Book Club

Suki Beauty is a monthly community book club for likeminded people to discuss great books. All members of the book club read the same book over the same time period; we then meet up at the end of each month to discuss the book and exchange views in a completely relaxed setting.

Suki Beauty Book Club is a free event and we only encourage members to bring along their favourite snacks to enjoy whilst we chat about our monthly read. The location of our monthly meet up varies between our serene salon space or a local bar (win win)!

Since our first meet-up in early 2021, we have been busy reading & reviewing lots of books from a wide range of genres. Here are all the books that we have read so far, including a rating out of 5 along with a review from our members.

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Suki Beauty Book Club Reviews & Ratings

Some of our favourites

The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett • 2020

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities.

“The Vanishing Half is a tantalising slow-burner of a novel, an intelligent exploration of race, class and identity.”

“The Vanishing Half is a thought-provoking and compelling family saga – a story that will play on my mind for some time.”

Club's rating: 4.5/5
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The Pursuit of Love

by Nancy Mitford • 1945

Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny are on the lookout for the perfect lover. But finding Mr Right is much harder than any of the sisters had thought.

“The recent TV series encouraged me to read this. A light hearted look at love and the English ruling classes between the wars.”

“Light hearted read, however, not much of a storyline.”

Club's rating: 3.5/5
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The Murder Game

by Rachel Abbott • 2020

A year ago today, we all gathered for Lucas’s wedding at his glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea.

But no one was married that day.

“Gripping murder mystery.”

“This really was an intriguing one and I was glued almost instantly.”

Club's rating: 5/5
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The Humans

by Matt Haig • 2013

After an ‘incident’ one wet Friday night where he is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, Professor Andrew Martin is not feeling quite himself. Who is he really? And what could make someone change their mind about the human race . . . ?

“Super odd, this isn’t something I would recommend.”

“Funny yet thought provoking novel!”

Club's rating: 3.5/5
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How to Kill Your Family

by Bella Mackie • 2021

I have killed several people (some brutally, others calmly) and yet I currently languish in jail for a murder I did not commit.

The journalist and author of Jog On delivers a scorchingly black satire of family dysfunction and the media’s obsession with murder, as the engaging anti-hero Grace reveals the full extent of her gleeful homicidal spree.

“It is dark, hilarious and filled with pitch-perfect social commentary. It’s a bit like Killing Eve!”

“So graphic and disturbing, definitely couldn’t finish this!”

Club's rating: 3.5/5
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

by Taylor Jenkins Reid • 2017

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

“Not what I expected. This has to be my favourite read of the year, such a beautiful story. I was thinking about this book for weeks after, highly recommend.”

Club's rating: 5/5
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The Couple at No. 9

by Claire Douglas • 2021

When pregnant Saffron Cutler moves into 9 Skelton Place with boyfriend Tom and sets about renovations, the last thing she expects is builders uncovering a body. Two bodies, in fact.

“Slow burner but such a spicy ending.”

“This is almost like Castletown Square meets The Holiday.”

Club's rating: 4/5
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by Dolly Alderton • 2020

Nina Dean has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. When she meets Max, a beguiling romantic hero who tells her on date one that he’s going to marry her, it feels like all is going to plan.

“Easy read, would love a bit more spice. Unfortunately the ending was a flop.”

Club's rating: 3.5/5
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The Mercies

by Kiran Millwood Hargrave • 2020

On Christmas Eve, 1617, the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardo is thrown into a reckless storm. As Maren Magnusdatter watches, forty fishermen, including her father and brother, are lost to the waves, the menfolk of Vardo wiped out in an instant. Now the women must fend for themselves.

“Slow burner. Super addictive, yet really disturbing. The ending is ROUGH.”

Club's rating: 4.5/5
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Such a Fun Age

by Kiley Reid • 2021

When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for ‘kidnapping’ the white child she’s actually babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events.

“Enjoyed questioning my opinion on people, however some parts of the story seemed a little unbelievable.”

“Loved looking at it from a parents perspective.”

Club's rating: 4/5
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The Distance Between Us

by Maggie O'Farrell • 2005

On a cold February afternoon, Stella catches sight of a man she hasn’t seen for many years, but instantly recognises. Or thinks she does. At the same moment on the other side of the globe, in the middle of a crowd of Chinese New Year revellers, Jake realises that things are becoming dangerous.

“Loved the descriptiveness of the writing but the plot wasn’t so great. Gave us lots to discuss during our meet-up.”

Club's rating: 3.25/5
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The Wolf Den

by Elodie Harper • 2021

Amara was once a beloved daughter, until her father’s death plunged her family into penury. Now she is a slave in Pompeii’s infamous brothel, owned by a man she despises. Sharp, clever and resourceful, Amara is forced to hide her talents. For now her only value lies in the desire she can stir in others.

“Touching story about the power of female friendship and the determination to keep hope alive. Loved how descriptive the writer was throughout, it made the book almost feel like an immersive experience.”

Club's rating: 4/5
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Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up

by Alexandra Potter • 2020

In a world of perfect Instagram lives, she feels like a f**k up. But when she starts a secret podcast and forms an unlikely friendship with Cricket, an eighty-something widow, things begin to change. Because Nell is determined. This time next year things will be very different. But first, she has a confession . . .

“It felt like a story that had already been done so many times before. Think Bridesmaids meets Bridget Jones. Light hearted, predictable read.”

Club's rating: 3.5/5
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Your House Will Pay

by Steph Cha • 2019

Grace Park and Shawn Mathews share a city – Los Angeles – but seemingly little else. Coming from different generations and very different communities, their paths wouldn’t normally cross at all. As Grace battles confusion over her elder sister’s estrangement from their Korean-immigrant parents, Shawn tries to help his cousin Ray readjust to city life after years spent in prison. But something in their past links these two families.

“Revenge is a dish best served cold. Highly recommend this book.”

“Incredibly well written, this is raw, emotional, and impossible to put down. Thought provoking and a book everyone should read!”

Club's rating: 5/5
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