Friday, 22 June 2018

Tracy Chevalier

I've loved every book of hers that I've read. Just so interesting and a touch of history too. Oh, and quilts!


The Last Runaway

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I haven’t read a Tracy Chevalier that I’ve not enjoyed a great deal. Her style of writing appeals to me, together with the historical subjects she chooses. Here we have a young Quaker woman who moves to Ohio from Brixham in Devon, and before the journey is over, she loses to a fever the sister she travelled with. The theme of the book is that it’s not easy to follow your convictions. I enjoyed the story very much, loved the characters and the fact that quilts featured occasionally. It was a fast and gripping read. Be aware that it finishes at 93% for an excerpt. Not something I like.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Shervin Jamali

A second helping of Shervin Jamali's versions of God and the Devil! Fast, furious and mind-mangling.


Escape from Hell

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Like its predecessor, The Devil’s Lieutenant, Escape from Hell is a mind-twisting read. Michael is working for Satan and it’s a real roller coaster as acts of revenge turn into huge errors because Satan knows the future but Michael doesn’t. He is aided by Raphael and his sole intent is to find a replacement in hell for himself and go to join his family in heaven. It’s fast and furious and, be warned, there’s plenty of sin! Another amazing outing from this author’s imagination. Looking forward to Part 3.

M R Carey

From the author of the fantastic The Girl with all the Gifts. Follow-ups are hard to do. I think this one nailed it.



The Boy on the Bridge

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I adored The Girl with all the Gifts so I had great hopes for this book – but how do you follow a book like TGWATG? Its greatest strength, for me, was that the true situation dawned slowly. In this book, we know the situation. There’s no gradual, awful realisation. That said, as the book progressed I found it simply gripping. So many possibilities to be resolved and not all in a happy-ever-after manner. But this is dystopia. This is brilliant dystopia. If you want to be made to think rather than simply grossed-out at every turn, this is the book for you. Another winner.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Shervin Jamali

A new author to me and this short novella packs a real punch!


The Devil's Lieutenant

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This is the most amazing novella. I love to read something a bit different and this story is certainly that. It shifts back and forth in time but it’s easy to follow. I enjoyed this interpretation of the roles of God and the Devil, and to find that, by the end of the story, things were not exactly as I’d thought. Interesting, intriguing and almost metaphysical, this is a very good read.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Peter Boland

A first book in the thriller genre for this author and it's an absolute cracker!


Savage Lies

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When you have an ex-SAS member with a wrong to right, you know you’re going to be in for an adventure and a thriller. All you need is for it to be a good story, well told. Here we have it all. John Savage thinks he knows what’s going on when a girl disappears. We think we know, too. This is a masterful bit of storytelling and I really enjoyed the way it unfolded as we got to the truth. By 90% of the novel I thought it was all over and we were having the ends wrapped up for us but the action never stopped. Highly recommended.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Julie McLaren

A new book from an author whose work I enjoy.


Invisible Damage

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Julie McLaren has taken a woman who has had her confidence destroyed and allowed us to watch her pull herself up again. She not only tells us you can recover from inner hurts but lets us see it happening. It’s not an easy transition, however, and there are problems along the way for Samantha. As we watch her re-establish herself as a successful professional woman and I found myself cheering for her. I also winced at some of the past sections as we saw her husband’s undermining and sniping. The writing is fluid and elegant and I found the transition from present to past and back clear and easy to follow. A very enjoyable story.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Will Patching

Third in this super-fast trilogy.


The Hangman

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This is the explosive finale to The Hack trilogy and takes a sideways look at recent political developments. Someone is trying to foment war in the Middle East. Kate, the journalist in this set of novels, is caught up in a terrorist attack in London – but who is behind it? Doug Hunter is on the same mission at the other side of the world but longs to leave it all behind him and disappear into an ordinary life somewhere.

I am used to thriller novels building up to a massively suspenseful climax but with Will Patching, the whole thing is climactic. We reel from crisis to crisis, horror to horror and scarcely get time to draw breath. This is thriller writing at its best. The whole trilogy is highly recommended.