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Ilana's Reviews

Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman

A compendium of the author’s essays and talks spanning decades, this volume feels nearly as rich and valuable as the folk and fairy tales that Pullman loves. A real treasure for anyone who enjoys meditating on the power of storytelling, with some delightful insights into Pullman’s own creative mindset that have had more of an impact on my own writing than any ‘how-to’ guide. - Ilana

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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman

A compendium of the author’s essays and talks spanning decades, this volume feels nearly as rich and valuable to me as the folk and fairytales that Pullman advocates for in many of the pieces. Pullman includes delightful insights into his own creative process; these have had more of an impact on my own writing than any how-to guide I’ve read. A real treasure for anyone who enjoys meditating on the power of storytelling. - Ilana

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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko

One part coming-of-age parable, one part psychological horror, this book combines dark fantasy with contemporary magical realism. Beautifully translated from its original Russian, Vita Nostra brilliantly explores the period in early adulthood in which we consider the price we’re willing to pay to discover our full potential and learn how we make ourselves vulnerable when we strive for outside approval. - Ilana

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Published: Harper Voyager - November 13th, 2018

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

Sharon Bolton’s latest gothic-tinged crime fiction The Craftsman is set at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, where the UK’s largest witch trial was held. Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of a child murderer whom she arrested 30 years before, only to find evidence all these years later that the case isn’t closed after all. This promises to be a twisty, chilling read, perfect for the colder, darker nights. - Ilana

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ISBN: 9781250300034
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Published: Minotaur Books - October 16th, 2018

Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje

More experimental than his other popular novels, Ondaatje's fictionalised account of the life of the legendary founding father of jazz, Buddy Bolden, is a thing of kaleidoscopic beauty. By turns poetic, disorienting, visceral, and erotic, Coming Through Slaughter depicts turn of the century New Orleans, and Bolden's developing schizophrenia, with haunting results. - Ilana

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Published: Vintage - March 19th, 1996

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

As a fan of the genre, I know the search for a satisfying mystery can leave you sifting through blurbs that end up sounding somewhat samey. This one is an ingenious mix of Christie-style English village murder and contemporary publishing thriller that scratches the itch whether you're an avid mystery reader or just an occasional one. I truly found it hard to put down! - Ilana

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Published: Harper Perennial - March 27th, 2018

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cormoran Strike novels have so many of the elements I love in mysteries. The main characters are flawed but winning, there is a fiendish puzzle at the heart of each book, and there are equal helpings of darkness and snort-inducing humour. On top of that, the series has one of the most delicious will-they-won't-they romance subplots I have ever read. - Ilana

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Published: Mulholland Books - April 29th, 2014

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Edgar award winner Megan Abbott is wonderful at portraying doomed female friendships with the sizzling tension usually reserved for forbidden romances. This claustrophobic psychological thriller examines the way a dark secret between two old high school friends re-emerges when they reunite as adults, threatening to tip them both into insanity. Just like the high school friend your mother didn’t approve of, this book will shock you, make you cackle, and get under your skin. - Ilana

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ISBN: 9780316547185
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 17th, 2018

Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King

The indomitable Mary Russell is back at it again, this time tracking down a friend’s missing aunt in a search that leads her from the notorious insane asylum of Bedlam to the canals of Mussolini-era Venice. With a cast of players that includes fascist Blackshirts and Cole Porter in full party mode, King’s writing is, as ever, brimming with wit, rich historical detail, and her own brand of infectious joie de vivre. - Ilana

Don’t miss our in-store book launch event with Laurie R. King on June 24th, 2018.

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Published: Bantam - June 12th, 2018

The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong

Suspense fans rejoice! You-jeong Jeong is a master in the genre, translated into English for the first time here. Reading The Good Son, I had the thrilling, stomach-lurching sensation of realizing I had been led somewhere I wasn’t quite expecting, yet the unfolding truth at the heart of the book is chillingly convincing. From the opening scene, when Yu Min wakes inexplicably encrusted in blood from head to toe, this is a gripping, discomforting read. - Ilana

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ISBN: 9780143131953
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

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