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No Other Darkness
No Other Darkness

No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary

Wow! I described the first DI Rome book as a thriller with a dark, dark heart, this second books takes that observation to a higher level. It’s a rare thing to find such incisive and sensitive portrayal of mental ill-health, it’s not so unusual to find a clever, subtle yet terrifying thriller, but this book melds both with consummate style. The bodies of two young boys are discovered in an underground bunker, five years after they were trapped there, left waiting in vain for rescue. DI Rome and her partner have to find out who the boys were and how they ended up there, in a distressing and difficult case.


Ruthless
Ruthless
Inside the O'Briens
Inside the O'Briens

Ruthless by Cath Staincliffe

This is the third in the Scott and Bailey series of crime thrillers. I haven’t watched the TV series but I might be inspired to after reading this book! An abandoned chapel burns down in a run down part of Manchester, but the fire investigation reveals not just arson, but a body inside. Acting DS Janet Scott, DC Bailey and the rest of their team, led by boss Gill Murray begin an investigation that takes them right into the heart of the community. This is a gripping read and the plot makes along at a good pace but I was impressed with the way that the detectives’ personal life stories were handled. Staincliffe deftly melds police procedural storyline with the problems of the detectives - touching on drug abuse, alcoholism, demanding families, mental illness and teenage daughters, to name but a few. There’s a very real, down to earth feel about each of the characters and for me that’s where this series excels.

 

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

After the success of Still Alice, recently made into a film, Genova turns her attention to another horrible illness, Huntington’s disease. Joe O’Brien, Irish-American police officer, happily married father of four starts to display personality changes and notices oddities like mislaying his weapon and slurring his speech. At first, he attributes the changes to stress but a visit to the doctor to reassure his wife leads to exactly the opposite result: after tests he is diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. This genetic disorder is passed down through families and each of Joe’s children has a one-in-two chance of developing the disease. The novel follows Joe and family through the diagnosis and explores how the family react and cope, how the children deal with the opportunity for testing to see if they will develop the disease and ultimately how they all live with this life-changing illness. It’s an extremely moving and compelling story, heartbreaking at times but a very human story.

Dreaming Spies
Dreaming Spies
If She Did It
If She Did It

Dreaming Spies by L R King

This series featuring Sherlock Holmes and his one time apprentice, now partner and wife Mary Russell, is one of my favourites. In this book, Russell and Holmes return home to their Sussex cottage to find a stone has been mysteriously installed in their garden, a stone with an inscription they last saw a year ago in Japan...The first half of this book is set aboard a ship in the China seas where Russell and Holmes find themselves dealing with mysterious occurrences on board as well as encountering a blackmailer who had previously come to the attention of Holmes. Leaving the ship we follow them around Japan. I loved the section set in Japan and the way the Western characters explore the customs and way of life of the Japanese. Later in the story we move to Oxford where the two strands of the story combine in a dramatic ending.

 

If She Did It by Jessica Treadway

Do you really know the people you love? Can you trust them? These are the questions facing Hanna Schutt. 3 years earlier, Hanna and her husband, Joe, were attacked in their home, bludgeoned with a croquet mallet. Hanna survived the attack and has just been informed that the man convicted of the crime, Rud Petty, her daughter Dawn’s boyfriend, is facing a retrial. Although Dawn didn’t stand trial, suspicion has always surrounded her involvement in the crime. This is not a straightforward crime novel but one that tells us as much about the Schutt family and their lives. Dawn is an infuriating and unlikeable character - I really wanted her to be guilty of the crime despite the pain this would bring Hanna. I also found Hanna infuriating but was she really naïve or just desperate to protect the daughter that she loved? A gripping read that had me hooked from the first chapter.

 

 

 

 

 

The Temporary Bride
The Temporary Bride
The Heat of Betrayal
The Heat of Betrayal

The Temporary Bride by Jennifer Klinec

Jennifer Klinec visited Central Library recently and that is what prompted me to read her book. Jennifer is so lovely and her story is fascinating. She grew up in Canada and was quite independent from a young age as her parents were so busy establishing their business. Two things always interested her - food and travel. For a while, she worked as an investment banker in London, before giving up her career to run a cookery school from her apartment. While planning recipes for her cookery school, she chose to visit Iran to learn more about Persian food. There, she met Vahid who introduced her to her mother who was able to teach her the secrets of Persian cookery. Jennifer inevitably falls in love with Vahid - difficult in a Muslim country with morality police on the lookout for any indiscretions between men and women. This is part love story and part travelogue with food at the very heart of the book. Beautifully descriptive, it shines a positive light on Iran...and I must admit that the ending brought a tear to my eye.

 

 

The Heat of Betrayal by Douglas Kennedy

I always find it a real treat to read Douglas Kennedy’s latest book. In The Heat of Betrayal, Robin and her husband, Paul travel for a 4 week holiday to Morocco. Paul seems to have doubts about their visit on arrival but they head off to Essaouira where their days quickly fall into a routine - Paul sketching and visiting a local café, Robin taking French lessons and long walks on the beach. However, during their stay, Robin discovers that her husband has been harbouring a secret and feels a tremendous sense of betrayal. Furious, she lays out all the evidence against him in their hotel room before going for a walk. When she returns, she discovers that he has wrecked their room, injured himself and disappeared. The police immediately suspect she has harmed him but she manages to evade them and sets off in pursuit of Paul. I found this part of the book gripping but the pace slows down when Robin reaches the Sahara desert and the book loses some of its momentum. Nevertheless, I did thoroughly enjoy this book.







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