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Karen Byrom

I love to write and I love to read, so writing book reviews is the best job in the world for me!

 

What got me into journalism? After studying Latin and history at St Andrews university, I returned to my home town of Dundee, where DCT Media has been a proud presence for over 100 years.

 

I worked there in magazine journalism for over 30 years, honing my skills at My Weekly and The People’s Friend. I’ve now retired from the 9-5, but still write book reviews for My Weekly and for NFOP’s in-house magazine, along with all the reviews you’ll find here.

 

My tastes are eclectic – I love all genres from romance to detective, fantasy to thriller noir, young adult to literary fiction. Hilary Mantel, Neil Gaiman, Lisa Gardner, Milly Johnson – I’ve too many favourite authors to mention … just check out my reviews to discover more!

Bookish Blog

My stop on @randomthingstours for #thepostmistressofparis by @megwaiteclayton. This powerful story takes us the heart of Vichy France where American heiress Nanee forgoes her own comfort and safety to help save the lives of Jewish refugees. Her fight to reunite one special man with his small daughter puts her into even deeper danger - will she, or any of her loved ones, escape the evil of the Nazi regime? Inspiring, thrilling and romantic in turn - read my full review through the link on my bio @harpercollins360 #bookstagram #bookblogger #wwiistory #wwiifiction #bookrecommendations #maryjaynegold #wwiiheroine #varianfry
Settling down for #bloggersevent with @the_ericajames and @hqstories. #motheranddaughters is such a heartwarming read #bookstagram #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookbloggerslife #lovereading #lovebooks
All I need for a lovely afternoon listening to @the_ericajames chat about her new novel #mothersanddaughters next Tuesday afternoon. Thanks @hqstories #bookstagram #books #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookrecommendations #bookbloggerlife
My first #blogtour of 2022! Dan Raglan is an ex-foreign legionnaire turned “asset” called on by government agencies under threat. His latest adventure takes him to the USA, where he is seeking truth, justice and revenge for fallen comrades and the innocent victims of an organised crime racket at the highest level! Read my full review of this punchy, action packed spy thriller through the link on my bio! #betrayal #davidgilman #danraglan #spythriller #spythrillerbooks #bookstagram #bookblogger #bookrecommendations #lovereading #lovebooks📚 @headofzeus @sophie.ransom
Not long to go now! Visit #BothofYou on Twitter for the free link to this event with the brilliant @adele_parks and @angellicabell #bookstagram #adeleparks #adeleparksbook
I am so excited! Look what just arrived! Thanks @hodderbooks for the ARC of @willrdean #firstborn Can’t wait to read this! #bookstagram #bookbloggersofinstagram #brilliantbooks
Back to work with my first review of 2022 just posted! Stories of children who kill always hold a dark fascination, and this superbly crafted tale of three women once involved in the story of the murder of an outwardly respectable couple ticks all the boxes for dark, twisted and superbly plotted story-telling. Read my full review through the link on my bio. #wheniwas10 @fionacumminsauthor @panmacmillan #bookstagram #bookblogger #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookrecommendations #thrillerbooks #thrillerfiction
It’s tempting but my biscuit is still intact as I await the launch of #BothOfYou @adele_parks (MBE!) Finished the book though - what a a cunningly twisted tale! @hqstories @angellicabell #thrillernoir #bestsellingauthor #sundaytimesbestseller #bookstagram #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookrecommendations #lovereading #lovebooks
Final day of @bookandtonic #boldwoodbooks #adventcalendar - a book you received for Christmas! #BothOfYou by @adele_parks arrived just in time! Can’t wait to join the buzz around this one. Thanks @hqstories @angellicabell #bookstagram #bookbloggersofinstagram #merrychristmas #thrillerbooks #cantbelieveicompletedthischallenge
Day 24 of @bookandtonic #boldwoodbooks #adventcalendarchallenge - a book under my Christmas tree. This is actually my friend’s Christmas tree and she’s taunting me with a title I’m desperate to read! I hope she’s now wrapping it up for me 🎄#luckenbooth #jennifagan #bookstagram #bookstagramchristmas #bookblogger #bookbloggersofinstagram #windmillbooks
Day 23 of @bookandtonic #boldwoodbooks #adventcalendarchallenge - my favourite ghostly tale. Gone back to my YA shelves for #WeWereLiars @elockhartbooks - a haunting teenage tale of friendship, love and tragedy #bookstagram #bookrecommendations #bookstagramchristmas #youngadultfiction #yafiction #lovereading #ghoststories
Day 22 of @bookandtonic #boldwoodbooks #adventcalendarchallenge - my 2022 TBR pile. Laugh hollowly as I regard the mountains already piled up for the first few months of the year and instead choose a few February contenders which are already calling me @hollyh_author @carolinebishopauthor @authorbethreekles @helenfields_author @simonschusteruk @littlebrownbookgroup_uk @avonbooksuk @harperfictionpr #bookstagram #bookstagramchristmas #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookbloggerchristmas
Day 21 of @bookandtonic #boldwoodbooks #adventcalendarchallenge - a book set in winter. Thanks to a post by @booksandwinegums yesterday, I’ve already pulled out #TheDarkIsRising, the first in #susancooper ‘s fabulous fantasy series inspired by the legends of King Arthur #bookstagram #bookstagramchristmas #childrensclassics #arthurianlegend #bookbloggersofinstagram #lovereading #lovebooks #readingrecommendations
Final festive review of the year for me - a welcome return to @suemoorcroftauthor #Middledip offers all the fun and romance of the season in a thought-provoking storyline that goes beyond the glitter and sparkle to explore the true meaning of Christmas. Full review through the link in my bio. #bookstagram #bookstagramchristmas #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookbloggerschristmas #christmasbooks #festiveromance #romanticreads @avonbooksuk @harperfictionpr 🎄❄️🎄
Day 20 of @bookandtonic #boldwoodbooks #adventcalendarchallenge - a book wrapped for Christmas. This pop-up Christmas story is for a special little boy. I give all the children on my list books - even my new-born great niece and nephew who are getting squishy bath books! #bookstagram #bookstagramchristmas #christmasbooks #christmasbookstagram #christmaswrapping #childrensbooks
Day 19 of @bookandtonic #boldwoodbooks #adventcalendarchallenge - a story set in a country you’d like to visit. Soon I’ll be off to Tuscany through the pages of #outofherdepth @bylizzybarber - can’t wait to read this one! #bookstagramchristmas #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookbloggerslife #lovereading #lovebooks📚 #lovechristmas
Day 18 of @bookandtonic #boldwoodbooks #adventcalendarchallenge - a book with a chilling twist. DI Barton is chasing down a killer who believes revenge is a dish best served cold … but who is he? #TheColdKiller @rossg555 #bookstagramchristmas #bookstagram #bookblogger #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookbloggerschristmas #thrillerreads #thrillerbooks #crimefiction #dibartonseries #bookrecommendations #lovebooks #lovechristmas
My elf on the shelf is behaving for once and has chosen me a super selection of festive new books! Reviews through the bio on my blog #festivereading #christmasbooks #christmasbookstagram #festiveromance #lovereading #lovechristmas
Day 17 of @bookandtonic #boldwoodbooks #adventcalendarchallenge - a shelfie! Thought I’d share a small selection of my children, teen and young adult collection, carefully hoarded over many years. #bookstagramchristmas #bookblogger #bookbloggerlife #bookbloggerchristmas #childrensfiction #teenfiction #YAfction #readingrecommendations #givebooksforchristmas 🎄📚🎄
Day 16 of @bookandtonic #boldwoodbooks #adventcalendarchallenge - my current read plus fairy lights. So happy to have this advance copy of #TheMaid by @nitaprose to read for its #blogtour in January #harpercollins @annecater14 #randomthingstours #bookstagramchristmas #bookstagram #bookbloggersofinstagram #lovereading #lovebooks #bookrecommendations #christmasreading 🎄📚🎄