Book Review: The Girl With All the Gifts (The Girl With All the Gifts #1) by M.R. Carey
So, I’m not usually one for zombie books, series or movies. They’re all a bit samey and predictable, unless they totally subvert the genre like the movie Zombieland, which is totally hilarious. But this novel is described as a thriller and the blurb, about a little girl called Melanie who everyone seems terrified of, intrigued me enough to pick it up.
And WOW I’m so pleased I did. This is a zombie book that is intelligent, exciting and gripping. With a BRILLIANT ending.
Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (published by HarperCollins)
This psychological thriller really packs a punch! The agoraphobic Anna Fox lives as a recluse in her New York City home, never venturing outside. Her only entertainment includes watching old black-and-white movies and watching – and sometimes photographing – her neighbours. When she sees something horrific through the window of her newly-moved-in neighbours’ home, her world begins to crumble.
Book Review: Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister (published by Penguin)
This psychological suspense thriller is a good read, which starts with the action and intrigue immediately. Rachel is pregnant with Jack’s child. The couple have only been together for a few months and are trying to learn everything about each other before the baby arrives. Rachel accidentally sees an email in the middle of the night that implies Jack has a dark history, one which he hasn’t told her about. She sets off on a compulsive and obsessive mission to find out – but the thing is, Rachel also has a secret…
Audiobook Review: The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane Harper (published by Macmillan Australia)
This audiobook was a great listen. I loved the Australian narrator – a great change from British or American accents. The Dry is a mystery thriller that focuses on the story of Aaron Falk, a police officer in Melbourne who focuses on money fraud. When his childhood best friend dies in the same rural, farming town where Aaron grew up, he returns and – on the insistence of the dead friend’s father – becomes involved with the investigation as to what happened.
Book Review: Fires by Tom Ward (published by Crooked Cat Books)
This thriller is quite dark but kept me interested and is very relatable. It is set in modern times in a bleak, industrial city where the lives of two strangers, Guy and Nathan, become inextricably linked as Guy fights fires and arsonist Nathan likes to set them.
Book Review: The Anatomy of Cheating by Nesly Clerge (published by Clerge Books)
This psychological thriller tells the story of Chelsea Hall, a stay at home mother whose husband, Garrett, is a successful radiologist and a serial cheater. He has a string of women but denies this to his wife. Chelsea, in her desperation for love, starts a relationship with Luke, a struggling author, who is married. The action unfolds as Chelsea discovers Garrett’s affairs, and then Garrett, in turn, uncovers some nasty secrets and the web of deceit comes crashing down around them.
Book Review: Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (published by William Morrow)
Natchez Burning is set in modern day, in the city of Natchez, Mississippi, and tells the story of a well-loved and well-respected doctor who gets accused of murdering his old nurse from the 1960s. The nurse is African-American and her death sparks a chain of events that draws attention to old, unsolved murders from the sixties involving the Ku Klux Klan and a local group of men called the Double Eagles, who went rogue from the KKK and did the bidding of one of the area’s most prominent and wealthiest men. The problem is, decades later, the Double Eagles are still at it.
Book Review: Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz (published by Minotaur)
I was lucky enough to read this novel whilst on holiday, lounging by my friend’s pool in Dubai and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a fast-paced thriller focused on the life of Evan Smoak, otherwise known as Orphan X, otherwise known as the Nowhere Man. A black ops trained assassin from the Orphan program, Evan has gone rogue and is now a pro bono helper of those in dire situations with nowhere else to turn.
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