Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniela Tully

Nazi Germany provides the malevolent oxygen to a story of unrequited love, and lives tarnished by greed and loathing. The swastika becomes the symbol of social and familial disintegration as Martha Wiesberg sees her brother descend into a void of darkness. As the plot transcends the Atlantic the arch dictator’s controlling characteristics are reflected on … Continue reading “Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniela Tully”

Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw

Jake Riley’s youthful life is being inexorably sapped by an educational establishment whose duty of care owes more to repression than expression. The Academy attempts to imprison the hearts and minds of its reluctant inhabitants and is an unwanted symbol of the government’s determination to control the people of England at any cost. The Coalition … Continue reading “Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw”

Mike by Andrew Norriss

Mike is the uninvited guest at Floyd’s tennis party; a spectral goth, in long flowing coat and taciturn demeanour, whose existence appears to be both real and unsettling. Yet Mike is a subconscious projection of Floyd’s hidden fears and unsaid truths; a figment of his imagination until this familiar face becomes more prophetic than make … Continue reading “Mike by Andrew Norriss”

The Winter’s Child by Cassandra Parkin

The long winter of depression induced by the unexplained disappearance of a beloved son is fleetingly lifted by the spiritual light of a gypsy soothsayer predicting the prodigals return on Christmas Eve. Preyed on by a witches’ cauldron of mystic Megs who delight in stirring the tea leaves of the emotional vacuum left by Joel, … Continue reading “The Winter’s Child by Cassandra Parkin”

Broadcast by Liam Brown

1984 is fast forwarded into the televisual age as the sci-fi technology of the 21st century segues with the publicity hungry You Tube demographic to transform our private thoughts and dreams into public property. Winston Smith’s disguise has slipped to reveal David Callow, a willing victim of an experiment dreamt up by Xan Brinkley, a … Continue reading “Broadcast by Liam Brown”

Wildest of All by P K Lynch

Religion, broken relationships and untimely death provide the emotional speed bumps as Sissy careers seemingly out of control along the rocky road from innocent childhood to nascent maturity. Sitting in the passenger seat is Jude the tragically distant mother unable to put the brakes on her daughter’s descent into darkness, as she in turn struggles … Continue reading “Wildest of All by P K Lynch”

Ideal Love by Alice Burnett

The evocation of love is spoken through three voices in a plot that explores this emotion in all its aspects from true love to lost love and intertwined with the tantalising nirvana of ideal love. The key protagonists are engaged in a love triangle whose emotional apex is Venus, the possessor of a hypnotic voice … Continue reading “Ideal Love by Alice Burnett”

Rain Falls On Everyone by Clar Ni Chonghaile

The childhood trauma of witnessing Rwanda’s genocide gives Theo an unwanted perspective on life as he sinks into the mire of a Dublin underclass fuelled by drug money. But as he reluctantly adapts to a life of urban conflict he can’t escape the blood soaked images of his African past. His foster parents, Jim and … Continue reading “Rain Falls On Everyone by Clar Ni Chonghaile”

Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall

The lighthouse is a beacon of hope and source of protection for ships navigating the treacherous Cape waters but for Kate and Harriet this desolate outpost is a dreamy idyll where their youthful friendship is allowed to blossom untainted by the dangers and temptations of city life. In nineteenth century Australia the infrequent visits of … Continue reading “Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall”

The Brazilian by Rosie Millard

A vajazzle is a fashion statement more talked about than actually seen but a Brazilian is your passport into the world not only of bored middle class house-wives but the media bubble of the reality tv star. This could be TOWIE does the Balearics with a hint of the outdoor challenges of I’m a Celebrity…….and … Continue reading “The Brazilian by Rosie Millard”