Book review: The Assistant by SK Tremayne

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Permalink

I read and enjoyed The Ice Twins by SK Tremayne in 2015. I know the English author and journalist (Sean Thomas) has released a couple of books since but haven’t heard a lot about them here in Australia, though I know The Fire Child in particular, was well-received by overseas authors and bloggers I follow.

Tremayne’s latest release is very timely in the age of Siri and Alexa, Google Home and automation in general. It takes things a little further however (well, I’ve not heard of some of the technology so it ‘may’ exist!) and things turn ugly. Of course the big question is whether it’s artificial intelligence (AI) and ‘the machines’ taking over or if humans are still the main source of evil.

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four-stars

Book review: The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan

Saturday, March 10, 2018 Permalink

Dervla McTiernan was born in Ireland and lived there until 2011, before moving to Western Australia with her family. Her debut novel The Rúin is set in Ireland and its setting and dialogue quintessentially Irish, but there’s a snippet of her new country of abode, as one of the characters returns from a long stay in Australia.

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three-half-stars

Book review: Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

Saturday, July 8, 2017 Permalink

I read Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner, the first in this series featuring (then DS, now DI) Manon Bradshaw last year – although I didn’t know (more in the series would follow) at that time. Looking back on my review I certainly took to Manon, who I described as a ‘no nonsense’ sort of person. Which remains the case in her second outing.

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three-half-stars

Book review: Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah

Thursday, September 15, 2016 Permalink

I need to confess that I had no idea Sophie Hannah had revitalised Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective and his little grey cells until this book appeared on a listing. It was only then I discovered Hannah had previously released The Monogram Murders, featuring Hercule Poirot, in 2014 – almost 40 years after the passing of Dame Agatha.

I adore Agatha Christie. I’ve read all of her books a million times. At least. Once upon a time I used to call them my bath books as I could read a novel in the bath in an hour. (Which was before I sat in the bath for hours on end reading!)

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three-half-stars

Book review: Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Friday, March 11, 2016 Permalink

I love flawed characters. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. Of course there can be a fine line between someone having the odd idiosyncrasy and someone who’s downright psychopathic… in an evil, rather than quirky way #obvs!

There needs to be something redeeming or likeable about them, but – in general – the odd weakness or foible makes characters more relatable (and usually more enjoyable).

In Missing, Presumed, we meet (key player) DS Manon Bradshaw on a date with someone she met online. It’s a great introduction as well get an early understanding of her no-nonsense and kinda screwy take on the world.

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three-stars