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"A Crime in the Family" by Sacha Batthyany, translated by Anthea Bell

 Da Capo Press. 224 pages. Hardcover $28.00.  

Originally published in German in 2016, this disturbing memoir tells of journalist Sacha Batthyány’s confrontation with the truth and meaning of the heinous crime his family committed during the twilight of WWII. 111 more words

Authors And Books

Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite @BCopperthwait @bookouture

Today it is my great pleasure to be joining in the blog blitz for the release of Barbara Copperthwaite’s new psychological thriller, Her Last Secret. Thanks to Barbara and Noelle Holten for inviting me to take part. 1,077 more words

Crime, Thrillers And Mystery

Slavic Myths and Human Monsters

A review of David Demchuk’s The Bone Mother (ChiZine, 2017)
By Derek Newman-Stille

David Demchuk’s The Bone Mother brings together snippets of strange lives into a tale that hints at connections between these individual stories and provides shadows of a larger narrative tying them together. 286 more words

Fiction Book Reviews

Why On Earth Would You Open Your Mouth to Tell These Stories?!

Sure, you may ask that. Let me tell you the answer. It’s pretty simple. For my entire lifetime of several decades I have lived under the unspoken but foreboding demand that no one speak of the truths and events that have transpired inside my family, both past and current. 188 more words

Book Review of Home Tears

Home Tears By Tijan

Book Description:

Dani’s survived a lot of sh*t storms. Her mother died. Her two sisters loathed her. One aunt hated her. The other was strangely distant, but the worst storm—being dumped by her childhood best friend/high school boyfriend/first love for her younger sister. 361 more words


Get Lost

Watch Me Disappear is disappointing. Sorry. There’s no hemming and hawing on this one. Yet, I read all 300-plus pages waiting for some redeeming elements. Some surfaced only to quickly fade. 232 more words


Laundry on Life: thoughts on privacy and friendship

The old house in Malaysia had laundry lines strung across the first floor balcony. Through a small latched gate in the balcony railing, I could step off the balcony, onto the carport roof to make use of the additional space if I had more laundry than usual.  594 more words