Book Review: Liars – Frances Vick ****

Unusually I’ve sat on this review for a week since I finished the book so that I could have a think about what I really think of it. Also – its a pretty tough review to write without giving away any of the complexities of the plot. Jenny hasn’t had an easy life. Sal, her…

Book Review: While You Sleep – Stephanie Merritt ****

There is something about a ghost story that makes it perfect winter – and indeed Christmas – reading! Zoe Adams arrives on a remote Scottish island. Ostensibly to paint the beautiful rugged landscape but it is also an escape from a failing marriage back home in America. Renting the McBride house on her own sounds…

Book Review: The Marriage Pact – Michelle Richmond ***1/2

Jake knows that he has chosen the woman that he will spend the rest of his life with. Alice is headstrong and independent and forging ahead with a lucrative legal career leaving behind her life on the stage and a music career. When Finnegan, one of her clients, gives them an unexpected wedding present they…

Book Review: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black – Emily Barr ****

Ella lives in London with her parents Graham and Fiona and their cat. It feels like an unremarkable life. She loves art and literature and these are the subjects she is studying for her A Levels. Ella has a secret that she hasn’t even shared with her best friend Lily or her “boy” friend Jack….

Book Review: Return of the Magi – P J Tracy *****

As we get closer to Christmas it is nice to pick up something with a festive twist to it and you don’t get more festive than Las Vegas in December! Emil Rice is a smooth talking chancer. He has the gift of the gab and a light touch that sees unsuspecting people being relieved of…

Book Review:Breakaway: A Pilots Hockey Novel – Sophia Henry ****

After a couple of pretty hardcore Scandi-noir books it was a pleasure to pick up Breakaway by Sophia Henry. Although it is book number five in the Pilots Hockey series it wouldn’t be a problem to read this as a standalone novel. Luke Daniels, the former star forward for the NHL’s Charlotte Aviators, has spent…

Book Review: The Crow Girl – Erik Axl Sund ****

Some weeks ago I was in my local bookshop looking for inspiration. On one of their crime tables there was a weighty tome called The Crow Girl. It had an interesting cover and unlike most of the other books there were only 2 copies left in the pile. As soon as I read the synopsis…

Book Review: The Snowman – Jo Nesbo ****

If you’ve been following Angelnet Reviews for a while you’ll already know that I like a good Scandi Noir to while away the dark winter evenings! The Snowman has just hit the big screen with a film adaptation starring Michael Fassbender and has done for snowmen what Tim Curry did for clowns back in the…

Book Review: Rituals – Kelley Armstrong ****

The fifth and final book in the Cainsville series sees Liv facing a choice between the two supernatural forces vying for her support. As it looks increasingly like she is close to making her decision both parties decide to up the ante and force her to choose them. The only way that they can all…

Book Review: Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell *****

I’ve been a fan of Lisa Jewell since her debut outing with Ralph’s Party way back in 1998. Known for her larger than life characters Jewell has carved herself a niche in modern British fiction. This is her fifteenth book and Then She Was Gone is a bit of a departure for her in that…

Book Review: The Surrogate – Louise Jensen ****

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to have a baby. As a second attempt to adopt a Chinese baby falls through at the last minute Kat is becoming increasingly desperate. A chance meeting with Lisa, an old childhood friend, in a coffee shop suddenly means that there is hope for Kat. Lisa has…

Book Review: Slap Shot – Kelly Jamieson ****

Slap Shot is the fifth full book in Jamieson’s Aces Hockey series. If you’ve been following the exploits of the Aces team you’ll be glad to catch up with Max Hall in this one. We’ve had snippets about him in earlier books. He sat out the previous season trying to cope with the death of…