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Cut to the Bone: A Dark and Gripping Thriller
Cut to the Bone: A Dark and Gripping Thriller
Price: £0.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A promising start. More to follow, I hope., 16 Aug. 2016
A shame this has the same title as other recently published books. Titles are crucial, and care should be taken. Having said that, this was an enjoyable enough read, but I have read more original storylines, with rather more original characters. However, I will certainly look out for this author's next book, as she can definitely do pace and tension.


Gone Girl
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Stroke of genius!, 16 Aug. 2016
This review is from: Gone Girl (Paperback)
A manipulative stroke of genius. Read it twice to analyse each twist and turn, and can honestly say, I have never read anything like it. These two main characters worm their tricksy way into your mind. And stay there. A rare accomplishment. For once, the hype is true! Gillian Flynn is the leader of the pack. Next one, please!


Runt
Runt
by Niall Griffiths
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brave and real. Terrifiic., 16 Aug. 2016
This review is from: Runt (Paperback)
This is a very special book, heart breaking in places, but oh so real. Was gutted when it came to an end. I loved the lack of punctuation and the very real voices throughout. Last but no least, the Welsh setting plays such a big part, and although I'm a Londoner who's only visited west Wales twice, this book brought it all back. Sounds and all. Should be on every secondary school curriculum.


I See You
I See You
by Clare Mackintosh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!, 16 Aug. 2016
This review is from: I See You (Hardcover)
Simply amazing from start to finish. A truly accomplished second novel, and I can't wait for her next one.


Motherlove
Motherlove
by Thorne Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A major talent strikes again!, 7 Aug. 2016
This review is from: Motherlove (Paperback)
Too much going on in my life made me take far too long to continue reading this most unusual and brave book, after I'd started last year, but now I've sadly, reached the end. Intense and gripping all the way, with microscopic, psychological detail which brings all the characters so vividly, heartbreakingly to life. Big achievement, and now looking forward to reading the author's latest book, 'The Unravelling.'


All That Remains: Scarpetta 3
All That Remains: Scarpetta 3
by Patricia Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars I loved the ongoing relationships, 12 July 2016
Gripping until the last fifteen pages or so, when the perp is revealed as being someone who just seems to have been shoe-horned into the role after other, more exciting possibilities were left unexplored. I felt really let down, having read voraciously until this point. Rabbits out of hats comes to mind, and unlike the killer in Thomas Harris' 'Red Dragon' who'd become all too real, and this is a big shame. I loved the ongoing relationships, but this aspect could have done with another look.


The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy, Book 1)
The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy, Book 1)
by Christoph Fischer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable!, 6 July 2016
A most remarkable saga, the first in The Three Nations Trilogy, which I literally could not put down. Fischer combines a detailed historical unravelling which affects the Weissensteiners and their many contacts who all bring something to the story, where danger and betrayal lurk at every turn. Like one of Jonah's carpet's, it's beautifully crafted, reminding me of Emile Zola's 'La Terre,' and I was moved to tears several times, especially at the end. A tour de force, which any right-minded film producer would want to bring to the big scree. Unforgettable!


Wilful Misunderstandings
Wilful Misunderstandings
by Richard Foreman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.28

5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful, original collection., 10 Jun. 2016
Wilful Misunderstandings is a truly original collection of short stories from a gutsy writer unafraid to tread off the beaten track into vivid, unsettling worlds where nothing can be taken for granted. Where anything can happen. Psychologically adventurous, yet all too believable, his varied characters remain long in the mind, which is a rare achievement. My personal favourites are A Pair of Loose Ends, Beast, and The Insufferable Tedium of the Afterlife, but I loved them all. Buy it!


On the Trail of the Ballad of Penygraig - The Radio Show
On the Trail of the Ballad of Penygraig - The Radio Show
Price: £0.79

5.0 out of 5 stars A master story-teller., 6 May 2016
Lazarus Carpenter has published the 'Ballad of Penygraig' in book form, and it is a truly gripping read from start to finish, with a fascinating, chilling section called 'Lazarus's story at the end. The characters he's created seem so real, and the setting near Ystalyfera is powerfully evoked. Here is a
master story-teller, and more good news is his 'Crach Finnant' is coming soon!


Bell Tower, The: A haunted house mystery (A Nell West and Michael Flint Haunted House Story)
Bell Tower, The: A haunted house mystery (A Nell West and Michael Flint Haunted House Story)
Price: £10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable!, 12 Feb. 2016
I didn't want this absorbing, creepy, atmospheric book to end, because I also knew it was the last in the series of Nell and Michael being involved in and solving truly original and brilliantly plotted crimes and misdemeanours from the past. 'Original' is the key word here, with a tragic song underpinning the story. It has actually made me fearful of playing certain pieces on our piano; even singing them, because who knows the emotions of the composer/lyricist at the time? The circumstances involved? The Bell Tower has such a terrific sense of place, whether in Quire Court or the dark and dangerous Dorset coast, and wonderful detail - really, a masterpiece in how to chill. How to lure the reader into hidden worlds which impinge upon the present. I hope Sarah Rayne soon picks up a long-overdue major award. And what a film this would make!


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