Short reviews of books read last year

I reviewed a few of my reads from last year.

The Mistake I Made by Paula Day

A psychological thriller told from the point of view of Roz a single mother struggling with horrific debt. The story explores choices she makes in an effort to get out of debt and demonstrates how all actions have consequences.

I enjoyed the twists and escalation of situations Roz found herself in. A fun easy read, the pages flew by which was perfect for travelling.


The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu, Sarah Ardizzone (Translator)

This is a sad, bittersweet love story with about a boy who has a cuckoo-clock attached to his heart and falls in love with a fragile singer. The writing is enchanting and textured like a poetic fairy-tale. Although I enjoyed the first part of the book and the dark sinister tones. I still found myself rushing to the end as I found it hard to relate to the characters.


The World Inside by Robert Silverberg

A well written story that is filled with many interesting concepts and well developed characters. A future vision of large apartment complexes, self sustaining and filled to the brim with humans whilst the rest of the planet is used to make food. It gives a fascinating view of how society could cope with overpopulation. The chapters form their own stories each being told through the eyes of different person which gradually get darker as the book progresses. Ethics and morality are explored as each person’s status is determined by the floor they are born on.

However I can’t say I enjoyed the book, many parts were creepy and disturbing. Some sections seemed too much like a guys porn fantasy with features of this “utopia” including every woman being available to their sexual desires and forbidden to decline their advances. Overall though it is worth a read as an interesting exploration of a horrific future






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