• Books

    The Tense Theatre in The Witch Elm

    The Tense Theatre in The Witch Elm, Book Review, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/11/29/the-witch-elm/ #TheWitchElm #TanaFrench #book #novel #detectivefiction #crimefiction

    The Witch Elm is an impressive novel. It’s a riotous exercise in prose and character and suspense whose ending literally left me breathless. But it has one flaw that has disappointed hardcore Tana French fans: a suspect as the narrator. I myself didn’t particularly mind but apparently most longtime fans did. They yearned for her usual complex detective protagonist while lighting up websites with irritated reviews. They were hoping for what they liked, a Dublin Murder Squad personality, and didn’t…

  • Writing

    5 Reasons Why NaNoWriMo Is Not for Me

    keyboard and plant, 5 Reasons Why NaNoWriMo Is Not for Me, https://karenhugg.com/2018/10/29/nanowrimo-is-not-for-me, Karen Hugg #nanowrimo #NationalNovelWritingMonth #books #novel #reasonsnottodonanowrimo

    I have to be honest, I was always on the fence with National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. Having worked as an editor and writer before the event became mainstream, I thought it odd that people needed one dedicated month to write a book. I thought, you either want to write a novel or you don’t. Why do you need an artificial deadline of 30 days? Then a writer friend did it and it sounded intriguing. It’s a…

  • Writing

    An Interview With Deborah Lawrenson

    Deborah Lawrenson is a versatile author who can write humor, mystery, historical fiction, and even espionage. She specializes in secrets, lacing her stories with clues and danger that keeps readers turning pages and asking questions. Her first novels dealt in satire, Hot Gossip, Idol Chatter, and The Moonbathers, before she tackled more serious subjects like World War II and familial relationships in The Art of Falling and 300 Days of Sun. The Lantern is a wonderful retelling of Daphne du…

  • Books

    Book Review: Every Single Secret

    Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter, book cover, a book review by Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/10/02/every-single-secret/ #books #EverySingleSecret #EmilyCarpenter #novels #bookreviews

    Last night I stayed up late and finished Emily Carpenter’s outstanding new novel Every Single Secret. It’s a psychological thriller set in Georgia that focuses on an engaged couple, Daphne and Heath, who both have damaged, dark pasts. Heath has violent nightmares, she has anxiety. In an effort to curb his nightmares, Heath suggests they visit an eccentric therapist in the mountains who has an excellent reputation but non-traditional methods. For instance, you check into his mansion for a week…