Book review: The Woman in Darkness by Charlie Donlea

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Permalink

I’ve read and enjoyed Charlie Donlea’s first two books, The Girl Who Was Taken and Don’t Believe It and his latest is no different. In fact, I must admit if I have one gripe it would be that it was nearing its end far sooner than I wanted it to. I really did not want it to finish. (Which is rare for me nowadays as most books are longer than I’d like).

Each of Donlea’s other books has been a standalone but featuring such well-developed characters I ALWAYS find myself checking it’s not part of a series. I’m fairly sure I’d be happy to read more featuring each of the leads we’ve met, but Donlea manages to give them a story arc that – though brief – is completely fulfilling for the reader.

four-half-stars

Book review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Saturday, March 30, 2019 Permalink

The backcover blurb is a bit vague so I had no idea going into this book what it was going to be about, so when we get to the…. ummm… secret quite early on, it’s a surprise.

We then cruise along for a while (giving us time to absorb what we’re reading) and towards the end – BAM! – another twist; making this a very strong debut novel by US author, Samantha Downing.

four-stars

Book review: Run Away by Harlan Coben

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Permalink

I really enjoyed this standalone by Harlan Coben. I hadn’t read much of his work until a half a dozen years ago but he’s become a favourite and with about 30 books published (as well as some television series under his belt) he’s proved he’s consistent and a reliable choice when it comes to entertaining reading fodder.

four-stars

Book review: Bye Bye Baby by Fiona McIntosh

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Permalink

I met Fiona McIntosh at an event in Hervey Bay a few years ago. I didn’t know much about her work then as I was still fairly new to book blogging and most of the books for which she’s well-known (The Perfumer’s Secret, The Chocolate Tin and The Pearl Thief – to name her most recent releases) are outside of my usual reading genre.

I did know however – in addition to fantasy and historical fiction – she’s written about the art of novel writing and has been conducting writing masterclasses for some time.

Her Australian publisher is re-releasing a crime fiction series McIntosh published under the pseudonym Lauren Crow, which is right up my reading alley!

four-stars

Book review: Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz

Friday, January 25, 2019 Permalink

Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X series is one of my favourites. I fell a little in love with former orphan-turned-assassin-turned-helper of the helpless, Evan Smoak, in the first book of the series. And this – number four – is probably my favourite since that first outing.

I’d usually grimace at a book blurb that talks about killing the president – my spy/espionage-loving days left back in the 1990s along with my spiral perms – but this book is less about conspiracy theories and government cover-ups and more about self-preservation and ‘doing the right thing’ delivered through clever well-paced action.

Naturally I was forced to read this in a sitting and finished the last page already eager for the next instalment. 

four-half-stars

Book review: Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox

Monday, January 21, 2019 Permalink

It has to be said up front… THIS IS MY FAVOURITE BOOK (YET) IN THIS SERIES. Which is saying something as I’ve enjoyed both others (though loved the first  Crimson Lake a tad more than the second, Redemption Point).

This has absolutely everything. Fox’s writing is intelligent but easily devoured. I’ve seen/heard her speak and she’s got that ability to spin a yarn in a way that sucks you in; and before you know it you’re enchanted, not just by the story but by the way she tells it. By the words she uses and phrases she shapes into an addictive version of reality from which you have no desire to escape.

five-stars

Book review: Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson

Sunday, October 14, 2018 Permalink

Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson was released just before I went on holidays. I usually receive info about upcoming books a few months before their release but suspect I assumed the book was in fact a ‘true crime’ / non-fiction book, rather than a fictional account of a true crime documentary. (Cos I don’t ‘do’ non-fiction.)

Anyhoo… I was revoltingly stressed before my holidays so only got to many August / September emails in October (on my return) and had one from Penguin Random House about this book. I knew the book had been released to glowing reviews so I snapped up a copy when it was offered. And what a great debut novel it is.

four-stars