Cloudland by Joseph Olshan


“Catherine Winslow, taking a walk during an early spring thaw, discovers the body of a woman leaning against an apple tree near her house in the Upper Valley of Vermont. From the corpse’s pink parka, Winslow recognizes it as the latest victim of a serial killer, a woman reported missing weeks before during a January blizzard. Once a major reporter for a national newspaper, now a household hints columnist, Catherine is disturbed and galvanized by her discovery and with the help of her neighbor, a forensic psychiatrist, as well as a local detective, starts to research the River Valley murders.
At the same time, her younger lover from an excruciating, failed love affair resurfaces after two years, trying to manuever his way back into her affections. As she delves into the murders, she realizes that certain friends and acquaintances may actually be suspects or even worse.”


Only * * stars from me unfortunately.

I just couldn’t connect with this read. I didn’t find it really fit in it’s genre as a crime/thriller. It wasn’t gritty enough, disturbing enough, or shocking enough! I found it to be a who-dunnit which is in fact the only reason I finished the book – I did want to know who done it.

I didn’t connect with the characters and found the story flat and un-inspiring. I rarely give up on finishing a book but I contemplated it a few times with this one.

Sadly just didn’t grab my interest enough.

Decide for yourself and buy Cloudland here


Joseph Olshan is an award-winning American novelist. His first novel, Clara’s Heart, won the Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writers’ Competition and went on to be made into a feature film starring Whoopi Goldberg. He is the author of eight novels, the most recent of which, The Conversion, will be published in 2008.

In addition to his novels, he has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, The Times (London), The Guardian (London),The Independent (London), The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, the New York Observer, Harpers Bazaar, People magazine and Entertainment Weekly. During the 1990’s he was a regular contributor of book reviews to the Wall Street Journal. For six years was a professor of Creative Writing at New York University where he taught both graduate and undergraduate courses.

Joseph Olshan’s other novels include Nightswimmer and Vanitas, as well as The Waterline, A Warmer Season, The Sound of Heaven and In Clara’s Hands, a sequel to his acclaimed first novel, Clara’s Heart.

Joseph Olshan is published in the U.S. by Saint Martin’s Press and Berkley Books; and in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury publishing and Arcadia Books. His work has been translated into sixteen languages.


Someone Else’s Wedding by Tamar Cohen

Someone Else's Wedding

“Mr. & Mrs. Max Irving request the company of:

Mrs. Fran Friedman, mourning her empty nest, her lost baby, the galloping years, and a disastrous haircut.

Mr. Saul Friedman, runner of marathons, avoider of conflicts and increasingly distant husband.

The two Misses Friedman, Pip and Katy, one pining over the man she can’t have, the other trying to shake off the man she no longer wants.

At the marriage of their son James Irving, forbidden object of inappropriate and troubling desire.

For thirty-six hours of secrets and lies, painted-on-smiles and potential ruin. And drinks, plenty of drinks.

There’s nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past. As Fran negotiates her way from Saturday morning to Sunday evening she is forced to confront things she’s long thought buried, sending shockwaves through her family, and to make decisions about the future that will have far-reaching consequences for them all.”


A fat * * * * from me!

Someone Else’s Wedding is an enjoyable read that takes place over two days at a wedding.

Tamar Cohen brilliantly draws the reader in and cleverly presents us with some surprising twists as we read on. The characters are plenty and varied but written in well so we’re not overwhelmed with information.

Having read Tamar’s fantastic “War of the Wives” previously, this author is definately one I will eagerly watch out for.

An engaging, enjoyable read.

Buy Someone Else’s Wedding here


Tamar Cohen

Tamar Cohen is a freelance journalist who lives in London with her partner and three teenage children.

2013: The Year I Started Blogging and Book Reviewing

So the end of 2013 is just a few short hours away and I’ve been reflecting on my last few months as a newbie book reviewer. I stumbled upon this whole world of like minded book loving twitter enthusiasts quite by accident, one lonely day when I felt I was missing something in my life. A few follows and private messages later, and I was hooked. Late Summer 2013 and Chapter One, Page One was born.

My life has always been surrounded with books and I’ve always been a bit of a book geek yet unfortunately, no one around me had the same adoration for the written word. So to find myself suddenly immersed in a completely book focused life was wonderful to me!

I do find it hard to believe that I have only been blogging and reviewing 4 months! But it’s all thanks to you, my amazing friends on twitter – from like-minded book lovers and reviewers to authors to publishers – every single person has made me feel completely at ease, helped me and accepted me into this amazing community.

I am, of course, still learning and intend to blog A LOT more in 2014 as well as read a lot more too! I am so fortunate to have already received so many beautiful books to read & review, I have a tbr that I’m spoilt for choice as to my next read! I feel so, so lucky to actually be sent books for FREE, and all that’s asked of me in return is to write an honest opinion of said book! Hello? That’s just crazy..! I only wish I’d known about this fantastic book loving world years ago!

So, to all my new book lovers, reviewers, publishers, authors… basically my fantabulous twitter friends… I thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening up a whole new wonderful, book obsessed life that I can escape to anytime, any day.

I wish you all a healthy, wealthy and happy 2014 and I can’t wait for all the books we have to read!

Much love,
Sharon xxx
Chapter one, Page One