Sometimes you just need a good crime novel to inject some excitement into your day. I’ve been on a bit of a crime fiction drive over the past few weeks – not unusual for me – so I thought I’d share a few I’ve read recently.
I read too many books. I know this. It’s an addiction, I can’t help myself.
There are worse things to be addicted to, so I don’t really mind. Though it is hard to keep the blog updated with all the books I’ve read in a given time frame. Currently the backlog is about twenty books long, I think, but hopefully at some point I’ll get around to bringing it up to date again. Read more
I’ll admit that I agreed to review this book because the protagonist is a swimmer, and I was hoping for some passages about how wonderful swimming is. Something like Jessica J. Lee’s Turning: A Swimming Memoir.
If you’re buying it for that reason, you’ll be disappointed at the lack of swimming-related content. But you won’t be disappointed by the book itself, which is excellent. It was so gripping that I got angry with myself for not being able to stay awake long enough to finish it in one go. Read more
One of the things I love about my life is how flexible it is. I spent most of last weekend on the phone to various doctors because my body’s being a pain again. They said they’ll need to do a load more tests (cue more hospital time) and told me to take it easy, to spend lots of time resting for the next few weeks and to go to bed early. So I emailed the lovely people at FMCM and said I had a bit of extra reading time on my hands… and they sent me the nominees for the British Book Awards!
These are all up for Debut Book Of The Year. I’m going to write mini reviews of each of them, and talk about which one I’d like to see win. Read more
I’d love to give each of these its own review, but I have so many posts in the queue that I need to get some of them out of the way, so here’s a round-up of three good thrillers I read recently and why I’d recommend them.
The title of this one kept confusing my brain, because for some reason I kept mentally inserting a comma between ‘do’ and ‘say’: Anything You Do, Say. That’s not the title. The title is Anything You Do Say, taken from the classic police caution we’ve all heard a million times in crime dramas (but hopefully not real life).
Getting past the title, however, the book itself was a lot of fun.
“I’ll just read a chapter or two before I go to sleep” – every bookworm who’s ever missed their bedtime and woken up grumpy the next morning.
Also me, just before I started reading this book. And then finished it an hour or so later. And then woke up tired the next day.
Seriously, bookworms. Will we never learn? Read more
I reviewed The Dry by Jane Harper a while ago, and since I’d liked it, the publisher sent me an advance copy of Force of Nature too, which will be coming out soon.
The Dry was Harper’s debut novel, and it’s often the case with debuts that the author hasn’t quite found their voice yet, or finds it towards the end of the book. I liked The Dry, but it wasn’t one I recommended to anyone in 2017. It was a good solid novel, but nothing more than that.
Force of Nature, on the other hand, is a different story. It’s one of those books that truly defines the term ‘page-turner’.
PHILIP PULLMAN RELEASED A NEW BOOK and this made me so excited that of course I had to go and buy it straight away.
Both of these are Marmite shows, I think, for different reasons.
Riverdale is pure trash, but enjoyable trash if you can set aside your snobbishness; Narcos is a graphically violent semi-documentary about the Drug Enforcement Agency and their dealings with Pablo Escobar.