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Don't Turn Around

Don't Turn Around by Jessica Barry

As well as bartending, Cait volunteers as a driver for Sisters of Service, a charity that offers advice, support and relocates women from domestic abuse situations. Her role as a driver is rewarding enough and the fact that she knows very little about her passengers suits Cait as she has her own demons and secrets that she wants to stay buried.

Then she picks up Rebecca from an affluent address and recognises her as the wife of Patrick McRae...he was…

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Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge would hardly be considered new anymore (published in 2008), but I only discovered this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel during lockdown. Olive herself was the perfect companion for me in uncertain times. She is sturdy, no-nonsense, abrasive and prickly, but also frequently compassionate, surprisingly kind-hearted and open-minded.

            The novel is structured more like a collection of short stories rather than one traditional narrative, but each new chapter contains some connection to Olive Kitteridge and reveals an aspect of…

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