• Book review: Amber and Alice by Janette Paul

    Friday, June 23, 2017 Permalink

    I think if I’d known rom-com author Janette Paul was also Jaye Ford – Australian suspense / crime fiction author I might have tucked into this book earlier. And not wavered quite so much in the early stages.

    I’m afraid I may have been put off by the cover… which was way too glossy and bright (for me!) and reminded me of a UBD or travel guide or something. Of course that latter part is probably with good reason, because the book does offer a bit of an insider’s guide into the Northern Territory and central Australia.

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    three-half-stars
  • Book review: Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Permalink

    It’s been a while since I’ve read any novels by Karen Rose, though I love her books. At one point I’d read so many I had to map them (and their interrelated characters) out – which you can do by accessing her author site!

    I would have easily read this latest release in a sitting if my iPad’s battery hadn’t died on me. I very much enjoyed this book and her series are akin to a comfort read for me. Rose (like Nora Roberts) is adept at offering up likeable characters, interesting plot and a good balance between romance and suspense.

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    three-half-stars
  • Book review: Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

    Sunday, June 18, 2017 Permalink

    I’m not sure what it is at the moment, but I seem to be reading A LOT of books about missing girls and women. Particularly those held captive for a period of time. Perhaps the very popular Room by Emma Donohue made the topic more palatable for public consumption, or perhaps they’ve always been out there and I’m just stumbling over a heap all at once.

    The third straight book I’ve read on the subject, Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin is – as it happens – about the disappearance of two girls. Many years apart. 

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

    Sunday, June 18, 2017 Permalink

    You know you can pretty much depend on Nora Roberts to deliver when it comes to romantic suspense. She generally gets the combination and the consistency of the ingredients right and her latest, Come Sundown, is no different. We’re offered likeable, charismatic but not-too-cheesy characters; clear and engaging writing that reels readers in; along with an enjoyable and not overly predictable plot.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Permalink

    Fans of Kate Forsyth will appreciate this tale of a young woman 15 years after she discovered the father she adored kidnapped her 16yr old mother and held her captive until the pair escaped when Helena was 12. Apparently (I say, because I’d never heard of it), there’s a (1858) Hans Christian Anderson fairytale called The Marsh King’s Daughter which centres around the child born to a princess captured by the evil Marsh King. And the plot of this book (told in the then, when Helena was young; and the now) unfolds in a way that kinda mirrors the fairytale.

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    three-stars
  • Book review: See You in September by Charity Norman

    Monday, June 12, 2017 Permalink

    I’d put off reading this book. I wondered if a book about a girl joining a cult would be heavy-going or too obviously a cautionary tale of sorts. But, as it happens, it was neither. I actually wrote very few notes as I read it in a night, and the only thing leaping out of my jottings is the phrase ‘surprisingly riveting’ with several exclamation marks for good measure.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins

    Saturday, June 10, 2017 Permalink

    I read Lucy Atkins’ debut novel The Missing One in 2014 and adored it. It was one of my favourite books of that year – combining a tale of family and long lost secrets with (of all things!) a passion for killer whales. Her next book, The Other Child felt like quite a departure. I enjoyed it but was a little surprised that it seemed so different to its predecessor. And here we are again, with Atkins offering up something completely different, which I guess says something about her versatility as a writer and storyteller.

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    three-half-stars
  • Book review: Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham

    Monday, June 5, 2017 Permalink

    Last year I read Mark Billingham’s standalone novel, Die of Shame and very much enjoyed it. I commented in that review that I’d previously read Time of Death, the 13th in a series by Billingham about DI Tom Thorne, though it wasn’t until I read this book that I discovered Thorne appeared (perhaps briefly as I didn’t mention him in my review) in Die of Shame.

    We’re back in Thorne’s world either way this time around, but we’re reunited with our lead DI from the standalone, the dogged Nicola Tanner.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

    Saturday, June 3, 2017 Permalink

    I adored this book. I mean LOVE loved it. I adored Eleanor in all of her weirdness. She’s amazingly written and the prose (ie. her voice) – through her thoughts and dialogue are mind-blowingly good. This was a rare occasion on which I both did and did not want a book to end.

    Gail Honeyman won a number of awards in Scotland and the UK for this book, and they are most certainly well-deserved.

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    five-stars