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Literary Fiction

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

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August 17, 2019

Guilt 

The Kite Runner is an emotional and immersive story of friendship that is amplified with its spotlight on society and culture within Afganistan – both past and present. The story relates to the lives of two boys, Amir and Hassan, growing up in Kabul and narrated through the eyes of…


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Science Fiction Thriller War

Our War – Craig DiLouie

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August 15, 2019

I want to thank the incredible team behind Craig DiLouie for asking me to read this book. I picked it up on NetGalley whom I also would like to thank for helping reviewers read books. “Our War” is a book that has some very significant relevance in the current…


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Horror

Land of Bones – Glenn Rolfe

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August 15, 2019

Apprehension

Land of Bones is a collection of horror stories that stimulate and provoke the imagination to go beyond the scenarios painted. Fourteen short stories combine to create an impressive compendium of treats that are well written and have the ability to capture such moving and scary images as tales of…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Bones of The Earth – Eliot Pattison

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August 12, 2019

Concealed

For lovers of crime thrillers, Bones of the Earth is a special opportunity to take all that’s great in an investigative mystery novel and place it in a location that introduces unique culture, geography, characters and national politics – Tibet, China. The Chinese annexation of Tibet in 1950, brought about more…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Whisper Man – Alex North

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August 8, 2019

Stalking

Alex North’s debut, The Whisper Man is an outstanding thriller and one of the best crime novels I’ve read this year. In tones similar to Stephen King he ramps up compelling suspense with an air of supernatural peril.

Alex North structured his novel in a way that is extremely appealing to me,…


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Crime Thriller

Death at the Seaside – F.R. Jameson

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August 5, 2019

Turbulent

Death at the Seaside is a sinister story of the shocking consequences when a man’s destructive past and tormented mind, finally shatter. The story and plot are interesting and well-structured, accepting it is a novella. It was also intriguing to find the main characters dislikeable, yet appealing, if only to…


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Historical Fiction

The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

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August 4, 2019

Epic

If you ever wanted to use the words Epic and Classic in a book review, The Pillars of the Earth is a book that upholds that accolade. It is a truly fabulous masterpiece of historical fiction based in England in the 12th Century. The sense of time and place are vividly…


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Mystery Thriller

The Killing Type – Jane Corry

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August 2, 2019

Deadly

The Killing Type is a free short story from Jane Corry and boy does she pack in a lot, in 50 pages. Jane is a master of plot twists and surprises and this story has a few good ones.

Danielle and Susie are sisters, very close in age, (we call them…


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Crime Historical Fiction Mystery

The Corpse Played Dead – Georgina Clarke

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July 31, 2019

Undercover

Lizzie Hardwicke is back in Georgina Clarke’s second historical fiction novel The Corpse Played Dead. Lizzie is a prostitute, from a privileged past, now fortunate to earn a living from the wealthy customers that frequent the exclusive brothel she’s employed in. Since the first book, Lizzie has earned notoriety…


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Historical Fiction

Infants of the Brush – A.M. Watson (by Beata)

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July 29, 2019

Chimney Sweeps Remembered

The story of a group of underprivileged boys living in the 18th century London and exploited as chimney sweepers moved me deeply …

The novel portrays a group of boys – chimney sweepers – who, by poverty and misfortunes, become actually slaves to a heartless Master Armory for…

Peter Donnelly
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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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