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Book review: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

I’ve read a couple of very interesting non-fiction books recently and The Five is one of them. Very much recommended!

It is likely that Jack the Ripper is known to most of us in some way whether from history or different forms of fiction. You know: the mysterious killer, who stalked the streets of Victorian London and apparently targeted prostitutes? Except that the women weren’t all prostitutes.

Here’s a book that will finally give the spotlight to the victims and show them as so much more than “just prostitutes”.

It is for them that I write this book. I do so in the hope that we may now hear their stories clearly and give back to them that which was so brutally taken away with their lives: their dignity.

It took me a rather long time to read this book because it was just so full of fascinating details that I just wanted to slowly absorb it all.

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Book review: The Expedition by Bea Uusma

This is a book about a Swedish expedition towards the North Pole in 1897, and an intriguing investigation more than 100 years later about what the heck went wrong and why these ill-prepared guys never returned home.

Three men with minimal knowledge of arctic conditions, find themselves suddenly in the middle of a white nightmare.

Rough translation from the Finnish edition I had

I never thought I would read a book about this subject, I hadn’t even heard about it even though it’s apparently quite well known. 🙂 The Expedition was a very pleasant surprise. The book was a very interesting combination of historical fact and modern day forensics and it felt like I was reading a detective story.

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Book review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Another comfort book read! This was the first book from Jenny Colgan I’ve read and I think I will read more from her in the future. The Bookshop on the Corner was light, fluffy and perfect book to balance these stressful times.

Books had been her solace when she was sad, her friends when she was lonely. They had mended her heart when it was broken, and encouraged her to hope when she was down.

I feel like I’ve seen many people talking about this book (online). A comfort book about books and a very bookworm main character is the perfect combination for another book lover. 🙂 Add into the mix beautiful countryside in Scotland and I’m sold.

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