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There are a handful of thrillers that I recommend passionately to people knowing without a doubt that they’ll enjoy them. On that list is The Poet by Michael Connelly, Peter James’ Dead Simple, Harlen Coben’s Tell No One and SJ Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep. Gone Girl has to be added to the list. It’s utterly gripping from the off, clever and completely unpredictable right up to the very end. You start to realise pretty early on that you can’t trust anyone or anything and nothing is quite what it seems. No surprise then that it’s been made into a film but there’s absolutely no way it can be as good as the book.
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.
by Ian Rankin
My last two reviews featured books about books: murderous, destructive books that could alter the course of lives and expose skeletons in the closet. This one is no different. Actually, that’s not right, this one is very different. The flow of the dialogue and the film-like descriptions made me feel I was tuning in to a TV series, and certainly not an early season. This was my first encounter with detective Rebus, shortly after he's rejoined the police (and been demoted), but that didn't stop me enjoying the book or being able to figure out what went on in his past – except for the bits he was reluctant to reveal, of course. I was not the only one nosing around, eager to uncover more: the enigmatic brotherhood he used to be part of turns out to be more than just a group of boisterous lads and a pretentious name… I especially enjoyed the dynamics between Rebus and his boss: their snarky exchanges lightened the tone in some of the grimmer situations. Go on, tune in… I promise you won't be flicking channels.
This intriguing book is the fourth in the bestselling Clifton Chronicles series, following on from Best Kept Secret, and is set in the late fifties and early sixties. Jeffrey Archer is a master storyteller, and the ongoing tale of the feud between the Clifton and Barrington families swept me along. From the dramatic opening when Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rush to hospital to find out the fate of their son in a car accident, to the Barrington Shipping Company's plans to build a luxury liner, the complex story is so full of twists and turns, it takes some effort to keep up with everything that's going on. The cast of characters is excellent: I found myself enjoying the antihero Don Pedro Martinez – a real love to hate character – more than the main protagonist, Harry Clifton but all the characters are well-drawn and interesting. The in-depth plotting kept me glued to the page to see how it all turned out, and I am looking forward to going back and reading the earlier novels in the series.
by Susan Lewis
This was my first Susan Lewis book and I honestly did not know what to expect. She describes the characters so vividly that you even start to believe you know them. The book draws you into the story of Josie and the financial struggles that her family is facing. But then Josie also has to cope with a battle of her own, which she has a hard time talking to her family about. In her loneliness she develops an unlikely friendship with Bel, a successful property developer who is haunted by a tragedy that tore her life apart. The two women couldn’t be more different except for one thing that unites them… This book made me cry and laugh at the same time. A moving story about love, friendship and family bonds.
First off, this book is not for the faint-hearted. The lust and gore is worthy of George RR Martin, with a description of medieval London so vivid you can smell it. And that smell isn't always pleasant! Holsinger transports the reader back in time to a period when political conspiracies toppled kings, and books were written on skin. It’s a world of prophecies and poetry, where your clever machinations turn out to be not so clever after all when you realise you’re the one who’s been manipulated all along, and you can't even trust your own flesh and blood.
by Ruby Tandoh
I was keen to learn true cooking skills applicable to a poorly stocked cupboard and with limited kitchen appliances. This is a weighty, good looking cookbook, with instagrammed pictures throughout, accompanying detailed pastry techniques and tips-a-plenty. Each recipe demonstrates a different texture and process of working the dough: it’s like a crash course dressed up as a cookbook. I made hot water pastry savoury mini pasties (the photo below is evidence of my hard work, instagrammed to a similar standard) and I’d like to try the tea loaf next. This book is great in developing a thorough knowledge of a good range of bread and pastry textures whilst enjoying their creation far beyond just following a recipe.