• Book review: Through the Gate by Sally Fawcett

    Monday, May 1, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t usually request children’s books for review. Not having children ‘n’ all. Or being one myself. However… occasionally something jumps out at me and this book by Sally Fawcett did as it popped up in my emails just as my local bestie and my godson were about to move house.

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  • Book review: My Sister by Michelle Adams

    Sunday, April 30, 2017 Permalink

    I read this debut novel by Michelle Adams in a sitting. It kept me interested enough that I didn’t put it aside. It didn’t ‘quite’ hit the mark for me… in terms of the ‘harrowing secret’ promised, but did throw up a few unexpected twists at the end. 

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    three-half-stars
  • Book review: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

    Friday, April 28, 2017 Permalink

    I had the opportunity to read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins much earlier than its release here in Australia. Although I enjoyed the book and quite liked our heavy-drinking dog-with-a-bone protagonist Rachel, I was surprised by the book’s success. But then again I said the same about Gone Girl, so that possibly says something about my taste…

    Both to me had rather unsatisfying endings. I don’t mind a bit of ambiguity or a last-minute twist but I think there’s usually some expectation of justice. Or karma. Or something.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Permalink

    I’m a big fan of US writer Lisa Unger, and have mentioned before that I saw her speak at a Writers’ Festival a decade or so ago. However, I’ve struggled with her most recent books – a kinda connected series – which have dipped into the supernatural. I’ve still read them, but not enjoyed them as much as it’s not a genre this logic-loving crime / suspense fiction fan reads.

    I was happy then, to hear of a new standalone thriller.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: (Robert B Parker’s) Little White Lies by Ace Atkins

    Sunday, April 23, 2017 Permalink

    Robert B Parker – most specifically via his Spenser, Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone series – was my go-to author of the last decade or two. Then he died. Tragic, for his family, friends and loved ones. And slightly annoying for his fans. #joking #kinda

    However… such was the strength of his Spenser, Jesse Stone and Appaloosa series that his family and publishers found authors to continue those legacies. 

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    three-half-stars
  • Book review: The Fix by David Baldacci

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Permalink

    I was exceedingly tempted to leave this review until 2nd May to publish because apparently I posted my review of the first book in the Amos Decker series, Memory Man, on that date in 2015; and the second, The Last Mile on the same day last year.

    But, well… what can I say? I’m impatient and couldn’t really be arsed holding off for another week or two.

    What I will say however is that I seriously LOVED this book.

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    four-half-stars
  • Book review: Golden Prey by John Sandford

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Permalink

    In my pre-book blogging life, one of my go-to authors was John Sandford – particularly his Lucas Davenport (Prey) and Virgil Flowers series.

    For some reason Sandford’s novels are never really offered for review and as I tend to have no time for reading anything OTHER than books I get for review, I’ve missed the last book or two in both series.

    However, stars and planets aligned and the latest Lucas Davenport novel recently appeared on my request list. Thankfully I’d only missed one novel but was surprised to discover Lucas has left his lone-wolf gig with Minnesota BCA and has now joined the US Marshals!

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Twist by Kylie Scott

    Monday, April 10, 2017 Permalink

    I was a little surprised when this book arrived. I often receive books I haven’t requested and many are outside of my usual (crime / thriller) reading genre, however Kylie Scott’s Dive Bar series – and her novels in general – are so far outside of my realm of experience (aka comfort zone) they might as well be dystopian fantasy or big L-Literature and written by a dead Russian. Or similar.

    However… I decided to give it a try. Expand my reading repertoire if you like. I’ve talked before about the fact I struggle with ‘romance’ and why, but have also read a few romance novels I’ve quite enjoyed. Plus I met Kylie at the Australian Romance Readers Convention I attended in February and she seemed very nice and quite witty.

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    three-half-stars