Book review: The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney

Thursday, August 8, 2019 Permalink

Anthony Capella, writing as JP Delaney is garnering quite the reputation for offering readers twisty psychological thrillers. The first I read, The Girl Before was incredibly clever (and very popular) and – surprisingly – I enjoyed his second book, Believe Me even more.

Now I’ve read the third, an obvious theme around fantasy, infatuation and perfection is emerging. And again, in The Perfect Wife, he’s creatively pushing boundaries and giving us something quite new.

Continue Reading…

four-half-stars

Book review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Thursday, April 25, 2019 Permalink

Oh my goodness oh my goodness. Well usually I’d say something far more blasphemous but I’m trying to start this review in a vaguely professional manner so too many ‘f’ words first-up might be a bad thing.

I broke my ‘no reading during the day’ rule for this book. I’d been doing chores and got sweaty, so decided to pop into the bath for a soak and a very short half-hour read before getting into my afternoon plans.

Three hours later I closed this book.

Continue Reading…

four-half-stars

Book review: The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Sunday, November 18, 2018 Permalink

Everything recommending this novel talked about its ‘gothic’ nature. And it’s a theme or genre I usually shy away from. I think the fact it’s set in the present (ie. not historical) is something that appealed when I requested it and, though I worried we’d venture into ghosts or otherworldly territory, we never did and I read this in a sitting though hadn’t planned to.

Continue Reading…

three-half-stars

Book review: Believe Me by JP Delaney

Monday, July 23, 2018 Permalink

JP Delaney’s debut novel, The Girl Before was one of the most accessed / read posts on this website. Well, that was until hundreds (thousands) visited more recently to read my review of A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell – which I gather is being / has been made into a movie. Hence the interest (though I’m not entirely sure how my review is featuring so prominently!)

I really enjoyed The Girl Before so eagerly awaited Delaney’s second novel, Believe Me, which the author (Tony Strong, writing as JP Delaney) notes is a re-work and re-publication of a manuscript published 17 years earlier.

And given how much I enjoyed this book, it was well worth the revisit.

Continue Reading…

four-half-stars

Book review: The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins

Saturday, June 10, 2017 Permalink

I read Lucy Atkins’ debut novel The Missing One in 2014 and adored it. It was one of my favourite books of that year – combining a tale of family and long lost secrets with (of all things!) a passion for killer whales. Her next book, The Other Child felt like quite a departure. I enjoyed it but was a little surprised that it seemed so different to its predecessor. And here we are again, with Atkins offering up something completely different, which I guess says something about her versatility as a writer and storyteller.

Continue Reading…

three-half-stars

Book review: The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Permalink

If Wikipedia can be believed The Girl Before by JP Delaney, is not – in fact – written by JP Delaney as it’s a pseudonym. Googling informs me Delaney is actually Tony Strong, a Ugandan-born UK author, but I really can’t be arsed putting the pieces together and confirming that’s the case. (And yes, my dedication to my craft surprises even me!)

Less surprisingly though, Google also tells me this book is being brought to the screen by director Ron Howard.

Continue Reading…

four-stars

Book review: What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile

Thursday, March 17, 2016 Permalink

I’m not a big fan of the need to ‘define’ a book’s genre. Indeed, if you asked me about What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile, I’d struggle to classify it at all. I’d easily be able to offer up a short synopsis; but it’s intriguing without being a suspense or thriller; and I’d be loath to mention the sprawling and complicated family featured in case you mistook it for something by Maeve Binchy or similar.

It’s none of those things. But it is good.

Continue Reading…

four-stars

Book review: Coffin Road by Peter May

Monday, January 11, 2016 Permalink

According to Goodreads and my own somewhat-dilapidated memory, I’ve never read any books by France-based Scottish-born author Peter May. This surprised me as he has three series under his belt, a number of standalone novels and has been involved in writing for television in the UK.

Crime is obviously his passion and apparently, when working on a virtual reality-themed novel, he spent a year working as a private detective in Second Life.

His latest novel, Coffin Road came as a bit of a surprise as it grabbed me from the get-go.

Continue Reading…

four-stars