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Book Review: Redder days by Sue Rainsford

Title: redder days

Author: Sue Rainsford

Publisher: Doubleday UK

Length: 258 pages

Synopsis: Twins Anna and Adam live in abandoned commune in a volatile landscape where they prepare for the world-ending event they believe is imminent. Adam keeps watch by day, Anna by night. They meet at dawn and dusk. Their only companion is Koan, the commune’s former leader, who still exerts a malignant control over their daily rituals. But when one of the previous inhabitants returns, everything Anna and Adam thought the knew to be true is thrown into question.

I read Follow Me To Ground by Sue and I absolutely loved it and then I found out she had a new book coming out and I couldn’t have been more excited. I also couldn’t wait to read it and picked it up right away. After reading this book, I think its fair to say that Sue Rainsford has become an auto-buy author for me. Whatever she writes, I’ll read.

Redder days is so intriguing and consuming that I couldn’t put it down. Here’s what I loved about the book, you are just dropped in the story and for a while you aren’t sure what’s going on, and how it all happened. And its not until Sue introduces different character perspectives that you begin to piece the story together and it really keeps the novel interesting and kept me totally hooked.

The writing, much like Sues plotting, is so clever. The story at times is so brutal and harsh, but Sue’s writing is so engaging and lyrical that it just keeps you turning the page. It’s such harsh topic but the writing is so lyrical and at times ethereal. The setting feels sparse and empty. Sue captures the atmosphere of this book perfectly. It feels desolate and isolated. This book was like nothing I’ve read before.

Sue writes brilliant characters, they were brilliant in Follow Me To Ground and they are just as brilliant in redder days. They are engaging, twisted, damaged and you can’t help but feel for them. But there was also something about the twins, Anna and Adam, that you can’t connect with and it makes them so intriguing. It shows the effects of two children left behind to grow up in a strange, scary situation. And they are so well crafted that and the story is engrossing that every decision they make, makes sense, even if you didn’t want them to make the decision. It’s just brilliant.

I can’t recommend redder days enough, as I’m sure you can tell I loved it. There’s no one out there writing these unique stories like Sue Rainsford. Redder days is unique and unforgettable. I’m looking forward to reading this again and getting lost in the world and the glorious writing.

Thank you so much to Tabitha at Doubleday Uk for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out March 11th.

Until the next review


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Book Review and Blog Tour: ‘Overdrawn’ by N.J.Crosskey

Title: Overdrawn

Author: N.J.Crosskey

Length: 334 pages

Publisher: Legend Press


I’m super excited to be on the blog tour for this book. This is N.J.Crookey’s second book, her first being ‘Poster Boy’

Henry Morris is watching his wife slip away from him. In an ageist society, where euthanasia is encouraged as a patriotic act, dementia is no longer tolerated. Kaitlyn, a young waitress, is desperate for the funds to keep her brother’s life support machine switched on. When a chance encounter brings the two together, they embark on an unconventional business arrangement that will force them to confront their prejudices, as well as their deepest, darkest secrets.

Set in a dystopian world, this book is told through the perspectives of Henry and Kaitlyn and I enjoyed both. Probably Henry’s a little more than Kaitlyn’s, as it for me was a little bit more emotionally charged and I liked that. Kaitlyn was maybe a tad cliched, and you knew how it was going to end up. But both are still enjoyable. They both became much more appealing as the characters began to forge a connection.

There some things in this novel that I wasn’t to keen on, like the situation Henry and Kaitlyn find themselves in. It was a little strange and a bit uncomfortable to read at times. Also the dystopian world has some aspects to it that didn’t need mentioning and some more that did. The whole euthanasia aspect to it was so interesting and I think it could’ve been explored a bit more.

Where this book was really at its best was when the character Chloe became coherent again after getting her dementia medication. She was the heart and soul of this book. The ending Chloe and Henry come to was really heartbreaking. I have to be honest and say I shed a tear. This book felt like it was building towards its ending and it’s lovely that it didn’t disappoint. It probably surpassed my expectations. Kaitlyn’s ending was good, if not a bit predictable, but it was Henry’s and Chloe’s that truly stood out for me. It couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

What this book does well is it makes you think, makes you ask yourself questions like ‘what would I do in this situation?’ And ‘is this where the future is headed? I also was on Henrys side as he tried to get Chloe her medication, but then I began to think is this really a good life for her. I think that’s the biggest impact this book has, its ability to make you question your own ideas.

I would recommend this book, especially if your a fan of dystopian fiction. Or books with an emotionally charged ending.

Thank to Legend Press for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It came out September 1st! Be sure to check it out.

Until the next review