The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This year I have signed up for the City 2 Surf for the first time. For non-Aussies, the City 2 Surf is an annual community run, 14.6km no less, that takes place every winter. As the name suggests the course commences in the Sydney CBD and finishes in iconic Bondi Beach. It is long, hilly … Continue reading “The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins”

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

I have been recently been thinking about relocating to a new abode. In the immortal words of my [imagined] avuncular Edina Monsoon, I don’t want what modern was, or what it is…I want what modern will be. Amen Eddie. I also want it on a shoe-string. You know, fancee but cheep! Real estate is bewitchingly … Continue reading “The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney”

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

When I was single I lived by myself for a few years – no cats, I promise! – I considered myself a strong and independent person (I still do) but every now and then irrational fears about my safety would creep in at the most spontaneous and inconvenient times. I am not ashamed to admit that … Continue reading “The Good Girl by Mary Kubica”

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

There cannot be a more complicated relationship than that between mother and daughter. Not even the most unconventional and peculiar of marriages can surpass the volatility and vitality of a woman and her filial offspring. From time immemorial the stories of this relationship have been captured in order to provide certainty and understanding in the … Continue reading “My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout”

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Earlier this year I committed myself to running. As a former current class unco, I am not a natural athlete and any form of physical activity is skin to splitting the atom. But somehow and only very recently, through all that physical ineptitude, I found a love for running. There is something so deliciously addictive … Continue reading “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami”

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

As a little girl, I spent many an afternoon wading through my parents’ wedding and honeymoon album. They were married in the 1980s and I always loved the smiles on their faces and the incredibly outlandish outfits worn by the bride, groom and their guests. The venue was familiar to me, a local beach, but … Continue reading “The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe”

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

This is an easy read but an extremely pleasurable and fulfilling one. All the stories are inextricably linked but that is not revealed until much later in the novel. At first, I was unsure where this novel was headed. In the opening pages, a three year old girl vanishes from her home one unusually hot … Continue reading “Case Histories by Kate Atkinson”