Book Review: 31 Days of Wonder – Tom Winter ***

Something a little bit different this time. The new book by Tom Winter is a sweet story and one that strikes a chord especially with the current focus on mental illness. Alice and Ben have a chance meeting in Grosvenor Square in London and don’t realise that the encounter will change both of their lives….

Book Review: Midnight Crossroad – Charlaine Harris ****

With the new series Midnight, Texas launching on Syfy in the UK this Thursday it feels like a good time to get to grips with the books behind the show. It took me a while to get round to reading this one. I’d been a little disappointed with more recent Charlaine Harris books – particularly…

Book Review: The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter *****

I’ll start by admitting that I love Karin Slaughter’s books. I’ve been an avid reader of hers since the Grant County series began way back in 2001. Check out “Blindsighted” and you’ll be on the right path. She just has a way of writing about damaged Southern folk that is so vivid that you feel…

Book Review: Hunting Lila – Sarah Alderson *****

When Hunting Lila was first published in 2011 Sarah Alderson was an unknown writer trying to pay the bills in Bali. Now she is a screenwriter and successful author living in California and Hunting Lila is heading for the big screen this year. Lila is seventeen and there are two things that she would prefer…

Book Review: Liar – K L Slater ***

Liar is the third psychological thriller from Kim Slater. I found it a little harder to connect with the characters in this one and I’m not entirely sure why. Ben is a single father looking after his two young sons after the death of their mother. He has had a lot of help from his…

Book Review: Two Nights – Kathy Reichs *****

After eighteen novels in her “Bones” series it would be very easy to write off Kathy Reichs as a one trick pony. “Two Nights” demonstrates that she is much more than the queen of forensic pathology and truly a master of the suspenseful thriller. Sunnie Night is a real character. Ex forces and ex police…

Book Review: My Husband the Stranger – Rebecca Done ***

Molly knew that Alex was the man for her as soon they met. He was kind, considerate and romantic. Everything that she wanted a partner to be. When he suffers devastating head injury their life is turned upside down. Alex has become a completely different person. An angry impatient man who barely seems to acknowledge…

Book Review: Crazy House – James Patterson ****

Not the most obvious choice of book for me. I’ll admit that I was drawn in the authors – James Patterson co-writing with Gabrielle Charbonnet. Crazy House is set in yet another dystopian future with downtrodden communities ruled by tyrants. Bizarrely I enjoyed this one. Seventeen year old Becca Greenfield is the wild adventurous type,…

Book Review: New Boy – Tracy Chevalier ***

Tracy Chevalier’s new book is the latest in the Hogarth Shakespeare series of modern day retellings of classic Shakespeare plays. Telling the story of Othello in a more contemporary setting, New Boy was always going to be a bit edgier than some of the others that have preceded it. It is Washington in the 1970s….

Book Review: Trying It All – Christi Barth ****

The latest in the “Naked Men” series by Christi Barth sees federal agent Riley Ness meeting his match. Organised, prepared and ever reliable Riley has got a bit of a reputation amongst the other ACS buddies. A workaholic who drops everything for his job at the National Transportation Safety Board, it is his way of…