Book review: The Dry by Jane Harper

Monday, May 30, 2016 Permalink

The Dry by Jane Harper was reportedly the subject of a bidding war when the manuscript went to auction. On top of that Reese Witherspoon has apparently secured the film rights and she’s got a pretty good record of spotting a popular book-to-screen option.

four-stars

Weekly check-in

Sunday, May 29, 2016 Permalink

It’s been a fairly slow week here on Debbish, with a quiet yet impressive hush falling over the blog on Tuesday and remaining in place until Saturday.

I’m fairly sure my readers have been waiting in some sort of thrall, nervous about making any movement lest I decide never to return. But… never fear, cos I’m back.

Book review: Long Time Lost by Chris Ewan

Saturday, May 28, 2016 Permalink

I suspect this novel by Chris Ewan will form part of a series. In fact, I kept wondering if I’d come in part-way through as some of the characters and their relationships were quite established. It was a tad confusing but all was eventually revealed and I think – if this does become a series, which I suspect it will – it will be a good one.

three-half-stars

Working out whodunnit

Monday, May 23, 2016 Permalink

I was having a conversation with another book blogger about a novel on the weekend and mentioned I’d guessed the plot twist – and the whodunnit – as a result. She hadn’t she said and I pondered on this a little.

I’d like to think I have some kind of superpower or the criminal profiling genius that FBI behavioural specialists would envy, but sadly I think it comes down to the fact… I read (and watch) a lot of crime fiction and television.

Weekly check-in

Sunday, May 22, 2016 Permalink

It’s that time of the week already and I’m going to spend little time dilly-dallying in my intro today as I’m posing a question (below) for fellow book bloggers – and don’t want this weekly reading and reviewing post to become TOO long. Well… plus I’m tired and lazy.

I didn’t buy a zoo. But I joined a gym

Friday, May 20, 2016 Permalink

Exactly three years and six months and twenty days after making my seachange I’ve joined a gym.

I know, I know… you’re worried I’ve rushed into things, but – believe it or not – I have sussed out this very same gym on a number of occasions. 

Book review: You Sent Me a Letter by Lucy Dawson

Thursday, May 19, 2016 Permalink

I loved the premise of this book: a threatening figure appearing in one’s bedroom and leaving instructions to read a sealed letter in front of family and friends.

The agony of wondering what it might say and turmoil as you ponder what secrets might be revealed. I mean… what’s not to like?!

And though I kept turning the pages, I have to admit the plot fell down in a number of places for me.

three-stars

Book review: The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Permalink

I was fortunate to start this series at the beginning and until I checked Goodreads I assumed The Hanging Club was the second in the series by Tony Parsons. And was about to tell you it should be pretty easy to catch up if you need to.

I was surprised therefore to discover this is actually number three and I ‘somehow’ missed number two last year. So obviously it doesn’t matter if you’re playing catch-up because Parsons does a good job of succinctly sharing any necessary backstory.

three-half-stars