• Book review: Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

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    Joe O’Brien is a Boston cop and father of four.  Youngest son Patrick lives with his parents, but his oldest JJ and JJ’s wife Colleen, and Joe’s two daughters (Meaghan and Katie) all live in the house Joe inherited from his father. Married to his sweetheart Rosie, and with all of his family around him—albeit on three different floors of the same building—Joe’s life is pretty sweet.

    Until things start to go wrong. He’s in his late 30s when we first get a glimpse of what’s to come. His temper flares unexpectedly and his coordination occasionally suffers.

  • Monday check-in

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    Did you miss me? I apologise if my absence was akin to missing your morning coffee. Or perhaps you didn’t even notice I was AWOL last week? Either way… like the terminator, I’m back. Again.

  • Book review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

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    Harlan Coben’s a writer with 27 novels under his belt, delivering thrillers that offer readers complex plots and a maze of false leads. His latest novel, The Stranger, is—fortunately— no different.

    The man who sidles up to Adam Price one night calls himself The Stranger. And what he shares with the respected lawyer and father of two will change Adam’s life forever.

  • Book review: When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis

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    I’ve had When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis sitting in my ‘to be read’ pile for a few months. As it’s not due for release until late April I’ve delayed opening it until a time closer to its publication date. However, when I finally got around to reading it I discovered that the book was—in fact—released as A Serpentine Affair back in 2013.

    So this is a re-release. Obviously.

  • Book review: Goodbye Sweetheart by Marion Halligan

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    Not long ago it seemed everything I read centred around mental illness. Sometimes it’s missing children or childhood trauma impacting lives many years later. Lately it’s death and its aftermath.

    Marion Halligan’s latest novel, Goodbye Sweetheart,  introduces us to William. Like a crime show on TV kicking off with the death of the victim, William is present but briefly although remains the central character as those left behind come to terms with his sudden death.

  • Book review: Cold Deception by DB Tait

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    I’m slowly increasing my repertoire of Australian authors and (in all honesty) feel bad I haven’t done so sooner. My latest addition is former Sydneysider DB Tait, who also writes erotic fiction as Keziah Hill and contemporary romance (as Deborah Tait). She’s previously worked in the criminal justice system—experience she puts to good use in her new release, Cold Deception.

  • Monday check-in

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    The past week was somewhat mixed. I had bursts of enthusiasm and energy counterbalanced by extended moments of the blahs. I’m trying not to feel too guilty about my lack of productivity however, as I was recovering from illness and it’s now only two weeks since I finished work.