Merak Magazine

Bag Ladies by Jean Lant

If you are someone who’s looking for a quick read of a short thriller based on true life events, then ‘Bag Ladies’ by Jean Lant will not disappoint you.  This book about two witty, humorous and strong ladies going through…

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Blurb: It tells the story of two sisters in France during World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Nightingale for its storytelling and twists that kept me gripped…

The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney is a mesmerising novel that is part science fiction,  part mystery and completely enthralling.  Confession time: I am not a sci-fi fan but I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this domestic mystery. Tim Scott is a Silicon Valley billionaire whose tech…

Salt Slow by Julia Armfield

Once upon a time, I was a person who made the bold claim: ‘I don’t like short stories.’ Imagine that, just writing off a whole genre like that! In the past whenever I dabbled in short story collections (which wasn’t…

The Minimalist Babe by Lola Ray Marie

‘Echoing the thoughts behind Leonardo Da Vinci’s quote that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” The Minimalist Babe teaches you how to value the simple things. From learning to declutter and live with less to living life with passion, good health,…

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

“Alaska isn’t about who you were when you headed this way. It’s about who you become.”   Set in the late 1900’s, The Great Alone follows the story of the search for solitude, and the revelations that come with living…

Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss

If you’re anything like me and have hundreds of books on your to-be-read pile and a mental TBR that’s even longer, then you might do what I do and try to read as widely as possible. I can have months…

After the End by Clare Mackintosh

After the End by Clare Mackintosh is a captivating, poignant novel. Pip and Max Adams have been happily married for several years when an unimaginable diagnosis turns their world upside side. Their 2 year old son Dylan has a brain tumour and he…

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

“No matter how many books you’ve read, how many tales you know, believe me: no one has ever told you a story like this one.”   It is 1990, in Palestine. Isra is crouched over a book, fascinated by stories…

One Minute Later by Susan Lewis

One Minute Later by Susan Lewis is a poignant novel that also shines a very important light on organ donation. On her twenty-seventh birthday, Vivienne “Vivi” Shager’s life forever changes after she has a heart attack. Instead of remaining in London where she…