Mystery

The Origin of Me by Bernard Gallate, Book Review: Quirky charm

The Origin of Me by Bernard Gallate, Book Review: Quirky charm

Bernard Gallate’s The Origin of Me is a memorably quirky and modern coming-of-age novel come historical mystery. The Origin of Me Synopsis A beguilingly original and satirical debut novel of friendships, imagination, and the bodies we live in Lincoln Locke’s fifteen-year-old…

THE COBRA QUEEN by Tara Moss, Review: Oozing female empowerment

THE COBRA QUEEN by Tara Moss, Review: Oozing female empowerment

The Cobra Queen, Tara Moss’ fourth Pandora English novel, is a fabulously fun supernatural new adult romance oozing female empowerment and open-mindedness. The Cobra Queen Synopsis You don’t know the New York fashion world, until you know its haunts… In the…

HER PERFECT LIES by Lana Newton, Review: Engrossing read

HER PERFECT LIES by Lana Newton, Review: Engrossing read

Lana Newton’s Her Perfect Lies is a dark twisting web of lies that will hold fans of psychological drama and domestic thrillers captive. Her Perfect Lies Synopsis When Claire Wright wakes in hospital, she doesn’t recognise the person staring back at…

The Wife and the Widow, Book Review: White’s killer twist

The Wife and the Widow, Book Review: White’s killer twist

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White is a tale of psychological suspense in an atmospheric small-town setting, with a killer twist. Read on for my full review. The Wife and the Widow Synopsis Set against the backdrop of an eerie island…

Unconditional by Robert Glancy, Review: Deeply moving sequel

Unconditional by Robert Glancy, Review: Deeply moving sequel

Robert Glancy’s Unconditional is a funny yet also deeply moving sequel to his bestselling debut novel Terms & Conditions, about the power of love in all its forms. Unconditional Synopsis In Terms & Conditions, an amnesiac lawyer rebuilds his memory by…

The Twentieth Man by Tony Jones, Review: Taut political thriller

The Twentieth Man by Tony Jones, Review: Taut political thriller

In The Twentieth Man Tony Jones’ narrative setup, thrilling historical plot, depth of characterisation and literary prose had me enthralled. The Twentieth Man Synopsis Terrorism, politics and betrayals collide in this unputdownable, fast-paced thriller. In September 1972, journalist Anna Rosen takes an early…

SILVER by Chris Hammer, Book Review: Literary determination

SILVER by Chris Hammer, Book Review: Literary determination

Silver is Chris Hammer’s compelling sequel to his debut novel Scrublands, which won the 2019 CWA Dagger New Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel. Read on for our review. Silver Book Synopsis For half a lifetime, journalist Martin Scarsden has run…

THESE LITTLE LIES by Gretta Mulrooney, Review: Cleverly plotted

THESE LITTLE LIES by Gretta Mulrooney, Review: Cleverly plotted

Gretta Mulrooney’s These Little Lies (DI Siv Drummond #1) is cleverly plotted crime fiction, with an endearingly tough female lead and twists I did not see coming. These Little Lies Synopsis: DETECTIVE INSPECTOR SIV DRUMMOND IS LOOKING FOR A FRESH START. WHAT…

The Great Divide by LJM Owen, Review: Atmospheric pageturner

The Great Divide by LJM Owen, Review: Atmospheric pageturner

In LJM Owen’s atmospheric pageturner The Great Divide, a city detective hunts a killer through a fog of lies in small-town Tasmania. The Great Divide Book Synopsis Twisted Secrets. Hidden Victims. Monstrous Crimes. In the rural Tasmanian town of Dunton, the body…

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood, Review: Compelling & cathartic

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood, Review: Compelling & cathartic

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood is a quietly confronting read. A female friendship character study brimming with symbolism, compelling & cathartic. Shortlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize and ALS Gold Medal. Read on for our full review. The Weekend Book Synopsis People…

BRUNY by Heather Rose, Book Review: Literary political thriller

BRUNY by Heather Rose, Book Review: Literary political thriller

Bruny by Heather Rose is an intelligent, timely and thought-provoking literary political thriller. Read on for our full review. Bruny Book Synopsis How far would your government go? A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN….