Book review: The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Sunday, July 7, 2019 Permalink

There is currently a LOT of hype around The Chain by Adrian McKinty. I keep seeing articles on social media about the film rights of a book written by an Uber driver sold for a seven figure sum.

There’s actually an interesting note in the back of this book from McKinty about life as a writer. He’s got his successful Sean Duffy series under his belt but it’s a reminder that many seemingly-successful creatives (authors and the like) don’t actually earn much from their craft. Most have other jobs and alternative sources of income. Which makes me feel a bit grumpy about some idiotic athletes who earn gazillions.

But enough of my ranting. Let’s get down to it cos this standalone by McKinty is (#spoileralert) certainly worth all of the praise it’s getting. I wasn’t sure I was going to be enamoured but I was gobsmacked at how ‘real’ it all felt from the opening lines.

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four-half-stars

Book review: Wrecked by Joe Ide

Monday, November 5, 2018 Permalink

I adored the character of Isaiah Quintabe introduced by Joe Ide in 2016. The first book, IQ (named after Isaiah’s moniker) gave us a scary-smart street-wise crime solver / PI. (And I should mention I wasn’t alone in my love for IQ… and Ide’s subsequent books include quotes by the likes of Michael Connelly, Gregg Hurwitz etc commenting on the arrival of a great new fictional character.)

Indeed, in my review of IQ I comment on the fact Isaiah reminded me of the sassy smart-mouthed gumshoes (PIs) I once so loved.

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three-half-stars

Book review: Take Me In by Sabine Durrant

Friday, June 29, 2018 Permalink

I’m a huge fan of Sabine Durrant, who I discovered in 2014 via Under Your Skin (which in my opinion rendered the much-lauded Gone Girl, rather anticlimactic).

I think she’s highly underrated and produces consistently complex (but not complicated or confusing) reading fodder and is most definitely one of my go-to authors.

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three-half-stars

Book review: Righteous by Joe Ide

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Permalink

IQ by Joe Ide was a big (and very pleasant) surprise for me last year. Named after its protagonist – the very smart and sassy Isaiah Quintabe – I was hooked.

I hadn’t realised the second in the series had been released until I got an email from the publisher but I downloaded it immediately keen to be reunited with the genius PI-of-sorts, determined to get justice for his brother killed years earlier while helping the helpless in his LA neighbourhood.

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three-half-stars

Book review: IQ by Joe Ide

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Permalink

As I first started to read this book by Joe Ide it occurred to me that I don’t seem to read a lot of books with African American lead characters – particularly in my beloved crime fiction / thriller / suspense genre. And then I remembered James Patterson’s Alex Cross and Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme. So… there are some. But not many. In my world anyway… where I mostly stick to the bigger publishers and mainstream fiction.

Isaiah Quintabe is something different though, and I was reminded of the work of Raymond Chandler and my love for Robert B Parker’s Spenser series. Needless to say I adored the sassy and smart Isaiah – better known to those who need him as IQ.

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three-half-stars

Book review: Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

Monday, July 25, 2016 Permalink

Sabine Durrant’s Under Your Skin is one of the twistiest* books I’ve read. I later read Gone Girl (a few years after it was published) and compared to Under Your Skin, the famous thriller felt almost predictable.

I didn’t enjoy Durrant’s second psychological thriller, Remember Me This Way quite as much, but it still offered up a twist or ten. So I literally leapt at the chance to read the former editor and feature writer’s latest novel, Lie With Me.

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four-stars