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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 Curio Collectors by Eloise Williams

Review - The Curio Collectors by Eloise Williams

Lily and Tom travel the county with Ma Hawker, enthralling crowds with their amazing collection of curios.

Always on the lookout for new wonders, Lily is tricked into buying a worthless bag of rubbish. But hidden within is a special piece of scrimshaw.

A young woman called Flora Meriweather is desperate to buy the scrimshaw, hoping it can help her solve a mystery surrounding her late mother. But someone else also wants to get his hands on the scrimshaw and ensure that secrets stay hidden in the past.

Can the Curio Collectors help the truth come to light?

The Curio Collectors is another fantastic short book from Barrington Stoke, the publishing industry specialists in making books interesting, exciting and incredibly accessible. They're targeted at reluctant readers and people with reading difficulties, but personally I just find them a really great, short read.

The Curio Collectors is a historic novel, set in 1896. And for such a short read it really does pack an awful lot in! Lily and Tom are travelling the country with Ma Hawker, scraping a living by showing off their collection of curios to paying crowds, and selling some of their pieces to distinguished collectors. From the very start we can see that it's not a very secure life, as they get chased off of a piece of land by a farmer demanding rent for the small patch of field their caravan takes up. 

It's when they head for London that the mystery element of the story really kicks in, and I thought it was excellent! There's a young maid after one of their curios, and a gentleman who also seems very interested in purchasing it. There follow secret messages, hidden treasure maps, and an exciting treasure hunt. As well as the fascinating portrayal of the main characters' travelling lifestyle, there are some strong feminist themes that come out of the writing, challenging perspectives of the 1890s in a way that is still all too relevant today. It raises important questions about who took credit for the advances of the past, and was it always the person responsible for the actual discoveries?

A thrilling mystery, intertwined with some important themes. A delightful curio!


The Curio Collectors by Eloise Williams is out now, published by Barrington Stoke.

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


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