• It’s Monday. What am I reading?

    Monday, September 29, 2014 Permalink

    You’ll be pleased to know I’m finally over the flu. And I apologise for being such a misery-guts for the two-three weeks I was plagued by that dreaded lurgy.

    You’d think, given I was again well, I’d have raced through a million books last week. But… I didn’t as it happens. I had a couple of nights off – binge watching the TV show True Detective and catching up on taped-TV. It also took a little longer than expected (ie. 3 nights) to get through Peter Carey’s Amnesia.

  • Book review: You

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Permalink

    The back cover blurb of You by Caroline Kepnes tells us this is a novel about love and obsession. Though – in case you’re wondering – it’s mostly about obsession, with a bit of stalking thrown in for good measure.

    One day, like any other, Joe Goldberg is minding his own business in the book shop he manages when Guinevere Beck enters his life to buy some books. He’s funny and flirty. She’s funny and flirty. And Joe decides that Beck (as she prefers to be known) is obviously in love with him and they’re destined to be together.

  • Book review: None So Blind

    Sunday, September 21, 2014 Permalink

    I have to admit I’m a bit nervous when I start to read a book by an author who’s midway through a series. I either suffer from ‘WTF is happening?’ syndrome’; there are big reveals from previous novels rendering them redundant; OR they’re really crap (which is why I haven’t stumbled across the author previously) and I haven’t missed out on anything.

    I hadn’t read any of Barbara Fradkin’s novels before and hadn’t even heard of the Canadian with more than a dozen novels under her belt. So it was with some trepidation I opened her latest Inspector Green novel, None So Blind.

  • Book review: The Taxidermist’s Daughter

    Friday, September 19, 2014 Permalink

    Kate Mosse, author of The Taxidermist’s Daughter  grew up in Fishbourne (Sussex), the setting for her latest novel. Her familiarity is evident, as this novel is as much about the setting and environment as the (slowly) unfolding plot itself.

    Mosse has written a number of novels, plays and non-fiction – many of her novels leaning towards gothic fiction. (Not a genre which usually interests me.)

  • Book review: Indian Summer

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Permalink

    I’ve just reviewed another novel (which will be published in a week or so) which I struggled to read and review as it was really about… nothing in particular.

    Unlike Seinfeld – the show about nothing – that novel (There Must Be Some Mistake) had no real story arc. It was a bit like a snippet or vignette of someone’s life. Indian Summer by Marcia Willett could have been similar. But it was oh so different.

  • Book review: Mean Streak

    Sunday, September 14, 2014 Permalink

    I really like Sandra Brown. She’s one of several authors I read whose novels feature a good mix of crime / suspense and romance. And her latest novel, Mean Streak  is no different.

    Dr Emory Charbonneau could live as a trust fund baby following the death of her wealthy parents, instead the paediatrician has dedicated her life to helping others. The avid marathon runner is training for a fundraiser she has organised when she decides to take a trip to snowy mountainous terrain in North Carolina for a practice run.

  • Book review: Trust in me

    Friday, September 12, 2014 Permalink

    Julia was Kara’s BFF before she became Livy’s friend. When her younger sister Kara was killed, Livy initially resented Julia’s attempts at friendship and her desire to remain in the lives of Livy and her family. However she soon realised they were grieving a shared loss and the pair became firm friends.

    Almost twenty years later Livy’s married to rising corporate star Will. They have two children and if Livy could forget the affair Will had years before, they’d be happy.