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.


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.


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.