The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

In brief: Twins Maisy and Duncan are sent to live with their grandmother after their mother is taken into care. Everything goes well until Duncan goes missing… The good: Surprising and unputdownable in places. The not-so-good: Dialogue a bit stilted at times. Why I chose it: Have never read Lesley Pearse before, thanks to Penguin... Continue Reading →

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

In brief: Every day, Rachel's train slows down at a row of houses. Every day, she watches the occupants as they go about their daily life. She has made up histories for Jess and Jason, then Jess disappears and Rachel enters their real lives… The good: Never a dull moment. The not-so-good: I didn't like... Continue Reading →

Orient by Christopher Bollen

In brief: A stranger comes to the small village of Orient and people are murdered, houses burn down and strange creatures wash up onshore – there's really only one conclusion that can be drawn, right? The good: Towards the end, as all the strings pull together, this book becomes an all-nighter. The not-so-good: A little... Continue Reading →

A Pretty Mess by Carla Caruso

In brief: Celeste Pretty has just started her own business as a professional organiser. She's delighted to win the job of organising celebrity Natalia Samphire's new residence, but something wrong is happening there. Can Celeste find out what is happening with handsome builder Lenny? The good: It's fun and cosy. The not-so-good: I would have... Continue Reading →

Sins of the Flesh by Colleen McCullough

In brief: 1969 Holloman, Connecticut. Murders and missing women are taunting the detectives – can Carmine Delmonico and his team figure out these twisted events? The good: More of Delia, the female detective with a heart of gold and an individual dress sense. The not-so-good: Less of Carmine. Some of the attitudes of characters to... Continue Reading →

Shadow of the Rock by Thomas Mogford

A quick rundown… Introducing Spike Sanguinetti, lawyer with a talent for getting in trouble while investigating for a friend accused of murder. Strengths: Fast paced, different and interesting. Weaknesses: Sometimes the really short chapters (allowing jumping from scene to scene or forward in time) were a bit annoying. Why I read it: Sent by Bloomsbury –... Continue Reading →

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

A quick rundown… As a teenager, Laurel witnesses her mother committing a crime. Now that her mother is dying, Laurel wants to find out the secret. Strengths: Hints of Gothic undertones, multiple time periods, a deep secret…it's all there. Weaknesses: I felt it got a little slow just before the big reveal. Why I read... Continue Reading →

The Debutante by Kathleen Tessaro

A quick rundown… Two stories running together: the story of Cate in the present, cataloguing the items of a deceased estate, and the Blythe sisters in the 1930s. Can Cate solve the mystery of the missing sister? Strengths: Interesting idea for a story, some interesting glimpses into fashion history. Weaknesses: Dreary, conjures up bleak images... Continue Reading →

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer

A quick rundown…The story of Harry Clifton and his entanglement with the Barrington family. Part One of a trilogy. Strengths: Fantastic action and plot. Weaknesses: Hearing the same event from another character's point of view gets a bit boring. Why I read it: Enjoy historical fiction family sagas. Pages: 343 (ebook) Published: 2011 Publisher: Macmillan... Continue Reading →

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