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This is the first Michael Connelly book I have read. A friend recommended him so I thought I would give his latest book a go and I am glad I did. From the start I was completely involved in the characters. Mickey Haller is a criminal lawyer that gets the most dastardly criminals off and at the start I really didn’t like him. You're not supposed to! When his client gives him a bloody nose in the opening chapter I had a smug 'serves him right' feeling. But when the main storyline got going I softened towards him.
The plot unfolds well and kept me hooked, wanting to find out more about the past that is obviously haunting Haller and tying the case to another from his past. The book flows really smoothly and the ending for me capped it off well, satisfying my need to understand the dramatic past underlying the murder case. A little melodramatic in the execution, but I am eager for more from Michael Connelly and especially about Mickey Haller.
by Lisa Jewell
I've read just about everything Lisa Jewell has written and I would argue that this is her best book to date. So much more grown up than any of her others; you really feel for the characters, each struggling in their own way to cope with the tragedy that befalls them one Easter weekend. I couldn't put it down and really didn't want it to end. The dark secret shocked me too - I didn't expect it to be a revelation but it really was - so much so that the book lingered with me for a long time after I'd finished it.
by John Grisham
If you’ve never read any of John Grisham’s books before, then you are in for a treat. This legal thriller, set in America's Deep South in the 80s, will keep you entranced as it slowly builds. A wealthy tycoon decides to change his will and leave his estate to his housekeeper, causing the whole community to try to find out why. The story flowed really well, focusing on money, family and human frailties (especially greed), and the rich characterisation kept me hooked as I raced through the book to see who finally won the inheritance – the family or the housekeeper. I really enjoyed the journey across the southern part of America and had fun trying to figure out what was going on before the end of the book.
You know when you pick up a book and don’t really know what’s in store? I didn't have any expectations of what I was about to read, but I was happy to be led by the author and Karen Joy Fowler does this effortlessly. The book is so cleverly written that sometimes you are not sure whether it’s the author’s first person voice talking to you, or your own voice talking to yourself.
This is a book about sibling rivalry and growing up: the thoughts you could have had, the questions you could have asked and the actions you could have taken. Every word is masterfully intended and skilfully placed, woven into the book like thread in a beautiful quilt where the pattern is obvious to you and unravelling slowly at the same time. This is a wonderful read and a book you can read again. Because maybe after you read it for a second time, it will mean something completely different to you.
Cormoran Strike is finally back. He crept up on me from the direction of Smithfield Market, just around the corner from the office. I even know the greasy spoon where the novel kicks off, but that’s not the only reason I was instantly immersed. By the end of the scene there is scandal, betrayal, hypocrisy and aristocratic embezzlement. The threads converge in Galbraith’s favourite subject, the crippling power of media.
The secrecy surrounding Galbraith’s new title is not unlike the premise of the new book. A murderous mystery shrouds an unpublished manuscript that, should it be released, could ruin lives. Galbraith’s new novel is a story about the power of words and the people controlling them. The blurb warns it is ”compulsively readable” and, I can assure you, it is an understatement.
by Helen Walsh
From the outset you know exactly the road this story is going down – of course Jenn is never going to be able to resist the beautiful Nathan even though he’s her stepdaughter’s boyfriend. What I didn’t expect was to get completely absorbed by the beautiful scene setting - the writing is so evocative of holidays spent by a pool in Mediterranean climes, or to be kept on the edge of my seat right to the very last page. Not for the faint-hearted, at times it’s pretty raunchy stuff. But there’s no denying it’s deliciously addictive and if I hadn’t already read it, ‘The Lemon Grove’ would feature right at the top of my holiday reading list.
by Tom Kerridge
Having watched the TV series that this book accompanies, it came as no surprise how bold the dishes were. All the recipes are packed with flavour and easy to follow, and they cover all levels of cooking ability. Recipes such as Proper Baked Beans on Soda Bread Toast or Eggy Bread with Chocolate and Orange Sauce (maybe not a weekday breakfast!) can be cooked by a novice in the kitchen, whereas Crispy Pigs Ears with Truffle Oil Mayonnaise or Venison, Peppered Sprouts, Squash Purée and Chocolate Sauce would give a more accomplished home cook a challenge. Although this is not my usual style of cook book , I enjoyed cooking from it. It's the perfect cookbook for times when you want to impress: whether you are making a hearty breakfast or a dinner party spectacular, your guests are sure to be wowed!