Book review: The Island by Adrian McKinty

Saturday, May 21, 2022 Permalink

The Island by Adrian McKinty has been getting a lot of attention from well-respected authors and publishing industry types, and it’s very much deserved. His last standalone, The Chain, was equally well-received, winning Ned Kelly and Barry Awards on its release.

The Island has probably given me a better understanding of the type of writer he is. It’s certainly action-packed. It’s exciting. It’s fast paced. There’s some depth to the characters, though more to our protagonists than our antagonists. It reminded me very much of action-packed reads by Gregg Hurwitz and the recent borderline horror reads by Gabriel Bergmoser.

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Book review: The Confession by Jo Spain

Monday, January 15, 2018 Permalink

This intriguing read came soon after another ‘he said / she said’ book, Anatomy of a Scandal, and similarly (slowly) shares the history of its key players as we learn how they arrived at the point at which we meet them; although of course it’s very different in the sense that The Confession starts out with a violent act and we go about understanding why it came about. In many ways it’s a ‘whydunnit’ rather than a whodunnit. #ifthatmakessense

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