Books

After my less-than-glowing review of Gillian Flynn’s (much-lauded) Gone Girl, it was with minimal but hopeful enthusiasm I started on her first novel, Sharp Objects. And. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. There was so much about the novel that I loved. Firstly, I like Flynn’s writing. Indeed, I really only notice the words themselves […]

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Book review: Gone Girl

April 14, 2014

Two years after the rest of the world started raving about Gone Girl (which even has its own Wikipedia page!), I’ve finally read it myself. And, well… I have to admit to being underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the novel and was keen to discover the oft-mentioned twists myself, but I suspect the hype […]

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Book review: Eeny Meeny

April 12, 2014

It wasn’t until after I’d read MJ Arlidge’s Eeny Meeny that I discovered he’d worked in television for 15 years. I wasn’t surprised however, because there’s something macabre, but visually appealing and alluringly theatrical about his debut novel. In fact, I read another review of this book in which the reviewer – a fan of […]

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Book review: Wolf

April 10, 2014

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I wrote about Mo Hayder’s Poppet and yet we’re already being presented with her next offering. And, as is most-often the case, Hayder’s new release Wolf  is a really interesting read and offers we readers something a little bit different. Wealthy couple Oliver and Matilda Anchor-Ferrers arrive at […]

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Book review: Losing Kate

April 3, 2014

Kylie Kaden’s Losing Kate was a bit of a departure for me because: 1. I mostly read crime fiction / thrillers; and 2. it was written by an Australian author. I thought I’d talked here previously about my ridiculous antipathy toward Australian novels but I can’t find the reference. (Calls for a separate blog post […]

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Lila Emerson has no fixed address. The author of novels about teenage werewolves is a house-sitter and travels the world staying in houses and apartments of the wealthy in their absence. Lila waters their plants and cares for their pets and her services are highly sought after. Importantly, it offers her the tranquility and freedom […]

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Felix Brewer is a shady businessman who’s in trouble with the law. He’s had his share of lovers and a long-term mistress, but loves his wife Bambi and three daughters dearly. When the police start to close in, Felix realises he can’t go to jail and asks his girlfriend Julie to help him slip out […]

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Sophie Hannah’s latest release is unbelievably timely. Over recent months here in Australia I’ve been listening to shock jocks and reading columnists ranting about all sorts of things they can’t possibly believe. And – in an increasingly online and interactive world – thought bubbles in the form of tweets and online comments become powerful and […]

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I’ve been reading so many advance copies (previews) of books lately I haven’t had to head to my local library. Before last August / September however, I had to keep feeding my reading habit so I’d find myself spending A LONG TIME going back and forth along rows and peering into shelves to find something […]

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A double whammy today, with two new releases from Penguin Australia both available from 26 March 2014. Nicci French – Thursday’s Children Bizarrely I’ve read every Nicci French book except (their) last two. Indeed I hadn’t even realised I’d missed them until I started on their latest, Thursday’s Children. Obviously I was familiar with psychotherapist […]

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Book review: Notorious

March 7, 2014

In Notorious, novelist Allison Brennan introduces a new heroine, Maxine Revere, host of a ‘Crime Stoppers’ type TV show. Max’s interest is more than professional as an incident in her past has meant she’s dedicated her life to investigating cold cases or those of little interest to the police. Just before graduating high school, Maxi’s friend […]

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Book review: Missing You

March 6, 2014

I’ve read Harlan Coben novels before, but not all of them… and now I’m wondering why. I’m usually more organized and efficient than that… however, that oversight going to change because his latest novel, Missing You has reminded me that I need to sort my bloody reading habits out! In Coben’s stand-alone new thriller Detective […]

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Book review: Edge of the Water

February 28, 2014

I was thrilled to see another Elizabeth George novel released so soon after her last Lynley / Havers novel, but didn’t realize until I started reading it that it was part of another series AND a young adult (YA) novel at that! I must admit I possibly slumped a little on discovering this but surprised myself by reading […]

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