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A Fear of Dark Water by Craig Russell
A Fear of Dark Water by Craig Russell
I have read all the other books in the Jan Faber series and enjoyed them. They were well written, full of interesting ideas, and the plot twists were surprising. The author also has the ability to write about very disturbed people from their perspective and his back serial killer back stories do not rely solely on the 'abusive childhood' model. (In which regard the master is Thomas Harris' in his depiction of Dolarhyde in Red Dragon.)

I wanted to enjoy this book. However I feel that the author could not make up his mind. He is mixing a procedural thriller (and one poorly written by his own very high standards) with speculative fiction that borders on the territory of science… Read more
Andrea Pirlo: I think therefore I play by Andrea Pirlo with Alessandro Alciato
Andrea Pirlo: I think therefore I play by Andrea Pirlo with Alessandro Alciato
Pirlo has gradually become famous outside of Italy. He is not a goal scorer though of course he has a very fine free kick. He controls the game, he passes, he has grace and an awareness of what other players are doing and he makes them play better.

All of which is fine but what about the book?

It is very clever and if these are indeed his words rather than those of his ghost writer than he has a way with words (even in translation). I imagine he is someone who sees the world in slow motion, having the ability to screen out emotion and concentrate on what is happening right in front of him. (Rather like Jack Bauer could in '24' but of course that was fiction.) Off the… Read more
Abandoned by Cody Mcfadyen
Abandoned by Cody Mcfadyen
I have enjoyed the Smoky Barret series and have felt very frustrated that no new books have been forthcoming since 2010. The characters are a bit implausible, but the female narrator has a very winning style of narration. I doubt anyone with so much empathy could do her job, however, that's fiction.

This novel works because of the unique nature of the serial killer. Most books in this genre devote a great deal of time creating an intense back story, some do it very well like Thomas Harris while others do it in a more perfunctory manner. It is almost always a case of the serial killer suffered horrendous abuse and now takes this out on others - or, is some sort of superman who… Read more