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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 Hannah Kent
Based on the true story of the last woman to be executed in 19th century Iceland you know from the outset that this isn't going to be a cheery read. Almost everything about it is bleak, from the inhospitable climate to the inevitable end, but it's compelling and beautiful in its bleakness if that's possible. The comparison to Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace was the hook for me and it's a good comparison - uplifting it's certainly not; it's a tragic tale of love and betrayal that will continue to haunt you long after the last page.
by M. R. Carey
I'm not the first and I certainly won't be the last person to claim that if I'd known what this book was about before I started it, I would never have entertained the idea of reading it. But tempted by the intriguing, sinister premise and the assurance that I would enjoy it, I began. It's different to anything else I've ever read. I'm not converted to this genre by any means but if you fancy something different, enjoy a gripping read and are happy to feel a little uncomfortable at times then do give this a go.
‘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.
Nothing prepared me for the whirlwind that was the two-day reading marathon when I picked up this book. I was especially shocked because when I first tried to read it I’d ended up putting it aside for a few weeks, after finding the opening a little hard going. It turns out this difficult beginning reflects the experience of Nella, the protagonist.
The story unfolds in and around a miniature house, a replica of Nella’s new home. And unfold it does, in a sweeping spiral of revelations, tragic secrets and crumbled facades. As Nella resolves to populate the model house with miniatures, the cabinet becomes a cross-section of life in the family home, and she begins to wonder whether she is the architect of her fate or a puppet in the game of the enigmatic miniaturist.
Even though the story is set in pious 17th century Amsterdam, it dissects social and moral judgments that are as relevant today as they were back then. Jessie Burton’s visceral prose is atmospheric and deeply moving, with a sense of defiant hope and inconceivable resilience.
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.
This is the second David Baldacci thriller that I've read after The Innocent, and it kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
Following their adventures in The Hit, Will Robie and Jessica Reel are given a top secret high risk assignment that only the US president and senior security officials are aware of. Even the vice president is kept in the dark as the failure of the mission could lead to the president's impeachment. The story develops into a full-blown international espionage, with characters that are trained to be ruthless...
I enjoyed the fast pace of this thriller, the adrenalin rush of an impossible mission. There were several parallel story lines to keep track of and I loved the way David Baldacci managed to weave them all together for an exciting finish. The Target truly goes out with a bang.