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Someone Else's Skin (DI Marnie Rome 1)
Someone Else's Skin (DI Marnie Rome 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilary's extraordinary debut sizzles...it never lets go, 13 April 2014
*Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2015*
DI Marnie Rome and Detective Noah Jake are on a mission: Get Ayana Mirza to press charges against her violent brother and they can put a dangerous criminal away for a long time. But something gets in their way. While entering the building of the refuge where Ayana is staying, they chance upon another crime, commited as they arrive.
What follows is a psychological journey of many layers; from the investigating detectives to the witnesses of the peripheral crime, everyone, it seems, is flawed: We see what we want to see...
Using her extraordinary investigative skills and acute perception, Marnie Rome clicks the pieces of an enigmatic jigsaw together piece by piece.
The damaged detective takes us through her traumatic past to her scarred present. Her guarded feelings for the refuge manager, Ed Belloc are realised perfectly through the pages as is her relationship with her partner, Noah Jake.

Sarah is an award winning short story writer and her lean, poetic use of the written word is used to great effect as the story unfolds satisfyingly.
Sarah Hilary's extraordinary debut sizzles and written in short, punchy chapters, it never lets go.
The first of a successful series, I am sure.


The Ghost House (The Annie Graham series, Book 1)
The Ghost House (The Annie Graham series, Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent debut, 12 Nov. 2013
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Annie Graham is slowly recovering from a traumatic event which has left her scarred both physically and mentally. Returning to work as a CPO, she discovers the meaning of true friendship as two of her male colleagues make sure her return is as smooth as possible. Annie finds the time to reflect on her stormy relationship with her ex-husband by visiting an old mansion, now a sadly neglected building. She senses something in the old building; something supernatural and surreal. The discovery of an old diary seems to be the turning point in her 'new' life as strange things start to happen and she embarks on an incredible journey; a journey that unfolds dark secrets of the once-great house. In an assured debut, Helen Phifer tells a story of multiple genres - Ghost story, romance, crime thriller - in an easy to read, everyman style that should appeal to everyone. An excellent debut novel.


Nothing But the Truth [DVD] [2008]
Nothing But the Truth [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Kate Beckinsale
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Price: £2.47

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, star-studded political thriller., 21 Jun. 2013
I thought this was an intelligent, well crafted film. The stellar cast and the tight direction complement each other. Beckinsale is outstanding but, to be fair, it is a great ensemble piece too. In my opinion, it is a very under-rated movie. The 'twist' at the end is brilliant and I, for one, never saw it coming. Watch the beginning very carefully!
Highly recommended.


The Killer: Book 3 of THREE DAYS IN CHICAGOLAND
The Killer: Book 3 of THREE DAYS IN CHICAGOLAND
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, old-fashioned story telling with a twist., 1 May 2012
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Once again RJ Ellory weaves an intriguing tale, full of emotion, subtle social commentary and, to cap it all, a killer punch. The three main characters paint their own perspective of a brutal crime, the end result being the frailties of the human condition. A dynamic journey of preconceptions and how we deal with the hands we are dealt, the final scene is as haunting as any - modern or post-modern - classic.


A Drink Before The War
A Drink Before The War
by Dennis Lehane
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Austere.Shocking. Redemptive. Superb introduction to Lehane's Boston., 1 Feb. 2012
This review is from: A Drink Before The War (Paperback)
In the tradition of wise-cracking detectives throughout the years, Patrick Kenzie is the archetypical Private detective. Thrown into the mix is the feisty Angela Gennaro; the result is a classical pairing of two people who have an almost telepathic connection. You, the reader, know they are made for each other - as do their subconscious selves - but it takes an incredible journey through the gritty and sordid world of a Boston only known to it's natives to draw the couple together. In a mixture of typical hardcore crime fiction and a beautiful, poetic narrative, Dennis Lehane draws you in from the get-go.
This is a top-notch first novel and it is no surprise that top Hollywood film-makers are always banging at his door. Read the Kenzie/Gennaro story arc; Prayers For Rain, Darkness Take My Hand, Sacred, Gone, Baby, Gone and Moonlight Mile to see how character development should be done.


Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects
by Gillian Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.00

40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Claustrophobic and Edgy...An accomplished debut novel., 12 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Sharp Objects (Paperback)
From a rich, sterile and emotionless upbringing, it's no wonder Camille is damaged. As she strives to normalise her life away from her family, she learns she has to go back to the town, and the overbearing lifestyle she thought she had left behind: Wind Gap, Missouri,is the kind of place you only visit in nightmares.
As an investigative reporter, Camille is drawn back to the family hometown to shed some light on the gruesome murder of a local girl. In an apparently ritualistic killing, Camille believes she is on the trail of a serial killer and even though she doesn't want the job, she feels morally obliged by the respect and love she has for her Editor - a father figure in her life more than her robot-like, bland step-father - and the opportunity of a 'scoop' over a rival newspaper. As she re-aquaints herself with her over-bearing mother and her manipulative, cold step-sister, Camille opens old wounds. As a physcological thriller and as a portrait of 'old money' people trying to cope with the modern world, Gillian Flynn has excelled herself.


The Big Snow
The Big Snow
by David Park
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful characterisation..., 29 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Big Snow (Paperback)
What I really loved about this book is its unique style: Whereas the author creates a revealing portrait of Belfast in the sixties and, I believe, a real event, he paints an almost surreal portrait with his real characters. The 'story' of the undertaker - for thats what they are, stories joined together by a common thread - is especially realistic. People from Ireland will recognise that tenacity and willpower under difficult circumstances. The style of writing, from the poignancy in the opening chapters, until the all too real corruption in higher authority towards the end of the book, serve to highlight the authors diverse talents. With its beautiful characterisation, I personally rate it as one of the best books that I have ever read..


A Simple Act of Violence
A Simple Act of Violence
by R.J. Ellory
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..An accomplished and progressive storyteller..5*..", 24 April 2010
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Like most people who discover Roger, predominantly through The Richard and Judy Book Club (A Quiet Belief In Angels), I was intrigued by the style of his writing. His influences are obvious (Capote, King to name but a few) and yet he has a style of writing which, to me anyway, delights the reader and perplexes the critic: "How come he writes this way..?,"This is a crime novel, not a love story.." etc,etc.
He is a beautiful writer who, because of his 'heart on his sleeve' style, will not appeal to people who like 'linear' plots. Roger is one of a rare breed of writers who have affected me in the same way John Steinbeck, Thomas Hardy, David Park (The Big Snow), and Stephen King have.
Like Candlemoth, there is an agenda here, I think, to expose the underbelly of the American way of life and to show us how little we know about its society.
On a sideways note, I believe AQBIA has just been picked up for a movie and I am drooling in anticipation..!


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