Book Reviews: Our March Book Picks Revealed!

Refresh your reading list this Spring with our three featured books for March, as featured in this month's Paperback Down Subscription Box.

Local Voices: No One Saw A Thing by Andrea Mara

No One Saw A Thing by Andrea Mara - our Irish Author choice for this month's subscription box

What's the craic?

Two children get on the train. Only one gets off...

No one saw it happen. You stand on a crowded tube platform in London. Your two little girls jump on the train ahead of you. As you try to join them, the doors slide shut and the train moves away, leaving you behind.

Everyone is lying. By the time you get to the next stop, you've convinced yourself that everything will be fine. But you soon start to panic, because there aren't two children waiting for you on the platform. There's only one.

Someone is to blame. Has your other daughter got lost? Been taken by a passing stranger? Or perhaps the culprit is closer to home than you think? No one is telling the truth, and the longer the search continues, the harder she will be to find...

Why we love it...

No One Saw A Thing is every parent's worst nightmare - a child disappears in just a split second and no one knows what happened. Shifting from past to present, the story follows distraught mother Sive as she tries to unravel the complex web of lies and deception surrounding her daughter's disappearance. With plot twist after plot twist, it's an engrossing fast-paced thriller that'll keep you guessing from start to finish. 

Science Fiction & Fantasy: Thirteen Ways To Kill Lulabelle Rock

Thirteen Ways To Kill Lulubelle Rock by Maud Woolf

What's the craic?

Set in a world of the near future, the celebrity elite have access to a technology that allows them to make perfect copies of themselves, known as Portraits. These Portraits exist to fulfil all the various duties that come as the price of fame. Our protagonist is the thirteenth copy made of the actress known as Lulabelle Rock.

Her purpose is very simple: to track down and eliminate her predecessors. While initially easy, her task is made difficult by the labyrinthine confusion of Bubble City and the unfortunate stirrings of a developing conscience. When she makes the mistake of falling in love with one of her targets, the would-be assassin faces the ultimate question; when you don't want to kill yourself, what's the alternative?

Why we love it...

Ever wished you could be in half a dozen places at the same time? That's the premise of this futuristic debut novel by Maude Woolf where the rich and fabulous use clones to get through that daily to-do list. Quirky and multi-layered, this genre-defying story is a bitingly satirical look at celebrity culture that also looks at what it means to be human - what makes us unique and what is it that shapes our uniqueness? Described as 'Barbie meets Bladerunner', it's fun, fast-paced read that we thoroughly recommend! 

Bucket List Books: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by. John le Carre

What's the craic?

A Russian mole has infiltrated the British establishment - and the spymaster Smiley must dig them out... George Smiley, formerly of the Secret Intelligence Service, is contemplating his new life in retirement when he is called back on an unexpected mission. His task is to hunt down an agent implanted by Moscow Central at the very heart of the Circus - one who has been buried deep there for years.

The dogged, troubled Smiley can discount nobody from being the traitor, even if it is one of those closest to him.

Why we love it...

Originally published in 1974 and set during the Cold War, John le Carre’s timeless classic is arguably one of the best spy thrillers ever written. Adapted multiple times into film, radio and television, this iconic story continues to excite and enthral readers of all generations around the world. Perfect for book-lovers who enjoy getting lost in a gripping tale filled with intrigue and mystery.

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