Review: The Music Shop

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Quirky and compulsively readable, this was a joy from beginning to end. Bonus if you made a playlist of everything mentioned as you were reading it!
-Mrs. P.

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Review: Only Killers and Thieves

Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The guilt is collective, the responsibility shared…. History is forgetting. Afterward we write the account, the account becomes truth, and we tell ourselves it has always been this way, that others were responsible, that there was nothing we could have done.”

This is a riveting and heartbreaking debut novel. It is simultaneously a Western, great historical fiction, political commentary, an extraordinary character study – one of the best books I’ve read this year.
-Mrs. P.

Review: The Perfect Nanny

The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Starting with the horrific what, this short novel slowly and intensely draws out the why. It is suspenseful, unsettling, and quite chilling in parts. It does a wonderful job of portraying the uneasy ambiguity of the relationship between the nanny and her charges and the nanny and her employers. Is she family, friend, employee …? Wonderfully full of subtle social commentary on social class, race, motherhood vs. work also.
-Mrs. P.