Spalding & District

Book Reviews


August 2018
An evil mind by Chris Carter

This is a story based on some facts from when the author worked for Michigan state attorneys criminal psychology team, when he helped interview criminals, including serial killers. The killer in this story is identified at the beginning and as the story unfolds we find out how and why he killed his victims.

The Year After March 2018
The year after.
Martin Davies

This is a story about people in the upper classes coping with life after the first world war. It covers survivor guilt, reluctance to talk about what happened and there is also a murder mystery to be solved from before the war. It was not popular with the group and was only given 1*/5


Citadel October 2017
by Kate Mosse

At 950 pages, this is the longest book we have tackled. The book is set in Carcassonne in 1942, during World War 2. It is a story of resistance to German occupation. The group is codenamed Citadel.A second story runs parallel of secrets hidden in the Pyrenees in this region.


The Past September 2017
The Past
by Tessa Hadley
The story of a family who have 3 weeks together in their grandparents old house near some woods.
One of the reviews says she is one of the best writers of family life.


A Song for Issy Bradley August 2017
A Song for Issy Bradley
by Carys Bray
Shortlisted for the 2014 COSTA first novel award.
A story of a Mormon family living in Liverpool who lose one of their 4 children to meningitis. The mother takes to her bed, the father, who is a bishop, finds it difficult to cope. The children are grieving without any adult support.
The writer was brought us as a Mormon but left the religion as an adult. She is married with 4 children.


Netherwood July 2017
by Jane Sanderson
Above stairs: Lord Netherwood keeps his considerable fortune ticking over with the profits from his three coal mines in the vicinity. It's just as well the coal is of the highest quality as the upkeep of Netherwood Hall, his splendid estate on the outskirts of town, doesn't come cheap. And that's not to mention the cost of keeping his wife and daughters in the latest fashions-- and keeping the heir, the charming but feckless Tobias, out of trouble.

Below stairs: Eve Williams, is the wife of one of Lord Netherwood's most stalwart employees. When her ordered existence amid the terraced rows of the miners' houses is brought crashing down by the twin arrivals of tragedy and charity, Eve must look to her own self-sufficiency, and talent, to provide for her three young children. And it's then that 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' collide in truly dramatic fashion...


The Hundred Year Old Man June 2017
The Hundred Year Old Man who climbed out of the window and disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson.
Most of the group had already read this book and hadn't particularly enjoyed it. Some parts were quite amusing but mostly it was too far fetched.
The book starts when the main character leaves the old peoples home on his 100th birthday and sets off on an adventure. The book introduces events from his life, where he manages to meet and befriend most of the most powerful world leaders. He also finds the worst criminals and mob leaders friendly and everyone likes him.