Monthly Archives: October 2017

A Slurry of Thrillers …

I’ve treated myself to indulging in a slurry of great thrillers over the last few weeks – perfect books for the beach or for that winter’s day when you need to crawl under the covers and drown in a great story. Rather than devote a post to each of them, I’m summarising them here!

John Grisham, King of Torts

61HVddL4TxLI have no idea how this book escaped me when it was first published in 2003. I read it in one day. All 486 pages of it. I couldn’t put it down. Literally. It was fast paced and gripping and filled with a wonderful array of characters. I quite liked the level of intrigue although it wasn’t too brain busting which was exactly what I needed.

Interestingly, this book seemed to me to be somewhat of a return to Grisham’s traditional model of writing – it read like the early Grisham books that I loved. This was good.

My only criticism is that the ending was perhaps too neat.

Nonetheless, a great summer read.

Mary Kubica, Every Last Lie

Nick is dead and Clara is left to work out whether he died by his own hand or whether someone killed him. This was a fascinating insight into the mania that can grip someone when they are immersed by grief and the terrible consequences of a life built on lies and deception. Every Last Lie is a well written book with solid characters – I particularly liked Maisie, Clara and Nick’s young daughter. The sub-plot of Clara’s parents and their challenges was a nice shift and provided some unexpected relief from the intensity of Clara’s tragedy.

I had a few irritations while reading this book – but they didn’t stop me from reading through to the end!

Sandra Brown, Low Pressure

13507011Sandra Brown writes a book that is guaranteed to be exciting, fast paced, filled with the perfect balance of intrigue, deception and family drama – along with a bit of spice just to keep readers interested.

Meet Bellamy (the name was distracting). She is terrified of storms. Her fear stems from a tragedy which occurred at a family picnic when a sudden storm left her sister dead. Numerous people are brought in for questioning when it is discovered that Susan, Bellamy’s sister, wasn’t killed by the tornado but was murdered.

Bellamy spends her life living in the shadow of this tragedy and as an adult, adopts a pseudonym and writes the story which has haunted her for so long. Unfortunately, her identity is discovered and Bellamy and her family are thrown back in to the spotlight. Thus starts the journey that Bellamy has to take back to the scene of the crime and back to the people who were suspects all those years ago.

Karen Dionne, The Marsh King’s Daughter

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Dionne’s book is one of the Read Hot Reads at my local library. And what a read it is!! Dionne has crafted an intriguing and gripping tale that was simply impossible to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book and I’m not going to spoil any part of it by providing details! This is a great read for anyone who loves a good thriller.

The Secret, Katerina Diamond

downloadThe Secret is Katerina Diamond’s second book. I didn’t read the first but I’m definitely going to – if it’s anything like this one I won’t be disappointed.

I think Diamond achieved a great balance of character development, intrigue and pace in this thriller. I wasn’t certain at the outset that she would manage to juggle the elements, but it didn’t take long for me to fall in to the plot and to become gripped by the flow of events. I didn’t expect the twist and while others have criticised the ending, I wasn’t bothered by it and I found the ambiguity of the relationship between DS Grey and criminal Dean Kinkaid fascinating and definitely worth following.

I’ll be looking out for more books from Katerina Diamond.

Angela Clarke, Follow Me

27853619Well this was a surprise! One of those quick grabs from the library that grips you and throws you into a tail spin of delight. What a clever plot from Angela Clarke with a series of supremely unusual characters and a great secret between long lost friends!

Meet Freddie, a wannabe journalist who is really a waitress just waiting for her big break, living on the sofa in a share flat in London. She bumps into her old friend, Nasreen, who happens to be a cop and after following her stumbles across a murder that unfolds on social media with hundreds of thousands of people following along.

Not only was this a well written thriller with wonderfully developed characters, but it also had me thinking deeply about how easy it is to find things out about other people, how transparent the internet makes our lives and how vulnerable we really are because of the virtual world.

A great and surprising read!

The World Made Straight, Ron Rash

9781922182999A few weeks ago, I had the absolute pleasure of reading The World Made Straight by Ron Rash. Rash is a master of description with a wonderful ability to bring characters and landscapes to life. I loved the flow of this narrative, the flawed nature of all the characters, and the way Rash teased them to life with intricate care. I fell straight in to the plot with its rural setting and Civil War history.

Rash is a master storyteller with a magnificent ability to make even the vilest of characters worth reading about. His prose is raw and tender and filled with his deep appreciation of the complexity of human nature and man’s ability to overcome even the greatest of challenges.

On some level this book made me think of Catcher in the Rye with its teenage angst but with a real world twist. I couldn’t help but wonder what Holden Caulfield would have done had he faced the gritty reality that haunted Travis. A comparison of the two characters would make for interesting reading.

I loved Rash’s The Cove and I loved The World Made Straight too. Ten points to #textpublishing for this book!

Daniel Cole, Ragdoll

30259893So this had the makings of a great book – “One body, six victims, A detective coming apart at the seams …” I really was excited to read it. But it left me deflated. All the ingredients were there and the plot was certainly different with a body discovered composed of the dismembered parts of six victims sewed together, found hanging in an apartment, hand pointing out the window. What was not to love?

Harper Collins calls this “a gruesome delight” but it left me bored. I was relatively intrigued by the protagonist, Wolf, but his previous stint in a mental institution seemed far too contrived to me and I struggled to understand why he would be reinstated after such a significant fall from grace. In short, the whole plot fitted together too neatly for my liking and left me frustrated and I didn’t feel connected enough to Wolf and his plight.

I read it through to the end though so if you’re looking for something mindless then this might just do the trick!