Book review: Disclaimer by Renee Knight

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You know how sometimes you’re watching or reading something and a character is wronged or cheated in some way and you get really irrationally angry on their behalf? Yes? I hope so, because that’s exactly how I felt reading this book.

Don’t get me wrong–I enjoyed it a lot—and obviously I cared enough that I was pissed on behalf of an entirely fictional character!

Book review: Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

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Joe O’Brien is a Boston cop and father of four.  Youngest son Patrick lives with his parents, but his oldest JJ and JJ’s wife Colleen, and Joe’s two daughters (Meaghan and Katie) all live in the house Joe inherited from his father. Married to his sweetheart Rosie, and with all of his family around him—albeit on three different floors of the same building—Joe’s life is pretty sweet.

Until things start to go wrong. He’s in his late 30s when we first get a glimpse of what’s to come. His temper flares unexpectedly and his coordination occasionally suffers.

Just a bit of history repeating

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I recently watched the first series of a TV show called The 100 (pronounced ‘the hundred’). Essentially it’s a post-apocalyptic drama in which 100 juvenile offenders are sent to earth 97 years after a nuclear war rendered it uninhabitable. The remaining humans have been living on The Ark in space since before the war and, as they’re running out of oxygen, decide not to wait the century before returning to earth as originally planned.

Monday check-in

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Did you miss me? I apologise if my absence was akin to missing your morning coffee. Or perhaps you didn’t even notice I was AWOL last week? Either way… like the terminator, I’m back. Again.

Book review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

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Harlan Coben’s a writer with 27 novels under his belt, delivering thrillers that offer readers complex plots and a maze of false leads. His latest novel, The Stranger, is—fortunately— no different.

The man who sidles up to Adam Price one night calls himself The Stranger. And what he shares with the respected lawyer and father of two will change Adam’s life forever.

Book review: When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis

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I’ve had When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis sitting in my ‘to be read’ pile for a few months. As it’s not due for release until late April I’ve delayed opening it until a time closer to its publication date. However, when I finally got around to reading it I discovered that the book was—in fact—released as A Serpentine Affair back in 2013.

So this is a re-release. Obviously.

Book review: Goodbye Sweetheart by Marion Halligan

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Not long ago it seemed everything I read centred around mental illness. Sometimes it’s missing children or childhood trauma impacting lives many years later. Lately it’s death and its aftermath.

Marion Halligan’s latest novel, Goodbye Sweetheart,  introduces us to William. Like a crime show on TV kicking off with the death of the victim, William is present but briefly although remains the central character as those left behind come to terms with his sudden death.