The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

Nominated for the Goodreads’ Choice Awards this year, I was keen to read The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny when it came available on NetGalley. Penny’s books always sound intriguing, so I was excited to start this one, despite never having read any of the Armand Gamache series to date. The book begins with a communal village gathering in Three Pines, an uncharted and secluded place that is hard for outside company to find. Whilst the adults are busy discussing the prospect of a new play, they are…

The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

A modern day thriller with a ‘what if’ type scenario as the foundation, The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly explores how far you might go to escape poverty if a deal with the devil was on offer. After her marriage with useless husband, Winston, broke down, Roz Toovey has been struggling as a single mother with a full time job and no child support. She is a physiotherapist, and by far the best at the clinic at alleviating other people’s pain. However, she has been forced to work for…

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

With a seemingly ordinary title, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins transforms an ordinary, everyday commuter into a potential witness (or suspect) in a disappearance case. Every morning Rachel Watson catches the 8:04 train to London, noticing that it always stops at the same signal point and offers a view of a particular house each day. She fantasises about the life of the couple that live in this house, having named them Jason and Jess and imagining them to have a happy marriage and a perfect relationship. Rachel…

The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

In a perfect start to the New Year, The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth is about the journey for the truth and laying your old demons to rest in order to start anew. Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead six years ago, with her friend and neighbour, David Alden, being arrested for the attack. Her apparent error of judgement has left her unable to trust her own instincts, making her reclusive and fearful in her own home. She now lives with her fiancé, Sam, in a…

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith UK cover

Last year, the announcement that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling introduced a wave of readers to the disgruntled private detective, Cormoran Strike, who returns in The Silkworm. Our favourite one-legged detective is approached by Leonora Quine, who hires Cormoran to find her husband, Owen, who has been missing for over a week. Owen is a writer, and an unreliable one at that, frequently disappearing to work on manuscripts or to try and garner more publicity. This is the longest he has been away, and Leonora is running…

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn cover

I have intended to read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn for a long time, and I have to say that I regret not starting this amazing book much sooner. The book is told from the dual perspectives of Nick and Amy Dunne, with the chapters alternating between each one’s story and describing their marriage in minute detail. It was a match that began perfectly before slowly spiralling downward as the honeymoon period wore off and both realised they weren’t so well suited after all. Now it is their fifth wedding…

A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick cover

[color-box]A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick Hodder (27 Mar 2014), Ebook: 320 pages, Crime / Thriller Website • Goodreads • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] Best known for his young adult fiction, Marcus Sedgwick’s A Love Like Blood marks his first foray into the adult market, with a novel that carefully treads the border between supernatural and crime. Opening with a flashback to his time as an officer in the Second World War, Charles Jackson witnesses a horror in Paris, descending into a bunker only to see a…

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