The Point of Rescue by Sophie Hannah

A quick rundown… Sally's secret week away turns into a nightmare when she sees a man on TV calling himself the same person as the man she met while away. What's going on? Strengths: Taut and tense thriller Weaknesses: Found it somewhat difficult to believe the murderer's motive. Why I read it: Loved Hurting Distance;... Continue Reading →

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The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg

A quick rundown… The death of Erica's childhood friend is not as it seems. Will she and Patrik the local detective find out the truth? Strengths: The crime narrative runs very well alongside the blossoming of Erica and Patrik's relationship. Weaknesses: Took me a little while to get into (about 50 pages). Why I read it:... Continue Reading →

1Q84 Book 3 by Haruki Murakami

A quick rundown… Continues where Book 2 concluded, with Aomame and Tengo looking for each other in 1Q84. Strengths: The beautiful writing and the need to for the pair to reunite. Weaknesses: Too short! Open for a further sequel. Why I read it: Absolutely loved Books 1 & 2. Pages: 377 (ebook), also available in Australia combined with Books... Continue Reading →

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

A quick rundown… A woman murders her ex-husband and her neighbour helps to cover it up. How will the police work out what happened? Strengths: Quirkily Japanese, an interesting way of telling a murder mystery. Weaknesses: Focuses on the action, rather than the nuances of the characters and their motivation. Why I read it: Very... Continue Reading →

The Craigslist Murders by Brenda Cullerton

In summary… A successful interior designer is murdering New York's trophy wives. Strengths: A different premise, it evokes vague Sex and the City moments. Weaknesses: It's hard to dislike the murderer, but it's also difficult to like her. Why I read it: Sent for review by the publisher. Setting: New York City Pages: 224 Published:... Continue Reading →

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

In a nutshell… Bea's sister is missing and Bea sets out to find the truth. Strengths: very emotive, tense and gripping. Weaknesses: Possibly too much of an emotional rollercoaster at times. Why I read it: Cheap on Amazon.co.uk Pages: 358 Published: 2010 Publisher: Piatkus Books Setting: London, England Rating: 9 out of 10 If you... Continue Reading →

Villain by Shuichi Yoshida

In a nutshell… The discovery of who murdered a young woman in Japan. Strengths: Characters, how the characters interact Weaknesses: Some may find it difficult to keep up with the names Why I read it: Bought with gift voucher Pages: 304 Published: 2010  Publisher: Harvill Secker Setting: Japan Rating: 9 out of 10 If you liked... Continue Reading →

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

Everyone is reading Scandinavian thrillers at the moment and the question to be asked is, what do you read after reading Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy? My mother is reading Jo Nesbo (and thoroughly enjoying it), so I decided to try Henning Mankell. Faceless Killersis the first of the Inspector Kurt Wallander mysteries, set in the quiet Ystad area of... Continue Reading →

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