Book review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Thursday, July 28, 2016 Permalink

Clare Mackintosh’s 2015 release, I Let You Go, was one of my favourite books of the year. It featured a mid-story twist which almost made me drop my iPad in the bathtub. (In related news, thank god for LifeProof covers!)

So… you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Mackintosh had a new book being released… and fortunately her latest, I See You offers up the complex and twisty plot we’ve come to expect from the former police officer.

four-half-stars

All or nothing. Always good or bad?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Permalink

I’ve long admitted to being an ‘all or nothing’ person. Yep. Hello, my name is Deborah and I’m a black / white thinker. And it’s something I consider to be one of my biggest flaws. But, I’ve been recently challenged to consider whether the idea of ‘going big or going home’ could in fact sometimes be a good thing.

Book review: Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

Monday, July 25, 2016 Permalink

Sabine Durrant’s Under Your Skin is one of the twistiest* books I’ve read. I later read Gone Girl (a few years after it was published) and compared to Under Your Skin, the famous thriller felt almost predictable.

I didn’t enjoy Durrant’s second psychological thriller, Remember Me This Way quite as much, but it still offered up a twist or ten. So I literally leapt at the chance to read the former editor and feature writer’s latest novel, Lie With Me.

four-stars

Weekly check-in

Sunday, July 24, 2016 Permalink

Those paying close attention, or – you know – with no lives, might have noted I was missing last week. In fact I’ve been basically AWOL for two weeks. But more on my exploits later.

Book review: Rebellious Daughters edited by Maria Katsonis & Lee Kofman

Friday, July 22, 2016 Permalink

There are two things I usually avoid like the plague. Well, three if you count vegetables. The others are short stores and non-fiction… so my interest in a compilation of ‘true stories from Australia’s finest female writers’ would usually be unfathomable.

However… I was heading into hospital and figured my post anaesthetic attention span might prefer shorter outings. And that’s most definitely been the case!

three-stars

Book review: All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Permalink

It’s rare that I read a book that offers something a bit different… whether it’s an unusual plot, surprising characters or creative prose.

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker does offer readers that something different. In fact I had to stop a couple of times in the beginning to check I wasn’t reading non-fiction. Because it could have been. Non-fiction delivered in an entertaining way! *

four-stars

Lost for words

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Permalink

I have long been a lover of words. I love reading, I love writing and (sad but true) I love talking.

I’ve now read a couple of books – a novel and a biography – about people who’ve also been word-lovers who’ve developed dementia or alzheimers and have become lost for words. Both – along with other illnesses robbing people of their ability to express themselves – are tragic and I had a little taste of that for myself last week.

Me… AWOL and Out of Orange winners!!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016 Permalink

If you are reading this it’s because I am not here. Well, I’m here but not THERE. Or something.

You may recall I blithered a little about an upcoming trip to hospital for minor surgery. Which I survived – so the world uttered a sigh of relief, before bloody going to hell in a handbasket. Again.