The Disappearance of Tom Pile By Ian Beck – Review by Hayley

An engaging mystery is written in the pages of this story. Tom pile is a farm hand and in the 1890’s he disappears without a trace. Forty years later during World War One he reappears in almost the exact same place he disappeared.

There were strange lights that appeared before Tom’s disappearance and again before his re-appearance and a special branch in the army that investigate paranormal activity is sent to investigate.

This supernatural read is lovely against the backdrop of World War One, as it adds further mystery. Is there really supernatural beings involved or is it Germany? The book is written nicely and has photos and secret files embedded through the telling of the story.  A lovely read but did leave me with questions still wanting to be answered.


Deadlands By Lily Herne – Review by Hayley

We start this story in Cape Town, ten years after the apocalypse and the War raged. Human survivors and our main character Lele tries to survive in the new city where they are protected by the Guardians who help control the dead population outside of the city. Who are these Guardians? And who are these Resurrectionists who worship the Guardians?

There are a few bands of rebels who along with Lele try to fight and unravel the mysteries of living in this changed world. Can Lele find truths to the questions and trials she is presented with and just what is the meaning behind the Lottery? Where do the teenagers go who have been picked? And just how do the Guardians control the dead?

This story has elements of Julianna Baggott’s  ‘Pure’ series, Suzanne Collins’s ‘The Hunger Games’ series and Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent ‘series all with a backdrop hint of Robert Kirkman’s  ‘The Walking Dead.’

So my kind of story despite sometimes there being clichéd twists.  A pretty good read that definitely has more to come in the Dead-lands series!


Far Far Away by Tom McNeal – Review by Hayley

This book tells the interesting tale of Jeremy, a young man who can hear the voices of the dead, in particularly his constant spectre Jacob Grimm. Jacob narrates the story and we learn that he was unable to pass onto the afterlife.  As Jacob searched for his brother who passed before him he came across Jeremy and vowed to protect him from some unseen yet real looming threat. The story of Jeremy’s trial in the small village of Never Better are linked closely to Ginger, the object of Jeremy’s young yet unsuspecting heart.

 This is the main theme throughout the book and Jacob’s ever increasing sense of doom for these two is weaved nicely throughout, as there is a subtle plot of missing children slowly bubbling away in the background. The many characters we meet, the sheriff and deputy, the mayor, the baker, the waitress and ‘crazy lady’ add to the mystery of the missing children and the question ‘Is Jeremy’s fate connected to these missing children?

 The whole feel of this story resonates like a fairy-tale with references to Grimm’s fairy tales woven in.  Despite the fact I thought it took a while to gather pace, the mystery unfolds with surprisingly satisfying ends, but still leave some questions lingering.


Blitzcat by Robert Westall – Book Review by Hayley

This book was originally published in 1989, but has been reprinted to mark Remembrance Day. Although this story is set in World War 2 we follow the tale of Lord Gort, a black cat whose owner is serving in the RAF.

Lord Gort takes you on a journey to find her owner as she senses when he is near and even when he is far away serving around the world; where she is unable to reach him.

The lovely tale takes you through Lord Gort’s travels, surviving on scraps of food, and her trials in hunting for prey, all the while avoiding the noise and chaos of war, and like most felines she senses when people can be useful as she herself needs to survive.

The events in World War 2 in the story are often detailed and give the reader a sense of what it must have been like to be a civilian during that time.

The people Lord Gort meets often look upon her as good luck (and sometimes bad) but she changes their perceptions and even revives them from depressing situations. This special cat really does change the lives of those she meets for the better.

This heart-warming tale was a surprise read and is a wonderful story for those who love felines. Will Lord Gort find what she is searching for? I shall invite you to read this ‘tail’ of a wonderful cat.

Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour by Richard Gross – Book Review by Fiona

Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour by Richard Gross is one of the books in the Library that is constantly flying off the shelves…well it would fly if it wasn’t so heavy!

There is a reason this book is so popular at Derby College Libraries. This is because it is an essential text in providing a wide-ranging and reliable knowledge base for students of Psychology and anyone in a related field such as Nursing, Social Work and Counselling.

Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour is written by best-selling psychology author Richard Gross. The book helps readers grasp main psychology theories and research with chapters on health psychology, social psychology of sport and criminological psychology amongst others. The textbook provides a sound historical background of the discipline whilst highlighting key theories and research methods going forward into contemporary psychology.

It has been branded a ‘must read’ for anyone with an interest in or studying psychology. It is engaging, easy to read and jam-packed with features enabling the reader to fully understand the concepts and ideas.

Find Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour on the Myilibrary eBook platform (available through the Derby College Libraries Moodle page).  Myilibrary is a small database with a wide range of titles, all chosen by your lecturers so are guaranteed to support your studies. You have the options to either view online or add to your bookshelf. From the latter you can download to a device.

‘The Accident Season’ by Moira Fowley-Doyle – Book Review by Amanda

This is a powerful tale of family, love and magic all gloriously combined and delivered through the eyes of 17 year old Cara.  It is both thought provoking and sometimes disturbing as the story crystallises and leads you to its conclusion as you accompany Cara on her journey as she tries to make sense of the events that surround her life.

This story exemplifies how we are able to create our own reality and sometimes blur the lines between fact and fiction to accommodate what we think we know.   An accomplished novel – can’t wait for more!