[REVIEW] Wish You Were Here – Jodi Picoult

THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW. Will warn again when they appear.

Jodi Picoult
Wish You Were Here
Ballantine Books (US: 30th November 2021); Hodder & Stoughton (UK: 25th November 2021); Random House Canada (CA: 30th November 2021); Allen & Unwin (AU: 25th November 2021)
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There’s an early sign that this is not up to the author’s usual high quality writing: A character of Japanese ethnicity was married to an English musician who was shot dead. Too obviously inspired by Yoko Ono and John Lennon. This is lazy writing, and even secondary characters don’t deserve that. I like Kitomi, but still… I expect more from Jodi Picoult.

It’s not a spoiler to say that this novel was inspired by, written, and published during the Covid-19 pandemic. The real life event plays a pretty major part of the story, and is mentioned in all the summaries and promo material: an American tourist is stranded in the Galápagos Islands during the pandemic.

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[REVIEW] Girl, 11 – Amy Suiter Clarke

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Amy Suiter Clarke
Girl, 11
Mariner Books (US & CA: 20th April 2021/31st May 2022); Pushkin Vertigo (UK: 26th April 2021); Text Publishing (AU: 4th May 2021)
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So great to start a new year with a 5-star read straight away!

Sometimes certain things trend in crime fiction - e.g. social media influencers. In this case, there came a trend of thrillers about true-crime podcasts. The immediate comparison title for me is Eliza Jane Brazier's If I Disappear. While I recommend both, they are different beasts. If I Disappear has a better voice, but for sheer attention to detail Girl, 11 wins. It also contains a crucial element that the other book lacks - a stronger back story for the protagonist.

Twists revealed in Girl, 11 won't shock readers who pay attention, but they nonetheless pack a punch. This novel is an absolute standout amongst serial killer stories, and will leave readers eager for whatever the author has next in store. (Noble Wife, due out in 2023 - mark your calendar.)

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Claire Askew: A Matter of Time: 10th March 2022 (KE)/31st May 2022 (HC)/27th September 2022 (PB): Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Amy Suiter Clarke: Girl, 11: 31st May 2022 (KE & HC out now): Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Amy Suiter Clarke: Noble Wife: 18th April 2023: Kindle Edition

Mur Lafferty: Station Eternity: 4th October 2022: Paperback

P. J. Tracy: Desolation Canyon: 18th January 2022 (KE & HC)/25th October 2022 (PB): Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

December 2021 Releases

Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released December 2021. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.

DECEMBER 2021 RELEASES
Kelley Armstrong: High Jinx: Buy
Holly Black: The Curse Workers (White Cat & Red Glove & Black Heart): Buy
Mira Grant: Square³: Buy
Carrie Jones: When You Bring Them Back: Buy
Tiffany Reisz: Wrapped in Black: Buy

Now Available for US Pre-Order

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Jennifer Lynn Barnes: THE HAWTHORNE LEGACY: 2nd August 2022 (KE & HC out now): Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Theo Clare: THE BOOK OF SAND: 12th April 2022: Hardcover

Alyssa Cole: THE CARETAKER: 6th September 2022: Kindle Edition & Paperback

Mira Grant: SQUARE³: 31st December 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Katelyn Monroe Howes: THE AWOKEN: 26th July 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Daniel O’Malley: BLITZ: 4th October 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Kat Richardson: THROUGH THE GREY: 18th January 2022: Kindle Edition

Erica Spindler: THE DETECTIVE’S DAUGHTER: 29th March 2022: Kindle Edition

November 2021 Releases

Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released November 2021. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.

NOVEMBER 2021 RELEASES
V. C. Andrews: Out of the Rain: Buy
Kelley Armstrong: Snowstorms & Sleigh Bells: Buy
Karen Ann Hopkins: The Offering: Buy
Imogen Howson: A Girl of Dust & Death (previously published as Blood of the Volcano): Buy
Carrie Jones: Almost Dead: Buy
Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen: Patient Zero: Buy
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: Aurora’s End: Buy
L. A. Larkin: The Safe Place: Buy
Marissa Meyer: Gilded: Buy
Diana Peterfreund: In the Ballroom with the Candlestick: Buy
Jodi Picoult: Wish You Were Here: Buy
Maria V. Snyder: The King of Koraha: Buy

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NOW AVAILABLE
Janet Edwards: EARTH PRIME: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Karen Ann Hopkins: THE OFFERING: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Carrie Jones: WHEN YOU BRING THEM BACK: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Maria V. Snyder: THE KING OF KORAHA: Kindle Edition & Paperback

PRE-ORDER
Jessica Brody: SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL: 2nd August 2022: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Simone Buchholz (translated by Rachel Ward): RIVER CLYDE: 17th January 2022/1st July 2022: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Hannah Gadsby: TEN STEPS TO NANETTE: 29th March 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Kim Harrison: MILLION DOLLAR DEMON: 26th April 2022 (KE & HC out now): Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback
Emiko Jean: MIKA IN REAL LIFE: 9th August 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Alex Kava: FALLEN CREED: 15th March 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Katharine McGee: INHERITANCE: 3rd May 2022: Kindle Edition
Katharine McGee: RIVALS: 31st May 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Danielle Valentine: HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR MURDER: 30th August 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

October 2021 Releases

Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released October 2021. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.

OCTOBER 2021 RELEASES

Kelley Armstrong: Dreaming Darkness: Volume Two: Buy
Kelley Armstrong: A Twist of Fate: Buy
Keri Arthur: Broken Bonds: Buy
Laura Bickle: Shifting Summer: Buy
Christina Dalcher: Femlandia: Buy
Merrie Destefano: A Place of Magic (previously published as Feast): Buy
Janet Edwards: Array 2781: Buy
Nicci French: The Unheard: Buy: Goodreads
Romy Hausmann (translated by Jamie Bulloch): Sleepless: Buy
Karen Ann Hopkins: The Fortuna Coin: Buy
Carrie Jones: The Things We Seek: Buy
Cherie Priest: Grave Reservations: Buy
Erica Spindler: Seven Deadly Sins (previously published as In Silence): Buy

September 2021 Releases

Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released September 2021. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.

SEPTEMBER 2021 RELEASES

Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Hawthorne Legacy: Buy
Samantha Hayes: The Trapped Wife: Buy
Imogen Howson: A Girl of Stone & Smoke: Buy
Carrie Jones: Inchworms: Buy
Marie Lu: Steelstriker: Buy
Tiffany Reisz: Mischief: Buy
Tiffany Reisz: Little Red Riding Crop: Buy

August 2021 Releases

Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released August 2021. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.

AUGUST 2021 RELEASES

Megan Abbott: The Turnout: Buy: Goodreads
Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell: Suns Will Rise: Buy
Paula Hawkins: A Slow Fire Burning: Buy: Goodreads
Carrie Jones: Saint: Buy
Kate McLaughlin (previously published as Kady Cross): The Girl with the Windup Heart: Buy
J. P. Pomare: The Last Guests: Buy: Goodreads
Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons: Rise Up from the Embers: Buy
Madeleine Roux: Reclaimed: Buy
Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates): Cold as Hell: Buy