Hello and welcome to #BiteSizeSaturday. Today I have two books I’d like to present to you, so let’s get on with it, shall we!
The first one is Our Child of the Stars by Stephen Cox (@StephenWhq). This beautiful novel is now available in eBook and audio book and will be out in hardback on 24 January.
I “met” Stephen Cox on Twitter when he was seeking some advice and showed up on my TL because my lovely bookish friend Danielle (@book_obsessed1) was helping him out. I got curious, checked out his novel and decided to snap it up. After reading all those psychological thrillers at the end of 2018, I needed a bit of a palate cleanser, a different genre to spice things up. Our Child of the Stars takes us to the US in the 1960s. A meteor strikes earth and in its wake, a spacecraft crashes. There are no survivors, save one little alien boy, on the brink of death. Think ET, but with a greyish purple hue and tentacles. Drama ensues: what is this boy’s physical makeup like, is he a danger to us, are we to him, what does he know about his people, about his ship? While the Powers that Be try to cover up the alien landing, the boy’s nurse falls desperately in love with him, secretly takes him home and becomes a mother to him, and her husband an equally doting father. However, their happy days are numbered… What to do when the FBI comes knocking, where to run, where to hide? A lovely tale centering around love and friendship in the light sci-fi genre that makes you see the world through the eyes of a boy who knows nothing of this planet and its inhabitants, and is therefore unexpectedly thought-provoking.
Recommended, even if you’re not a major sci-fi fan
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Now, the other novel I have for you today is quite different: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. This dark yet funny novel is out now in all possible formats.
Meet Korede. She’s a nurse, she’s quite good at caring for patients and she seems very nice. But Korede has a problem: her gorgeous sister Ayoola is a serial killer. Nobody realises that behind that beautiful face there’s a narcissistic sociopathic mind, except Korede. And every time Ayoola happens to kill a man (yeah, it just happens, no biggie, it’s not really Ayoola’s fault, it’s not like she brought the murder weapon with her and used it unprovoked or anything), Korede is left to pick up the pieces, or rather to clean up the mess. What lengths is Korede willing to go to in order to protect her baby sister, and at what costs? Especially when Ayoola gets involved with the man Korede has had her eye on for quite some time.A compelling tale that has you murmuring “what the actual fuck, you CRAZY!” more than once or twice, and, because of its (rather abrupt yet adequate) ending, stays with you long after you’ve turned the final page.
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Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read My Sister, The Serial Killer for free