• Weekly check-in

    Saturday, August 27, 2016 Permalink

    Just when you thought it was safe to go onto the world wide web, I (re)appear… *cue menacing Jaws-music – ignoring copyright restrictions*

    Yes it’s true. I’m back. Here in the flesh. Or not. I mean I’m here, virtually – in pixels or similar. As for where I’ve been, well… more on that later.

  • Book review: Miss You by Kate Eberlen

    Saturday, August 27, 2016 Permalink

    Kate Eberlen’s Miss You has been compared to the very popular One Day by David Nicholls. I know that book’s been made into a movie and there’s another similar movie circling around my brain that I just can’t put my finger on…. And it’s not the 1978 movie, Same Time Next Year... which I recall being popular when I worked on the VHS / Beta video counter at a local electronics store sometime in the early-mid 1980s.

    Anyhoo.. it is reminiscent of such movies though even more frustrating for the romantics out there because our erstwhile lovers don’t even really meet…. in the beginning.

    three-half-stars
  • Book review: Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Permalink

    The interesting thing about this book is that we know our lead character is lying from the moment we meet her. The person we  know as faux-Bec is caught shoplifting and after attempting to wangle out of charges via sympathy and coquettishness, she opts for something that came to mind when noticing her similarity to a long-missing girl.

    And so… she becomes Bec.

    three-half-stars
  • Book review: The Last Photograph by Emma Chapman

    Monday, August 22, 2016 Permalink

    Regular visitors to my blog will most certainly have realised that I’m an unadventurous reader. I stick to my favourite genre of mysteries / thriller / suspense / crime fiction, occasionally tip-toeing into more lofty ‘literary fiction’… but try to stay away from other genres which I suspect I won’t do any justice. Like historical fiction.

    And although we’re (only) flashing back to the 1960s here, I suspect I requested Emma Chapman’s The Last Photograph because I was attracted the blurb, liking: that it’s partially set in the ‘now’; and that it’s steeped in the notions of regret and redemption.

    four-half-stars
  • Book review: Curious Minds by Jane Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve confessed my love of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum before. I enjoy the series and the books consistently offer me the escapism I need. They’re fun and written in an entertaining and comedic way that help overlook any glitches in plot or realism.

    I note she’s going down the James Patterson route of writing books with other authors and I’ve tried a few of the different series on offer, so was interested to see yet another creation, this time with award-winning television writer Phoef Sutton.

    three-stars
  • Book review: Sunset Shadows by Bronwyn Parry

    Monday, August 15, 2016 Permalink

    I read Bronwyn Parry’s Storm Clouds about 18 months ago and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I don’t read straight* romance but like romantic suspense that weighs in favour of the latter, and it – focusing around a small community and the deaths of two women from a nearby cult – did.

    The other thing I commented on in my review of Storm Clouds, was the fact Parry seemed to be developing a series with interlinked characters, pulling new characters into the limelight each time around (akin to Karen Rose or Suzanne Brockmann, whose books I enjoy).

    four-stars
  • Book review: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

    Sunday, August 14, 2016 Permalink

    Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me arrived at the top of my reading pile with perfect timing. Although I have no interest in the Olympics, it’s fairly much impossible to ignore the associate hype and media coverage.

    So a book centred around a gymnast – oft described by her parents as extraordinary (and more!) – and her family and supporters’ push for her success was an apt reading choice.

    four-stars
  • Book review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Permalink

    In the lead up to its release, I saw It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover EVERYWHERE. Hoover’s an adept and enthusiastic user of social media (a trait I love) so helped build the anticipation and excitement and – although I’d never read anything from the American author – I knew she had a bevy of YA and romance-loving fans who helped animate the groundswell.

    This latest book is – again – a romance but despite my antipathy toward the genre I started to suffer from FOMO when I saw the books appearing everywhere, so was very glad when mine appeared (and remembered I’d requested a review copy from the Australian publisher).

    four-half-stars
  • Book review: The Falls by B Michael Radburn

    Friday, August 5, 2016 Permalink

    We apparently met Taylor Bridges in the first book of this series (The Crossing), but The Falls by B Michael Radburn very much stands alone and newcomers (like moi) can catch up very quickly with minimal backstory.

    Indeed, I was pleased to find another Australian author offering readers a tense and twisty novel of suspense.

    three-stars