Author Spotlight: Siobhan Clark

The Bandwagon presents Siobhan Clark, author of The Children of Midgard, an historical fiction novel based in the Viking era, and described as "a Norse saga by a woman for women". The year is 961 and King Harald Bluetooth of Denmark has his gaze firmly set on the Western Kingdoms of Norway where his nephew [...]

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The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

I review The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis. A debut literary thriller from an incredible new voice. What do you do when the man who gave you everything turns out to be a killer?  Everything Elka knows of the world she learned from the man she calls Trapper, the solitary hunter who took her under [...]

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

"Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks When she saw what she had done She gave her father forty-one." I'd never heard of Lizzie Borden before I read about this book. The topic instantly grabbed me, and I knew I had to have it. I was crossing my fingers every time [...]

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

I review The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown. Before Salem, there was Manningtree. . . .  "This summer, my brother Matthew set himself to killing women, but without ever once breaking the law."  Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and [...]

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

I review The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve. From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's Book Club selection): an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath--based on the true story of the largest [...]

Larchfield by Polly Clark

I review Larchfield by Polly Clark. 'We need the courage to choose ourselves' W. H. Auden It's early summer when a young poet, Dora Fielding, moves to Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland and her hopes are first challenged. Newly married, pregnant, she's excited by the prospect of a life that combines family and [...]

Spotlight: The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

I reviewed The Unseeing last year, & picked it as one of my books of 2016. It's very easy to see why! Mazzola writes with a steady hand, & The Unseeing is truly a triumphant debut. Mazzola is also a wonderful & intelligent woman, who kindly allowed me to pick her brains for my post [...]