Book Review | The Book Club by CJ Cooper #thebookclub

Title: The Book Club

Author: C J Cooper

Publisher: Little Brown Book Group

Release Date: 1st October 2020

Source: NetGalley 

Buy: Amazon UK

The book club was her idea, of course.

It was her way into our group. A chance to get close.

I knew from the day she arrived that she couldn't be trusted.

And I was right.

Alice didn't come to the village for peace and quiet.

She came for revenge.

The Book Club takes the expression “Revenge is a dish best served cold” to another level, its put me off joining any sort of book club!

Set in rural England our story is told from the POV’s of our cast of characters, they are - 

Lucy - New to the area, she has escaped her job in London due to an affair with her married boss.
Tom - An artist, lucky enough to be left property and the only gay man for miles.
Rebecca - Married mother, helicopter parent, super woman.
Maggie - Loyal friend, loyal wife.

Tom, Rebecca and Maggie welcome Lucy to the area and in to the warm bosom of their group.  Her dreams of starting a new life look promising until the vacant house next door to her gets a new tenant in the form of Alice.

Alice is an eager beaver, eager to make friends and embrace village life, she is lovely and suggests that her new friends form a book club but Lucy is unnerved, something about Alice doesn’t quite ring true and soon enough she realises that she is right to be worried.  Alice does not want to make friends.

Now I really enjoyed this book, it was a bit slow to begin with but once it got going I was hooked.  The slow suspense really keeps you on your toes, what is Alice up too and what is her end goal?  

A great read.

Thanks to Net Galley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I am an enthusiastic member of several book clubs, so I hate to see one go bad. Still it sounds like a good read.

  2. I like the premise, thanks for sharing your thoughts

  3. Wow! It really seems like an intriguing book :) thanks for your review i'll look it up

  4. Ooh this sounds fascinating. A mystery surrounding a book club? Sign me up! Good to know it's a bit slow moving at first though.


  5. This one does sound good! :)

  6. This sounds similar to something I read a few years back.

  7. Sounds perfect for book lovers!

  8. I like the sound of the plot but I worry over anything that has a slow start! I can find that a bit offputting!

  9. This sounds great. I'm going to see about getting it on audio. Thanks for the rec!


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