Book review: Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham

Monday, June 5, 2017 Permalink

Last year I read Mark Billingham’s standalone novel, Die of Shame and very much enjoyed it. I commented in that review that I’d previously read Time of Death, the 13th in a series by Billingham about DI Tom Thorne, though it wasn’t until I read this book that I discovered Thorne appeared (perhaps briefly as I didn’t mention him in my review) in Die of Shame.

We’re back in Thorne’s world either way this time around, but we’re reunited with our lead DI from the standalone, the dogged Nicola Tanner.

Continue Reading…

four-stars

Book review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Saturday, June 3, 2017 Permalink

I adored this book. I mean LOVE loved it. I adored Eleanor in all of her weirdness. She’s amazingly written and the prose (ie. her voice) – through her thoughts and dialogue are mind-blowingly good. This was a rare occasion on which I both did and did not want a¬†book to end.

Gail Honeyman won a number of awards in Scotland and the UK for this book, and they are most certainly well-deserved.

Continue Reading…

five-stars

Taking stock – June 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017 Permalink

Don’t fall over in shock, but this is a non-bookish post. According to my vast research (ie. searching my website), the last time I did a ‘taking stock’ post of sorts was back in February, when I did – in fact – announce I was taking a break from blogging. I wasn’t sure then if it would be all blogging or just the non-bookish kind. As it happens it’s been the latter… and I must admit I’ve missed sharing my each and every thought here, but it’s been an interesting process – to let go of thoughts and feelings without feeling compelled to share them.

However… I decided – for reasons unknown (and not just cos I was awake early ūüėČ ), that I would do a ‘taking stock’ post today, adapted from the original developed by Pip at Meet Me At Mike’s.

Continue Reading…

Book review: The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Permalink

I somehow missed Anna Spargo-Ryan’s 2016 debut novel, The Paper House. I had requested it and felt mildly insulted when it didn’t arrive but – despite the praise it received – my apathy paired with my to-be-read (TBR) pile was (and still is) such that I really don’t get to read anything other than the books I receive for review.

Very happily however, I received her second novel, The Gulf, and was very impressed by the Aussie author. In fact I was enchanted by this book, which offers readers a satisfying blend of bleak hopelessness gently mixed with a sense of whimsy or wistfulness.

Continue Reading…

four-half-stars

Author Q & A: The Traitor’s Girl by Christine Wells

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Permalink

I usually shy away from historical fiction, although have made a few exceptions in recent times. I also find that I can cope with¬†novels unfolding¬†in two timeframes, commonly adopted in Kate Morton’s books for example.

The latest novel by Brisbane-based author¬†Christine Wells offers readers dual timelines¬†(so, the best of both worlds – appealing to historical fiction and contemporary fiction lovers alike). It’s the first book I’ve read by Wells¬†and I very much enjoyed her characters and the plot unfolding in the ‘now’ as well as the detail included about the work of female spies and government agencies during the second world war.

Continue Reading…

Book review: The Girl in Kellers Way by Megan Goldin

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Permalink

Megan Goldin is a former¬†foreign correspondent, reporting on war and terrorism. She’s now back in her hometown of Melbourne penning fiction and¬†The Girl in Kellers Way, her debut novel is set in small-town America and firmly fits into the very popular genre of domestic noir.¬†So it’s a psychological thriller – my fave! ūüôā

Continue Reading…

four-stars