Books

Linwood Barclay’s latest release is a sequel to his 2008 novel No Time For Goodbye. Fortunately it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the predecessor, or – if you’re like me – and have read it but are a little murky on the specifics. We pick up with the Archer family – Terry, Cynthia and Grace – […]

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UPS delivery guy Jeremy is a little in love with the girl from apartment 6E. He’s never seen her and the other tenants in her building tell him she hasn’t left her apartment in the 3 years she’s been there, but… he’s heard her voice and is intrigued. Packages for 6E are addressed to both […]

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As an aspiring writer (who doesn’t actually write), I occasionally come across an author who incites a bit of ‘writing envy’. Often there’s no rhyme or reason… and my tastes range from Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones, to Robert B Parker’s Spenser to Anita Brookner’s constantly magnificent and stylistic prose. And it’s happened again, via Elizabeth […]

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My paternal grandmother died before I was born and while my father – who struggled a little with his emotions – talked about her, he never spoke of her death. As a result, when I was a child, the concept of death was scary and confusing. Whenever my parents told me stop doing something, I […]

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Early this year I reviewed Sabine Durrant’s first foray into crime fiction, Under Your Skin – which offered a final twist, rendering the oft-quoted Gone Girl a bit of an anticlimax! Durrant’s latest release, Remember Me This Way, offers readers offers another quality psychological thriller – which will keep you guessing until the very end. A year after […]

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I read for enjoyment and for some sense of escapism. It doesn’t actually matter where a book takes me. Anywhere (but here) is fine. That doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t enjoy novels that challenge me intellectually, emotionally or morally. In fact there’s nothing I love (and hate!) more, than a book that haunts or […]

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I’m always intrigued when I watch TV shows or read books featuring District Attorneys (or their equivalents) who seem to be overly involved in police investigations. In my limited experience here in Oz, everything’s pretty much tied up (complete with a little bow if they’re lucky) when cases are handed from police to the justice […]

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Last week I had a whinge about one of my most favourite topics – money. Well, the work / life; freedom / security balance thing. In that post I talked about the fact my priorities had changed. Indeed, I said I needed a new pair of shoes to replace the holey shoes I’d worn to work, […]

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I was born in the late 1960s and Karin Slaughter’s latest (stand-alone) novel, Cop Town, reminds me how lucky I am to have been born after generations of women who fought for equality and respect. While women still battle for equal pay and opportunities in developed countries and access to education and basic human rights in others; I’m […]

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I haven’t read any of Kate Forsyth’s previous work but note she has quite a few books under her belt, including some children’s fiction. Her novels seem to lean strongly into the historical / fantasy genres, so it seems (to me anyway) that her latest release, Dancing on Knives is a bit of a departure for […]

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I talked before about the fact I don’t read ‘romance’ novels. I can cope with a bit of sweet talking and sex in my favourite mystery / crime genre, but Chick Lit is almost as far from my comfort level as I could possible reach. Which is why it’s kinda weird that I picked up Zoe […]

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Anna George’s book starts with a bang: ‘My name is David James Forrester. I’m a solicitor. Tonight, at 6.10, I killed my wife. This is my statement.’ We then follow David’s movements as he decides what to do next. The lawyer in him knows he needs to be prepared for what comes next, but the […]

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I’m not sure if I was scarred by Sweet Dreams novels while at school or my grandmother’s Mills & Boon (in my late teens), but I don’t really read romance novels. I can however, cope with a teensy bit of romance intermingled with my fave crime fiction / mystery / thriller genre. Indeed, I quite enjoy the likes […]

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