Book review: The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Friday, September 8, 2017 Permalink

I know it will sound weird that a book about missing children seemed like a comfort read, but that’s very much what I was hoping for as I opened this book after a long weekend away.

I’d not done any reading for days, was tired from a long drive and was feeling a bit stressed about a few things.

Rene Denfeld’s The Child Finder was actually not next in my anally chronologically sorted to-be-read pile, but it was shorter than its nearest competitor and seemed like the kind of book that is my usual reading bread and butter.

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four-stars

Book review – Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi

Monday, May 15, 2017 Permalink

I didn’t realise until I picked this book up that it was a translation. I had some bad experiences with translated books a few years ago and have pretty much stayed away ever since – which I know is very close-minded and English-centric of me. I can’t help but wonder how it works as well… so much of someone’s writing is caught up in the way they turn a phrase, which makes a translated book very VERY dependent on its┬átranslator. It’s almost as if they could make, or break, a book.

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three-half-stars

Book review: The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Permalink

German author (lawyer and former judge) Bernhard Schlink is probably best known for his book, The Reader, which was made into the popular film starring Kate Winslet and the v.sexy Ralph Fiennes.

It’s a book I’ve not read (nor have I seen the film) but it’s on my ‘must read some day’ list, so I jumped at the chance to read his latest release, The Woman on the Stairs.

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four-stars