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Crime Horror

Beyond the Blue Girl – H.K. Belvedere

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6 July 2020

Depravity

Beyond the Blue Girl is one of the most horrific and disturbing books I have read, not for graphic scenes in fictional horror, but that you can imagine very sick individuals aka psychopaths, engaging in these activities. What would extremely rich people do for excitement if they have no conscience…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Knife Edge – Simon Mayo

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4 July 2020

Terror

Knife Edge is a contemporary thriller that seems to resonate on various levels with current global issues, including multiple terrorist groups and an attack on the press. In this book, I actually mean an attack on the press. A muggy May morning and within twenty-nine minutes, seven investigative journalists working…


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Contemporary Fiction

Idle Hands – Cassondra Windwalker

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3 July 2020

Oh my goodness, this book is amazing! Perdie is struggling with a dilemma which many victims of domestic abuse face. Should she leave her violent and manipulative husband Matt and risk her children (Hannah, Rachel and Tad) growing up in the possible poverty of a single parent family struggling…


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Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Womens Fiction

The Weight of Love – Hilary Fannin

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3 July 2020

This is a first novel that doesn’t read like a first novel. The author is clearly an accomplished writer, a journalist and playwright in Ireland, and now a novelist. The prose of this novel captivates the reader from beginning to end. It is not simply the skilled use of…


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Literary Fiction

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

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3 July 2020

“It wouldn’t make for sanity would it, living with the devil.”― Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

From the moment I began this enigmatic story, I felt as if I were a naughty houseguest who had slipped into a closed room to peek at someone’s diary. It was wicked and forbidden, so of…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Heatwave – Katerina Diamond

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28 June 2020

Accursed

Heatwave is the latest book from the pen of the fabulous Katerina Diamond and it is her first standalone novel sitting alongside her DS Imogen Grey series. A dark psychological thriller which is cleverly crafted and leads to a very disturbing finale.

Unlike Katerina Diamond’s other novels where the action takes…


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Fantasy Young Adult

Dark Spark – Ahava Trivedi

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28 June 2020

Lineage

The Dark Spark is the second instalment of the wonderful YA Bloodline Academy fantasy series from Ahava Trivedi. It continues the journey for Katerina Snow Quartz and her own self-discovery amidst a battle between her two bloodlines. Half witch, half vampire, unknown parents, unique abilities from both bloodlines, she has the…


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Crime Mystery Womens Fiction

The Swap – Robyn Harding

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24 June 2020

The Swap is an emotionally immersive story that draws three very distinctive female characters who allow avaricious choices to create a toxic set of relationships. A story that is fascinating and keenly observed, as we wonder what emotional control is possible when relationships become unhinged.

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Humour Literary Fiction

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

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20 June 2020

“The devil went down to Georgia Moscow, he was looking for a soul to steal.”—Primus

Phew! I needed a margarita after finishing The Master and Margarita! What a magnificent, turbulent read!

This extravagant Russian allegory is an adult Alice in Wonderland, bursting at the seams with mischief, darkness and rambunctiousness. The ghosts of Faust…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Curator – M.W. Craven

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18 June 2020

Dominion

When I started reading this third novel in Mike Craven’s police crime series I realised just how much I had missed Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw from the National Crime Agency (NCA). Mike has struck gold with this partnership and I find myself more captivated during scenes with them…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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