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Crime Mystery Thriller

I Looked Away – Jane Corry

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June 23, 2019

Attrition

I Looked Away is a wonderfully crafted and absorbing psychological thriller from the very talented Jane Corry. The novel is cleverly plotted where you know there’s a major twist coming and it teases in the background as you become instantly captivated by the personal accounts of the two main characters,…


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Crime Mystery

Started Early, Took My Dog – Kate Atkinson

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June 18, 2019

Kate Atkinson’s fourth book in the Jackson Brodie series, Started Early, Took My Dog is another intriguing crime mystery novel that illustrates just how wonderful her characterisations and plotting are. What I appreciate Kate for is that while Jackson Brodie is the series protagonist, she will place other characters at the…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Black Summer – M.W. Craven

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June 17, 2019

Exoneration

Black Summer is the eagerly awaited second book in the Washington Poe series, from Mike Craven. It is an outstanding return for Poe and his colleague, Tilly Bradshaw, in a thriller that is as captivating, dazzling and edgy, as any crime mystery I’ve read this year. Poe and Tilly have…


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Nonfiction Short Stories

Weirder War Two – Richard Denham

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June 16, 2019

Curiouser

Weirder War Two: More Strange Facts, Unsolved Mysteries and Tall Tales from the Second World War is a continuation from the first book with 101 new facts and tales. ‘Weirder’ is a useful term for the follow-on book, but the truth is, the stories are less weird, but still very…


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Literary Fiction

Night Boat to Tangier – Kevin Barry

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June 15, 2019

Anguish

Night Boat to Tangier is a powerful and expressive novel with fascinating characters that have corrupted and harmed themselves and those around them. Kevin Barry’s unforgiving poetic style nails the moments that linger in the mind well after the words are gone. 

Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond are two ageing, disfigured,…


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Literary Fiction

The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

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June 13, 2019

Ambition 

The White Tiger is a contemporary fictional account of ambition and the life options available to a person in the rigid and harsh class-based society of India, which is administered through unbridled corruption.

Aravind Adiga came along with the wave of fantastic Indian authors providing insights into their country and the…


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Historical Fiction Thriller

Nucleus – Rory Clements

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June 12, 2019

Nucleus is the second book in this series and with this book, Rory Clements did an incredibly good job of creating a unique and thrilling fictional piece of work, whilst amalgamating many historical events and conflicts that were occurring during the Second World War period. 

I think it clever to incorporate…


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Crime Thriller

When Will There Be Good News? – Kate Atkinson

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June 12, 2019

Circumstance

When Will There Be Good News? is a thriller from the wonderful Kate Atkinson that is full of suspense, surprises and a fair splattering of coincidence. This is the third book in the Jackson Brodie series but can be read as a standalone.

The opening scene shocked me! Kate Atkinson writes…


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Literary Fiction

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

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June 9, 2019

Apocalyptic 

The Road tells the story of a father and son warily travelling across post-apocalyptic America, hoping to reach a place of sanctuary. The atmosphere drapes the reader in a throbbing dread for the character’s lives and the acute fear of a father to keep his son safe. In a very…


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Literary Fiction

Behind Her Back – Jane Lythell

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June 8, 2019

Subterfuge

Liz Lyon, the producer at StoryWorld TV, has returned in Behind Her Back, Jane Lythell’s second novel in the series. A fascinating entertaining drama that simmers with deceit, power struggles and family issues. We have a fascination with the world of TV, films and media – the glamour, glitz…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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