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Review of Death of a Bookseller by Alice Slater


This darkly comical novel is a witty and sharp observation of the art of bookselling, human connection, and obsession. Told through the dual narratives of perfumed, tote bag loving, poet Laura and morbid, curious, true crime obsessive Roach. While working together at the same bookshop, Roach latches onto Laura and strives to become her friend when discovering she has a dark and twisted past. Roach's pursuit to bond with Laura only makes her more distant as Laura wants to suppress the torment of her mother's death, whereas Roach is desperate to uncover the devastating truth behind the gruesome crime.


In the world of contemporary fiction, this chilling debut merges the boundaries between gothic and literary, stretching genre conventions and expanding the canon of popular fiction. There is something for every reader within this novel. Full of humour and darkness, Slater balances the palate of sweet and savoury while tantalising our taste buds in this gripping, unputdownable debut. Do not let this pass you by as one of the most exciting debuts of the year.


Review by Victoria.

Death of a Bookseller was published on 27/04/23 by Hodder and Stoughton.


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