Book review: A Good Place to Hide a Body by Laura Marshall

Thursday, July 11, 2024 Permalink

A Good Place to Hide a Body by Laura Marshall starts off with a prologue and it’s a clever move by Marshall. Not the use of a prologue of course as it’s quite common, but the way she leaves us hanging at the end of it… allowing us to make certain assumptions, before moving three months into the past when a family’s lives were turned upside down.

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Book review: The Chamber by Will Dean

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Permalink

Holy schmoly! What a ride this book was. I’m not usually a fan of ‘action’ oriented novels and tend to skim over fight scenes and the like, even when the author obviously knows their stuff. Having said that, in the last couple of years I’ve enjoyed TJ Newman’s heart-in-mouth novels involving plane-based drama. I know one or both are being translated onto the big or small screen and I can see why. The Chamber by Will Dean blew me away for similar reasons. It’s a literal pressure cooker of a novel – centred around a saturation diving crew – in a sardine can 100m below the ocean’s surface. Their work is dangerous enough but throw in some suspicious deaths and you’ve got an extraordinary locked-room mystery.

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Book review: All the Hidden Truths by Claire Askew

Sunday, August 19, 2018 Permalink

This book may be a bit difficult for some to read as it’s centred around a college shooting and involves parents in mourning.

However, debut author Claire Askew handles the subject – from all angles – beautifully. She doesn’t shy away from the cold hard truth, doesn’t sympathise or judge, but rather allows the greyness (of the event, the before and the after) to sneak through.

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