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Thriller

The Line Between – Tosca Lee

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March 2, 2019

Accretion

The Line Between is a beautifully written page-turner that is clever, duplicitous and shrouded in menace from beginning to end. A new author for me and totally blown away with Tosca Lee’s ability to weave a powerful plot, a wide mix of intriguing characters, a cataclysmic setting and personal conflict…


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Literary Fiction

The Last Samurai – Helen DeWitt

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February 28, 2019

Infatuation 

The Last Samurai is a book where you’re never quite sure where you’re going next and at what speed, you just realise it’s going to be unconventional. To make sure you remain connected to the short snappy pointed tone of the main characters the writing adopts a similar style. 

Ludo is…


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Crime Thriller

Woodcutter – Shaun Baines

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February 28, 2019

Distrust

The Woodcutter is a brutal and unforgiving story that leaves you in a cold sweat as you try to navigate the deception, threats and continuous revelations around the Dayton criminal empire.

Daniel Dayton is hiding out in Scotland from his father and his brother when he is eventually tracked down and…


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Horror Literary Fiction

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

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February 27, 2019

Loneliness

It’s over 200 years since Frankenstein was first published in 1818 and it is a remarkable achievement that we’re still reading this book today, in a genre that has mushroomed. Certainly one of the greatest monster stories of all time and credited for creating the mad scientist and the first…


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Fantasy Mystery

Last Argument of Kings – Joe Abercrombie

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February 26, 2019

Action

The Last Argument of Kings is a great ending to a superb fantasy trilogy. Don’t think this fantasy as light and ethereal – no, think dark, brutal and bloody. There are battles and battles and battles to be fought, and the most crucial is between Logen Ninefingers and his old…


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Fantasy Mystery

Before They Are Hanged – Joe Abercrombie

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February 26, 2019

Heterogeneous 

This follow-up book in the First Law trilogy has a greater adventure than the first book. The battles and fighting continue relentlessly. The sense of expanse widens even further – to the ends of the world. The characters are further developed and nothing is predictable in their personalities. The…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Scholar – Dervla McTiernan

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February 24, 2019

Perfidious

The Scholar is Dervla McTiernan’s second book with DS Cormac Reilly, and as a crime writer, she has reinforced her position as one of the best new talents around.

Cormac Reilly is an ex-anti-terrorist officer who moved from Dublin to the Galway Gardaí to accommodate his partner, Dr Emma Sweeney, with…


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Thriller

Succubus – Regis Sheehan

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February 23, 2019

Clandestine

I love reading a great political spy thriller, and Regis Sheehan in his book Succubus reminded me of what is best in the genre. It is a really clever and well-structured plot that interweaves fictional defectors from North Korea into the real-life global political scene we’re experiencing. It’s an…


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Historical Fiction Mystery Thriller

Nucleus – Rory Clements

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February 22, 2019

Espionage

Nucleus is Rory Clements’ second book in the Tom Wilde series and it is an enthralling, high tension spy thriller that merges many of the political events at play in Europe at the dawn of the Second World War. Tom Wilde, Cambridge University professor, finds himself in the middle of…


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Fantasy Young Adult

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling

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February 19, 2019

Destiny

Here I am with The Chamber of Secrets, the second book of the Harry Potter series feeling the tightening grip of adoration, as I get ensnared in the glorious bewitching world created by JK Rowling. Certainly, the first book and now the second, primarily introduce us to the extensive cast…

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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