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: Red Days by M L Sparrow (published by M L Sparrow)
Red Days is a novella rather than a novel and tells the story of Keiko, an English woman of Japanese descent. She is a journalist for a small newspaper in London and her world is changed forever when her editor sends her to Japan to report on the annual Taiji dolphin slaughter after a (real-life) documentary called The Cove airs at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film shines a light on the horror of Japanese fishermen who herd and kill dolphins for the meat as well as capture some for aquariums, marine parks and ‘swim with dolphin’ establishments around the world. This story is based on true events and starts in 2009, into present day and onwards in the author’s imagination.
Audiobook Review: The Girls by Emma Cline (published by Random House)
The Girls is set in Northern California in the late sixties and this novel contrasts the dreamy, hazy summer days, the drug taking and relaxed hippy vibes of that time with the violent, senseless murders carried out by members of a cult. It is loosely based on the real events of the murders committed by Charles Manson and his cult in 1969.
Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling (The Tearling Trilogy Book 1) by Erika Johansen (published by Bantam Books)
This fantasy novel was a good, solid read. There seems to be some debate about whether this is adult fantasy as there are adult themes including graphic violence and lots of swearing (towards the end) but the plot is quite simplistic and the main character is nineteen so it does feel like a young adult novel. Either way, I wouldn’t say it wowed me and I found some parts of it odd / unnecessary / slow, but I enjoyed it and, for the most part, liked the author’s writing style.
Audiobook Review: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (published by Riverhead Books)
I started listening to this audiobook in December 2016 and finished in June 2017. That’s seven months of listening to this twenty-six hour audiobook but boy, what a journey! This is an EPIC book. And what an incredible performance by the seven audiobook narrators. There were a few times that I thought about throwing in the towel but I’m pleased I stuck it out as I *loved* this book by the end.
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