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I'd read The Rosie Project last year and loved it so was very much looking forward to the sequel. Now married, Don and Rosie have moved from Australia to New York but the course of true love – and life generally – does not run smoothly for our hero. Once Rosie breaks the momentous news that she and Don are going to be parents, Don's ordered life soon spirals out of control. I found myself laughing out loud (and sometimes cringing) as Don's unconventional outlook on life and love coupled with the often dangerous advice of his best friend Gene sends him spinning from one crisis to the next. Hilariously funny and charming, with a brilliantly imagined central character, this follow up to The Rosie Project does not disappoint.
I couldn't wait to get stuck into this book, I'd read all the reviews, heard all the hype and seen so many people reading it. I also loved the premise - who doesn't wonder at the lives of people living in houses that they see every day, morning and night - particularly if the houses in question are or have been familiar to them. On her daily commute Megan does just this - imagines the lives of households living on Blenheim Road. Or does she? Is there more to it and is everything really as it seems? Intriguing from the off, this is a real page-turner. Comparable to Before I Go to Sleep, although as realisation dawned on me as to what was actually going on it didn't quite make my heart thump in the same way. I think the difference was partly down to the fact that I really didn't care about any of the characters in this book, which was a shame and could have made a very good book brilliant.
by Andy Jones
The Two of Us is about Fisher and Ivy, sort of work colleagues who have been together for a little under three weeks. Three weeks getting to know each other – extremely well. Then suddenly, Ivy changes. The story is narrated through Fisher’s eyes. We see how he views their relationship and how they go through ups and downs together. Fisher is dealing with his best friend El who is dying of Huntingdon’s and Ivy with her brother’s marital issues.
I absolutely loved this book; it’s funny, heart warming, tender and heart breaking. I felt like I could relate to the characters and their experiences, which are pretty much what every couple goes through when getting to know each other. It shows how relationships and loved ones should not be taken for granted. I’m also sure if this story was narrated through Ivy’s eyes it would be totally different, but none the less I liked Fisher’s point of view. The characters are so well developed that I began to feel like they were people I knew.
I‘d definitely recommend this title for all readers looking for a memorable read. (It would also be excellent as a movie!) Excellent story telling from Andy Jones, I’ll keep my eye out for his titles in the future.
by Tony Parsons
Tony Parsons is best known for his sweet-natured book Man and Boy, which sold millions of copies. His latest is a very different bag: a crime thriller. I’ll admit I wasn’t one of those millions of fans, and I haven’t even read many crime books either. Still, the big question is: how will he fare now he’s changed genre?
Well, he certainly knows how to keep readers turning the pages, and guessing whodunit? His hero DC Wolfe is also a likeable bloke. He’ll be familiar to anyone who has read Parsons before - he’s a single dad with a young kid. Parsons has said he wants to give crime writing some heart and Wolfe is definitely someone you can feel for. Amidst all the murder, their father-daughter relationship provides welcome relief.
The opening scene is really gory and I was a bit worried the whole book might be like that. Luckily, the rest of it isn’t so stomach turning. The story is sprinkled with interesting crime and policing facts, which also help create a more believable world. One reservation is that the victims are a tad one dimensional and hard to like. Overall though The Murder Bag is the perfect addition for any handbag, man bag, or even forensic scientist’s murder bag.
‘A place for us’ sounds a lovely idea, and this one looks a picture too – a country house with wisteria over the door – but all is not as it first appears. The book tells the story of 80-year-old Martha Winter and her family.
Originally brought up in said charming West Country pile, her children have long fled the nest but are now returning for Martha’s 80th birthday party. And while they might all look respectable enough, each has an unusual story to tell.
There were two things in particular that made me love A Place for Us. Firstly, the family characters are really likeable… and highly dysfunctional. I enjoyed the charm and humour of the painting that was created of their daily lives and foibles. Although it isn’t a "funny book" per se, it is full of funny incidents.
Secondly, the story is told in a unique way. Each chapter is told from a different character's point of view, and each has a chapter that takes place in the past and one that takes place in the present. A very enjoyable book to read, which will make you think about your own family in a very different way.
Imagine a world in which there are horrific monsters living outside, and catching a glimpse of these terrible creatures drives you to homicidal insanity. The only way to survive is to stay sealed up indoors with the curtains tightly closed and if you must venture outside, you need to wear a blindfold for protection.
There are quite a few dystopian, post-apocalypse thrillers around at the moment, but Bird Box stands head and shoulders above the rest. I was engrossed from the very start, rooting for Malorie and her two (unnamed) kids as they make a run for it, rowing downriver with blindfolds on. Reading Bird Box was a claustrophobic, terrifying but thoroughly enjoyable and unique experience, and I literally had to stay up late to finish it.
by Emma Healey
This gripping mystery is unlike anything I have read previously. The female protagonist, Maud, is struggling with dementia and the book jumps from past to present as it combines her jumbled perception of daily life with memories of her sister’s disappearance in 1946. The reader is given periodic snippets of Maud’s childhood which begin as fond recollections but things quickly take a more sinister turn.
The book gives a detailed insight into Maud’s life and the intricacies of her character. I empathised strongly with Maud, experiencing the frustrations of her forgetfulness. Reading this book really made me appreciate memory and think about how we take it for granted.
This is a great story and an excellent debut novel by Emma Healy. I would strongly recommend it.