The idea that you can simultaneously be too much and not enough is an undercurrent throughout the body of Baird's work: too much, when she wants to be open and honest about her sexuality and rape but not enough to fit in with the cool girls and "feminist bros" that, while personified in the academic experience.
26-year-old Anna is a former Parisian, former ballerina, and former woman with an identity outside of her eating disorder. Somewhere between following her husband to St. Louis and ending up in Bedroom 5 at 17 Swann Street, Anna's all but disappeared.
Grace, Lia, and Sky are sheltered from the horrors of the outside world. They've been brought up to believe that beyond the borders of their home there is nothing but violence: men against women, disease against bodies.
Sixteen years ago, Persephone O'Leary never came home. Now Sylvie must return to her hometown, stay in the room she shared with her sister, to help her mother. But Persphone's presence lingers on the streets of the quiet Connecticut village, in the empty bedroom Sylvie moves back into, and in the fact that her disappearance, and murder, remains unsolved.
Title: The Au PairAuthor: Emma RousGenre: SuspensePublisher: BerkelySource: eARC via NetGalleyLength: 320pPublishing Date: 08 January 2019 "But the witches took the real twins anyway." she'd whispered, wide-eyed. "And the fairies left you and Danny, sprite babies, as a swap. Is it true?" In the Norfolk countryside stands Summerbourne, an estate that sits on the edge of the sea. With… Continue reading Dark Family Secrets Are Uncovered in Emma Rous’ ‘The Au Pair’
Title: Her One Mistake Author: Hedi Perks Genre: Domestic Thriller Publisher: Gallery Books Source: eARC via NetGalley Length: 320p Publishing Date: 08 January 2019 "My breath sticks tightly in my throat as I wait for her to ask what I was doing there tonight. In many ways, the truth would be the easy option." Harriet Hodder's… Continue reading Heidi Perks pens a domestic thriller with a twist in ‘Her One Mistake’
Title: Paper Ghosts Author: Julia Heaberlin Genre: Suspense Publisher: Ballantine Books Source: eARC via NetGalley Length: 348p Publishing Date: 15 May 2018 "The fact is, the best way to disappear is to blend into the usual, irritation stream of creatures." The main character of Paper Ghosts just does that in order to try and solve the mystery of… Continue reading Julia Heaberlin tackles reality versus fiction in ‘Paper Ghosts’