By jeanettehewitt78, Sep 11 2012 06:17PM
The best news of the day has to be Alison Moore's The Lighthouse being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012. I read the book at the weekend and as I told Alison, chores and housework got seriously ignored as I found I couldn't put it down. It would not be surprising that The Lighthouse made the shortlist, if it was not for the fact that the publisher - Salt Publishing - is an independent publisher. In fact, of the six that made the shortlist, three are from Indies. This goes a long way to show how the independent publishing world is making strides in this industry. Congratulations to all of the contenders, but my vote is with Ms Moore.
As well as The Lighthouse, most recently I read the epic A Twist of Fate by Joanna Rees, a novel totally different to The Lighthouse, on the other end of the spectrum and it too was a fantastic read. If you enjoy novels that span decades and have a feel of Penny Vincenzi then this is a must read.
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood was a book that had me hooked. Ever wonder about the lives that child killers lead once they are set free and given new identities? Then this is the read for you. Hauntingly real, no over dramatising, simply a tale of two women trying to get on with their lives without anyone finding out who they really are. But when a murderer strikes in one of the women's home town, media and press attention comes a little too close for comfort. Five stars for this one and an absolute must read.