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Several plot twists caught me by surprise, leaving me literally wide-eyed and open-mouthed. There is nothing better than a story that delivers.


A Perfect Blood

A Perfect Blood delivers top notch urban fantasy with plenty of action and intrigue, and characters that you’d want to be friends with yourself!


The Death of the Adversary

By removing dates, locations and names, Keilson seems to universalise the rise of Nazism making the book a warning to all societies of how easily authoritarian regimes can come to power.


Footprints in the Sand

I have enjoyed reading the three books in the Wedding Cake Mystery series and look forward to more installments. If you enjoy murder mysteries that are more light-hearted than dramatic, I suggest you take a look at these books if you haven’t already.


Blood Money

Blood Money grabs the reader by the jugular and never lets up. It proposes a hugely entertaining 'what if' scenario that deftly blends public sentiment, media and real-life events into a fast-paced novel that may be the best installment of the Swyteck series to date.


Watching the Dark

[I]f you are one of the unlucky ones who haven’t read an Alan Banks novel, Watching the Dark would be an excellent place to begin reading away at Robinson’s considerable bibliography.


Tiger Rag: A Novel

The fate of his musical legacy anchors a suspenseful story that weaves its shifting perspectives so there are no loose ends.


Impulse

Impulse is half a dozen books in one, and while some of them are more familiar than others, they’re all enjoyably thought-through.


American Tropic

Sanchez is correct, of course, in his view of the challenged environment of Key West and the greedy and corrupt people responsible, but at moments American Tropic makes a James Bond movie seem subtle by comparison.


On Extinction: How We Became Estranged from Nature

On Extinction is a thoughtful, unique personal reflection and rumination on a foreboding topic and what it means for us as a global people.


The Heart Broke In

Really, though, these are small quibbles. The closer a book comes to being really good, the more there is to criticise.


The Cloud

It all adds up to a fascinating book that will make you think twice when you turn on your computer.


The Boy: A Novel

"The Boy" achieves startling power because of Ms. Santoro's refusal to soften the edges of her riveting main character, who hates and loves at hotblooded extremes.


The Boy: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : The Boy (January 18, 2013)

Apparently meaningful passages mar an otherwise solid effort to tell a compelling story.


The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe

A fascinating grab bag of the author’s dogged research and personal interviews.


The Good House
Kirkus Reviews : The Good House (January 18, 2013)

Despite getting a little preachy toward the end, Leary has largely achieved a genuinely funny novel about alcoholism.


The Good House

Superstition, drama, and intrigue unspool at a perfect pace in Ann Leary's irresistible new novel, The Good House, a tale steeped in New England character and small-town social tumult.


Umbrella

The effect of this powerful but stilted novel is that of having an umbrella taken from you. You’re left to stand in the acid rain.