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by Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes is really back on form with this book. It’s so good, so funny but also really moving at times – just brilliant. You can guess from the outset where the story’s heading - it’s an unconventional love story, but not really that unconventional. For me it was about the characters – I fell in love with them all and laughed and cried with them. 'Me Before You' absolutely blew me away when I read it. This is on a par.
I had seen some great reviews for Richard Madeley's previous title so I decided to give this a try.
The book is a psychological thriller set in 1962. It opens with a murder that takes place in Florida Keys - that was enough to get me hooked from the start. Stella Arnold, a young English woman about to pursue her Psychology PhD in Boston, is invited to a BBQ in the company of the Kennedys. Dazzling her hosts with her supreme psychological abilities, Stella is asked to help the FBI track down a serial killer that is on the loose. A killer that is more ruthless than her own father...
This book fascinated me until the end. The twists are so unexpected that I couldn’t wait to find out what happens next. Every detail of the story is carefully crafted - a thriller that will linger in my thoughts for a while.
by Scott Lynch
I'd been waiting a long time for this book and it didn't disappoint. Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen are such great characters, well-realised, entertaining rogues, who always have a cunning plan ready to foil their enemies and outfox their marks. I loved reading about Locke's childhood and his love for the enigmatic Sabetha – definitely more than a match for him. The plot races along as the Gentlemen Bastards plan and execute two schemes - one in the past (putting on a play called, of course, The Republic of Thieves) and one in the present (trying to win an election with a series of dirty tricks). Tremendous fun and the stage is nicely set for book 4 too.
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.