A Novel Page reviews

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AION’s resident book reviewer A Novel Page has read plenty this month, and here’s what she thinks of four of them. Follow ANovelPage on insta.

The Maid by Nita Prose

Long story short: Molly works as a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel. One day she finds a regular hotel guest dead in his bed… but who did it?

This is definitely one of the more hyped releases of the year, so I was very excited to land a place on @tandemcollectiveuk ’s readalong. It’s such a shame that it didn’t meet my expectations…

Don’t get me wrong, this is a good book, but I didn’t find it anything special. The first few chapters were very rocky: I struggled to connect with Molly. I found her slightly irritating and she reminded me too much of Eleanor Oliphant (and you know my disdain for that novel).

However, as the novel went on, my thoughts on her changed. I became increasingly protective and concerned for her. I hated the fact that so many people were taking advantage of her! I grew to love her, and the ending was exactly what I had pictured.

It’s a very easy read, nothing too difficult. I think, because of it’s simplicity, it was rather predictable. I knew what was going to happen and when. In saying that, there was one revelation that was very, very surprising! I certainly didn’t expect that!

There are some inaccuracies within the police and legal procedures mentioned which did get on my nerves because some of the mistakes were major!

The biggest issue was the simplicity. The characters did feel like caricutures at points – especially the minor ones. They, like the plot, lacked depth. It’s frustrating as this could have been a really excellent novel, but it did fall slightly short.

Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a fun, engaging and cosy read, then you will not be disappointed by this.


N.B.: I was kindly gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

A Novel page rates this book 7/10

Just Another Liar by Mandy Byatt

Long story short: Denise, Petra and Anna are three very different women connected by David. They’ve all met him online, but only one can have him… 

Thank you so much @avonbooksuk for sending me a copy of this! It’s basically the literary world’s answer to MTV’s ‘Catfish’.

The beginning is a little bit of a slow burn; but, just hang in there, it’s so worth it! There are alternating multiple PoVs of the women which were great. The distinct characterisation of the three women was brilliant as it really aided the ease in which I read this.

In terms of the characters, I didn’t like all of them. It was very difficult to connect with most of them, but I think it really helped me remain an impartial onlooker.

As any thriller, there are many plot twists. Some of them are predictable, but then some had my head absolutely scrambled. I remember putting it down after one revelation and needing five minutes to process it!

Like I’ve said above, the beginning was a little bit slow and I felt that some parts were rather repetitive. Having said that, I definitely will be re-reading this again now that I know everything. It will be interesting to see what I have missed the first time round.

I do think that the ending was a little bit underwheleming. It was certainly surprising, but some part of me wishes it ended differently.

Regardless of that, I really enjoyed the style of writing – I can’t believe it’s a debut novel! I really look forward to seeing what Mandy Byatt has in store next…

If you like Lisa Jewell or TM Logan, I think you will absolutely love this book!

A Novel page rates this book 8/10


N.B.: I was kindly gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

It Must Be Love by Caroline K Author

Long story short: Abbie and Oz met when they were young and there was an instant spark. Unfortunately, everything/everyone is determined to keep them apart.

It’s undeniable that this is an incredibly well-written debut novel! Thank you @bookpublicist!!

It is an enjoyable read. The plot is well-constructed and I enjoyed how the timeline jumped around. It kept the plot engaging, compelling and moving!

There is a lot of representation within the novel which was brilliant! There were LGBTQ+ inclusion as well as having a main character that was not an English speaker. I loved travelling to different countries and experiencing different cultures through the characters and setting.

The main selling point for me is how real and ordinary this book is. There’s no grandiosity or melodrama – it details the life of real people facing real problems. Some parts were incredibly relatable! I loved the fact that there was a focus on other aspects of ‘life’ other than Abbie and Oz.

There is a lot of depth to the wide array of themes! However, it’s not an intense book: I didn’t feel an overwhelming amount of emotion when reading it. I know I’m not the most emotional person, but this isn’t an inherently sad novel. Or, at least, I don’t think it is!

I do want to reread this novel because I read it over the course of many days in many fragments. I think I will appreciate it a lot more when read in solid chunks.

Despite not being a huge romance fan, I really enjoyed this novel! I definitely think it’s one to watch out for in 2022.

A Novel page rates this book 8/10

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

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Long story short: Cleo is sent to a remote island to marry herself on her 30th birthday. However, the cabin she’s staying in is double-booked, and Mack isn’t leaving…

Thank you so much @vikingbooksuk for a copy of this!

As you know, I’m not a huge romance fan! I just hate the clichés, some can be very vapid, and I’m not an overtly emotional individual. Most of the time I read them, my face looks like 🤨 or 😐.

Now, this was a clichéd novel, however, it was so easy to read and rather entertaining! It took me around 2-3 hours to start and finish it – so to say that it held my attention would be an understatement!

It goes without saying, therefore, that the prose was very well written. The language used was simplistic and easily accessible. I liked the alternative PoV as it made it such a compelling narrative. The titles of each chapters were cleverly named – it made it much more playful and fun!

The cast of characters were lively, vibrant and bold! They were all so different and cheeky – I loved the female group that Cleo found on the island. I did think that one or two of the characters were a little bit flat, but they were very minor characters.

I don’t usually mention the location of novels in my reviews. However, Salvation Island is really brought to life. There was so much description and vivid imagery that really bought it to life. I want to spend a 1-2 weeks at Otter Lodge – I think I would love it!

I thought it was going to end one way, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a good novel: the message and power of ’self-love’ really shone through the pages throughout the entirety of the book.

If you love romance books then this is really not one to miss!

A Novel page rates this book 8/10

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