• Book review: The Dark Room by Jonathan Moore

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Permalink

    I made certain assumptions as I read this book. Assumptions which – now I’ve had time to ponder them and actually check – don’t seem to be the case.

    When we meet homicide detective Gavin Cain, for example, he’s concerned about his girlfriend Lucy, who he met in a previous case, and he’s assisted by a computer specialist he met during that case. We eventually learn it involved a school shooting and Lucy was a key witness… something that’s (understandably) impacted her psychological health. I was intrigued. “I’ll have to read the previous book in the series,” I thought.

    And yet… when I later sought information, it seems Moore’s previous book The Poison Artist doesn’t seem to have involved Cain. At all. Hashtag: am confused.

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    three-half-stars
  • Book review: The Caller by Chris Carter

    Monday, March 6, 2017 Permalink

    Chris Carter, the author, should not be confused with Chris Carter, television producer who brought you the likes of The X Files and Millenium. Indeed, this opening paragraph – before I did my research (ie. typed his name into Google) – opened with the fact I was a fan of his television work. So… oops.

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    three-half-stars
  • Book review: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

    Thursday, March 2, 2017 Permalink

    I’m a latecomer to this book which has been the subject of a lot of online discussion, in the same way Girl on a Train, Gone Girl and You did way back when. Everything I read and heard about it warned me the book was told from several unreliable viewpoints AND the end would be shocking and / or frustrating.

    So I went in prepared…

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    four-stars
  • Book review: The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Permalink

    I’ve not read anything by Sally Hepworth before though have heard of her very popular The Secrets of Midwives and last year’s The Things We Keep. I wasn’t sure The Mother’s Promise would be for me given my increasingly cynical nature (which I put down to ageing, rather than becoming bitter, twisted and malcontent in general), but was surprised that it wasn’t overly sentimental or saccharin-y. 

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    four-stars
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    On. A. Break.

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Permalink

    Howdy readers. I’m having a little break from the blog. There will be the occasional book review, but I may ease up on those as well.

    If the idea of life without me feels overwhelming (which I can, of course understand) you can find me on various social media platforms…

    And, feel free to subscribe to this blog by entering your email address in the right sidebar or CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO MY NEWSLETTER thingy.

    Until then… Mwah! xxx

     

  • Weekly check-in (the ARRC 2017 edition)

    Sunday, February 26, 2017 Permalink

    I mentioned last week that I’d won a ticket to the Australian Romance Readers’ Convention. Which was ironic as I don’t read romance.

    Nevertheless…. I decided it was most certainly a ‘sign’ and – though it wasn’t in my budget – I headed down to Melbourne to join romance readers and writers, hoping we’d have ‘something’ in common, and #spoileralert, we did. Namely… our love of reading and writing! 

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  • Stepping WAY outside of my comfort zone

    Thursday, February 23, 2017 Permalink

    Last week I shared my reasons for not reading romance novels. I’d actually drafted that post for Valentine’s Day but a work trip (and general apathy) delayed its publication.

    It meant just as I was ‘polishing it up’ (yes I know… you couldn’t tell I take the time could you?!) I received word that I’d won a ticket to the Australian Romance Readers’ Convention in Melbourne the next weekend.

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