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The Broken Hours by Jacqueline Baker

The Broken Hours Book CoverIn the spring of 1936, horror writer H.P. Lovecraft is broke, living alone in a creaky old house and deathly ill. At the edge of a nervous breakdown, he hires a personal assistant, Arthor Crandle. Crandle arrives at Lovecraft’s home with no knowledge of the writer or his work but is soon drawn into his distinctly unnerving world: the malevolent presence that hovers on the landing; the ever-shining light from Lovecraft’s study, invisible from the street; and visions in the night of a white-clad girl in the walled garden.

A must-read for anyone who loves Daphne DuMaurier’s RebeccaThe Broken Hours seamlessly weaves together a build up of tension with an eerie atmosphere, making it a perfect gothic tale. One of my absolute favourites!

Our Visit with Terry Fallis

Terry Fallis reading Up and DownVPL was honoured to host a visit with bestselling and award-winning author Terry Fallis last week. Fallis read from Evergreen Award Winner Up and Down and gave a funny and interesting account of how his life experiences influenced different facets of this novel. He was a fantastic speaker and a joy to listen to.

His 5th novel, of which he gave us a tiny sneak-peek, is currently in the works. You can read about it on his website.

Here, you can also listen to his books for free. That’s right, podcasts, or “podiobooks” read to you by Terry Fallis himself.

It’s not too late to check out one of his books and see what all the fuss is about!

Terry Fallis audience shot



The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


The Goldfinch book coverTheo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.


What an author, what a story! This is my first Donna Tartt book, and wow, am I impressed with her writing. She conjures up an addicting, enthralling and real story, with characters to match. Each will stay with you long after you finish reading. Tartt’s descriptive Continue reading