• Book review: The Girl Before by JP Delaney

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Permalink

    If Wikipedia can be believed The Girl Before by JP Delaney, is not – in fact – written by JP Delaney as it’s a pseudonym. Googling informs me Delaney is actually Tony Strong, a Ugandan-born UK author, but I really can’t be arsed putting the pieces together and confirming that’s the case. (And yes, my dedication to my craft surprises even me!)

    Less surprisingly though, Google also tells me this book is being brought to the screen by director Ron Howard.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Rattle by Fiona Cummins

    Monday, January 30, 2017 Permalink

    The quotes about this book on the cover give readers a clue about what to expect. Indeed, even I found it kinda creepy. And I read a lot of books about psychopaths and serial killers. And lawyers. 🙂

    Likening the ‘baddie’ of Rattle to Hannibal Lecter I assumed to be a bit of a marketing ploy, but… there’s a cold clinical psychopathy to the (so called) Bone Collector in Rattle that’s reminiscent to the cunningly smart and seemingly sane consumer of human brains.

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    three-half-stars
  • Weekly check-in

    Sunday, January 29, 2017 Permalink

    I’m making a concerted effort not to open this post with news of the weather here in Australia. So instead I’ll regale you with the fact I’m currently full-to-the-brim with vanilla diet coke and chocolate. Which would be fine, if it wasn’t before 9 o’clock in the morning.

    So… now that we’ve gotten the small talk out of the way (which reminds me, who says I’m not good at this frivolous chit chat stuff?!) onto the important things like books, reading and blogging.

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  • Book review: Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

    Friday, January 27, 2017 Permalink

    I was a latecomer to the work of Australian author Candice Fox and she’d already won several Australian Crime Writers Association (Ned Kelly) awards when I came across her Eden Archer / Frank Bennett series in late 2014. (See my reviews of Hades, Eden and Fall.)

    Since Fall’s release in late 2015, Fox has been collaborating with the prolific and high profile James Patterson, co-authoring a novel, Never Never (which has just topped the New York Times Best Seller’s list). The pair also published a novella and (are) currently finalising the second book in the Harriet Blue series.

    Obviously not one to rest on her laurels, Fox’s latest solo effort, Crimson Lake, set in Queensland’s far north is also about to be released in the wild… and I think it’s her best work yet.

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    four-half-stars
  • Book review: Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Permalink

    I’d seen this book on a few blogs before my copy arrived and had an unfortunate case of book envy. It’s exactly the sort of novel I adore and I was starting to worry it was out overseas but not here.

    Thankfully, fate, luck and the gods were all on my side as the book arrived and – despite some other commitments – I was able to polish it off in a couple of days.

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    three-half-stars
  • My 2017 reading challenges

    Monday, January 23, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t usually sign up for challenges. Cos, well… 1. I’m too lazy; and b) I get bored easily. And there’s also the fact I hate failing. Despite excelling at it so.

    However… this year I have inadvertently-on-purpose signed up for two challenges on the reading front.

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  • Weekly check-in

    Saturday, January 21, 2017 Permalink

    It’s supposed to cool down here Sunday and everyone I know in my part of Australia will be breathing a sigh of relief. Our media’s been talking about ‘heatwaves’. I can’t remember if it was this hot when I was a kid or if we just weren’t used to airconditioning and the like and just kinda expected to be lying around in pools of sweat.

    But enough of this obligatory chit chat about the weather and onto important stuff like books and book blogging.

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  • Book review: The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Permalink

    Gregg Hurwitz’s 2016 novel, Orphan X made my seven favourite books of the year list. I loved it. I adored our protagonist – former assassin turned protector of the helpless, Evan Smoak (aka Orphan X, aka The Nowhere Man) – and enjoyed the unfolding plot focused around Evan’s backstory.

    I was nervous about picking up the second in the series but needn’t have worried, as I raced through The Nowhere Man in a day.

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    four-half-stars