Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn

I had trouble putting this book down, if I’d been able I’d have read it without taking a break – no sleep, no food, nothing … I’m not a fast reader so the human in me said: Stop! Eat! Drink! Sleep!

The first half of this story I was totally sure of my reasoning, but then, I wasn’t. There was something too damning about Amy’s Diary. What I do know is, as I read, I became incredibly sad – a really deep heart-wrenching sadness. I know Amy would laugh at that – she’d look me in the eye and say: ‘Be real, be who you are’. And then I began to empathise with Nick – poor, bloody, beaten, Nick!

I became an invisible character, a fly on the wall, for roughly 48 hours.

This is an exceptional story, well written – in your face writing. I admire writers who can make me part of the story, bring me in, sit me down and say: Buckle up …

I have only one criticism – the abbreviation of microphone is: ‘Mic’ NOT ‘Mike’.

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‘Her parents were murdered. Her brother has gone. But she will have closure no matter the cost.’

Her mother was murdered. Her father nine years later.

Are their deaths connected?

It’s a question that has haunted Rosie Macintyre for twelve years.

When Benjamin Graves is convicted of her father’s murder she should be relieved, but instead, Rosie finds herself alone in disbelieving the crime lord’s confessions of guilt and convinced that the shooting of her father is linked to the unsolved murder of her mother, twelve years previously.

Her quest to find the truth is further hindered by her enigmatic ex-shrink being back in her life.

Meanwhile, the squad’s long-serving DS is replaced by a man who is much more than he appears to be.

Payback (RJ2 110 x 162)

‘They stole a year of his life. She helps him to rediscover himself.’

The story picks up where Commander Robert Peters has left for Navy intelligence: Base one.

Rosie Macintyre is trying to come to terms with her loss, but refusing to let it go and determined to find him.

In steps Lily Everett, the only person who can help her.

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Five and a Half Tons

By John Bayliss

I really enjoyed this. Springer is quite a character and had me laughing out loud a few times. The plot is well thought out and the end result is diamond!

 

Description:

Not so much film noir as seaside gris. The year is 1962, and Westerby-on-Sea is slumbering through its drab off-season. Life is quiet for J.F. Springer, Private Detective – and, though he admires Philip Marlowe and Sexton Blake, quiet is pretty much how he likes it.

Called in to find a missing woman, he has high hopes of solving the case and getting paid in double-quick time. But for Springer, life is never so simple. Soon he’s embroiled in an affair that involves housebreaking, missing diamonds, threats to his life, an apparent suicide, and a pigeon-fancier who suspects Springer has amorous designs on his daughter.

The police take an interest, first arresting Springer, then warning him off, and finally using him as bait in a trap. To further complicate Springer’s life, Jim Tarbet, the local wideboy, is determined to make Springer repay a trifling debt… Like a famous predecessor, Springer tries to be taller, but all around there are too many goons and not enough brains.’

 

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Blind Side

By Jennie Ensor

Can you ever truly know someone? And what if you suspect the unthinkable?

I remember reading some of this on Authonomy and thinking how good it was then. It’s even better now!

An excellent psychological thriller and love story – with all the twists and turns that involves. Although, not your everyday love story – the detail of the Russia/Chechnya conflict and the terrorists attacks in London in 2005 were very well done. It conjured feelings of abhorrence, frustration and helplessness. How useless one is in the face of war/terrorism. It takes a good writer to create those emotions.

Good characterisation. Georgie is a well-drawn main character – just the right amount of edge to make her interesting. Nicolai a good support with baggage of his own. Julian is a brilliant antagonist – loved his part in the story, real on-the-edge-of-your-seat stuff.

Descriptive narrative is nicely done, a great sense of place – I could smell London. 🙂

Plot mechanics are excellent and there’s a good twist at the end that I thought worked really well.

Overall, a good story, well written. A very enjoyable read.

 

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Breaking Protocol

By John Henry

Joe Flanagan should learn to mind his own business

Joe Flanagan should learn to mind his own business

My alter-ego has finally self-published the first in a two-book series. Read update here.

‘Joe Flanagan is a forensic scientist, working with the Metropolitan police and based in Whitechapel.
In his local pub he intervenes in what appears to be a domestic argument. The man head butts him and breaks his nose. The woman takes him to hospital and then home.
A clear case of not knowing when to mind your own business. It’s only when Flanagan returns to work that things take an ominous turn.
Roles change, rules get broken, and Joe Flanagan’s life just got more complicated.’

You can find Breaking Protocol here.

*He hopes you enjoy it and will come back to read the follow-up: Escaping Justice – available soon-ish. 😀

The Sullen Dead

By Pat Black

Beautiful flat. Well appointed, all mod cons. Zombies outside.

A smartly written novella that had me immersed from the start. I’ll certainly be looking at more of Pat’s work.

 

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Black00

By Adreea Daia

I was privileged to read an earlier draft of this excellent Sci-fi thriller and having re-read the current edition I’m happy to say it’s even better. Nice characterisation throughout. Laton is a well drawn main character and very believable, which is why the story came alive and got this reader involved and left wanting more!

A very intelligently written and entertaining read.

 

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

By Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling)

I’ve been working my way through the Cormoran Strike series – three books but hopefully more in the pipeline.

JK Rowling is an impressive writer. I wanted to see how well she could carry off a crime fiction novel and read with interest. One thing Rowling excells at is characterisation. Cormoron Strike jumps off the page. He’s a very likeable bloke with baggage (aren’t we all?). The ‘drunk’ scene is particularly memorable: funny and sad all at the same time. He’s the kind of man you’d want on your side and be pleased to have him as a mate.

The story itself is well done, the mystery of Lula Landry’s death nicely drawn. A decent twist at the end. All in all, a good, well delivered tale.

The Cuckoo’s Calling

 

The Silkworm (Book Two)

For me this was much better than the first book. We get to learn more about the main character Cormoron Strike with some lovely characterisation, and quite emotive back story filtered in nicely without detracting from the main plot. His partner in detective is Robin and she’s a good supporting actor – we get to learn more about her fiancée and wonder why … (well, I did ).

Anyway, I liked how the story developed, slow build up, but in no way laborious. I was kept guessing right to the end, which is quite a feat (I’m usually there well before the end).

The Silkworm

Looking forward to reading the next installment – Career of Evil.

 

Case Histories (Book one of the Jackson Brodie Series)

By Kate Atkinson

I confess, I’ve fallen for this author. I love the way she writes – everything about it: the style, the language …

Anyway, I’m working my way through the Jackson Brodie series – spacing them out because I really don’t want to come to the end!

Right, now for the review (for what it’s worth).

This is unlike any other crime fiction novel I’ve ever read …

After considering the above thought, I wondered about when the idea that a crime novel should be written in a particular way, and more to the point, how it had become my mantra; who had planted that seed in my head? Was it to do with the fact that the much loved and adopted formula (by so many crime writers) for writing this kind of story was a winning one? Probably, and who would want to stray from the success of it? I came to the conclusion that it was no one other than myself, who had taken to heart that every crime novel I’d ever read was the way to do it, and made this my ideal way – the only way – to write crime.

Well, not any more. The fact I sat and read this book, aware it didn’t follow the norm, but also under no illusion that it was damned fine writing, and was completely hooked.

There’s no question Ms Atkinson can write and tell a good story, but I want to thank her for helping me to think outside the box (and someone else, who shall remain nameless, for pointing me in her direction).

It’s never too late to wake up and smell the roses.

Case Histories

The next installment is One Good Turn, which I also devoured – hardly taking a breath (well …).

Book three:  When Will There Be Good News awaits …

 

Garden Glory

I’ve been enjoying lots of new growth in the garden and the returning life in the pots dotted about. I like to go out early in the morning to take photos and soak up the silence.

I LOVE bluebells.

Bluebells

Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry

Purple Aquilegia looking particularly vibrant this year (2016)

 

I’m often accompanied on these little jaunts …

Junior: because he's the youngest member of the family.

Junior: because he’s the youngest member of the family.

Jones: because ... well, just because.

Jones: because … well, just because.

Newton: The boss and because he's clever!

Newton: The boss and because he’s clever!

That’s it. See you next time.