The Christmas break provided ample time for reading some new books. These are just a few that the Impress team loved.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015 and is a worthy winner. Set in France and Germany during the Second World War, the novel alternates between Marie-Laure, a blind girl living in France, and Werner, a German orphan compelled to join the German army. The writing is brilliant, throwing you directly into the atmosphere of regular people living in France and Germany and the story is incredibly poignant. This novel is very difficult to put down and the story will stay with you.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
The third instalment in the Cormoran Strike series delivers everything
that the previous two instalments had and more. If you thought that The Silkworm was grisly, Career of Evil might just set the bar a little higher. There are red herrings all the way through so even the most experienced crime reader will be left guessing until almost the very end.
Electric Shadows of Shanghai by Clare Kane
Set in 1931 Shanghai, this novel tells the story of British diplomat William Graves and his wife Amelia as they pursue a life in Shanghai. Published towards the very end of 2015, this novel by debut author Clare Kane is a compelling read that offers expertly constructed characters alongside a gripping plot, weaving politics and romance together. Electric Shadows of Shanghai will be on a book-bloggers tour all next week. Follow this on twitter with #ElectricShadows.
Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
This novel presents the reader with the idea of what Hitler would have
been doing if he turned up in the present day after the Second World War. With access to many forms of media, would people still listen to his ethos? This novel is food for thought, addressing a taboo subject that has intrigued millions of readers since its publication.
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
A love story spanning fifty years, three lives, two continents and an ocean, this is a heart-warming read with loveable characters. It has gentle but engaging writing with a good narrative style and we look forward to further novels by Hooper.