Reviews

8 May 2019

The Blackhouse by Peter May

Detective Sergeant Fin Macleod finds himself on his home island of Lewis, after a murder on the island that resembles one that he is investigating in Edinburgh. His return is bitter/sweet; he revels in the desolate beauty of the island but being back on Lewis brings painful memories of his childhood.

10 Apr 2019

Elevation by Stephen King

Scott Carey lives alone in Castle Rock, Maine. He's recently separated from his wife, likes food, and designs high end websites for six figure sums. And he's losing weight at the rate of a pound a day.

9 Apr 2019

A Mistake by Carl Shuker

Heart surgeon Dr. Donald Effler once said that to be great, a surgeon must have “a driving ego”, “a passion for perfectionism.” In A mistake, Dr Elizabeth Taylor is an exceptional surgeon with both these traits, but as a woman these attributes, seen as great in a man, are seen as aberrations by her superiors, her colleagues and her junior staff.

26 Mar 2019

The Wall by John Lanchester

Somewhere in the near future, in a world of rising sea levels and desperate refugees making perilous sea voyages to what they hope will be a safer future, Britain is under siege. Having erected the National Coastal Defence Structure (called The Wall by all) around the entire 13,000 km coastline, they must now defend it.

14 Mar 2019

Newcomer by Keigo Higashino

Detective Kaga has only just arrived at the Nihonbashi precinct, when the body of a woman is discovered in her apartment building. While his more by-the-book colleagues are stumped at the apparent lack of evidence, Kaga realises that the clues are not in the big picture, but in the minutiae of the crime scene.

25 Feb 2019

Rain Fall by Ella West

Rain fall is set in rain-soaked Westport, amidst mine-closures and the decline in dairy prices. The town in depressed; the residents trying to make the best of things. But when 15-year-old Annie misses an important basketball game when her mate’s house across the street blows up while surrounded by the Armed Offenders Squad, and it looks like her Dad’s job might be the latest victim of the Stockton Mine staff reductions, and when she meets a rodeo star, things are never the same again.

25 Feb 2019

Make a Hard Fist by Tina Shaw

Make a hard fist is an extremely powerful YA novel about the physical abuse of young women. It is edgy, scary and yet empowering. Lizzie Quinn is doing well, well apart from a hiccough in her relationship with a boy she just wanted to be friends with, and he wanted more. She is doing well at running, loves pizza, has some great mates, and is saving to buy a Volkswagen Beetle off her uncle. But then she starts to receive weird one-line messages in the mail. She thinks it might be one of the spurned boy’s silly mates – but she isn’t sure.