Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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Bound to a Spy

Bound to a Spy is the second instalment in Sharon Cullen's All the Queen's Spies series. It's a steamy, action-packed story that works perfectly well as a standalone, so potential readers can start here, if they so choose. Rose Turner is not of noble birth. In fact, she comes from one of Scotland ...

B+
Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Fans of young adult fairytale retellings won't want to miss Girls Made of Snow and Glass, a feminist take on Snow White set in a land of perpetual winter. The world building is amazing, and the main characters seem to leap off the page. There's even a hint of a lesbian romance for those looking for ...

B
How I Lost You

How I Lost You introduces readers to Susan Webster, a woman just released from a psychiatric institution for murdering her infant son. Susan is determined to make a new life for herself, so she goes to live in a village where no one knows her, changes her name to Emma Cartwright, and does her best t ...

B
Manhattan Beach

In Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan's first novel in seven years, one woman struggles to find her place in an ever-changing world. Anna is only twelve years old when she first meets Dexter Styles. He's a powerful, mysterious man, and for reasons Anna doesn't fully understand, her father seems inten ...

C
Such a Pretty Girl

I picked up Such a Pretty Girl in hopes of losing myself in that perfect blend of romance and mystery I've been fortunate enough to find in many of the romantic suspense novels I've read recently. For the most part, I got what I was looking for, but this latest novel by Tess Diamond isn't without it ...

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The Stolen Marriage

I've been a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain's work since the early 2000s. Everything she writes is filled with well-drawn characters who are in the midst of varied and complex situations. When I learned she was writing a novel set during the Second World War, I was over the moon, as that's one of my f ...

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Odd Child Out

I picked up Odd Child Out on a bit of a whim. I'd heard some great things about Ms. MacMillan's work, the synopsis caught my attention, and looked like something I'd enjoy. Unfortunately, I didn't do enough research into the author's work before deciding to review this book, and I ended up more than ...

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I, Eliza Hamilton

I'm one of the few Americans who wasn't totally blown away by the Broadway musical Hamilton. I didn't find myself particularly moved by the music, even though the story itself seemed compelling. So, when I saw that Susan Holloway Scott had written a novel based on the life of Elizabeth Skyler Hamilt ...

B
Don't Let Go

Each year, I find myself eagerly anticipating the latest standalone thriller from Harlan Coben. Don't Let Go, Mr. Coben's latest novel, is the story of one man's quest to uncover the truth about what happened to his twin brother nearly twenty years before. I had a few quibbles with the plot, but I e ...

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An Enchantment of Ravens

From the moment I heard about An Enchantment of Ravens, I knew I had to read it. It looked like exactly the kind of dark paranormal romance I usually love, and it was every bit as grand a reading experience as I was hoping it would be. Isobel and her family live in the village of Whimsy, a human ...