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Acid Row
Acid Row
by Minette Walters
Edition: Paperback

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Best - Gripping and Disturbing, 14 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Acid Row (Paperback)
As stated above, this is a gripping and deeply disturbing novel about modern revolution.
Set on a run-down, inner city council estate; we find all the modern scourges of crime, poverty, drugs - and the dire consequences of one too many ingredients to the already simmering pressure-cooker.
Children missing, abductions, paedophiles, unlikely heroes - incredibly desperate situations and the thought provoking reactions of those within the horror - all this adds up to an incredibly clever and intelligent novel, that can only be read in one sitting.
If you have never read this author before, I can think of no better introduction - a stimulating and enjoyable read, that will in time become a classic.


Birdman
Birdman
by Mo Hayder
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Debut - One To Watch!, 14 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Birdman (Hardcover)
What an outstandingly breathtaking novel this is!
We meet Jack Caffrey the detective, who has a good few skeletons in the closet to keep us interested - along with a satisfyingly complicated love-life (meet the deliciously twisted Veronica!).
The plot is entirely unique, and very, very grisly too. Hayder has done well to keep all this believable and tethered to reality. Set in modern London, in the shadow of the Millenium Dome, the story rockets along at an ideal pace, with twists and shocks galore!
This has been one of the most gratifying reads I have had in a long while. If you enjoy Val McDermid, this is a must for you. Would also appeal to those who read: Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, Mark Billingham or Minette Walters.


Blindsighted
Blindsighted
by Karin Slaughter
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive Debut, 14 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Blindsighted (Paperback)
As indicated this is a first novel for this author - with the second 'Kisscut' also just released.
I was impressed with the engaging and easy style with which she writes - it is a gripping story, which holds your interest well. There are believable characters (including the victims) with whom one becomes involved very quickly and with no real effort.
The story is satisfyingly grisly in keeping with modern standards, and I feel this book would appeal to people who enjoy: Val McDermid, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Boris Starling etc.
I look forward to reading the second instalment in this author's promising career.


The Unadulterated Cat
The Unadulterated Cat
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Paperback

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!, 13 Feb. 2002
This review is from: The Unadulterated Cat (Paperback)
Typical Pratchett humour takes you into the world of the REAL cat. This is not a chocolate box cat or a birthday card cat, but the one that brings things into your house and eats all but the mysterious green wobbly bit (which you invariably tread in !)
A very quick but extremely funny read, this will lead to much laughing out loud, and regaling all nearby with excerpts. Pratchett is so perceptive that I almost believe that it is my cat he is writing about.
The illustrations by Gray Joliffe counterpoint the text nicely and round off what would be an excellent present for a cat owner with a sense of humour (is there any other kind?).


The Treatment
The Treatment
by Mo Hayder
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb., 13 Feb. 2002
This review is from: The Treatment (Hardcover)
Having read her first book I waited impatiently for Mo Hayder's follow up to Birdman - and I can reveal it was more than worth it.
Gripping from the off, Hayder takes the reader on a highly believable journey into a nightmare scenario of a paedophile serial killer, with the inevitable twist to pique your interest.
Characters from the previous novel are revisited and developed by the author in a way that makes the reader become involved with them, and Hayder writes with convincing authority about the behaviour of the villains.
To summarise, Mo Hayder is the best new female crime author since Val McDermid, and definitely one to watch!


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