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Blog Tour Review - The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani

 Blog Tour Review - The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani Twelve powerful people are kidnapped and imprisoned in an empty hotel. Each one of them has three choices: Live out the rest of their days peacefully in the hotel, Die by suicide so the rest of their companions can go free, Or murder one of their companions so they alone can go free. The Only Way Out is Death follows the story of these twelve people from the perspective of a young lawyer, Kiriaki, told as the events unfold. She has to forge messy alliances, navigate complex relationships and feuds, and, above all, try to stay alive. Meanwhile, the mastermind of this death game is lurking just out of view, watching them closely, making sure they are primed for murder. Will Kiriaki find the mastermind before it's too late for her? Will she outmanoeuvre the cutthroats before they cut her throat? There are twelve selfish lives in the hotel. Will it end in twelve selfish deaths? The Only Way Out is Death is a fascinating nov

Review - The Lighthouse Bookshop by Sharon Gosling

Review - The Lighthouse Bookshop by Sharon Gosling

At the heart of a tiny community in a remote village just inland from the Aberdeenshire coast stands an unexpected lighthouse. Built two centuries ago by an eccentric landowner, it has become home to the only bookshop for miles around.

 Rachel is an incomer to the village. She arrived five years ago and found a place she could call home. So when the owner of the Lighthouse Bookshop dies suddenly, she steps in to take care of the place, trying to help it survive the next stage of its life.

 But when she discovers a secret in the lighthouse, long kept hidden, she realises there is more to the history of the place than she could ever imagine. Can she uncover the truth about the lighthouse’s first owner? And can she protect the secret history of the place?

The Lighthouse Bookshop is absolutely gorgeous!

I quickly fell in love with the lighthouse as a building. It just sounds like the most perfect place and I soon found myself wishing I could visit and just spend days there, a wish that grew as I got to know the wonderful cast of characters. It has such a lovely sense of community and togetherness and I adored that so much.

Cosy bookshops aside though, The Lighthouse Bookshop is a story about buried secrets and new beginnings. Many of the characters are running away from something, secret traumas haunt them, but it's about starting again, putting the past behind you and becoming somebody new, and that really meant a lot to me. There's a sensitivity and understanding in the way it deals with people's hidden pasts and what happens when those secrets are revealed. 

This theme is reflected in the lighthouse itself, and there's something almost gothic about the centring of such an unusual building, a lighthouse so far from the sea, and the secrets it conceals and reveals. The uncovering of the mysteries hidden in the lighthouse formed a fascinating subplot that tied into so many other things happening in the novel.

It's an emotional book too, with losses and regrets mixed in with the seizing of new futures, though it never dwells too much on regret, because this is an optimistic book. Despite your loss, your grief, your fears and concerns, and all of the pain of your past, it says, there is hope for the future. 


The Lighthouse Bookshop by Sharon Gosling is published on 18 August by Simon and Schuster.

I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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