• Book review: Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante

    Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve been enjoying Lynda La Plante’s series featuring the young Jane Tennison. I loved the original English Prime Suspect TV series also but the somewhat sexist environment of the 1990s is nothing compared to the police service in the 1970s.

    My main complaint regarding both earlier books in this series (Tennison & Good Friday) was that they featured two separate crimes – ultimately merging in some way and I felt they really didn’t need the complexity and we readers didn’t need the distraction.

    I like to think my exacting opinions and informed literary reflections (*ahem*) made it through to La Plante because this book is centred around ONE CRIME. (And I loved it!)

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    four-stars
  • Book review: We See The Stars by Kate Van Hooft

    Saturday, August 11, 2018 Permalink

    This is a really hard review to write. For most of this book I was blown away by Kate Van Hooft’s writing and her metaphorical and bewilderingly beautiful prose.

    I was waiting for the climax – which I knew was coming from the backcover blurb – but it was very late in eventuating. And then the book finished. And I have no f*cking idea what happened.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Little Liar by Lisa Ballantyne

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Permalink

    My version of Little Liar by Lisa Ballantyne is not actually out until February 2019, but as I’ve had a copy sitting in my e-reader for a while I decided to go ahead and read it. And I’m certainly glad I did.

    I was going to hold off on the review as one’s not supposed to review books too far in advance, however…. then I noticed the book’s just been released in Australia, so here we go….

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    three-half-stars
  • Book review: Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Permalink

    There’s something different about this book. It’s certainly enjoyable. In fact, at several points I assumed it was going to go down a certain route and was surprised. Again and again. Not by the twists as such but by the author (Megan Abbott’s) decisions to not head in an obvious direction and her ability to make her characters nice and not-so-nice at the same time.

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    three-half-stars
  • Book review: Scrublands by Chris Hammer

    Monday, July 30, 2018 Permalink

    I’d had this book for a while before tucking into it Saturday evening in the bath. I wasn’t too sure it was for me, though I’m not sure why. Perhaps some antipathy towards what felt like ANOTHER book about small town or rural Australia? I’m not sure.

    But… holy shit, this book blew me away! I was hooked from the get-go. The opening scene (prologue) is great. And kinda dire. The writing is excellent, the plot intriguing and the lead character, Martin is both enigmatic and very (very) real all at once. 

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    four-half-stars
  • Book review: Liar Liar by James Patterson and Candice Fox

    Friday, July 27, 2018 Permalink

    I was a latecomer to this series, joining for the second installment, Fifty Fifty and adored it. I used to be a James Patterson fan (way back when) and while not altogether convinced that quantity equals quality, I love that he’s partnering with other authors and giving some the attention that deserve (like Australia’s Candice Fox, for example) but might not have otherwise got. Internationally at least, in Fox’s case.

    And this series’ Harriet Blue feels as if it has Fox’s fingerprints (I was tempted to say paw prints, but am pretty sure I went down that analogous route in my previous review) all over the fabulous creation.

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    four-stars
  • Men writing as women. Women writing as men.

    Thursday, July 26, 2018 Permalink

    Once upon a time female writers had to write under male pseudonyms as it wasn’t appropriate for women to pen… well anything really, under their own names. Think: Emily Bronte writing as Ellis Bell; Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson as Henry Handel Richardson.

    Thankfully much has changed since then.

    At least I think it has.

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