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.
I love reading debut author novels. Not only because I still hope I might one day write something worthy of publishing, but because—if it’s good—I’ve another author to add to my stable of favourites. And happily for me, I can add Atlanta writer Susan Crawford to my list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.