Category: Reviews

Feb 17

A Little Life By Hanya Yanagihar

A Little Life By Hanya Yanagihar Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015, ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihar is the most moving and memorable book that I have read in a long time. It is dark and disturbing but also achingly beautiful. At its simplest it is the story of four friends but …

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Feb 06

Emma in the Night By Wendy Walker

Emma in the Night By Wendy Walker Two sisters disappeared one night three years ago. Emma Tanner’s car was found at the beach with her purse and keys, and her shoes left on the sand. There was no sign of her younger sister Cass. Nothing of hers was missing from her room. Now, after three …

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Jan 13

The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson

The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson Little Olivia Adams disappeared from the garden of her family home when she was six years old. Her father had left her playing while he popped indoors to use the bathroom but the media reported that he had left her alone for much longer while he watched …

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Jan 03

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow By Amor Towles In post-revolutionary Russia Count Alexander Rostov is considered an ‘unrepentant aristocrat’. Placed under house arrest in the Hotel Metropol in Moscow, he is escorted not to his previous sumptuous suite but to a small attic room. Through decades of change and political upheaval The Count remains cut off …

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Dec 21

The Tangled Lock by Bill Rogers

The Tangled Lock by Bill Rogers In the third novel in the National Crime Agency series, Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart is leading the hunt for a serial killer with a hair fetish. Not only does the perpetrator take a lock of the victim’s hair as a trophy, but he leaves a tangled lock of someone …

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Dec 17

Smoke and Mirrors by Oliver Tidy

Smoke and Mirrors by Oliver Tidy   Acer Sansom has personal reasons for agreeing to go undercover into Iran. His mission is to find evidence that missing British scientists are working under duress in Iran’s nuclear programme. But the mission becomes more complicated and even more dangerous! Smoke and Mirrors is the third Acer Sansom …

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Dec 08

The Falcon Tattoo by Bill Rogers

 The Falcon Tattoo by Bill Rogers In this, the second book in the National Crime Agency Series, by Bill Rogers Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart is in a race against time to apprehend a vicious attacker. The time between abductions is shortening as Jo and her team try to find the perpetrator whose identifying mark is …

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Nov 25

The Pick, The Spade and the Crow By Bill Rogers

The Pick, The Spade and the Crow By Bill Rogers After ten excellent police procedural novels featuring Tom Caton, as his main character, author Bill Rogers now takes us, along with one of Tom’s old team, into the National Crime Agency. Senior Investigator, Jo Stuart begins an investigation into the death of a man, whose …

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Nov 15

Waiting for Callback

Waiting for Callback By Perdita and Honor Cargill Elektra wants to be an actor, even if that means dressing up as a spider, pretending to be a carrot for an audition! When Elektra goes to auditions mum goes too, and as Elektra moves from her local acting class into the hands of a ‘legitimate’ agent …

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Nov 02

Nomad By James Swallow

Nomad By James Swallow Nomad by James Swallow is a modern spy thriller. Typically the central character is a slightly unlikely hero and is falsely accused of treachery, meaning that he is running from everyone, including ‘his own side’ whilst trying to prove his innocence. In this case Marc Dane is the only survivor of …

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