It’s Friday, hooray! A very warm welcome to damppebbles and to day four of #R3COMM3ND3D2022. I am thrilled to welcome our first author of the year to the blog today, particularly as I am a huge fan of their books. Joining me today is the fabulous Anne Coates who writes the brilliant Hannah Weybridge Series published by Red Dog Press. There are five excellent books in Anne’s series with the latest, Stage Call, being published earlier this year in January.
So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉
This is the sixth year of #R3C so things are going to be a smidge different this year. Like last year, there’s a scary deadline involved *shudder*. Unlike last year’s form which closed in December, this year’s form will close A LOT EARLIER. The #R3COMM3ND3D application form will only be open until midday (GMT) on Thursday 10th November. If you would like to take part in #R3C this year (and I would LOVE you to!) then please get your three choices in sooner rather than later. Any posts scheduled for later in November will be brought forward and I will close the series early if I’m not able to fill all of the available dates. The form is at the bottom of this post if you fancy taking part.
Here are the three books Anne recommends…
Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough
The first person narrative immediately draws you into the plot as Emma’s life unravels just before her fortieth birthday. Successful lawyer, wife and mother is plagued by sleeplessness to such a degree even she is not sure what is real and whom to trust. An amazingly compelling and twisting narrative, with a touch of the supernatural.
Anne’s Review of Insomnia
New Brighton by Helen Trevorrow
New Brighton, a dystopian novel, totally captivated me in its web of intrigue as it explores corruption, reality, sexuality, what it means to be part of a family, a friend, a lover, a sister and motherhood. The intricate plotting is worked like a beautiful piece of lace. There are developing patterns, which only become apparent as you reach the dénouement after some devastating twists.
Anne’s Review of New Brighton
Nothing Else by Louise Beech
Louise Beech explores sisterhood, family relations, loss and grief in a symphony of emotions which is pitch perfect. Beautifully written and heartbreaking at times, Nothing Else is a fabulous and uplifting read.
Thanks so much, Anne. Three cracking choices – one of which I’ve read and enjoyed myself. The other two look brilliant so they’ll be going straight on the wish list!
About Stage Call (Hannah Weybridge #5):
At the Old Vic, one of London’s most iconic theatres, the stage is set for one of our national treasures to tread the boards in a new, sell-out play. Joan Ballantyne, now in her sixties, has attracted a new fan base with her role in an award-winning soap, Chicory Road, and they’ve turned out in force. As the curtain rises, it reveals the strangely still body of the leading lady, slumped in an armchair. The show will not go on…
Still recovering from the attempt on her life, Hannah Weybridge is stunned. She had been collaborating with the actress on her memoir. Now she has to contribute to her obituary. Suicide is suspected, but Hannah, from the little she knows of the woman, is sceptical. As is Joan’s son, the famous TV actor, Leo Hawkins, who implores Hannah to investigate the circumstances of his mother’s mysterious death.
Hannah is drawn into the lives of those who knew Joan. But who can she trust in a world where everyone seems to be playing a part?
About Anne Coates:
Author of seven nonfiction books, short fiction and the Hannah Weybridge crime thriller series published by Red Dog Press, Anne Coates also reviews for The Arbuturian
If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer, reviewer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/CNhNp5GRcr4XVedh8)