needs to be read in the order of events for the reader to feel the emotional impact. I haven’t seen the movie so can’t comment on that, or how true to the actual story it is.

This book was a fascinating read throughout. A story of survival against the odds in very challenging situations at sea. Also the survival of human sprit, inner strength, the power of love and a lost love.

Adrift is also a tale of guidance from within, from our own inner ‘Voice’ of reason, or for believers, guidance from a higher force.

I read it and lived through the journey with the survivor, all the setbacks and triumphs holding my breath and hoping for a good outcome.

A fascinating read and one that will stay with me especially when watching the sun set.

An absolute whirlwind of emotion.


Do No Harm by Lucy V Hay


With the emphasis on thriller in the psychological thriller/domestic noir category, Lucy Hay has written another corker. Full of crackling tension that jumps off the page.

If I still bit my nails, they’d be chewed down to the stump reading this book. It’s that kind of mesmerising, addictive what-the-hell-is-going-to-happen-next kind of book.

A real page turner with some complex creepy characters that left me wondering who anyone was and who do I trust.

A twisty tale of love, suspicion, revenge and a dark suffocating obsession that threatens to destroy everyone caught up in it and all they hold dear.

Another masterpiece from the Orenda Publishing stable where they foster and nurture some amazingly talented authors.

That’s it from my August reviewing from last year. I’ve changed the blog name now but the URL is the same. Have a new Twitter account at @ReaderAverage Tag me with your reviews from this time last year and I will retweet

6 thoughts on “This Time Last Year – Book Reviews – Dorothy Koomson @DorothyKoomson Lucy Hay @LucyVHayAuthor and Tami Oldham Ashcraft

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  1. What a good idea, Caryl. I only have a memoir review blog, so I don’t really consider myself a book blogger, but I’ll see what I was reading then and try and do this. I love sailing memoirs too although like you, I’m a bad sea sailor. It’s why I stick to barges. I’ll try and get Adrift!

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  2. What a great idea, Caryl – and you’re so right, it’s not just the release month that’s important for writers.. and.this sort of help from kind bloggers like your good self is always of interest to avid readers 🙂

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