Review Catch-up #1 - Mixed Fiction

It’s that time again: time to scramble up some reviews of books read over the last year that I never had time (or brain energy) to discuss before. I even have a couple from 2015 that I didn’t get around to, oh dear. This is all part of my pledge-to-self to review every book I […]

Review: Summer House With Swimming Pool

Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch Translated by Sam Garrett Text Publishing 2014 Large Format Paperback 409 pages Fiction

Marc Schlosser is a general practitioner who caters mostly to artists – writers, painters, comedians, actors – mostly because of his office hours. Unlike other GPs, he prides himself on the generous twenty […]

Review: Children of the Underground

Children of the Underground by Trevor Shane Children of Paranoia #2 NAL 2013 Trade Paperback 379 pages Speculative Fiction; Thriller; Suspense

The War has been raging for as long as anyone can remember. The secret, endless War between two opposing sides – one good, one evil. Neither side knows which one is which; it […]

Review: Children of Paranoia

Children of Paranoia by Trevor Shane Children of Paranoia #1 New American Library 2012 (2011) Trade Paperback 371 pages Fiction; Speculative Fiction; Thriller

Imagine a typical day in your life. You get up, get dressed, go to work or school. You take your kids to the park, make dinner, visit friends, learn salsa dancing. […]

Review: The Boy in the Suitcase

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis Translated by Lene Kaaberbøl Nina Borg #1 Soho Crime 2011 (2008) Trade Paperback 313 pages Crime Fiction; Suspense; Thriller; Murder Mystery

Nina Borg is a Red Cross nurse who works at a clinic by day and by night helps hundreds of illegal immigrants […]

Review: The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant Bantam Books 2011 (2009) Trade Paperback 281 pages Fiction; Mystery; Gothic Horror

Ten-year-old Pia Kolvenbach is known at school as the girl whose grandmother blew up. Far from showing any sympathy to a girl whose Oma died on Christmas Day, Pia endures taunts and the sudden […]

Review: Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson HarperCollins Publishers 2011 Large Format Paperback with Flaps 358 pages Fiction; Suspense; Psychological Thriller; Mystery

Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is or, really, who she is. Sometimes she wakes thinking she’s a little girl, sometimes that she’s a single twenty-something. Never does […]

Review: Under the Skin

Under the Skin by Michel Faber Harcourt 2000 Trade Paperback 311 pages Speculative Fiction; Thriller

Now here’s a book that went from an intriguing premise, to gripping me at the first page, to totally taking over my mind – it’s definitely going to be one of the best books I’ve read this year, I can […]